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Patricia Lynn Ashley, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Campus mail: 2424 Erwin Road, Suite 504, Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 681-3501
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My current clinical time is divided between inpatient and outpatient care of infants who graduate from the ICN or TCN.  In addition, I am a provider in our Transitions program for the most medically fragile and complex infants that we care for.
My research interests center on how Nutrition influences growth and development, primarily in infants born extremely premature.  Through a combination of clinical research and basic science involving study of the microbiome and metabolome, we are seeking new answers regarding how to optimize growth, development, and eventual long term outcomes for these infants.
I also have taken on administrative and regulatory roles involving research over the last three years when I became a member of the IRB.  More recently I have taken on the role of Director for the Children's Clinical Research Unit.


Education and Training

  • Resident, Pediatrics, University of Texas at Dallas, 1991 - 1994
  • M.D., University of Texas at Dallas, 1991
  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, 1984