Stanley Ashley, MD, is Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as the Frank Sawyer Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.
A graduate of Oberlin College and Cornell University Medical College, he completed a residency in General Surgery and joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. He subsequently spent 7 years at the University of California at Los Angeles until 1997 where he assumed the position of Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Program Director of the General Surgery Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as his current position at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Ashley is a gastrointestinal surgeon whose primary interests are diseases of the pancreas and inflammatory bowel disease. His research, which has been funded by both the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Institute of Health, has examined the pathophysiology of the small bowel and pancreas. His focus recently is on practical aspects of measurement of surgical quality and how these can be applied to improve outcomes, particularly for the individual caregivers. Closely related to this, he has an interest in physician education, both at the graduate and postgraduate (MOC) levels, and its integration into a certification/recertification process that ensures quality of care.
He is the author of more than 300 publications. He serves on numerous editorial boards, including the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Current Problems in Surgery, and ACS Surgery. He is a former Chair of the American Board of Surgery and currently Secretary of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and serves on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). He recently co-authored the book The Making of a Surgeon with John Hanc.