New MPS President Virginia Ashley, M.D.

Newly installed MPS President Ginger Ashley, M.D. has put together an experienced team of committee chairs who will lead MPS efforts to serve members and the behavioral health needs of Marylanders. She will appoint committee members later this month.  A member survey is being drafted to facilitate direct member input to MPS priorities for the coming year.

Dr. Ashley has been an MPS member for over 30 years and has chaired the Book Club for the past several years.  She is familiar to many members from her frequent participation in MPS networking and scientific meetings.  She was elected multiple times by the membership to serve on the MPS Council (board of directors).

In her inaugural column in the May 2021 MPS News, she states, “We made social justice, diversity and inclusion a priority last year. MPS asked all committees to reevaluate, look inward and develop actions to end structural racism in our organization. We looked at ways to bring in more diversity to our leaders and membership. This is a long-term project and a priority in the coming year.”

Virginia Ashley, M.D is board certified in General Psychiatry.  She has had a private practice in Towson for the past 30 years.  She also worked in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry for 25 years, first at Montebello, which eventually became Kernan and is now University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute .  She completed residency training at Sheppard Pratt Hospital.  She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and received her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.