Euan A. Ashley

Cardiologist, Heart failure cardiologist

Associate Dean, School of Medicine, Roger and Joelle Burnell Professor of Genomics and Precision Health, Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine), of Genetics, of Biomedical Data Science and, by courtesy, of Pathology

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Born in Scotland, Dr. Ashley graduated with 1st class Honors in Physiology and Medicine from the University of Glasgow. He completed medical residency and a PhD at the University of Oxford before moving to Stanford University where he trained in cardiology and advanced heart failure, joining the faculty in 2006. His group is focused on the science of precision medicine. In 2010, he led the team that carried out the first clinical interpretation of a human genome. The article became one of the most cited in clinical medicine that year and was later featured in the Genome Exhibition at the Smithsonian in DC. Over the following 3 years, the team extended the approach to the first whole genome molecular autopsy, to a family of four, and to a case series of patients in primary care. They now routinely apply genome sequencing to the diagnosis of patients at Stanford hospital where Dr Ashley directs the Clinical Genome Program and the Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease. Dr Ashley has a passion for rare genetic disease and was the first co-chair of the steering committee of the Undiagnosed Diseases Network. He was a recipient of the National Innovation Award from the American Heart Association and the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. He is part of the winning team of the $75m One Brave Idea competition and co-founder of three companies: Personalis Inc ($PSNL), Deepcell Inc, and SVExa Inc. He was recognized by the Obama White House for his contributions to Personalized Medicine and in 2018 was awarded the American Heart Association Medal of Honor for Genomic and Precision Medicine. He was appointed Stanford Associate Dean in 2019. In 2021, his first book The Genome Odyssey - Medical Mysteries and the Incredible Quest to Solve Them was released. Father to three young Americans, in his ‘spare’ time, he tries to understand American football, plays jazz saxophone, and conducts research on the health benefits of single malt Scotch whisky.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Board Certification: Royal College of Physicians-U.K., Cardiology (1999)
  • Residency: University of Oxford (1996) UK
  • Internship: University of Glasgow (1997) Scotland
  • Medical Education: University of Glasgow (1996) Scotland
  • Fellowship: University of Oxford (2002) UK
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Medical Center (2006) CA
  • DPhil, University of Oxford, Molecular Cardiology (2002)
  • MRCP (UK), Royal College of Physicians (UK), Medicine (1999)
  • MB ChB, University of Glasgow, Medicine (1996)
  • BSc (Hons), University of Glasgow, Physiology (1993)

Honors & Awards
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Basic Science Award, Stanford University (2004)
  • Career Development Award (K08), National Institutes of Health (2006)
  • Faculty Scholar, Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation (2009)
  • Fellow, American Heart Association (2009)
  • Fellow, American Society of Clinical Investigation (2016)
  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians (London) (2017)
  • Innovative Research Award, American Heart Association (2008)
  • Medal of Honor (Genomic and Precision Medicine), American Heart Association (2018)
  • NIH Director's New Innovator Award, National Institutes of Health (2009)
  • One Brave Idea, American Heart Association (2017)
  • Roger and Joelle Burnell Chair of Genomics and Precision Health, Stanford University (2021)
  • Western Affiliates Young Investigator Award, American Heart Association (2004)
  • Young Investigator Award, European Society of Cardiology (2002)
  • Young Investigator Award (Basic), Astra-Zeneca (2003)
  • Young Investigator Prize in Cardiovascular Medicine, UK Medical Research Society (2002)

Administrative Appointments
  • Co-chair, Cardiovascular Working Group, Clinical Genome Resource (Clingen) (2014 - 2016)
  • Co-chair, NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Network (2014 - 2017)
  • Co-Director, Stanford Research Training Program in Myocardial Biology (T32) (2010 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Stanford Data Science Initiative (2016 - 2021)
  • Co-Director, Stanford Center for Digital Health (2017 - Present)
  • Director, Stanford Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Laboratory (2007 - Present)
  • Executive Committee, Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC) (2018 - Present)
  • Executive Committee, Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance (2021 - Present)
  • Founding Director, Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease (2010 - Present)
  • Leadership committee, AHA Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology (2009 - 2014)
  • Medical Director, Stanford Clinical Genomics (2013 - Present)
  • Member, Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Translating Genomic-based Research for Health (2012 - 2015)


Practice Locations

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive, 2nd Floor, Room A260

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 736-7878

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Stanford Sports Cardiology Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive, 2nd Floor, Room A260

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 736-7878

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Hypertension Center Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive, 1st Floor, Suite A11

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 723-6961

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Clinical Genomics in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

+1 (800) 756-9000

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Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 736-7878

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Dr. Ashley and Heidi Salsbury are always clear and informative, while offering warmth & concern.
Heidi Salisbury & Euan Ashley are an amazing team. I am grateful beyond words for their caring and expertise.
Dr. Ashley is as good as it gets!
Dr. Ashley exceeded all expectations. He was exceptionally communicative and engaging highest works!
Dr. Euan A. Ashley was FANTASTIC, very coining, conveyed explanations very clearly, provided concern. I would recommend Dr. Ashley to everyone. Thank you Dr. Ashley. It was a pleasure to be your patient.
Dr. Ashley was exceptional on all counts. His expertise was clear and he was extremely accessible and helpful and understanding.
Dr. Weldy, Dr. Ashley and RN Heidi Salisbury provided the direction to my healthcare and recovery which gave me the peace of mind I've been longing for. Thank you!
Dr. Ashley is a highly skilled clinicians, which is extraordinary in someone with such an extensive research background.
The team of Dr. Ashley and Heidi Salisbury is absolutely world class.
I have respect for Dr. Ashley & a "relationship" having been in CCU under his care prior. The scheduling...
Dr. Ashley is excellent. Fellow Dr. David O'Yang was excellent.
Good experience.
My appointment was totally with Dr. Ashley & nurse Heide Salisbury - THEY WERE OUTSTANDING.
Dr. Ashley & his fellows, nurses, etc. have always been exceptional. His assistants follow his excellent lead.
Dr. Ashley: outstanding doctor: very intelligent, knowledgeable and inspired confidence with his observations, judgement and advice. Fortunate to have him as my doctor as you are fortunate to have him at Stanford. Great partnership with nurse Salisbury.
Dr. Ashley is always warm, competent, sensitive & encouraging.
In my first visit a few years ago the same dr. was a bit impatient w/all of my questions, but not this time. Very thorough appt. & question & answer session.
Dr. Ashley is also the greatest. What a team!
Always happy to come see my son's Dr. Ashley best doctor every. All his assistance are wonderful.
I was seen over the course of over 3 1/2 hours by 5 medical professionals - 2 MD's, 2 RN's & 1 genetic counselor all of whom were clear in there explanations and who work as a team - seamlessly working together!
I believe I've already recommended Dr. Ashley to others. Also the resident who came in to talk with me first was very thorough and took detailed notes, very impressed. I forgot her name?
Heldi & Dr. Ashley are wonderful!!
The best medical experience I have ever had.
Full confidence in this provider. I've already recommended members of my family to Dr. Ashley.
Dr. Ashley was OUTSTANDING.
Very professional & caring.
Had multiple care providers to unable to answer.
Doctor, nurse and entire support staff are excellent!
Exceptional level of care and knowledge.

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