Mary Fessler, MD

Molly Fessler

Undergraduate School
Bryn Mawr College

Medical School
University of Michigan Medical School 



Interests and Career Goals

Neuromodulation, pain medicine, integrative psychiatry, street psychiatry, care for underserved communities

Favorite Pastimes

Time with family, reading, listening to podcasts, trying new recipes, going on adventures to new parks, coffee shops, and bookstores

Strengths of the Program

The people! The warmth, kindness, and sense of community I experienced at Duke was second to none. I felt this was a place where I would be given the support to learn, become a great clinician, and follow my interests. I knew I would be able to be my authentic self at Duke and that my family and I would thrive. 

Areas of Prior Research

Medical education, experiences of underserved populations with healthcare utilization and barriers to care, content analysis, qualitative inquiry 


  • Fessler MM et al & Wolverine Street Medicine (2023). The Wolverine Street Medicine Clinical Playbook. (Shih S & Slater H, Illus.) [Curriculum]. Ann Arbor, MI. Print & Web. 

  • Lorenzana, E, Fessler, MM, Currey, E. Bearing Witness to Grief. Academic Medicine 98(5):p 542-544, May 2023. 

  • Currey, Erin Lee MD, Fessler, M., Lorenzana, Elena MS, and Collier, Kristin MD. Self-Directed Curriculum About Grief, Death, and Dying to Increase Student Emotional Intelligence. Academic Medicine, Vol. 97, No. 11 / November 2022 Supplement. 

  • Fessler M. 2022 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest: Second-Place Medical Student Essay: Every Patient After. Acad Med. 2022;97(11):1622. -Currey, E & Fessler, M. Coping with Crisis on the Wards. Textbook. 2021. 

  • Bishop RA, Jabour SM, Fessler MM, Vasudevan A, Ayres FG, Sugarman R, Waidyaratne G, Williams BC. Bringing the classroom to the streets: A multimodal approach. Med Educ. 2021 Nov;55(11):1313-1314. 

  • Fessler MM, Bishop RA, Jabour SM, Vasudevan A. Sandwiches, 6 Feet Apart: Reflections on Community (and Medical School) During COVID-19. Ann Fam Med. 2021 Jul-Aug;19(4):368-370. 

  • Yang, D., Garpestad, C., Bishop, R., Fessler, M., Jabour, S., Cahalan, S., Corbin, C. AMA Health Systems Science Student, Resident and Fellows Impact Challenge. Medical Student Support for Homeless Populations: A Community-Oriented Blueprint during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
    Hayward, David R., Fessler, Mary M, Buck, Joseph, Fessler, Richard D. (2018) “Risk factors for recurrent neurotrauma: a population-based study in Southeastern Michigan,” Brain Injury. 

  • Lowberg, J., Hayward, R., Fessler, M., Edhayan, E. “Impact of Socioeconomics on In-Hospital Trauma Mortality in the Detroit Metropolitan Area” (2018) Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Volume 225 , Issue 4 , S63 - S64. 

  • Fessler, Mary M. et al. “Barriers to Exercise for Low-Income Teens” (2014, abstract) Journal of Adolescent Health, Volume 54, Issue 2, S1.

Poster Presentations

  • Hatfield S, Malley K, Fessler MM, Mansour A, Chang C, Terrell S, Bastian J, Williams B. The Development of Street Medicine Foot Care Clinics: Recentering the Dignity of Unhoused Patients. University of Michigan Asylum Collaborative Physician for Human Rights Conference. Ann Arbor, MI. April 2023. 

  • Xu H, Sienko P, Fessler MM, Mansour A, Chen A , Shih S, McCallister R, Corbin K, Bastian J, Maben-Feaster R, Williams B. The Street Med Clinical Playbook: Initiating a Novel Curriculum & Protocol for Field-Based Care. Diversity in Medicine Conference. Ann Arbor, MI. March 2023. 

  • Fessler, M., Currey, E., Lorenzana, E., Collier, K. Medical Student Grief: A Mixed Methods Needs Assessment & the Development of a Novel, Self-Directed Curriculum. 2022 Association for Academic Psychiatry Annual Meeting. Denver, Colorado. September 2022. 

  • Currey, E., Fessler, M., & Lorenzana, E. Coping With Crisis Curriculum: Development of an Introductory Curriculum About Grief, Death, and Dying for Clinical Year Medical Students. American Psychiatric Association 2022 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. May 2022. 

  • Fessler, M., Lorenzana, E., Sharif, L., Urias, M., Guduguntla, B. Auxocardia: The Heart Growing Work of Becoming a Healthcare Provider. Health Professions Education Day. Ann Arbor, MI. April 2022. 

  • Currey, E., Fessler, M., & Lorenzana, E. Novel, self-directed curriculum for clinical year medical students designed to normalize grieving and provide structured reflection about the impact of patient deaths on professional identity development. Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA) 2022 Annual Conference. March 2022. 

  • Warburton, A., Moreira, A., Jabour, S., Fessler, M., Bishop, R., Graca, G., McCallister, R., Pinskey, B., Borah, L., Vasudevan, A., Pajewski, R., Bastian, J. Wolverine Street Medicine: Medical Education on the Streets. The Development of a Street Medicine Elective Course. International Street Medicine Symposium XVII. Virtual. October 2021. 

  • Yang, D., Cahalan, S., Corbin, C., Garpestad, C., Bishop, R., Jabour, S., Fessler, M. Our Unhoused Neighbors: Supporting Homeless Communities During a Pandemic. Med ECG Student Leadership Symposium. Ann Arbor, MI. October 2020. 

  • Vasudevan, A., Guo, M., Bishop, R., Jabour, S., Fessler M., Klim, C., Pajewski, R., Bastian, J. Wolverine Street Medicine: Medical Education on the Streets. The Development of a Street Medicine Elective Course. Sujal M. Parikh Symposium for Health and Social Justice. September 2019. Ann Arbor, MI. 

  • Wasag, J., et al. Community Health Needs Assessment-Toledo District. AAFP Global Health Conference. Virtual. October 2020. -Wasag, J. et al. Community Health Needs Assessment-Toledo District. Geisel School Research Symposium, Hanover, NH, October 2017.