Richard F. Ashman

Richard Ashman (1890-1969)

Richard F. Ashman (1890-1970) was an American physiologist.

Ashman published innovative works in the development of clinical electrocardiography, heart muscle conduction, and pulse wave velocity. His hallmark publication in the development of clinical electrocardiography was Essentials of Electrocardiography (1937) with Edgar Hull.

He is eponymously affiliated with Ashman phenomenon (1947), which describes aberrant ventricular conducted beats following a long refractory period as determined by the preceding R-R interval.

Ashman was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and member of the American Physiological Society, and Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine.

Richard Ashman was also a Poet, publishing in various magazines such as the Prairie Schooner, and helped establish The New Orleans Poetry Journal in the 1950’s


  • Born August 13, 1890 Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
  • 1915 – Bachelor of Literature, Rutgers College of New Jersey
  • 1916-17 – Assistant in zoology, Rutgers College
  • 1917-18 – Assistant in Physiology, University of Illinois
  • 1918-24 – Relocated to New Orleans, and was an Instructor at Tulane University
  • 1920 – Master of Arts, Tulane University
  • 1924-30 – Assistant Professor of Physiology, Tulane University
  • 1925 – PhD in Physiology, Tulane University
  • 1930-31 – Assistant Professor of Physiology, Vanderbilt University
  • 1931 – Faculty member in the Department of Physiology, Louisiana State University (LSU)
  • 1932 – Appointed Head of the Department of Physiology, LSU School of Medicine
  • 1932 – Director of the Heart Station, Charity Hospital
  • 1951 – Retired, and went on to publish The New Orleans Poetry Journal
  • Died February 28, 1970 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Medical Eponyms

  • Ashman phenomenon (1947) – aberrant ventricular conducted beats, usually of RBBB morphology, secondary to a long refractory period as determined by the preceding R-R interval.
  • Richard Ashman, PhD Professorship established at LSU in 1993, funded by the Alumni Association

Major Publications


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the person behind the name

Doctor in Australia. Keen interest in internal medicine, medical education, and medical history.

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