National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Yvonne Darlene Cagle (M.D.)
- NASA Astronaut
- 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.
- Outstanding Young 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 missions.
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
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 Federation.
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 Planning Branch.
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