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Deepshikha Ashana

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
Box 102352, Durham, NC 27710
115 Hanes House, 315 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710


Dr. Deepshikha Ashana's research focuses on understanding and addressing mechanisms of differences in serious illness care among underserved patients. She uses mixed methods to study epidemiologic trends in national health claims data and understand patient perspectives on serious illness care, with a particular focus on modifiable clinician and health system factors.

She received her undergraduate, medical, and business degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, before moving to Los Angeles to complete her internal medicine residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. She subsequently worked as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company where she gained experience in health system operations and change management. While completing a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, she received formal training in research methods through the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology program.

She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care. She cares for patients in the Duke University Hospital medical intensive care unit and at Duke Health Center at Southpoint.

Dr. Ashana lives in Raleigh with her husband and son where they enjoy cooking, hiking, and watching international films.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Medicine · 2021 - Present Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Medicine
Assistant Professor in Department of Population Health Sciences · 2022 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments
Core Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy · 2022 - Present Duke-Margolis Institute for Health Policy, Initiatives

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine · 2019 M.S.
University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine · 2012 M.D.
University of Pennsylvania · 2012 M.B.A.