Yvonne Darlene Cagle, M.D.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Astronaut
Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Retired)
Dr. Yvonne Cagle is an astronaut for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a Family Physician, and consulting professor for Stanford University’s department of cardiovascular medicine and its department of electrical engineering.
Dr. Cagle is currently the Chief scientist for the Level II Program Office of NASA’s Commercial Reuseable Suborbital Research program. She was assigned as Stanford’s lead astronaut science liaison and strategic relationships manager for Google and other Silicon Valley programmatic partnerships. Her groundbreaking work is preserving NASA legacy data while galvanizing NASA’s lead in global mapping, sustainable energies, green initiatives and disaster preparedness.
After earning her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University, Dr. Cagle earned an M.D. from the University of Washington. She completed an internship at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, Calif., and a residency in family practice at Ghent Family Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va.
Prior to her selection to the NASA Astronaut Corp in 1996, Dr. Cagle retired as a Colonel in the United States Air Force (USAF) where she served as a Senior Flight Surgeon. She is the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, United States Air Force Air Staff Exceptional Physician Commendation and National Technical Association Distinguished Scientist Award.
In 2012 Dr. Cagle was a Brussels TEDx Speaker and has held adjunct professorships with Stanford University, UC Davis, and The University of Texas Medial Branch. Dr. Cagle, in collaboration with NASA, is currently a Visiting Professor at Fordham University, NY.