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Lourdes Health Foundation Honors Lourdes Physician Dr. Emmanuel Frederick Ashong with the Healing Spirit Award

AshongLourdes Health Foundation has chosen Emmanuel Frederick  Ashong, MD, MPH, FAAP, as one of two recipients of its 2016 Healing Spirit Award.  The annual award honors a Lourdes physician for his or her compassion, dedication to  patients and years of service. Dr. Ashong is the director of medical education and  medical director of the Osborn Family Health Center at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical  Center.

The 2016 award will be presented to Dr. Ashong on April 2 at the Lourdes Health Foundation’s annual fundraising gala and silent auction, “The Dance 2016–Copacabana.” Proceeds from the event, which will be held at Vie in Philadelphia, will benefit Lourdes community programs and services. Honorary Chairpersons Celeste and John Canuso, and more than 400 regional medical and business leaders, will be in attendance.

“It means the world to me to win this award,” said Dr. Ashong.   “The award comes at a personal time. There has been illness in my family, and I’m grateful to say now there is healing. We are healing as a family. And now I’m being recognized for helping my patients heal. The timing is everything. I am really touched.”

A Voorhees resident, Dr. Ashong joined Lourdes in 1991. Prior to that, Dr. Ashong worked as a pediatrician at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, as well as in the Middle East.

Dr. Ashong has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the honorable 2010 March of Dimes’ Born to Shine award, which recognizes top physicians in the fields of maternal and child health. Dr. Ashong has also been the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine) Graduate Medical Education Award, its Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching and Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Ashong has been named a Top Doc for Kids by South Jersey magazine.

Board-certified in Pediatrics, Dr. Ashong is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has a master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard University, with a concentration in maternal and child health. He graduated with distinction from the University of Ghana Medical School and completed his residencies at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana and Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. He also completed a clinical fellowship in ambulatory care pediatrics at Kings County Hospital.

Throughout his career, Dr. Ashong has actively served his community and hospital. Dr. Ashong chairs Lourdes’ CME Committee, Member of the Board Quality Committee, and is past chair of the Infection Control Committee. He is vice chair of the Committee on Medical Education for the Medical Society of New Jersey and a consultant on CME for the Board of the Institute of Medicine and Public Health of New Jersey. He is a member of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s (now Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine) OPTI Executive and Medical Education committees.

Dr. Ashong is a member of the Board of Trustees of Lourdes Health System.

Dr. Ashong enjoys spending time with his wife, Stella, daughter Nana, son Derrick, and daughter-in-law Lucia. He is a doting grandfather to Bianca, 5 and Aria, 3.

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