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Dr. Robert Ashley

Dr. Robert Ashley is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Advanced Directives

Do I really need an advanced directive?

Unequivocally, yes. Advance Directives are forms providing direction to both family members and the medical [...]

By UCLA50Plus • August 12, 2019
Through visits with my primary care physician Robert Ashley and cardiologist Michael Mazar (both of whom are great) , I learned that I had multiple blockages in the three main coronary arteries. Quintuple bypass was performed by
By MTquint • March 29, 2019
Dear Doctor: When does a person require parathyroid surgery? I’ve heard it discussed but don’t know much about it.    As their name implies, the parathyroid glands are located next to the thyroid gland.  You have four of them, two on [...]
By Ask the Doctors • October 22, 2018
Dear Doctor: When does a person require parathyroid surgery? I’ve heard it discussed but don’t know much about it.    As their name implies, the parathyroid glands are located next to the thyroid gland.  You have four of them, two on [...]
By Ask the Doctors • October 22, 2018
Dear Doctor: I have heard that turmeric supplements work quite well as an anti-inflammatory agent, with less risk than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. What are your thoughts on turmeric as an anti-inflammatory supplement? The turmeric powder found in spice racks – and [...]
By Ask the Doctors • October 18, 2018
Dear Doctor: Can you explain probiotics? Who should take them and are they harmful in any way? They seem helpful to me in calming my stomach. For many generations, society feared bacteria, seeing only the devastation that bacterial disease created. Today, [...]
By Ask the Doctors • October 16, 2018
Dear Doctor: I’m 71 and, after a recent bone scan, my doctors are insisting I take a bone-building medication. I couldn’t tolerate Fosomax, so they want me to take Prolia. I’m worried about it, but my mother had severe osteoporosis, so I’m worried about that too. How can I choose [...]
By Ask the Doctors • October 12, 2018
Dear Doctor: A friend suggested I try MSM crystals for arthritis. What are they, and do they work? If they do, where can I find them? Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organic sulfur-containing compound naturally found in plants such as Brussels sprouts, [...]
By Ask the Doctors • October 10, 2018
Dear Doctor: My doctor recently made such an insensitive remark to me about my dog's death that I still haven't gotten over it. This is the clinic most accessible to me, and it won’t let me change doctors. Do I even bother to bring this up at my next appointment, [...]
By Ask the Doctors • October 8, 2018
Dear Doctor: I’ve recently been diagnosed with meningioma, but my doctor tells me not to worry about it. That can’t be right. What should I know? Meningiomas are the most common brain tumors within the central nervous system and, let me [...]
By Ask the Doctors • October 4, 2018