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Michael Ashburn, MD, MPH, MBA

Michael Ashburn, MD, MPH, MBA Physician

Director, Pain Medicine and Palliative Care Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Ashburn is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

In New Jersey, providers are affiliated with Penn Medicine through Clinical Health Care Associates of New Jersey.

About Dr. Michael Ashburn

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

Overall Ratings

Patient Comments

Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Anesthesiology - Pain Medicine, 1993
  • Anesthesiology, 1988
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2010

Clinical Expertise:

  • Back Pain
  • BOTOX Therapy
  • Cancer Pain Management
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
  • Facial Pain
  • Fluoroscopy Guided Injection
  • Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)
  • Joint Injections
  • Motor Point Blocks
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Pain - Non-Pharmacological Treatment
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant
  • Spinal Infusion Drug Pump Implantation
  • Spine Pain
  • Trigger Point Joint Injections

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Ashburn is professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, and a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Director of the Penn Pain Medicine Center and Co-Director of the Palliative Care Program at the Abramson Cancer Center. The focus of Dr. Ashburn's clinical practice is pain medicine and palliative care, including the medical management of patients with complex pain problems as well as the use of interventional therapy for the treatment of pain.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of South Alabama School of Medicine
Residency: University of Alabama Hospital
Fellowship: University of Utah Medical Center

Memberships

Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy, National Academy of Hospice Physicians, National Academy of the Health Sciences, US Army, National Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), National American Academy of Pain Medicine, National American Board of Anesthesiology , National American Board of Anesthesiology, National American Medical Association, National American Pain Foundation, National American Pain Society, National American Pharmaceutical Association , National American Political Science Association, National American Society of Addiction Medicine, National American Society of Anesthesiologists, National American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, National Association for Health Services Research, National Association of Military Surgeons of the US, National City of Philadelphia, Local Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Local Food and Drug Administration, National Independence Blue Cross, Local International Anesthesia Research Society, National International Association for the Study of Pain, National International College of Hospice/Palliative Care, National Medical Outcomes Trust, National Methadone Death and Incident Review Team, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, State of Pennsylvania, Local National Hospice Organization, National National Institutes of Health, National Operation Smile, International, National Pain Care Coalition, National Pennsylvania Department of Health, Local Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission's Advisory Committee on Addiction Treatment Services, Local Pennsylvania Medical Society, Local Pennsylvania Pain Coalition, Local Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists, Local Rehabilitation Accreditation Committee (CARF), National Salt Lake County Medical Society, Local Salt Lake County Medical Society, Local Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, National Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces, National State of Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program , Local US Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, National Utah Academy of Pain Medicine, Local Utah Medical Association, Local Utah Medical Foundation, Local Utah Pain Research Foundation, Local Utah Pain Research Foundation, Local Utah Society of Anesthesiologists, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Ashburn is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Description of Research Expertise:

Dr. Ashburn was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow from 1995 - 1996, where he served as a health policy advisor for Senator Orrin Hatch (R, UT) in Washington, DC. He served as the Chairman of the Pain Care Coalition from 2000-2002, and as the chair of the Pennsylvania Pain Coalition from 2009 to 2012. Dr. Ashburn has served as a consultant to the Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice, and the Food and Drug Administration, and was a member of the Anesthesia and Life Saving Drugs Advisory Board for the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Ashburn is currently serving on the Pennsylvania House Advisory Committee on Opioid Addiction and the Pennsylvania State Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse.

Dr. Ashburn's research interests include the conduct of clinical trials to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new methods for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. In addition, Dr. Ashburn have been active in the development and implementation of patient-reported outcome measures in pain and palliative care, and the use of the information obtained from this information to improve the process of patient care, and ultimately patient outcomes. Ongoing projects include several projects related to improving the care of patients receiving chronic opioids for the treatment of non cancer pain.

Academic Contact Info

Penn Pain Medicine Center
Tuttleman Center
Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse
1840 South Street, 2nd Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: 215-893-7251
Fax: 215-893-7267
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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