Yvonne Clement Cormier is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with a degree in biology. At SMU, she was the recipient of the SMU “M” Award, named to Mortar Board, and designated a Dedman Scholar. She attended graduate school as a Ford Foundation Fellow at Brown University in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and completed her PhD dissertation research in biochemical pharmacology at the Yale University School of Medicine. As a graduate student, she received the Ford Foundation Dissertation Award, the Citation Index Award, and the Pharmaceutical Association Young Investigator Award. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in biochemical pharmacology at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston where she also held a teaching appointment in autonomic pharmacology. She has published thirty-six scientific abstracts, twenty-six research papers, and eight book chapters. She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and completed the Anesthesia Residency Program at the Baylor College of Medicine affiliated hospitals in the Texas Medical Center where she served as chief resident. Currently, she is a practicing anesthesiologist in Houston and, in 2021, was recognized by Texas Magazine as a top anesthesiologist in the Houston area. She is very active in the Houston philanthropic community where she serves or has served on the boards of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Glassell School, the SMU Alumni Association, the Houston Area Parkinson's Society, Houston Parks, and Bayou Bend and on the advisory boards of the Houston Endowment, the Houston Junior League, and the Houston Ballet. She has chaired numerous community projects for charitable organizations, including Memorial Hermann Foundation’s Outreach for Breast Cancer Awareness, Child Advocates, United Cerebral Palsy, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, March of Dimes, Legacy Community Health, and the Museum of Contemporary Arts. In recognition of her community service, she was selected as one of Channel 13's Women of Distinction, honored by the Social Book as a Houston Treasure, named to the Houston Chronicle’s Best Dressed Hall of Fame, selected as a 2021 Woman of Substance, and awarded the Park People’s Gia Award. She is married to Rufus Cormier and they have two adult children, Geoffrey Cormier and Claire Cormier Thielke.