Marzena Sasnal, PhD, MA, is a qualitative & mixed methods-oriented social scientist, experienced in health services, medical education, and migration research with publication record, grant support, and extensive administrative experience. Dr. Sasnal currently works as Social Science Researcher at the S-SPIRE Center and is thrilled to contribute to research aiming to improve public health. Before joining Stanford, she studied the adaptation processes of highly skilled migrants in Silicon Valley. Dr. Sasnal collaborates with multidisciplinary teams and assists principal investigators with designing, conducting, and managing qualitative and mixed methods research projects. Additionally, she provides guidance to less experienced colleagues, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on research methods. Dr. Sasnal has contributed to academic and grant research projects on various topics: medical education, implementation & evaluation science, innovations in care, patient-provider communication, patient-centered care, palliative care, among others.

Education & Certifications

  • PhD, University of Wroclaw, Poland, Social Sciences (Sociology), concentration: Sociology of Migration (2019)
  • MA, University of Wroclaw, Poland, Sociology, concentration: Communication and Market Research (2010)
  • BA, University of Wroclaw, Poland, International Relations and Affairs, concentration: International Economic Relations (2009)

All Publications

  • COVID-19 Impact on Surgical Resident Education and Coping. The Journal of surgical research Wise, C. E., Bereknyei Merrell, S. n., Sasnal, M. n., Forrester, J. D., Hawn, M. T., Lau, J. N., Lin, D. T., Schmiederer, I. S., Spain, D. A., Nassar, A. K., Knowlton, L. M. 2021; 264: 534–43


    Healthcare systems and surgical residency training programs have been significantly affected by the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. A shelter-in-place and social distancing mandate went into effect in our county on March 16, 2020, considerably altering clinical and educational operations. Along with the suspension of elective procedures, resident academic curricula transitioned to an entirely virtual platform. We aimed to evaluate the impact of these modifications on surgical training and resident concerns about COVID-19.We surveyed residents and fellows from all eight surgical specialties at our institution regarding their COVID-19 experiences from March to May 2020. Residents completed the survey via a secure Qualtrics link. A total of 38 questions addressed demographic information and perspectives regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on surgical training, education, and general coping during the pandemic.Of 256 eligible participants across surgical specialties, 146 completed the survey (57.0%). Junior residents comprised 43.6% (n = 61), compared to seniors 37.1% (n = 52) and fellows 19.3% (n = 27). Most participants, 97.9% (n = 138), anticipated being able to complete their academic year on time, and 75.2% (n = 100) perceived virtual learning to be the same as or better than in-person didactic sessions. Participants were most concerned about their ability to have sufficient knowledge and skills to care for patients with COVID-19, and the possibility of exposure to COVID-19.Although COVID-19 impacted residents' overall teaching and clinical volume, residency programs may identify novel virtual opportunities to meet their educational and research milestones during these challenging times.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jss.2021.01.017

    View details for PubMedID 33862581

  • Polsko-niemieckie sąsiedztwo. Opinie mieszkańców Zgorzelca Polsko-niemieckie transgranicza – rozmyte konfiguracje tożsamości Sasnal, M. edited by Kurcz, Z., Opiłowska, E. GAJT, Wroclaw. 2011: 55-72
  • Ein uneinheitliches Bild deutsch-polnischer Nachbarschaft. Forschungen zu den Ansichten von Einwohnern der Grenzstadt Zgorzelec Inter Finitimos: Jahrbuch zur Deutsch-Polnischen Beziehungsgeschichte Sasnal, M. 2011: 148-167
  • Bezpieczeństwo w Görlitz i Zgorzelcu w opiniach mieszkańców Zgorzelec jako miasto pograniczne w opiniach jego mieszkańców Sasnal, M. edited by Dolińska, K., Niedźwiecka-Iwańczak, N. GAJT, Wroclaw. 2011: 147-165
  • Tożsamość narodowa czy tożsamość europejska? Polska emigracja w Wielkiej Brytanii Kwestie narodowościowe w świetle procesów integracyjnych w Europie Zając, M. edited by Mikucka-Wójtowicz, D., Kopeć, R. Wydawnictwo Naukowe Akademii Pedagogicznej im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej, Kraków. 2009: 147-154
  • Bezpieczeństwo danych. Czynnik ludzki najsłabszym ogniwem zabezpieczeń Rola informatyki w naukach ekonomicznych i społecznych: zeszyty naukowe Zając, M., Sasnal, P. M. 2008; 1: 227-236