Dr. John Ashurst, emergency medicine physician, has accepted a position with Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center to serve as Research Director and core faculty for Conemaugh Memorial’s Emergency Medicine Residency program.
Dr. Ashurst is a graduate of Northern Cambria High School and Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. He received a Masters of Clinical Science from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Bethlehem, PA where he also served as Chief Resident.
Most recently, Dr. Ashurst has been serving on the Emergency Medicine Clinical Faculty at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, PA. “I rotated through the Conemaugh Health System as a student and I am excited to be able to return to the area to practice medicine and work with resident physicians,” says Dr. Ashurst. “I enjoy emergency medicine and the ability to impact people’s lives.”
As Research Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency, Dr. Ashurst will help residents develop clinical research. Dr. Ashurst is very involved with research and is a member of the American Medical Writers Association. He serves as a Peer Reviewer for numerous national journals including The International Medical Case Reports Journal, The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association and as a section editor for the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. He also served as Editor in Chief for The Internet Journal of Disaster Medicine.
In 2008, Dr. Ashurst was one of the first recipients of the local Apollo Scholarship; he received a second Apollo Scholarship in 2009. In accepting the scholarships, Dr. Ashurst committed to returning to the area to practice medicine upon completion of his medical training. He is the first Apollo Scholarship recipient to reach this milestone.
Dr. Magdi Azer, chairman of the Apollo Scholarship committee and a member of the Cambria County Medical Society, one of the scholarship partners, is excited that Dr. Ashurst has returned to the area.
“The Apollo Scholarship program was established to encourage young, local physicians to come back to the Cambria/Somerset region to practice medicine,” he said. “We know they have many opportunities once they complete their residencies. The fact that Dr. Ashurst has returned to the region tells us he’s the type of committed physician our community needs. It also tells us that the scholarship program is working. We’re glad he’s here.”
In addition to the Apollo Scholarship, Dr. Ashurst has received several professional honors and recognitions including national recognition as the CORD Resident Academic Achievement Award recipient and the Lehigh Valley Health Network Resident Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Ashurst’s wife is also a physician; she is currently completing a fellowship in minimally invasive gynecology surgery at the Mayo Clinic.
About Conemaugh Health System
Conemaugh Health System is the largest healthcare provider in west central Pennsylvania, serving over a half-million patients each year through the Conemaugh Physician Group and Medical Staff, a network of hospitals, specialty clinics and patient focused programs. Conemaugh’s 4,500+ employees and 350+ physicians are committed to excellence and repeatedly earn state and national recognition for exceptional clinical outcomes. Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, the system’s flagship hospital, provides sophisticated technology, the highest levels of trauma and neonatal intensive care and a committed history of training tomorrow’s physician, nurses and allied health providers. For more information on Conemaugh, visit us at www.conemaugh.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Conemaugh.
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