2023 Tillman Scholar

Tirone Young

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

“As members of both our immediate and greater communities, we all stand to gain if each individual bears the responsibility of caring for the people and resources around us.”

Tirone is an Army veteran and medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Losing both grandmothers to cancer and observing his mom’s battles firsthand serve as the catalysts for Tirone’s interest in making a difference in the lives of others through healthcare. This, paired with a household that emphasized the importance of hard work and reputation, pushed him towards a career of service to his community. 

Calling both central Texas and the Shenandoah Valley home, Tirone graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in nuclear engineering and as a Division-I lettered running back for the Army football team. He served as a health physicist, a nuclear engineer, and fostered international coordination with our NATO partners as a global health proponent. In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tirone functioned as a COVID-19 surveillance program manager, directing the synchronization and diagnostic analysis of COVID-19 testing for NATO military forces in Europe within the Army’s only forward-deployed ISO 17025 accredited laboratory. 

During his last weeks of active duty service, Tirone supported Operation Allies Refuge through the Red Cross, providing humanitarian backing as team lead for Red Cross employees and volunteers in support of repatriation and evacuation efforts for at-risk Afghan populations evacuating from Kabul, Afghanistan. Tirone is committed to leveraging his education, training, and past experiences to influence positive change through medicine. He aspires to share with youth of mutual backgrounds how resilience refined his character, which may serve as the groundwork instrumental to their own breakthrough.