Ash D. Nelson, MD
- Departments: Nutrition and Integrative Physiology - Adjunct Assistant Professor
- American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
- American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Pulmonary Disease)
- American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Critical Care Medicine)
Academic Office Information
Maxwell M. Wintrobe Research and Education Building
University of Utah Respiratory Critical Care
26 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
My ultimate research interest is to improve health by investigating mechanisms involved in the altered vascular and cardiovascular regulation associated with disease, with a specific focus on Sepsis, PAH and COPD. In addition to understanding the causes and consequences of altered cardiopulmonary function, I am interested in the application of exercise as a therapeutic and rehabilitative intervention aimed at preventing, managing, and potentially reversing the deleterious impact of these conditions/diseases on physiological function. During my Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship, I joined Dr. Russel Richardson at the Utah Vascular Research Laboratory (URVL) at the VA in Salt Lake City, Utah. The UVRL is a large, successful, and well-resourced laboratory with expertise in a wide array of methodologies to study the link between vascular and skeletal muscle function in both health and disease in humans. I have continued my association with the UVRL while joining the Faculty at the University of Utah School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Richardson and I share the same ultimate research interests: to improve the quality of life for diseased individuals through the optimization of vascular health and skeletal muscle function. Moreover, we both share the belief that exercise can be an effective intervention to improve the quality of life in these individuals.
Through the combination of our interests, I have been able to formulate research projects that extend beyond healthy aging to diseased populations, thereby allowing for an integrative evaluation of the impact of disease on skeletal muscle and mitochondrial function, oxidative stress, and peripheral vascular blood flow and endothelial function.
I went to medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and trained at the Internal Medicine/Pediatric Residency at Baystate Medical Center Tufts University School of Medicine. After serving as the Internal Medicine Chief Resident at Baystate Medical Center, I moved to Utah where I competed a Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Utah.
I am currently an Assistant Professor in Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Utah and a Staff Physician at the Salt Lake City VAMC. I attend at the VA and University Medical ICU, as well as the Huntsman Cancer Hospital ICU. I am also the Section Chief for Home Oxygen at the VAMC.
The majority of my time is spent on research activities. I have been working in the Utah Vascular Research Lab (UVRL), led by Dr. Russell Richardson, since my pulmonary fellowship. The UVRL is a large, successful, and well-resourced laboratory at the VA with expertise in using a wide array of methodologies to study the link between vascular and skeletal muscle function in various healthy and diseased states in humans.
|Research Fellow||University of Utah School of Medicine
Pulmonary Critical Care
|Graduate Training||University of Utah
|Fellowship||University of Utah School of Medicine
Pulmonary Critical Care
|Chief Resident||Tufts University School of Medicine
|Residency||Tufts University School of Medicine
|Professional Medical||Medical College of Wisconsin
|Undergraduate||Brigham Young University