Ashley Hughes

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I joined the Johnson & Wales team in 2015 and now serve as assistant professor and academic coordinator. I enjoy teaching and find it tremendously rewarding.”


Ashley Hughes, M.S., PA-C, is a native Rhode Islander. She temporarily left the Ocean State to complete her undergraduate degrees at the University of New Haven. She graduated magna cum laude from UNH with a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science, a bachelor’s degree in Biology (Pre-Medical) and an associate degree in Chemistry; she also became certified in Law Enforcement Science.

Hughes’ first jobs involved working in emergency medicine research and teaching undergraduate chemistry courses. During her time spent in clinical research, she gained thorough knowledge of research design and implementation and, through teamwork, was able to work with several Brown University physicians to publish research articles in peer-reviewed journals.

After several years of clinical research, Hughes continued on to Northeastern University, where she completed her Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. She began her physician assistant career in emergency medicine in 2010 at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and continues to work there and at a local community emergency department.

Throughout her career, Hughes has expressed interest in academic and clinical education, research and quality development. She has collaborated with colleagues on various projects focused on healthcare delivery in the emergency department. She is currently working in partnership with clinical faculty at Brigham & Women’s to publish data from a recent research endeavor. Additionally, she was a contributing author of the book, “Emergency Medicine CAQ Review for Physician Assistants.”

Hughes joined the Johnson & Wales team in 2015 and now serves as the academic coordinator and assistant professor. She enjoys teaching and finds it tremendously rewarding. She hopes to remain in education during her PA career, in addition to further exploring her interests in international emergency medicine and pursuing her Ph.D. in Global Healthcare.

When not working, Hughes enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two daughters. They enjoy hiking, going to parks, yoga, laying on the beach on summer days and traveling the globe as often as possible.


Hughes, A. “PAs: From Training to Practice.” Rhode Island Medical Journal. August 2018.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Stoklosa, H, Scannell, M, Ma, Z, Rosner, B, Hughes, A, Bohan, S. “Do EPs Change their Clinical Behavior in the Hallway or When a Companion is Present? A Cross-Sectional Survey.” Emergency Medicine Journal. Feb 2018.

Suner, S, Partridge, R, Sucov, A, Valente, J, Chee, K, Hughes, A, Jay, GD. “Noninvasive Pulse CO-Oximetry in the Emergency Department Identifies Occult Carbon Monoxide Toxicity.” Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2008 May;34(4):441-50.

Racht, J, McCurdy, J, Mathews, Z, Hughes, A, Jay, GD, Suner, S, Crawford, G. “Point of Care Noninvasive Hemoglobin Determination Using Fiber Optic Reflectance Spectrophotometry.” Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2007

J. Lafleur, G. D. Jay, T. Plante, A. Clapprood, R. Heath, Y. P. Lim. “A Pilot Study of Inter-alpha inhibitor protein (IaIp) in the Presentation of Adult Patients with Severe Sepsis to the Emergency Department.” Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2006


Chee, K, Nilson, D, Partridge, R, Hughes, A, Suner, S, Sucov, A, Jay, GD. “Finding needles in a haystack: A case series of Carbon Monoxide Poisonings Detected Using New Technology in the Emergency Department. Journal of Clinical Toxicology. (Phila). 2008 Jun;46(5):461-9.

Racht, J, McMurdy, J, Mathews, Z, Hughes, A, Crawford, G, Jay, GD, Suner, S. “Noninvasive Measurement of Hemoglobin Concentration in Emergency Department Patients Using Fiber Optic Spectral Analysis of the Tarsal Plate.” Presented at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Chicago, IL, 2007.

Jay, GD, Racht, J, McMurdy, J, Mathews, Z, Hughes, A, Suner, S, Crawford, G. “Point-Of-Care Noninvasive Hemoglobin Determination Using Fiber Optic Reflectance Spectroscopy.” Presentation held at the 29th IEEE & EMBS Annual International Conference in Cité Internationale, Lyon, France August 2007.