Dr. Jeff Ascherman for Assembly

About DR. Ascherman

Dr. Jeff Ascherman is a Professor of Surgery, and Site Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, at Columbia University. He is now taking this step into politics as he is concerned about the lack of a medical voice in the New York State legislature. He believes in high quality health care for all people. Dr. Ascherman wishes to be a strong advocate for ALL New Yorkers on a statewide level, where so much health care legislation is passed, and where there are so many opportunities to advocate for patients and health care consumers. This step is a continuation of his local community service on Manhattan’s Upper East Side where he served as a Public Member on the local Community Board, working on a variety of health and social service programs. This has enabled him to help people in need in both his professional life and communal activities.

Dr. Ascherman grew up in a small town of 10,000 people in Western Pennsylvania on the shores of Lake Erie. He then attended Harvard University where he obtained a B.A. degree with honors in Engineering Sciences. At Harvard he was also involved in community service projects and student government. After graduating from Harvard, he interned in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, a moderate Republican who was a strong proponent of bipartisan decision-making.  He then attended medical school at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, after which he completed his general surgery as well as his plastic and reconstructive surgery residency training at the Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Ascherman has been an attending physician in the Columbia University Department of Surgery since 1995. He has published over 90 scientific articles and chapters, and has presented his work at a number of national and international meetings. Dr. Ascherman recently served as Principal Investigator for two U.S. multi-center clinical trials examining a new type of breast reconstruction for women with breast cancer. He is the immediate Past-President of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons which has ~650 members from 11 states in the Northeast U.S. Dr. Ascherman is also a member of numerous other medical societies, including the American Medical Association, the Medical Society of the State of New York, the New York County Medical Society, and the American College of Surgeons.  

Beyond his professional activities at Columbia, Dr. Ascherman has remained active in a variety of community service activities. He has been a participant in humanitarian surgical missions, and has traveled numerous times to China as well as to South America to perform volunteer surgeries on children. Dr. Ascherman has lived on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for over 20 years, where he and his wife have raised their 4 children. During this time he has served on his local Community Board as a public member on the Health, Seniors, and Social Services Committee. As a member of this committee, Dr. Ascherman worked on a number of programs and community services, including programs for the elderly, homeless, victims of domestic violence, and people with alcohol and substance abuse difficulties. He was the sole doctor on this committee, and was thus able to serve as a resource for all other committee members on a variety of health issues. He now would like to serve the larger New York State community as a member of the New York Assembly, where he will be able to address key health care and patient advocacy issues--a particularly important activity as there are currently no medical doctors in the New York State legislature, neither in the Assembly nor in the Senate. Additionally, having served on the Community Board, he would like to use his familiarity with a number of community and social programs to continue helping others in his district, and make progress toward building a stronger community for everyone.


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