Yvonne Darlene Cagle (M.D.)
Source: Johnson Space Center
Born April 24, 1959 in West Point, New York, but considers
Novato, California, to be her hometown. Enjoys jigsaw puzzles, juggling, skating, hiking,
music, writing, public speaking, historical novels.
- Novato High School Novato, California, in 1977; received a
bachelor of arts degree in biochemistry from San Francisco State University in 1981, and a
doctorate in medicine from the University of Washington in 1985. Internship at
Transitional Highland General Hospital, Oakland, California, in 1985. Received
certification in Aerospace Medicine from the School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air
Force Base, Texas, in 1988. Completed residency in family practice and GHENTFP at Eastern
Virginia Medical School in 1992. Received certification as a senior aviation medical
examiner from the Federal Aviation Administration in 1995.
Boys and Girls Club;
Aerospace Medical Association; Third Baptist Church.
American Academy of Family Physicians.
Women of America; National Defense Service Medal; Air
Force Achievement Medal; United States Air Force (USAF)
Air Staff Exceptional Physician Commendation; National
Technical Association Distinguished Scientist Award;
Commendation Marin County Board of Supervisors;
Commendation Novato School Board.
Dr. Cagle's medical training was sponsored by the Health
Professions Scholarship Program, through which she received her commission as a reserve
officer with the United States Air Force, and subsequently was awarded her board
certification in family practice. During her initial active duty tour at Royal Air Force
Lakenheath, United Kingdom, she was selected to attend the School of Aerospace Medicine at
Brooks Air Force Base, Texas. In April 1988, she became certified as a flight surgeon
logging numerous hours in a diversity of aircraft. She was actively involved in mission
support of aircraft providing medical support and rescue in a variety of aeromedical
From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Cagle served as the
Deputy Project Manager for Kelsey-Seybold Clinics, practicing as an occupational physician
at the NASA-JSC Occupational Health Clinic. In addition to conducting job-related exams,
routine health screenings, and providing acute care for on-site injuries and illness, she
designed the medical protocols and conducted the screenings for select NASA remote duty
Dr. Cagle is a certified FAA Senior Aviation Medical
Examiner, is ACLS Instructor qualified, teaches fitness courses. Dr. Cagle is a Clinical
Assistant Professor at UTMB, Galveston. She has served on the Volunteer Family Practice
Clinical Faculty at the University of California, Davis, California. While a USAF
reservist, she was assigned to the Pentagon Flight Medicine/Special Mission Clinic.
During May 1989, while a flight surgeon assigned to the 48th
Tactical Hospital, United Kingdom, Dr. Cagle volunteered to serve as the Air Force Medical
Liaison Officer for the STS-30 Atlantis Shuttle Mission to test the Magellan Spacecraft.
She was assigned to the Trans Atlantic (TAL) Landing site at Banjul, West Africa, to
provide emergency rescue and evacuation of the shuttle crew should it be required. Dr.
Cagle has contributed on-going data to the Longitudinal Study on Astronaut Health, and has
served as a consultant for space telemedicine. She was a member of the NASA Working Group
and traveled to Russia to establish international medical standards and procedures for
astronauts. She also conducted health screenings of Mir-18 consultants from the Russian
Selected by NASA in April 1996, Dr.
Cagle reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. Having completed two years of
training and evaluation, she is qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist.
Currently, Dr. Cagle is assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Operations