Ashley Stark, MD

Ashley Stark, MD

Start Year: 2021


Novato, CA

Where did you attend medical school?
Georgetown University

Where did you complete your residency?
Duke University Medical Center

Who are your mentors?
Dr. Rachel Greenberg and Dr. P. Brian Smith

What are your research and career interests?
Medication usage in neonates, infectious disease in neonates

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a fellowship program?
Clinically, I wanted a program with high volume and acuity where the fellows were given a lot of responsibility and decision making. I also wanted a program that was supportive of research with mentors that have my best interest in mind.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Having attendings not in house overnight (but always available by phone!) has been immensely helpful for my growth and decision-making confidence as a neonatologist. The research mentorship is definitely why I chose to stay at Duke—my mentors were very invested in me during residency and I knew they would continue to be supportive in my fellowship.

About Duke University and Durham

What’s your favorite part about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The restaurant scene is really great here, especially living downtown. I also love that you’re not too far away from the beach or the mountains if you wanted a weekend getaway.

Personal interests

What do you like to do outside of work?
Reading, working out on my Peloton, playing with my dog

Honors and Awards

Thrasher Early Career Award and Pediatric Resident Scholars Award

Publications or Presentations

  • Stark, A., Smith, P. B., Hornik, C. P., Zimmerman, K. O., Hornik, C. D., Pradeep, S., Clark, R. H., Benjamin, D. K., Jr, Laughon, M., & Greenberg, R. G. (2021). Medication Use in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Changes from 2010to 2018. The Journal of Pediatrics,S0022-3476(21)00860-X. Advance online publication.

  • Stark, A., Cantrell. S., Greenberg, R.G., Permar, S.R., Weimer, K.E.D. (2021). Long-term Outcomes After Postnatal Cytomegalovirus Infection in Low Birthweight Preterm Infants: A Systematic Review. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 2021, Mar 5.

  • Stark, A., Peterson, J., Weimer, K.E.M., Hornik, C.D. Postnatally Acquired CMV Meningitis Diagnosed Via BioFire FilmArray: A case report. Journal of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine. 2020 Dec 4. [online ahead of print]

  • Stark, A., England, M., Clark, R., Laughon, M., Cohen-Wolkowiez, M., Childers, J., Benjamin Jr, D., Smith, P.B., Wade, K., Greenberg, R. Dosing of Antimicrobials in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Does Clinical Practice Reflect Published Recommendations?: An Update. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 2020 Aug; 39(8):713-717.

  • Stark, A., Dammann, C., Nielsen, H. and Volpe, M. A Pathogenic Relationship of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and Retinopathy of Prematurity? A Review of Angiogenic Mediators in Both Diseases. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 2018 June 13;6:125.