Euan Ashley Appointed the Roger W. and Joelle G. Burnell Professor of Genomics and Precision Health


Euan Ashley, MD, PhD, was recently appointed the Roger W. and Joelle G. Burnell Professor of Genomics and Precision Health. Ashley is associate dean in the School of Medicine and professor of medicine (cardiovascular medicine), genetics, biomedical data science and, by courtesy, pathology.

The award recognizes Ashley’s vast expertise in medicine, including particular focus on cardiology, precision medicine, rare genetic disease and more. His numerous accomplishments include leading the team that carried out the first clinical interpretation of a human genome, co-founding three companies, authoring “The Genome Odyssey” and receiving multiple national recognitions from institutions such as the Obama White House and the American Heart Association.

The professorship is made possible through the generous contributions of Roger, a Stanford masters program graduate and founder of Arnell Enterprises, Inc., and his wife, Joelle, a retired fashion and interior designer. According to Roger, the contribution aims to support “the pursuit of ultimate human wellness [by] maximizing the potential for ideal, integrated physical, mental and spiritual health and well-being in the broadest sense, and for the largest number of human beings to benefit from this knowledge.”

This endowed professorship is one the highest academic honors that can be bestowed on a faculty member and allows the recipient the freedom to pursue academic interests to their fullest extent.