Surgery Websites
Lobular Breast Cancer Research Program »  People »  Research Fellow »  Mary Kathryn Abel, A.B.
Mary Kathryn Abel, A.B.

Mary Kathryn Abel, A.B.

  • M.D./MAS Candidate Class of 2022

Contact Information

Open Popup

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

M.D./MAS Candidate at UCSF, Class of 2022

  • 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. COVIDSurg Collaborative; GlobalSurg Collaborative [Abel MK, local collaborator]. SARS-CoV-2 infection and venous thromboembolism after surgery: an international prospective cohort study. Anaesthesia. 2021 Aug 24. doi: 10.1111/anae.15563. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34428858.
  2. COVIDSurg Collaborative; GlobalSurg Collaborative [Abel MK, local collaborator]. Effects of pre-operative isolation on postoperative pulmonary complications after elective surgery: an international prospective cohort study. Anaesthesia. 2021 Aug 9. doi: 10.1111/anae.15560. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34371522.
  3. Abel MK, Collins C, Lancaster EM, Poncelet A, Lin MYC, Bongiovanni T, Wick EC. Instilling resiliency in surgical education: The benefits of longitudinal medical student learning. J Surg Res. 2021 Jul 10;267:512-515. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2021.05.021. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34256193.
  4. COVIDSurg Collaborative Co-authors [Abel MK, local collaborator]. Machine learning risk prediction of mortality for patients undergoing surgery with perioperative SARS-CoV-2: the COVIDSurg mortality score. Br J Surg. 2021 Jul 6:znab183. doi: 10.1093/bjs/znab183. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34227657.
  5. Ashbaugh AG, Abel MK, Murase JE. Protein Causes of Urticaria and Dermatitis. Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2021 Aug;41(3):481-491. doi: 10.1016/j.iac.2021.04.008. Epub 2021 Jun 5. PMID: 34225902.
  6. Matthay ZA, Hellmann ZJ, Callcut RA, Matthay EC, Nunez-Garcia B, Duong W, Nahmias J, LaRiccia AK, Spalding MC, Dalavayi SS, Reynolds JK, Lesch H, Wong YM, Chipman AM, Kozar RA, Penaloza L, Mukherjee K, Taghlabi K, Guidry CA, Seng SS, Ratnasekera A, Motameni A, Udekwu P, Madden K, Moore SA, Kirsch J, Goddard J, Haan J, Lightwine K, Ontengco JB, Cullinane DC, Spitzer SA, Kubasiak JC, Gish J, Hazelton JP, Byskosh AZ, Posluszny JA, Ross EE, Park JJ, Robinson B, Abel MK, Fields AT, Esensten JH, Nambiar A, Moore J, Hardman C, Terse P, Luo-Owen X, Stiles A, Pearce B, Tann K, Abdul Jawad K, Ruiz G, Kornblith LZ. Outcomes after ultramassive transfusion in the modern era: An Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma multicenter study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2021 Jul 1;91(1):24-33. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000003121. PMID: 34144557; PMCID: PMC8243874.
  7. Chan JK, Mann AK, Lee D, Rohatgi A, Chan C, Abel MK, Argueta C, Kapp DS. HPV Vaccination Trends and Disparities in the United States - Who Is Getting Left Behind? Sex Transm Dis. 2021 Mar 12. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001410. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34110737.
  8. Abel MK, Jelousi S, Berger T, Murase JE, Butler DC. Immunologic Eruptions of Aging: Reframing Chronic Pruritic Rashes in Older Adults. Br J Dermatol. 2021 Apr 29. doi: 10.1111/bjd.20414. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33913508.
  9. Abel MK, Wald K, Cedars MI, Noel M. Uterine synechiae after intrauterine device use: a case series. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2021 Apr 8. doi: 10.1007/s10815-021-02173-6. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33830411.
  10. COVIDSurg Collaborative, GlobalSurg Collaborative [Abel MK, local collaborator], Timing of surgery following SARS-CoV-2 infection: an international prospective cohort study. Anaesthesia 2021 Mar 9. doi: 10.1111/anae.15458. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33690889.
  11. Abel MK, Ashbaugh AG, Stone HF, Murase JE. The use of dupilumab for the treatment of recalcitrant brachioradial pruritus. JAAD Case Rep. 2021 Feb 17;10:69-71. doi: 10.1016/j.jdcr.2021.02.005. PMID: 33816733; PMCID: PMC8010322.
  12. COVIDSurg Collaborative [Abel MK, local collaborator], GlobalSurg Collaborative. SARS-CoV-2 vaccination modelling for safe surgery to save lives: data from an international prospective cohort study. Br J Surg. 2021 Mar 24:znab101. doi: 10.1093/bjs/znab101. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33761533; PMCID: PMC7995808.
  13. Abel MK, Wald K, Sinha N, Letourneau JM, Simbulan R, Mok-Lin E, Cedars MI, Rosen MP. Conception after chemotherapy: post-chemotherapy method of conception and pregnancy outcomes in breast cancer patients. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2021 Jul;38(7):1755-1765. doi: 10.1007/s10815-021-02133-0. Epub 2021 Mar 19. PMID: 33740176; PMCID: PMC8324739.
  14. Abel MK, Liao CI, Chan C, Lee D, Rohatgi A, Darcy KM, Tian C, Mann AK, Maxwell GL, Kapp DS, Chan JK. Racial disparities in high-risk uterine cancer histologic subtypes: A United States Cancer Statistics study. Gynecol Oncol. 2021 Mar 12:S0090-8258(21)00197-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2021.02.037. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33722415.
  15. Abel MK, Alavi MX, Tierney C, Weintraub MR, Avins A, Zaritsky E. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the Incidence of Obstetric and Gynecologic Emergency Department Visits in an Integrated Health Care System. Obstet Gynecol. 2021 Apr 1;137(4):581-583. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004331. PMID: 33706352; PMCID: PMC7984631.
  16. Abel MK, Greenwood H, Kelil T, Guo R, Brabham C, Hylton N, Wong J, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman LJ, Boughey JC, Mukhtar RA. Accuracy of breast MRI in evaluating nodal status after neoadjuvant therapy in invasive lobular carcinoma. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2021 Mar 5;7(1):25. doi: 10.1038/s41523-021-00233-9. PMID: 33674614; PMCID: PMC7935955.
  17. Mukhtar RA, Brabham CE, Guo R, Abel MK, Wong J, Ewing C, Esserman LJ, Alvarado M. Accuracy of sentinel lymph node biopsy in invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast: Factors associated with false negatives. Breast J. 2021 Apr;27(4):406-408. doi: 10.1111/tbj.14161. Epub 2021 Jan 24. PMID: 33486856.
  18. COVIDSurg Collaborative [Abel MK, local collaborator]. Preoperative nasopharyngeal swab testing and postoperative pulmonary complications in patients undergoing elective surgery during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Br J Surg. 2021 Jan 27;108(1):88-96. doi: 10.1093/bjs/znaa051. PMID: 33640908; PMCID: PMC7717156.
  19. COVIDSurg Collaborative [Abel MK, local collaborator]. Outcomes from elective colorectal cancer surgery during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Colorectal Dis. 2020 Nov 15:10.1111/codi.15431. doi: 10.1111/codi.15431. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33191669; PMCID: PMC7753519.
  20. Glasbey JC, Nepogodiev D, Simoes JFF, Omar O, Li E, Venn ML, Pgdme, Abou Chaar MK, Capizzi V, Chaudhry D, Desai A, Edwards JG, Evans JP, Fiore M, Videria JF, Ford SJ, Ganly I, Griffiths EA, Gujjuri RR, Kolias AG, Kaafarani HMA, Minaya-Bravo A, McKay SC, Mohan HM, Roberts KJ, San Miguel-Méndez C, Pockney P, Shaw R, Smart NJ, Stewart GD, Sundar Mrcog S, Vidya R, Bhangu AA; COVIDSurg Collaborative [Abel MK, local collaborator]. Elective Cancer Surgery in COVID-19-Free Surgical Pathways During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic: An International, Multicenter, Comparative Cohort Study. J Clin Oncol. 2021 Jan 1;39(1):66-78. doi: 10.1200/JCO.20.01933. Epub 2020 Oct 6. PMID: 33021869.
  21. COVIDSurg Collaborative [Abel MK, local collaborator]. Delaying surgery for patients with a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection. Br J Surg. 2020 Nov;107(12):e601-e602. doi: 10.1002/bjs.12050. Epub 2020 Sep 25. PMID: 32974904; PMCID: PMC7537063.
  22. Abel MK, Chan JK, Chow S, Darcy K, Tian C, Kapp DS, Mann AK, Liao CI. Trends and survival outcomes of robotic, laparoscopic, and open surgery for stage II uterine cancer. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2020 Sep;30(9):1347-1355. doi: 10.1136/ijgc-2020-001646. Epub 2020 Aug 4. PMID: 32753561.
  23. Abel MK, Fahrner-Scott K, Wong J, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman LJ, Park C, Mukhtar RA. Evaluating the impact of axillary dissection on recurrence-free survival by extent of nodal disease in invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2020 Oct;183(3):661-667. doi: 10.1007/s10549-020-05794-0. Epub 2020 Jul 21. PMID: 32696313.
  24. Abel MK, Brabham CE, Guo R, Fahrner-Scott K, Wong J, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman LJ, Mukhtar RA. Breast conservation therapy versus mastectomy in the surgical management of invasive lobular carcinoma measuring 4 cm or greater. Am J Surg. 2021 Jan;221(1):32-36. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2020.05.038. Epub 2020 Jun 19. PMID: 32622509; PMCID: PMC7736057.
  25. Abel MK, Huh WK, Chan JK. Human papillomavirus: The other invisible enemy. Gynecol Oncol. 2020 Aug;158(2):254-255. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2020.05.024. Epub 2020 Jun 6. PMID: 32518014; PMCID: PMC7275186.
  26. Abel MK, Murase JE. Oral and Topical Terbinafine for Fungal Infections in Pregnancy. JAMA Dermatol. 2020 Apr 1;156(4):371-372. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2019.5036. PMID: 32129792.
  27. Abel MK, Suresh R, Raffi J, McCalmont TH, Murase JE. Diagnostic testing in gestational bullous pemphigoid: Has enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay replaced direct immunofluorescence as the new gold standard? JAAD Case Rep. 2019 Nov 22;5(12):1081-1083. doi: 10.1016/j.jdcr.2019.09.024. PMID: 31799358; PMCID: PMC6881635.
  28. Abel MK, Kho KA, Walter A, Zaritsky E. Measuring Quality in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery: What, How, and Why? J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2019 Feb;26(2):321-326. doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2018.11.013. Epub 2018 Nov 29. PMID: 30503760.
  29. Abel MK, Li HC, Russo FA, Schlaug G, Loui P. Audiovisual Interval Size Estimation Is Associated with Early Musical Training. PLoS One. 2016 Oct 19;11(10):e0163589. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0163589. PMID: 27760134; PMCID: PMC5070837.
  1. Abel MK, Murase JE. Pregnancy Dermatoses: A Review. Women's Health Expert Resource Group Meeting at the 2021 American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting (Virtual Format). April 24, 2021.
  2. Abel MK, Mukhtar RA. Impact of Discordant Clinical and Genomic Risk in Patients with Breast Cancer: A National Cancer Database Study. 34th Annual Resident Research Symposium, UCSF Department of Surgery (Virtual Format). April 14, 2021.
  3. Mysona D, Abel MK, Darcy K, Tian C, Kapp DS, Chan JK. Racial Disparities in the Prevalence of Homologous Recombination Deficiency in Ovarian, Uterine, and Cervical Cancer Tumors. 2021 Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer, Society of Gynecologic Oncology (Virtual Format). March 21, 2021.
  4. Abel MK, Greenwood H, Kelil T, Brabham C, Guo R, Fahrner-Scott K, Wong J, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman LJ, Mukhtar RA. Accuracy of Breast MRI in Evaluating Axillary Nodal Status after Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy or Endocrine Therapy in Invasive Lobular Carcinoma. 33rd Annual Resident Research Symposium, UCSF Department of Surgery (Virtual Format). October 28, 2020.
  5. Abel MK, Park P, Robinson B, Thomas H, Boeck M, Lipnick M, Ozgediz D. The Creation of a Global Surgery and Health Equity Elective at UCSF School of Medicine. 33rd Annual Resident Research Symposium, UCSF Department of Surgery (Virtual Format). October 28, 2020.
  6. Abel MK, Murase JE. Vulvar Allergic Contact Dermatitis. Women's Health Expert Resource Group Meeting at the 2020 American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting (Virtual Format). April 8, 2020.
  7. Abel MK. Efficacy and Clinical Outcomes of Standard Interventions in Patients with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma of the Breast. 2020 UCSF School of Medicine Inquiry Symposium (Virtual Format). March 4, 2020.
  8. Abel MK, Weigel G, Lager J. Using Surgical Videos to Expand the UCSF Medical Student Curriculum in OB-GYN. 2020 APGO Martin L. Stone, MD Faculty Development Seminar. Bonita Springs, FL. January 13, 2020.
  9. Abel MK, Fahrner-Scott K, Wong J, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman LJ, Park C, Mukhtar RA. Disease Free Survival in Patients with Node Positive Invasive Lobular Carcinoma with or without Axillary Dissection. 5th World Congress on Controversies in Breast Cancer. San Francisco, CA. September 5, 2019.
  10. Levy R, Gonzalez A, Weigel G, Abel MK, Lager J. Access to OB-GYN Surgical Skills Training: Expanding the UCSF Medical Student Curriculum. 2019 UCSF Educational Showcase. San Francisco, CA. March 20, 2019.
  11. Weigel G, Abel MK, Levy R, Gonzalez A, Lager J. Expanding the UCSF Medical Student Curriculum in OB-GYN: The Creation of Online Surgical Modules. 2019 UCSF Educational Showcase. San Francisco, CA. March 20, 2019.
  12. Wang A, Letourneau JM, Juarez-Hernandez F, Abel MK, Mok-Lin E, Rosen M. Characteristics of Follicular Fluid in the TALES Randomized Controlled Trial. 2021 American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. October 19, 2021.
  13. Abel MK, Melisko ME, Rugo HS, Chien AJ, Diaz I, Levine JK, Griffin A, McGuire J, Esserman LJ, Borno HT, Mukhtar RA. Decreased Enrollment of Patients with Advanced Lobular Breast Cancer Compared to Ductal Breast Cancer in Interventional Clinical Trials. 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting (Virtual Format). June 8, 2021.
  14. Abel MK, Tierney C, Alavi M, Weintraub MR, Avins A, Zaritsky E. COVID-19's Impact on Obstetric and Gynecologic Emergency Department Visits in an Integrated Healthcare System. 2021 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting (Virtual Format). April 30, 2021.
  15. Abel MK, Kim J, Lager JL. Using Video to Improve Understanding of Anatomy for Clinical Medical Students. 49th Annual AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology (Virtual Format). November 6, 2020.
  16. Abel MK, Diaz I, Levine JK, Pate L, Viggiano E, Melisko ME, Mukhtar RA. Unintended Bias in Clinical Trials: The Prevalence of Entry Criteria that Exclude Patients with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma from Metastatic Breast Cancer Trials. 12th Annual European Breast Cancer Conference (Virtual Format), October 1, 2020.
  17. Abel MK, Liao CI, Darcy KM, Tian C, Mann A, McDonald Y, Williams K, Maxwell GL, Kapp DS, Chan JK. Uterine Cancer Histology and Stage at Presentation in Black and White Women: A Cohort Study of 488,000 Patients. 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting (Virtual Format). May 29, 2020.
  18. Abel MK, Liao CI, Van Loon K, Tian C, Darcy KM, Mann A, Kapp DS, Chan JK. The Increasing Incidence of Colorectal Cancer in Younger Patients in the United States: Who, What, When, and Where? 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting (Virtual Format). May 29, 2020.
  19. Abel MK, Brabham C, Guo R, Fahrner-Scott K, Wong J, Alvarado M, Esserman LJ, Ewing C, Mukhtar RA. Predictors of Nodal Response After Neoadjuvant Therapy in Invasive Lobular Carcinoma of the Breast. 2020 American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting (Virtual Format), April 29, 2020.
  20. Brabham C, Guo R, Fahrner-Scott K, Abel MK, Wong J, Alvarado M, Esserman LJ, Ewing C, Mukhtar RA. Evaluating the Safety of Breast Conserving Therapy Versus Mastectomy for Patients with Large Invasive Lobular Carcinoma of the Breast. 2020 American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting (Virtual Format). April 29, 2020.
  21. Abel MK, Mann A, Kapp DS, Chan JK. Seroprevalence of HPV Infections in the Cervix and Penis in Unvaccinated Individuals: A Study of 3,143 Participants. 2020 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting (Virtual Format). April 24, 2020.
  22. Chan JK, Lee D, Mann AK, Chan C, Chan J, Abel MK, Monk B, Kapp DS. HPV Vaccination Based on Gender, Race, and Socioeconomic Status in United States: Who is Getting Left Behind? 2020 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting (Virtual Format). March 28, 2020.
  23. Chan JK, Mann AK, Chan C, Lee D, Rohatgi A, Abel MK, Argueta C, Kapp DS. Human Papillomavirus Vaccination in Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Individuals in the United States. 2020 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting (Virtual Format). March 28, 2020.
  24. Chan JK, Abel MK, Mann AK, Chan C, Liao C, Monk B, Kapp DS. The Effect of Cross-Protection, Viral Shift, and Herd Immunity After Quadrivalent Vaccination: A Study of 4,030 Adult Women. 2020 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting (Virtual Format). March 28, 2020.
  25. Abel MK, Gonzalez A, Levy R, Weigel G, Stotland N, Lager J. Increasing Access to Laparoscopic Surgical Simulation within Undergraduate Medical Education (UME). 2020 CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL. February 26, 2020.
  26. Gonzalez A, Abel MK, Levy R, Weigel G, Stotland N, Lager J. Applying the Medical Student-as-Teacher Model in OB-GYN. 2020 CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL. February 26, 2020.
  27. Abel MK, Wong J, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman LJ, Park C, Mukhtar RA. The Impact of Axillary Surgery on Recurrence-Free Survival in Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (ILC) of the Breast. 25th Annual UCSF Breast Oncology Program Scientific Retreat. San Francisco, CA. February 20, 2020.
  28. Abel MK, Murase EM, Suresh R, Raffi J, Razzeca K, Murase, JE. Systemic Treatment for Severe Psoriasis in a Patient with Autoimmune Cytopenia. San Francisco Dermatological Society. Palo Alto, CA. February 8, 2020.
  29. Abel MK, Kho K, Walter A, Zaritsky E. Utilizing Quality and Value Metrics to Improve Patient Outcomes through the Kaiser Permanente Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy Initiative. 48th Annual AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology. Vancouver, BC, Canada. November 1, 2019.
  30. Abel MK, Suresh R, Raffi J, McCalmont T, Murase, JE. The Diagnosis of Gestational Bullous Pemphigoid. American College of Physicians, Northern California Chapter Abstract Competition. San Jose, CA. October 12, 2019.
  31. Abel MK, Gonzales N, Kamholz B, Price E. Improving the Discharge Process for Patients Followed by the Behavioral Evaluation and Support Team. San Francisco VA Medical Center Education Day. San Francisco, CA. May 18, 2017.
  32. Abel MK, Loui P. Resting State Networks in Tone Deafness. Center for Brain Science at Harvard University. Cambridge, MA. May 1, 2013.
  33. Iyer J, Loui P, Halwani G, Abel MK, Schlaug G. Perturbed Auditory Feedback and Resting State Functional Networks in Tone-Deafness. 2013 Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. April 13, 2013.
View all
  1. Abel, MK, Murase, JE. (2021). Irritant contact dermatitis. In Lebwohl, M, Heymann, WR, Coulson, I, Murrell, D (Ed.), Treatment of skin disease: Comprehensive strategies (pp. 391-393). Philadelphia: Elsevier.

 

Site Directory
    X