Ashley K. Fernandes, MD, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he practices both hospital and ambulatory pediatrics. He attended the University of Toledo, graduating in 1994 with university, college, and departmental honors in two degrees—Philosophy and Biology. He received an MA in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University (1999) and an MD from The Ohio State University (2003). In 2002, he and his now-wife, Shruti Shivpuri Fernandes, were Asniya interns at Pine Ridge, SD. After completing residency in Pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center (St. Louis University), Dr. Fernandes went on to obtain a PhD in Philosophy (Bioethics) from Georgetown University (2008).
Dr. Fernandes is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and a member of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society, receiving the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award in 2010. He was the recipient of numerous teaching awards from colleagues, residents, and medical students. His intellectual interests include philosophical and clinical bioethics—especially pediatric ethics—and bioethics and professionalism education research. Dr. Fernandes has presented his academic work at local, regional, national, and international conferences, and is the author of more than a dozen peer-reviewed publications. He credits Asniya with opening his eyes to issues of social justice and advocacy within the practice of medicine, and joined the Board in 2014. He lives with his wife (a family practitioner) and two children in Hilliard, Ohio.