Dr Elizabeth Ashley

Dr Elizabeth AshleyTel: 020 3447 3343
Fax: 020 3456 3449
Email: elizabeth.ashley@uclh.nhs.uk

University College Hospital

Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

Professional background

Dr Ashley qualified MBChB from Birmingham University in 1989, after gaining an Intercalated degree in Medical Biochemistry in 1986. Dr Ashley undertook training in Anaesthesia at various major teaching hospitals including The Middlesex Hospital, University College Hospital, London, St George's Hospital and Great Ormond Street. She was also an anaesthesia and intensive care registrar at Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia. After spending three years as a consultant with a special interest in Cardiac and Paediatric Anaesthesia at King's College Hospital, London, Dr Ashley moved to UCLH in 2001.She was one of the original anaesthetics consultants involved in the move of cardiothoracic services to the Heart Hospital in Autumn 2001. She is currently College Tutor at the Heart Hospital and has instigated a European Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia training programme.  Dr Ashley has admitting rights at all the major private hospitals in Central London.

Research interests

  • Anaesthesia for cardiac surgery (particularly off-pump coronary surgery)
  • Thoracic surgery and cardiac electrophysiology
  • Vascular anaesthesia and urology
  • Acute pain lead at The Heart Hospital


Anaesthesia for Porphyria  EMC Ashley  British Journal of Hospital Medicine,1996, 56(1): 37-42. 
Anaesthesia for Jehovah’s Witnesses  EMC Ashley  British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 1997, 58(8): 375-380. 
Volatile Anaesthetic Agents in Paediatric Liver Disease   Green D, Ashley EMC  Paediatric Anaesthesia 2002 Oct;12(8):665-73 
Anaesthesia for Coronary artery bypass: should it differ off-pump and on-pump?  Zimbler N, Ashley EM  Hospital Medicine. 2003 Sep;64(9):564 
Should a fibreoptic bronchoscope be used to confirm double lumen tube placement?  Alan McGlennan, EMC Ashley.  Hospital Medicine, 2004 Sept. 65(9): 572 
Is preoperative pacing for bifascicular and trifasicular heart block necessary?  S O’Malley, EMC Ashley  Hospital Medicine, 2004 Oct. 65(10): 636 
Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Management on the ICU  EMC Ashley, M Barnard and Roger Cordery Care of the Critically Ill 2005 June; 21(3): 83-86 
Brugada Syndrome and Anaesthetic Management  Cordery R, Lambiase P,Lowe M, and Ashley EMC. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia  2006, 20(3): 407-414 
Management of Anaesthesia for Jehovah’s Witnesses  Guidelines produced by the Association of Anaesthetists, March 1999  Working party member 
The value of ultrasound and non-quantitative chorionic gonadotrophin estimation in the diagnosis of subacute ectopic pregnancy   Byrne P, Ashley E, Bates G, Shafi M, Constantine G, Khodabukus A, and Evans J.   Lancet i 1989: 386-387 
A comparison of the vasodilation produced by two topical anaesthetics  EMC Ashley, DG C Quick, B El-Behesey and LM Bromley  Anaesthesia 1999, 54(5): 466-469 
The pharmacokinetics of a single rectal dose of paracetamol (40 mg x kg(-1)) in children with liver disease. Cormack CR, Sudan S, Addison R, Keating J, Sherwood RA, Ashley EM   Paediatr Anaesth. 2006 Apr;16(4):417-23. 
A Knife in the back: anaesthetic management  Downie P, Alcock E and Ashley EMC  Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2001; 94: 407-408 
Non-fatal cardiac arrest under anaesthesia for removal of a free-floating thrombus straddling a patent foramen ovale  Meeran H, Vichare S, Kolvekar S, and Ashley E  Care of the Critically Ill 2004, 20(2): 54-56 
So where is the heart?  Mandal A, Ashley EMC, Ward D and Missouris C  British Journal of Cardiology 200    Six book chapters on Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia, Acute Pain and Intensive Care

GMC/GDC number: 3312458