CJ STEMM Idol Dr. Ashley Fernandes, MD

As a professional physician and teacher who allows his Catholic faith to inform his practice, you could say that Dr. Ashley Fernandes, M.D., Ph.D, embodies the mission behind the CJ STEMM program. And on Monday, Dec. 9 he will share his philosophies on healthcare with all students during homeroom periods as a guest speaker.

Dr. Fernandes has been a faculty member of the Wright State Physicians group for seven years. His schedule includes working two days per week as a staff pediatrician treating underserved children at Rocking Horse Community Health Center in Springfield and serving three days per week as a bioethics professor and researcher in the WSU School of Medicine. Each year he also sets aside two months to take care of the very sick at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Through all of his duties in the fields of medicine and education, Dr. Fernandes brings a commitment to incorporating Catholic values, ethics and social justice. He has received numerous accolades for his outstanding work including the Award for Teaching Excellence, the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, and the Dayton Children’s Community Pediatrician of the Year Award.

The CJ STEMM Idol holds his M.D. from Ohio State University, his Ph.D. from Georgetown University and three bachelor’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Toledo. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Ohio Right to Life and the national board of the Catholic Medical Association.

Dr. Fernandes is a St. Christopher parent and volunteers as a Cub Scout Den Leader.