Prof Mark Ashton

Research Biography

Professor Ashton is the clinical Professor of Surgery and Honorary Professor of Anatomy at the University of Melbourne, and Chair of Plastic Surgery at Epworth Freemasons Hospital. He is the former Head of Plastic Surgery at The Royal Melbourne Hospital (2001-2016) and Royal Women’s Hospital (2000-2016).  Professor Ashton is the past President of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (2017 – 2019). He is an Invited Editor for the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal in America, and co-Editor in Chief of the Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery. He is an invited faculty member of the International Perforator Flap Course in Belgium, and a member of the London and Stockholm Breast meetings. Professor Ashton is the Chairman of the Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course, and the Plastic Surgery Specialty Elected Counsellor to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Professor Ashton serves on the Board of Training, and Council, for the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, The New Zealand Society of Plastic Surgeons, and on the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.  Professor Ashton is the Director of the Taylor Research Lab within the Anatomy Department of the University of Melbourne, and a past Board Member and past Chair of the Surgical Committee for Interplast, a not-for-profit charity, providing Plastic Surgery to the Asia Pacific. Professor Ashton is a member of the Perioperative Expert Advisory Board for Safer Care Victoria. He has published eleven book chapters and over 200 articles on Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in peer reviewed national and international journals.

Professional Memberships and Associations:

  • The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

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