Anthony L. Asher, MD, FAANS, FACS Vice-Chair
Anthony L. Asher, MD, FAANS, FACS is Co-Medical Director of the Carolinas Healthcare System Neuroscience Institute and is Neurological Surgery Residency Program Director at Carolinas Medical Center. He is also Clinical Professor in Neurosurgery at the University of North Carolina, Carolinas Medical Center and Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Asher attended Wayne State University School of Medicine, where he was awarded one of the original Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholarships. After two years of general surgery training at the University of Michigan Hospitals, he served as a Staff Fellow in the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute, NIH, before returning to Ann Arbor to complete a neurosurgical residency. Since the completion of his residency training, Dr. Asher has been a member of the Charlotte, NC based Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates where his primary practice interests include neuro-oncology, stereotactic surgery, trigeminal neuralgia and minimally invasive spine surgery.
Dr. Asher has been recognized yearly as one of the Best Doctors in America since 2003. He has also been recognized as one of the nation’s Top Doctors for Cancer Care. Dr. Asher is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), American Medical Association and Southern Neurosurgical Society. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has been elected to the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and Society of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. Asher served as President, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) from 2007 to 2008. He is currently a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS), Director at Large, American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Vice Chairman, AANS NeuroPoint Alliance.
Dr. Asher presently serves as Surgical Director, NeuroOncology Program, Levine Cancer Institute. He co-founded and is Past-Chairman of the Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas. He is past Chairman of the Central Nervous System Organ Site Committee of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group and was a member of the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors Executive Committee for over a decade. Dr. Asher has established cooperative cancer and spine research programs with clinical and laboratory scientists at community and academic institutions across the country.
Dr. Asher has extensive leadership experience in neurosurgical quality improvement. He co-founded and is presently Director, National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database. He is Co-Chairman, National Task Force on Quality Initiatives in Neurosurgery, Chairman of the ABNS Data and Quality Improvement Committee. He presently chairs the Privacy and Research Task Force of the AMA National Quality Registry Network Council and has served on the Neurology Clinical Working Group of the CMS Episode Grouper Project. He is a current member of the National Quality Forum Surgery Standing Committee. Dr. Asher has served as an advisor to the Physician Clinical Registry Network and the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections on matters pertaining to the intersection of human subjects research and quality improvement. He is Vice-Chairman of the AANS-CNS Quality Council and is a member a member of the US News and World Report Best Hospitals for Common Care Medical Advisory Panel.
Dr. Asher is recognized nationally for his development of advanced care, clinical research and other academic efforts within the context of a large community practice, and for his contributions to neurosurgical education. He has led the development of several novel programs in neurosurgical education including the CNS Neurosurgical Forum, Integrated Medical Learning, and the Self Assessment in Neurological Surgery (SANS), the latter of which has become an integral component of the ABNS Maintenance of Certification Program.
Dr. Asher’s current academic focus is the development of cooperative clinical outcomes databases and related programs to involve clinicians and scientists in quality improvement efforts across all practice settings.