Yadira Rivera-Sanchez, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in asthma, primary ciliary dyskinesia, aerodigestive disorders, and general respiratory medicine. 

Dr. Rivera-Sanchez earned her medical degree at the Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Puerto Rico. She completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then received advanced training in pediatric pulmonary medicine through a fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. 

Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology, Dr. Rivera-Sanchez joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2006. 

In addition to her role at UT Southwestern, she serves as Medical Director of the pulmonary inpatient service and Co-Director of the high-risk asthma clinic and the Multidisciplinary Pediatric Aerodigestive Center at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

She is a member of the American Thoracic Society.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rivera-Sanchez at Children's Health, please call 844-4CHILDRENS or request an appointment online

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Children's Hospital Boston (2001-2004), Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Residency - University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (1998-2001), Pediatrics
  • Medical School - Ponce Health Sciences University (1994-1998)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Thoracic Society, Fellow (2001)
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Pediatric Specialist, (2015, 2020-2021)
  • Provider of the Month 2015, Children's Health
  • Best Doctors in the DFW Metroplex 2010-2014, D Magazine
  • American Thoracic Society Minority Travel Award 2004
  • Departmental Award as Most Outstanding Resident 2001, UPR Pediatric Hospital and Pediatric Society of Puerto Rico
  • Women in Medicine Award 1998, Ponce School of Medicine
  • Dean's List 1997-1998, Who's Who Among American Students
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society 1997
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • General Pulmonology

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