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Ashley Allen, MD, MSPH

Fellowship year:  2020-2021; 2021-2022

Residency:  Medicine/Pediatrics, University of Michigan

Ashley was born and raised just outside of Portland, Oregon and continues to love all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She went to undergrad in the lovely San Diego at USD, then spent a year as an Americorps member back in Oregon working with youth in a healthcare pipeline program. She then started her journey east and went to medical school in the frigid Rochester, MN. While there, she took a year off and got her Master’s in Public Health (with a focus on Maternal & Child Health) at UNC, where she met her now husband Justin and fell in love in the quaint town of Carrboro. After graduating from medical school, Ashley decided she hadn’t had enough of the Midwest winters and completed a residency in Med/Peds at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While there, she raised her two kitties (Sam & Cam), got married and had a baby girl named Ava.

Her interest in Palliative Care began in medical school where she found herself drawn to the challenging, intense, emotionally powerful, and significant interactions with patients and families surrounding end of life issues. This interest continued during residency during electives in Palliative Care on both the pediatric and adult sides. While in training, Ashley spent a month in Uganda doing a Palliative Care needs assessment and developing culturally appropriate palliative care guidelines for the Bwindi Community Hospital. Ashley’s interests in Hospice & Palliative Medicine include global palliative care and using her training to create a ‘medical home’ for young adults with complex and life-limiting illness. She is not exactly sure what she wants to do after fellowship; but would love to incorporate these interests while working with a medically underserved population.

Ashley chose UNC for fellowship because after her interview she kept comparing every subsequent place to the experience she’d had at UNC. The people she met at UNC were passionate, kind, and down to earth and she felt like she belonged. Additionally, she loved the global health opportunities, the flexibility to incorporate more pediatrics time, and the incredible Transitions Hospice. Bonus that North Carolina offers a more preferred climate than the Midwest!

Ashley’s interests include spending time with family – whom she convinced to move to NC from Oregon (though she is sure the new grandbaby helped), swimming, reading books for pleasure, trying out new recipes and traveling the world when COVID isn’t making her quarantine. She loves to meet new people and have new experiences and is looking forward to this next chapter!