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. He attended the University of Toledo, graduating in 1994 with university (magna cum laude), college, and departmental honors in two degrees—Philosophy and Biology. He received an MA in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University (1999); an MD from The Ohio State University (2003); and a PhD in Bioethics from Georgetown University (2008). Dr. Fernandes also completed a residency in Pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center (St. Louis University), and is board certified in General Pediatrics. He is the director of the bioethics course for Wright State University medical students, and, when not teaching, writing, or conducting medical education research, practices outpatient pediatrics at the Rockinghorse Center (a medical home for underserved children in Springfield, OH) and provides inpatient medical care for children at the Dayton Children’s Medical Center.
Dr. Fernandes is of Indian descent, his father (a physician) and mother (an educator), having emigrated from Mumbai, India before he was born. He has four brothers: two physicians, one magistrate (and deacon), and one a Roman Catholic priest (and dean of the seminary in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati). He became active in the prolife cause in high school, organizing local student-run rallies for life. He now lives with his wife Shruti (a family physician) and two little boys in Dayton, Ohio.