Dr Byrne read medicine at University College Dublin and then completed specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in London, obtaining the M.R.C.O.G. Following that, she completed a four year research fellowship with the Medical Research Council before taking up a substantive NHS consultant post in Genitourinary Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital. Research included early work on the Human Papilloma Virus (for which there is now an effective vaccine), drug treatment trials of genital herpes and the effects of infections on the lower genital tract – all of which she has been published on extensively.
Dr Byrne established and developed a Vulvovaginal Clinical Service (VVCS) at St Mary’s and Hammersmith Hospital with Mr McIndoe. This service has evolved into providing care for women with diseases and conditions affecting the lower genital tract and especially welcomes women where there is difficulty in establishing an accurate diagnosis and those with complex needs.Dr Byrne is a founding member of the British Society for the Study of Vulval Diseases and has served on the committee for seven years.