Michelle Byrne, MD, MPH
Michelle Byrne, MD, MPH, a family medicine resident in the Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency Program in Humboldt Park, Chicago, serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 131,400 physicians and medical students nationwide. Byrne was elected to a one-year term by the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and was confirmed by the governing body of the AAFP, the Congress of Delegates.
As the resident member of the board of directors, Byrne represents the interests and opinions of the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents to the AAFP Board of Directors and Congress of Delegates. In addition, she advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
A member of the AAFP since 2016, Byrne currently serves on the AAFP Commission on Member and Membership Services. She also was an alternate delegate representing Illinois at the AAFP’s 2016 National Congress of Medical Students.
Byrnes’ interest in and commitment to addressing social determinants of health is reflected in her educational and volunteer activities. She is chair of the Social Justice Task Force at Northwestern/McGaw Family Medicine Residency, where she developed a social justice curriculum for the residency program; a member of the Loyola University Medical Center Gun Violence Committee, which works to develop plans for a robust Hospital Violence Intervention Program; and an active member of various Chicago organizations working on issues of racial justice and health equity.
Prior to medical school, Byrne served as an intern with the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and was selected for the inaugural intern class under former President Obama where she worked with the White House Domestic Policy Council. She also helped establish a new pediatric practice in the Kansas City area and worked as the practice manager until leaving to pursue her own career in medicine.
Byrne is also committed to global health work. In 2013-2014, she was the site leader for the Loyola International Service Immersion Program in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and as a student advisor to the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.
As a researcher, Byrne has presented at multiple professional meetings on topics that include gun violence, the Affordable Care Act and handling implicit bias in the health care setting. She is currently developing a project to improve continuity of care for previously incarcerated persons during re-entry.
Byrne is passionate about health equity and transforming the healthcare system to better serve vulnerable patient populations. As a resident at a teaching health center, she trains at a federally qualified health center on the west side of Chicago.
Byrne has received numerous awards, including the U.S. Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Award in 2017 and Loyola’s Outstanding Performance in the Family Medicine Clerkship Award. She also received the AAFP Family Medicine Leads Scholarship in 2016.
Byrne earned her bachelor’s degree in science-business with a minor in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. She earned her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2017.