Ashley Anderson

Student Division Treasurer-Elect

Ashley is a MD-PhD student at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). She is originally from Spokane, WA and moved to Portland, OR in 2011 to obtain her undergraduate degree in biology and neuroscience from the University of Portland. After college Ashley worked in translational cancer and dermatology research at OHSU for several years before pursing her passion to become a physician scientist. Her current research focuses on how cancer cells metastasize, or spread throughout the body, in patients that have colorectal, uveal melanoma, and pancreatic cancers.

Ashley’s involvement in AMWA started through her medical schools local chapter where she served as the treasurer from 2019-2021 and as the conference planning team lead in 2022. Ashley is a dedicated advocate for the support of women’s health and wellbeing during medical school and graduate school, with a particular focus on supporting mothers in medical/graduate training and students from underrepresented groups/minorities by increasing funding, organizing educational and training opportunities, and developing structural change at a local and national level. 

Outside of her training Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and their two dogs and bunny, exploring the food and coffee scene around the Portland area, gardening and home DIY projects/interior design, and taking trips to the Oregon Coast.