Ashley Ray MS, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Department of Neurosurgery
Lenox Hill Hospital
Ashley Ray is currently a board certified nurse practitioner in the Brain Tumor Center and Pituitary Neuroendocrine Center in the Department of Neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. She has worked at Lenox Hill since coming here with with Dr. John Boockvar in June, 2014.
Ashley graduated from Columbia University School of Nursing in 2007, and began her nursing care as a Clinical Research Nurse at Rockefeller University Hospital, one of the first hospitals in the country devoted exclusively to the conduct of medical research with human subjects. There, she was trained in the intricacies of clinical research and good clinical practice guidelines. She worked on clinical trials in the Outpatient Research Center, caring for patients with HIV, kidney disease, obesity and metabolic syndrome, and dermatological conditions such as vitiligo and psoriasis.
Upon graduating from Columbia University with her Master’s in Nursing, Family Nurse practitioner Program, in 2009, she was hired at the Pancreas Center at Columbia University Medical Center. There she worked with the team of GI/Endocrine surgeons, caring for patients needing thyroid, gallbladder, liver, stomach, and pancreas surgery. As a center dedicated to working with pancreatic cancer patients, she worked closely with medical oncologist Dr. Robert Fine, Director of Experimental Therapeutics, caring for patients being treated for pancreatic adenocarcinoma and neuroendocrine tumors, on both standard of care chemotherapy regimens and experimental research protocols.
She joined Dr. John Boockvar in 2011 at the Weill Cornell Medical Center Department of Neurological Surgery, taking care of patients undergoing surgery of the brain and spine. They specialized in brain tumors and developed clinical research protocols to find better treatments for Glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer with a poor prognosis.
She was recently awarded the Voices Against Brain Cancer nurse recognition award for her outstanding work and compassion she affords patients with brain tumors.