Deepshikha Ashana, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Professor in Department of Population Health Sciences
Core Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Campus mail 115 Hanes House, 315 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 660-0929
Email address deepshikha.ashana@duke.edu

Dr. Deepshikha Ashana's research focuses on understanding and addressing mechanisms of differences in serious illness care among underserved patients. She uses mixed methods to study epidemiologic trends in national health claims data and understand patient perspectives on serious illness care, with a particular focus on modifiable clinician and health system factors.

She received her undergraduate, medical, and business degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, before moving to Los Angeles to complete her internal medicine residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. She subsequently worked as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company where she gained experience in health system operations and change management. While completing a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, she received formal training in research methods through the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology program.

She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care. She cares for patients in the Duke University Hospital medical intensive care unit and at Duke Health Center at Southpoint.

Dr. Ashana lives in Raleigh with her husband and son where they enjoy cooking, hiking, and watching international films.

Education and Training

  • Fellowship, Pulmonary And Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania, 2016 - 2019
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of California - Los Angeles, 2012 - 2015
  • M.S., University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, 2019
  • M.D., University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, 2012
  • M.B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2012

Publications

Cox, Christopher E., Deepshikha Charan Ashana, Nita Khandelwal, Arif H. Kamal, and Ruth A. Engelberg. “Improving Outcomes Measurement in Palliative Care: The Lasting Impact of Randy Curtis and his Collaborators.” J Pain Symptom Manage 63, no. 6 (June 2022): e579–86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2022.03.012.

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35595371
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Ashana, Deepshikha Charan, Adina Jan, Alice Parish, Kimberly S. Johnson, Karen E. Steinhauser, Maren K. Olsen, and Christopher E. Cox. “Interpersonal Perception: Family- and Physician-reported Conflict in the Intensive Care Unit.” Ann Am Thorac Soc, May 27, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1513/AnnalsATS.202202-147RL.

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35622412
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Reich, Amanda J., Stephen Perez, Priscilla Gazarian, Noah D’Arcangelo, Kristina Gonzales, Phillip Rodgers, Deepshikha C. Ashana, Joel S. Weissman, and Keren Ladin. “Is This ACP? A Focus Group Study of Patient Experiences of Advance Care Planning.” J Gen Intern Med 37, no. 6 (May 2022): 1484–93. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-021-07208-3.

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35018570
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Ashana, Deepshikha Charan, Noah D’Arcangelo, Priscilla K. Gazarian, Avni Gupta, Stephen Perez, Amanda J. Reich, Jennifer Tjia, Scott D. Halpern, Joel S. Weissman, and Keren Ladin. “"Don't Talk to Them About Goals of Care": Understanding Disparities in Advance Care Planning.” J Gerontol a Biol Sci Med Sci 77, no. 2 (February 3, 2022): 339–46. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glab091.

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33780534
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Gazarian, Priscilla, Avni Gupta, Amanda Reich, Stephen Perez, Robert Semco, Holly Prigerson, Deepshikha Ashana, et al. “Educational Resources and Self-Management Support to Engage Patients in Advance Care Planning: An Interpretation of Current Practice in the US.” Am J Hosp Palliat Care, January 25, 2022, 10499091211064834. https://doi.org/10.1177/10499091211064834.

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35077259
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Cox, Christopher E., Deepshikha Charan Ashana, Krista L. Haines, David Casarett, Maren K. Olsen, Alice Parish, Yasmin Ali O’Keefe, et al. “Assessment of Clinical Palliative Care Trigger Status vs Actual Needs Among Critically Ill Patients and Their Family Members.” Jama Netw Open 5, no. 1 (January 4, 2022): e2144093. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.44093.

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35050358
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Ashana, Deepshikha Charan, Vincent K. Chan, Sitaram Vangala, and Douglas S. Bell. “The Impact of Resident Holdover Admissions on Length of Hospital Stay and Risk of Transfer to an Intensive Care Unit.” Journal of Patient Safety 17, no. 8 (December 2021): e1855–59. https://doi.org/10.1097/pts.0000000000000662.

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32217935
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Ashana, Deepshikha Charan, George L. Anesi, Vincent X. Liu, Gabriel J. Escobar, Christopher Chesley, Nwamaka D. Eneanya, Gary E. Weissman, William Dwight Miller, Michael O. Harhay, and Scott D. Halpern. “Equitably Allocating Resources during Crises: Racial Differences in Mortality Prediction Models.” Am J Respir Crit Care Med 204, no. 2 (July 15, 2021): 178–86. https://doi.org/10.1164/rccm.202012-4383OC.

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33751910
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Miller, William Dwight, Xuan Han, Monica E. Peek, Deepshikha Charan Ashana, and William F. Parker. “Accuracy of the Sequential Organ Failure Assessment Score for In-Hospital Mortality by Race and Relevance to Crisis Standards of Care.” Jama Netw Open 4, no. 6 (June 1, 2021): e2113891. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.13891.

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34143190
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Cox, Christopher E., Isaretta L. Riley, Deepshikha C. Ashana, Krista Haines, Maren K. Olsen, Jessie Gu, Elias H. Pratt, et al. “Improving racial disparities in unmet palliative care needs among intensive care unit family members with a needs-targeted app intervention: The ICUconnect randomized clinical trial.” Contemp Clin Trials 103 (April 2021): 106319. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2021.106319.

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33592310
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