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. When he is not teaching, writing, or conducting medical education research, he practices outpatient and inpatient medical care for children at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society, the Catholic Medical Association, and in 2017 was elected to the executive committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Bioethics.
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 Eastern Rite Catholic deacon), and one a Roman Catholic priest (now serving at the Vatican embassy in Washington DC as secretary to the Papal Nuncio). He became active in the pro-life cause in high school, organizing local student-run rallies for life. He now lives with his wife Shruti (a family physician) and two growing boys in Dublin, Ohio.