Deepshikha Ashana, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
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

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, March 22, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1164/rccm.202012-4383OC.

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33751910
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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 (February 13, 2021): 106319. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2021.106319.

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33592310
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Cox, Christopher E., Maren K. Olsen, David Casarett, Krista Haines, Mashael Al-Hegelan, Raquel R. Bartz, Jason N. Katz, et al. “Operationalizing needs-focused palliative care for older adults in intensive care units: Design of and rationale for the PCplanner randomized clinical trial.” Contemp Clin Trials 98 (November 2020): 106163. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2020.106163.

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33007442
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Gupta, Avni, Ginger Jin, Amanda Reich, Holly G. Prigerson, Keren Ladin, Dae Kim, Deepshikha Charan Ashana, Zara Cooper, Scott D. Halpern, and Joel S. Weissman. “Association of Billed Advance Care Planning with End-of-Life Care Intensity for 2017 Medicare Decedents.” J Am Geriatr Soc 68, no. 9 (September 2020): 1947–53. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.16683.

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32853429
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Ashana, Deepshikha Charan, Chrystal Lewis, and Joanna Lee Hart. “Dealing with "Difficult" Patients and Families: Making a Case for Trauma-informed Care in the Intensive Care Unit.” Ann Am Thorac Soc 17, no. 5 (May 2020): 541–44. https://doi.org/10.1513/AnnalsATS.201909-700IP.

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31944818
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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 Publish Ahead of Print (March 24, 2020). https://doi.org/10.1097/pts.0000000000000662.

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Ashana, Deepshikha Charan, Xiaoxue Chen, Abiy Agiro, Gayathri Sridhar, Ann Nguyen, John Barron, Kevin Haynes, et al. “Advance Care Planning Claims and Health Care Utilization Among Seriously Ill Patients Near the End of Life.” Jama Netw Open 2, no. 11 (November 1, 2019): e1914471. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.14471.

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31675087
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Ashana, Deepshikha C., Scott D. Halpern, Craig A. Umscheid, Meeta Prasad Kerlin, and Michael O. Harhay. “Clinician Use of Advance Care Planning Billing Codes among Privately Insured Patients in 2016.” J Palliat Med 22, no. 11 (November 2019): 1304–5. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2019.0285.

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31661390
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Ashana, Deepshikha Charan, Craig A. Umscheid, Alisa J. Stephens-Shields, Rachel Kohn, Vanessa Madden, Michael O. Harhay, Yong Chen, and Meeta Prasad Kerlin. “Determining the Association Between End-of-Life Care Resources and Patient Outcomes in Pennsylvania ICUs.” Crit Care Med 47, no. 11 (November 2019): 1591–98. https://doi.org/10.1097/CCM.0000000000003969.

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31464767
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Ashana, Deepshikha C., Scott D. Halpern, Craig A. Umscheid, Meeta P. Kerlin, and Michael O. Harhay. “Use of Advance Care Planning Billing Codes in a Retrospective Cohort of Privately Insured Patients.” J Gen Intern Med 34, no. 11 (November 2019): 2307–9. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-019-05132-1.

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31367871
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