2021 Top Doctor: Lauren N. Byrne, M.D.

Editorial StaffMay 5, 2021
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Photography by Steve Craft
Photography by Steve Craft

Urology

Med School/Year Graduated: University of Colorado/2006

Years in Practice: 9

What inspired you to enter the field of urology?

Urology is truly an amazing field, and [it] rose to the top for me because I wanted to be a surgeon that can take care of male and female [patients] with surgeries of varying complexity. Also, the office procedures are rewarding because they really improve the quality of life for my patients.

Urology is known as a male-dominated specialty, with men accounting for around 90 percent of doctors. Why do you think that’s the case? Does the patient population also skew male?

In training, there’s a focus on male-specific urologic issues and the majority of the patients are male. Traditionally, most attending physicians of urology departments in medical schools were men, which I think previously deterred female applicants. Today, there are great female role models in the field and the percentage of urologists [who are women] will continue to increase. I always encourage female medical students to look into urology because there is so much opportunity.

On a very basic and practical level, how does robotic surgery work respective to urology?

Robotics drastically changed the world of urologic surgery. We can be much more precise in our movements, which results in lower blood loss during procedures and less pain and shorter hospital stay after procedures due to the very small incisions.

You’re an avid runner who has completed the Boston Marathon. What are your running rituals? Playlists, podcasts, silence? Favorite gear?

It’s hard to believe my first Boston Marathon was so long ago. I’m not going to lie, getting back into running long distances was a challenge after three kids. Time management is key. My runs happen at 4 a.m. before my household is awake and before work demands begin. I love listening to audiobooks on a slow run day and Peloton instructors or music when I need to push.

What was the last book you read?

Beach Music by Pat Conroy, a longtime favorite author of mine. I’m quite sure this is the first time I have ever re-read a book. I first read it at 17 years old. Reading the book at, ahem, my current age, I saw it in a completely different light.

What are you watching on streaming TV these days?

My interests are all over the place. I love true crime 20/20 episodes [and] I can get sucked into watching famous speakers give graduation speeches. I’ve also watched a lot of football this year on the weekends since the Browns, my husband’s team, finally had an interesting year.

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”

A writer. I was an English major in college and truly loved it. I couldn’t believe I was getting college credits for reading novels and discussing them with a room of intelligent people every day. I would have been willing to do that for fun. I still may write someday. The best book I read last year was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, a 71-year-old author. And it was her first novel. It’s a reminder that it’s never too late to pursue new goals.

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