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Nikhil Asher, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Asher completed his medical school training at Manipal Academy of Higher Education in India. He immigrated to the United States in 2004 and completed his internal medicine residency at St. Vincent Hospital in Massachusetts in 2008 and critical care medicine fellowship at University of Pittsburgh in 2012.

Dr. Asher has been on faculty at University of Pittsburgh providing critical care services at UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Hamot.  He has been responsible for quality initiatives such as the development and institution of a daily rounding checklist in the trauma ICU as a means to improve compliance with evidence-based ICU practices. Dr. Asher also works as a consultant Intensivist at Excela Health System in Greensburg, PA, where he has played a pivotal role in the development of prone-positioning protocol and lung-protective ventilation protocol for patients with severe ARDS.

Dr Asher lives with his wife, daughter and son in Pine Township, north of Pittsburgh.  During his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, biking and running and especially enjoys spending outdoor time with his children at North Park.


Education and Training Degree Year Field
University of Pittsburgh Fellowship 2012 Critical Care Medicine
St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA Residency 2008 Internal Medicine
Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India MD 2003 Medicine


Administrative Titles / Positions

Years Location / Department Titles
2015 - current University of Pittsburgh Clinical Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine
2012 - 2014 University of Pittsburgh Clinical Instructor, Critical Care Medicine
2010 - 2012 UMASS Medical School, Worcester, MA Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine



Year Honor / Award
2008 Best Senior Resident Honors Lecture, St. Vincent Hospital, MA
2007 Second Place, Oral Poster Presentation, ACP, Mass Chapter



1. Asher, N., White, D., McGrath, K: Gastrointestinal Bleeding in the Intensive Care Unit, American College of Chest Physicians [ACP] Critical Care Board Review

2. Asher, N., White, D: Quality in Quality Improvement-A New Benchmark.  Critical Care 2011 Dec 9, 15[6]:316

3. Asher, N., Bessette, R: Pain in the Neck: TB or not TB? ACP Mass Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting, Oral Poster Presentation. November 2007