Ashley L Comfort, MD, FACOG is a board-certified Academic Generalist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. She received her B.Sc in Chemistry from New York University and her MD from Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She completed her residency at New York University School of Medicine/NYC H+HC Bellevue Hospital including the Chief Administrative Resident from 2018-2019.
She is a MedEd enthusiast, a no-nonsense purveyor of evidence-based medicine, and has been recognized for both medical student and residency teaching. She is apart of the Academy of Medical Educators at Boston University to teach pre-clinical students how to provide patient-centered care, understand differential diagnoses, and physical exams. She received the 2021 CREOG National Faculty Teaching Award for resident education and the BU School of Medicine Distinguished Faculty of the Month, August 2022.
Her interests lie in innovative medical education and evidence-based medicine, recently having worked with the ObGProject to create an open-access residency website. Her research interests include using data to improve clinical management of maternal hemorrhage and decreasing maternal morbidity and mortality through the efficient harnessing of technology in medicine. More recent projects include the gamification of the residency learning environment.
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other
sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can
to make corrections and additions.
Lee SS, Chern JY, Frey MK, Comfort A, Lee J, Roselli N, Boyd LR. Enhanced recovery Pathways in gynecologic surgery: Are they safe and effective in the elderly? Gynecol Oncol Rep. 2021 Nov; 38:100862. PMID: 34621945; PMCID: PMC8479239; DOI: 10.1016/j.gore.2021.100862;
Schenck EJ, Echevarria GC, Girvin FG, Kwon S, Comfort AL, Rom WN, Prezant DJ, Weiden MD, Nolan A. Enlarged pulmonary artery is predicted by vascular injury biomarkers and is associated with WTC-Lung Injury in exposed fire fighters: a case-control study. BMJ Open. 2014 Sep 29; 4(9):e005575. PMID: 25270856; PMCID: PMC4179411; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005575;
Nolan A, Kwon S, Cho SJ, Naveed B, Comfort AL, Prezant DJ, Rom WN, Weiden MD. MMP-2 and TIMP-1 predict healing of WTC-lung injury in New York City firefighters. Respir Res. 2014 Jan 21; 15:5. PMID: 24447332; PMCID: PMC3913317; DOI: 10.1186/1465-9921-15-5;
Kwon S, Weiden MD, Echevarria GC, Comfort AL, Naveed B, Prezant DJ, Rom WN, Nolan A. Early elevation of serum MMP-3 and MMP-12 predicts protection from World Trade Center-lung injury in New York City Firefighters: a nested case-control study. PLoS One. 2013; 8(10):e76099. PMID: 24146820; PMCID: PMC3797818; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0076099;
Weiden MD, Naveed B, Kwon S, Cho SJ, Comfort AL, Prezant DJ, Rom WN, Nolan A. Cardiovascular biomarkers predict susceptibility to lung injury in World Trade Center dust-exposed firefighters. Eur Respir J. 2013 May; 41(5):1023-30. PMID: 22903969; PMCID: PMC3642231; DOI: 10.1183/09031936.00077012;
Nolan A, Naveed B, Comfort AL, Ferrier N, Hall CB, Kwon S, Kasturiarachchi KJ, Cohen HW, Zeig-Owens R, Glaser MS, Webber MP, Aldrich TK, Rom WN, Kelly K, Prezant DJ, Weiden MD. Inflammatory biomarkers predict airflow obstruction after exposure to World Trade Center dust. Chest. 2012 Aug; 142(2):412-418. PMID: 21998260; PMCID: PMC3425337; DOI: 10.1378/chest.11-1202;
Weiden MD, Naveed B, Kwon S, Segal LN, Cho SJ, Tsukiji J, Kulkarni R, Comfort AL, Kasturiarachchi KJ, Prophete C, Cohen MD, Chen LC, Rom WN, Prezant DJ, Nolan A. Comparison of WTC dust size on macrophage inflammatory cytokine release in vivo and in vitro. PLoS One. 2012; 7(7):e40016. PMID: 22815721; PMCID: PMC3399845; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0040016;
Naveed B, Weiden MD, Kwon S, Gracely EJ, Comfort AL, Ferrier N, Kasturiarachchi KJ, Cohen HW, Aldrich TK, Rom WN, Kelly K, Prezant DJ, Nolan A. Metabolic syndrome biomarkers predict lung function impairment: a nested case-control study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2012 Feb 15; 185(4):392-9. PMID: 22095549; PMCID: PMC3297095; DOI: 10.1164/rccm.201109-1672OC;
Weiden MD, Ferrier N, Nolan A, Rom WN, Comfort A, Gustave J, Zeig-Owens R, Zheng S, Goldring RM, Berger KI, Cosenza K, Lee R, Webber MP, Kelly KJ, Aldrich TK, Prezant DJ. Obstructive airways disease with air trapping among firefighters exposed to World Trade Center dust. Chest. 2010 03; 137(3):566-74. PMID: 19820077; PMCID: PMC2832867; DOI: 10.1378/chest.09-1580;
This graph shows the total number of publications by year, by first, middle/unknown,
or last author.
2022 Boston University School of Medicine:
Distinguished Faculty of the Month - August
2021 American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology:
CREOG National Faculty Teaching Award for Ob/Gyn
2020 Boston University School of Medicine:
Academy of Medical Educators
2019 New York University School of Medicine:
Senior Excellence in Teaching
2018 New York University School of Medicine:
Unique Unicorn Award - Excellence in medical student teaching and education
2018 New York University School of Medicine:
CREOG Excellence Award
2018 Society of Academic Generalists in Ob/GYN (SASGOG):
Outstanding Generalist Resident Award
2017 Gold Humanism Honor Society:
Gold Humanism Award
2017 New York University School of Medicine:
Superstar Second Year Resident Teaching Award
2014 Keck School of Medicine of USC:
The George and Zelda Walker Scholarship
Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions)
I am an Assistant Professor and an Academy of Medical Educators, completing the BUMC Early Career Leadership Program. My research expertise is in the intersection of technology and patient care, providing patient-centered and trauma-informed care, and in addressing ways to reduce maternal mortality. I have successfully mentored medical students, residents, and early career faculty members on navigating the academic and research systems.
I have a fundamental commitment to medical student development and mentoring majority and underrepresented ethnic/racial group. In mentoring, I view my role as facilitating individuals’ personal and professional growth/advancement in a manner that is aligned with their values and goals to lift up our next generation of physicians.
Co-Mentor or Peer Mentor
Research / Scholarly Mentor
Work / Life Integration Mentor