Dr. Yuan is from San Francisco. She received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley. She received her MD in Philadelphia from Hahnemann University. She trained in pediatrics at Kaiser Oakland. Her fellowship training in pediatric pulmonary medicine was at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
Dr. Yuan joined the faculty at Stanford in 2003. In 2005, Dr. Yuan became Medical Director of the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital Pediatric Pulmonary Sleep Laboratory at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Yuan is boarded in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine, and Pediatrics. In the course of her academic career, her medical research has included clinical studies on pulmonary function testing, sleep studies, scoliosis, and neuromuscular disease, of which she has authored several peer-reviewed papers.