Mary Byrnes, PhD

Assistant Research Scientist, Surgery


Dr. Mary Byrnes is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Byrnes earned her PhD in 2009 from the Department of Sociology at Wayne State University where she was a NIA/NIH predoctoral fellow in Aging and Health at the Institute of Gerontology.  As a sociologist of aging and the lifecourse, Dr. Byrnes is a qualitative methodologist and her work focuses on the profession of surgery, quality-of-life for patients, and inequalities. More specifically, her research explores the relationship between inequalities in the profession of surgery and what this means for patients receiving surgical care.

Published Articles or Reviews

Byrnes ME, Brown CS, De Roo AC, et al. Elective Surgical Delays Due to COVID-19: The Patient Lived Experience [published online ahead of print, 2021 Feb 17]. Med Care. 2021;10.1097/MLR.0000000000001503. doi:10.1097/MLR.0000000000001503

Byrnes ME, Varlamos CJ, Rivard SJ, et al. "You're Used To Being The One That Can Fix Things…": A Qualitative Snapshot of Colorectal Surgeons During COVID-19. Dis Colon Rectum. 2020;63(12):1575-1578. doi:10.1097/DCR.0000000000001818

Byrnes ME, Engler TA, Greenberg CC, Fry BT, Dombrowski J, Dimick JB. Coaching as a Mechanism to Challenge Surgical Professional Identities [published online ahead of print, 2019 Dec 2]. Ann Surg. 2019;10.1097/SLA.0000000000003707. doi:10.1097/SLA.0000000000003707