Yolanda MunozMaldonado, PhD



 Ph D, Texas A&M University, 2005

Major: Statistics 

Dissertation Title: Mixed Models, Posterior Means and Penalized Least-Squares   

MS, University of Texas at El Paso, 2000

Major: Statistics 

Dissertation Title: A Comparison of the Distribution of Gangliosides in Brains of Old and Young Rats: A Similarity Analysis of Curves   

BS, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, 1997 

Major: Mathematical Education

Thesis Title: Didactic Aspects of Proofs     


Yolanda Munoz Maldonado is the creator and president of Statistical Savvy Consulting, LLC. Yolanda is a professional statistician with more than 15 years of experience analyzing data. She started her career in Academia as an assistant professor at UT Houston-School of Public Health and then Michigan Tech University.  There she gained experience collaborating with researchers in diverse fields like Medicine, Education, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering and Bio-mechanics. 

Yolanda's work for Beaumont Health System, in Michigan, and for Baylor Scott and White Health, in Texas, has provided her with ample expertise in the analysis of clinical studies. Some of the medical areas she has worked on are: anesthesiology, cardiology, infectious diseases, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, ophthalmology and chronic diseases.

Yolanda has experience in successfully submitting grants to NIH and CDC as well as private foundations. She is a reviewer for PCORI, the Lancet Psychiatry, and the Journal of Interventional Cardiology, among others.

She is a member of the American Statistical Association and the International Biometrics Society-Eastern North American Region and it is fluent in English and Spanish.


 Gestaut, MM., Cai, W., Vyas, S., Patel, BJ., Hasan, SA., Munoz Maldonado, Y., Deb, N., Swanson, G. (2017). “Low-Dose-Rate Brachytherapy Versus Cryotherapy in Low- and Intermediate-Risk Prostate Cancer”. International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics. Vol. 98, 1, pp. 101-107.   

 Brennan, KL., Allen, BC., Munoz Maldonado, Y. (2017). “Dry Needling vs Cortisone Injection in the Treatment of Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome: A Non-Inferiority Study”. The Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Vol. 47, 4, pp. 232-239. 

Mardutt, MM., Isbell, CL., Regner, JL. Hodges, B.R., Munoz Maldonado, Y., Thomas, JS., Papaconstantiou, HT. (2017). “NSQIP-Based Quality Improvement Curriculum for Surgical Residents”. Journal of the American College of Surgeons.  Vol. 224, 5, pp 868-874.

 Hall, CM., Snyder, SK., Munoz Maldonado, Y., Lairmore, TC. (2016). “Routine central lymph node dissection with total thyroidectomy for papillary thyroid cancer potentially minimizes level recurrence”. Surgery, Vol. 160, 4, pp. 1049-1058 

Manning, A., Frazee, R., Abernathy, S. Isbell, C., Isbell, T., Regner, JL., Munoz Maldonado, Y.,, Smith, R. (2016). "Protocol-Driven Management of Suspected Common Duct Stones". Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Vol. 224, 4, pp. 649-654

Thorud, JC., Mortensen, S., Thorud,JL., Shibuya, N., Munoz Maldonado, Y., Jupiter, DC. (2016). “The Effect of Obesity on Bone Healing following Foot and Ankle Bone Fractures”. The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Vol. 56, 2, pp. 258-262.

Mardutt, MM., Munoz Maldonado, Y., Regner, JL. (2016). “Impact of Obesity on Post-Operative 30-day Outcomes in Emergent Open Ventral Hernia Repairs”. American Journal of Surgery. Vol. 212, 6, pp. 1068-1075.

Reynolds, J., Chamberland-Tremblay, A, Muñoz Maldonado, Y.,Herrington, JD., Wong, L. (2016).“High versus Low Dose Leucovorin in the modified FOLFOX6 Regimen for First-line Treatment of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer”. Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice 

Frazee, R., Carnes, A., Muñoz Maldonado, Y., Bittenbinder, T., and Papaconstantiou, HT. (2016). “The Impact of Electronic Medical Record Implementation on Operating Room Efficiency”. Journal of Hospital Administration, vol. 5, No 1 .

Mardutt, MM., Munoz Maldonado, Y., Regner, JL. 2015. “Tailoring Surgical Approach for Elective Ventral Hernia Repair Base don Obesity and NSQIP Outcomes”. American Journal of Surgery. Vol. 210, 6, pp. 1024-1030.

Boyer, A., Cameron, L. Muñoz Maldonado, Y., Bronsteen, R., Comstock, C.C., Goncalves, L.F. “Clinical significance of amniotic fluid sludge in twin pregnancies with a short cervical length”. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Vol 211, 5,   pp. 506.e1–506.e9.

Roemer, K., Hamilton, S., Muñoz Maldonado, Y., Vendlinski, R., Ritcher, C. (2013). “Effect of BMI on Knee Joint Torques in Ergometer Rowing. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. Dec Vol. 6, Issue 29, pp. 763-8.  

Bilolikar, A.N., Abbas, A.E., Muñoz Maldonado, Y., Bendick, P.J., and Dixon, S. (2013) “Prospective Radial Artery Study following Induction of Reactive Hyperemia Looking at Degree of Diameter Growth in Healthy Subjects: The Prairie Dog Study”. Journal of Interventional Cardiology , (Vol. 26, pp. 310-6). 

 Shen, D., Shen, H., Bhamidi, S., Muñoz Maldonado, Y., Kim, Y., and Marron, S. (2013). “Functional Data Analysis of Tree Data Objects”. Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, Vol. 23, Issue 2, pp. 418-438.  

Nagueh, S.F., Groves, B.M. Schwartz, L., Smith, K.M., Wang, A. Bach, R.G., Nielsen, C. Leya, F., Buergler, J.M., Roew, S.K., Woo, A. Muñoz Maldonado, Y., Spencer W.H. 3rd. (2011) "Alcohol Septal Ablation for the Treatment of Patients with Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Multicenter North American Registry", The Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 58 (22), 2322-2328 

Van Dang, C., Day, R. S., Selwyn, B., Muñoz Maldonado, Y., Nguyen, K. C., Le, T. D., Le, M. B. (2010). "Initiating BMI prevalence studies in Vietnamese children: changes in a transitional economy ", Ed. Mark Wahlqvist , Duo Li, DrMeei-Shyuan Lee, Hsing-Yi Chang, Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, (Vol. 19, No. 2,).  

Muñoz Maldonado, Y. (2009). "Mixed Models, Posterior Means and Penalized Least-Squares", in Lectures Notes-Monograph Series for the Third Eric Lehmann Symposium, Ed. Rojo, J., (Vol. 57 pp. 216-236). Institute of Mathematical Statistics 

 Staniswalis, J. G., Parks, N. J., Bader, J. O., Muñoz Maldonado, Y. (2005). "Temporal Analysis of Airborne Particulate Matter Reveals a Dose-Rate Effect on Mortality in El Paso: Indications of Differential Toxicity for Different Particle Mixtures". Journal of Air & Waste Management Association, (Vol. 55, pp. 893-902).

Eubank, R. L., Huang, C., Muñoz Maldonado, Y., Wang, N., Wang, S., Buchanan, R. J. (2004)."Smoothing Spline Estimation in Varying Coefficient Models".Journal of The Royal Statistical Society, Series B, (Vol. 66, No. part 3, pp. 653-667).

Phillips, C. D., Sherman, M., Hawes, C., Muñoz Maldonado, Y., Spector, P. (2003). "Effects of facility characteristics on departures from assisted living: Results from a national study". The Gerontologist Journal (Vol. 43, pp. 690-696).  

Muñoz Maldonado, Y., Staniswalis, J. G., Irwin, L. N., Byers, D. (2002). "A Similarity Analysis of Curves", The Canadian Journal of Statistics, (Vol. 30, No. 3, pp. 373-381).