Dr. Ashenhurst received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985. From there, he interned in internal medicine at McGill University in Montreal before completing his residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Toronto. He then underwent a year of training in oculoplastic surgery at the University of Toronto and additional training both at the University of Saskatchewan and Moorefield’s Eye Hospital in London, England.
Since first beginning to practice in 1991, Dr. Ashenhurst has performed over 40,000 ocular procedures. He treats cataracts and has an interest in eyelid, orbital, and lacrimal diseases. His areas of expertise include the lacrimal system (tear glands and ducts) and the medical and surgical management of problems of the eyelids. Apart from his professional duties, Dr. Ashenhurst is also an assistant professor at the University of Calgary, and has also been a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia and an invited
speaker at the University of Toronto. Dr. Ashenhurst was program chair and section chief for the University of Calgary residency program from 2013 to 2018.
Accomplishments and awards
While studying at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Ashenhurst was awarded the Hilliard Silver Medal, and the Lange Book Prize (for high achievement). He has been published in publications such as the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Cornea. Additionally, he has presented at numerous conferences, including those hosted by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, the Canadian Society of Oculoplastic Surgeons, the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the Canadian Ophthalmic Pathology Society.
Associations and professional memberships
• Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
• Canadian Medical Association
• Alberta Medical Association
• American Academy of Ophthalmology
• Eye Physicians and Surgeons Association of Alberta
• Canadian Society of Oculoplastic Surgeons