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 Chapel Hill, Carolinas Medical Center, Penn State University School of Medicine, and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
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 his neurosurgical residency training under the guidance of Dr. Julian (Buzz) Hoff. 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 holds memberships and leadership roles for key professional organizations. He is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS; past-President 2007–2008), the American Medical Association, and the Southern Neurosurgical Society. He is a member and current Director at Large of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and is the current Vice Chairman of the AANS NeuroPoint Alliance. He is currently a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS). He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is a member-elect of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and the Society of Neurological Surgeons.
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, AANS/CNS National Quality Council and 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.
He has led the development of several novel programs in neurosurgical education including the CNS Neurosurgical Forum, Integrated Medical Learningsm, and the Self Assessment in Neurological Surgery (SANS), the latter of which has become an integral component of the ABNS Maintenance of Certification Program.
His 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.
Dr. Asher is married to Gillian Asher, DDS. They have 3 children, Tony Jr., Kyle, and Dayna.