Mary Kathryn Abel, A.B.

Mary Kathryn Abel, A.B.

MD Candidate at UCSF
Class of 2021

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Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, A.B., Neurobiology, 2014

MD Candidate at UCSF, Class of 2021

  • Breast Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Global Surgery
  • Obstetrics
  • Benign Gynecology
  • Gynecologic Oncology

Mary Kathryn Abel, AB graduated from Harvard University in 2014 with a primary concentration in Neurobiology, a secondary concentration in Music, and a certificate in Mind, Brain, and Behavior. At Harvard, she worked as a research assistant at the Music and Neuroimaging Laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center under the guidance of Psyche Loui, PhD and Gottfried Schlaug, MD, PhD. She completed her honors thesis entitled "Multimodal Neuroimaging and Behavioral Studies on Auditory-Motor Deficiencies and Compensatory Mechanisms." Prior to starting medical school, she worked as a medical assistant and medication advocate at the San Francisco Free Clinic, a clinic that provides free, accessible medical care to those without insurance.

At UCSF, Mary Kathryn has explored her interest in women's health and has performed research in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and General Surgery. Most recently, she was awarded a research grant through the UCSF Yearlong Inquiry Program and received funding through the CTSI TL1 grant. She will work with Rita Mukhtar, MD to study imaging challenges in invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast.

  1. Weigel, G, Abel, MK, Levy R, Gonzalez, A, Lager, J. Expanding the UCSF Medical Student Curriculum in OBGYN: The Creation of Online Surgical Modules. Oral Presentation at the UCSF Educational Showcase, San Francisco, CA. April 2019.
  2. Levy, R, Gonzalez, A, Weigel, G, Abel, MK, Lager, J. Access to OBGYN Surgical Skills Training: Expanding the UCSF Medical Student Curriculum. Oral Presentation at the UCSF Educational Showcase, San Francisco, CA. April 2019.
  3. Abel, MK, Gonzales, N, Kamholz B, Price, E. Improving the Discharge Process for Patients followed by the Behavioral Evaluation and Support Team. Poster presented at SFVAMC Education Day, San Francisco, CA. May 2017.
  4. Abel, MK, Loui, P. Resting State Networks in Tone Deafness. Poster presented at the Center for Brain Science at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. May 2013.
  5. Iyer, J, Loui, P, Halwani, G, Abel, MK, Schlaug, G. Perturbed Auditory Feedback and Resting State Functional Networks in Tone-Deafness. Poster presented by Janani Iyer at the annual meeting for the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Boston, MA. April 2013.
  6. Abel, MK, Loui, P. Resting State Networks in Tone Deafness. Poster presented at the National Collegiate Research Conference sponsored by the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association, Cambridge, MA. January 2013.