Professor of internal medicine and cardiologist, Dr. Clyde Warren Yancy was born January 2, 1958 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His parents, Clyde Yancy, Sr. and Hilda V. Jones Yancy moved the family to Scotlandvillle, near the campus of Southern University, where his mother taught in the elementary and secondary lab schools. As a teenager, Yancy became an Eagle Scout, and played the saxophone with Southern University's marching band at the Sugar Bowl. Yancy attended Southern University's lab schools through Southern High School graduation in 1976. Staying at Southern, Yancy earned a B.S. in 1978 and went on to Tulane University Medical School, where he graduated with an M.D. in 1982.
Yancy was a resident at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas from 1982 to 1985. He was a University of Texas (U.T.S.W.) Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas fellow in cardiology from 1986 to 1989 and U.T.S.W. fellow in transplant cardiology from 1990 to 1991. Currently the Carl H. Westcott Distinguished Chair in Medical Research, Yancy is an associate professor in internal medicine and cardiology. A recipient of the Internal Medicine Outstanding Teacher Award in 1991, Yancy was also awarded the 1998 U.T. S.W. Outstanding Teacher Award by the class of 2001. In 2001, he won the Outstanding Research Award and the Daniel Savage Award for Scientific Achievement from the Association of Black Cardiologists. The American Heart Association, for which he is an often-quoted spokesman, named Yancy National Physician of the Year in 2003.
The editor of Congestive Heart Failure, Yancy sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Cardiac Failure. Having observed an emerging database of genetic variations in African Americans, which could explain their lower response to traditional heart-failure therapies, he and others in the Association of Black Cardiologists have proposed that in African Americans heart-failure is linked to chronic hypertension and should be treated in a different way than in whites. Yancy is the author of the Role of Race in Heart-Failure Therapy (2002). Recently a widower, Yancy lives in Dallas where he is raising two daughters.