Professor Ashton specialises in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery and facial aesthetic surgery. Professor Ashton is the Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne and Chair of Plastic Surgery at Epworth Freemasons Hospital. He is the former Head of Plastic Surgery at The Royal Melbourne Hospital (2001-2016). Professor Ashton is a member of the Peri-Operative Expert Advisory Board for Safer Care Victoria, Department of Health and Human Services.
Professor Ashton is the past President of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and an Invited Editor for The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal in America, and co-Editor in Chief of the Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery. He is an invited Faculty Member of the International Perforator Flap Course in Belgium, Chairman of the Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course, and the Plastic Surgery Specialty Elected Counsellor to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Professor Ashton serves on the Board of Training, and Council, for the Australian Society of Plastic surgeons, The New Zealand Society of Plastic Surgeons, and on the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Professor Ashton is the Director of the Taylor Research Lab within the Anatomy Department of the University of Melbourne, a past Board Member and past Chair of the Surgical Committee for Interplast, a not for profit charity providing Plastic Surgery to the Asia Pacific. He has published nine book chapters and over 200 articles on plastic and reconstructive surgery in peer reviewed national and international journals.
Professor Ashton specialises in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery (such as breast augmentation surgery and revision, breast reconstruction surgery following cancer surgery and breast reduction) abdominoplasty, and facial aesthetic surgery.