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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 employed by Penn Medicine.

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

About Dr. Michael Ashburn

Recognized by America's Top Doctors for 2017

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009 - 2012, 2015 - 2018

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's May 2018 Top Docs issue

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.

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

Clinical Specialties


  • Anesthesiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Anesthesiology - Pain Medicine, 1993
  • Anesthesiology, 1988
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2010
  • Preventive Medicine, 2018

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
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • 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 Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

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


American Academy of Pain Medicine, National American Board of Anesthesiology, National American Medical Association, National American Society of Addiction Medicine, National American Society of Anesthesiologists, National Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Local International Association for the Study of Pain, National Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission's Advisory Committee on Addiction Treatment Services, Local Pennsylvania Medical Society, Local State of Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Ashburn is employed by Penn Medicine.

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.


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
1840 South Street

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

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