Joanna S. Yi, MD


  • Texas Medical Center



Phone: 832-824-6699
Fax: 832-825-1453

Contact Information

1102 Bates Ave., Ste. 1200
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology/Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health medical school Doctor of Medicine
University of Minnesota residency Pediatrics
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center fellowship Pediatric Hematology/Oncology


Dr. Yi has clinical interests in acute lymphoblastic and acute myeloid leukemias in children.  She also sees patients as part of the Developmental Therapeutics team at the Cancer Center.

Dr. Joanna Yi is a member of the Developmental Therapeutics Program and Leukemia Team. Her translational research focuses on the pre-clinical identification and development of new, targeted small molecules for the treatment of childhood cancers with the purpose of evaluating them in clinical trials. She is especially interested in epigenetic drugs and combining them with other active agents.

Dr. Yi wants to discover new, less toxic, targeted drugs by combining the translational drug discovery techniques of the Center for Drug Discovery at Baylor College of Medicine, with the clinical developmental therapeutics program of Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. In the laboratory, Dr. Yi is working with investigators in the cancer center to identify and characterize small molecules with clinical promise in challenging pediatric cancers. She also is developing tests of “on-target” effect of these compounds to be used in clinical trials.

Clinical Interests
Solid Tumors
New drug development

Research Interests
Pre-clinical targeted drug development
Clinical application of new targeted drugs and combinations
Developing pharmacodynamics biomarker assays


Organization Name Role
American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Member
American Society of Bone Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) Member
American Society of Hematology (ASH) Member
American Society of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (ASPHO) Member
Children's Oncology Group (COG) Member
Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) Member