Isabel Yuriko Stenzel Byrnes


Isabel Yuriko Stenzel Byrnes, MSW, MPH (Stanford, ’94, University of California, Berkeley, ’98, ‘99) is a bereavement social worker at Mission Hospice, where she counsels and leads writing group for those who are grieving. She has lived with cystic fibrosis for 43 years and received a double lung transplant eleven years ago. Isabel has been an active leader for various cystic fibrosis and organ transplant organizations for two decades. Isabel and her late twin published the memoir, "The Power of Two,"and served as international patient advocates in her mother's country, Japan, which led to the creation of a documentary film of the same title. Isabel has lectured around the country on topics such as living well with illness, end-of-life issues and organ donation, including a TEDx Stanford talk in May 2014. For fun, Isabel plays the bagpipes to celebrate her lung donor. She lives in Redwood City and is happily married to Andrew Byrnes.