Patrycja A. Ashley, MDR
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I was born and raised in Poland, where I attended the Medical University of Warsaw. My parents and siblings were instrumental in my success, by supporting and encouraging me throughout the course of my education. While participating in an international student exchange program, I lived in Malaga, Spain, for a year and met my future husband, who grew up in Hawaii. Now we both work on Oahu as physicians, giving back to the community where he was raised.
About my practice
From early in my life I was fascinated with science. The complexity of our surrounding universe was always interesting to me. Practicing medicine, an ever-evolving field that combines the technical and the personal, is a very fulfilling job. Internists handle complicated cases that require a large dose of curiosity and meticulous investigation. I see my patient’s condition as a puzzle with a priceless reward at the end—improving the quality of life of another person. My professional interests include pulmonology and infectious disease.
At Warsaw International Medical Congresses I gave presentations on vitamin D, liver inflammation, and the relationship between blood clots and liver cancer. I was also honored by the organization with the top award for my presentation on infectious diseases.
My membership in the American College of Physicians helps me stay current in general medicine. I also take continuing medical education courses, read medical literature online sites PubMed and UpToDate, and gather information from medical journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, the Annals of Internal Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The Hawaii Permanente Medical Group is attractive to me as a place to practice because it provides physicians access to research projects, a nurturing environment for personal and professional growth, and helpful resources and tools for the benefit of the patients.
Primary prevention and patient education are, in my opinion, critical components of the treatment process. I strive to listen carefully to my patients so that I can hear their concerns and meet their individual needs and expectations.
How I thrive
The natural beauty of Hawaii serves as therapy for me and helps me to maintain physical and emotional well-being. To stay healthy, I run, hike, sail, windsurf, practice yoga and archery, and try to follow a plant-based diet. My other leisure activities include painting and spending time with my friends and family, preferably at the beach.