Mary Kate Bryant M.D., MSCR, Joins the Department of Surgery

Lauren Hooker
September 28, 2023
Mary Kate Bryant MD

The MUSC Department of Surgery is pleased to announce that Mary Kate Bryant, M.D., MSCR, has joined the Division of Foregut and Metabolic Surgery as an assistant professor of surgery, where her expertise will help enhance the division’s clinical programs.

Dr. Bryant is a board-certified, fellowship-trained minimally invasive surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery, hernia surgery and the treatment of benign esophageal disorders including anti-reflux surgery for patients suffering with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). She holds a dual appointment at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC.  

Dr. Bryant received her undergraduate degree at the University of South Alabama, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She received her medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine before moving to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for general surgery residency. During her residency training, she completed a Master of Science degree in Clinical Research at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and won several research awards for her work. After residency, she completed the Advanced Gastrointestinal Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship program at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, where she worked side-by-side with internationally recognized surgeons in minimally invasive surgery and held a position as an acting clinical instructor in the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Bryant is a strong advocate for patient education and seeks to lessen anxieties around metabolic and foregut surgery. She strives to provide outstanding and compassionate care to patients and their families. She has a specific interest in helping bariatric patients access the care they need. This interest also drives her research which focuses on quality improvement and access to bariatric surgery with the goal of improving patient outcomes. She is also interested in how variations of surgical treatment affect patient outcomes and the impact of shared decision making between patients and surgeons on hernia and foregut surgery.

She is the author of dozens of publications in peer-reviewed journals, and her research has been presented at many regional and national meetings.Dr. Bryant is actively involved in several national surgical societies including the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and American Medical Women’s Association.