Richard D. Ash, MD
BS, University of Michigan
MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Peds Residency, Children's Hospital, Los Angeles
Board Certified, Pediatrics
Medical Director, Bayside
Like many of my colleagues here at Bayside, I came to the Bay area from the East. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, went to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for my undergraduate education, then the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for medical school.
In medical school, I found pediatrics to be the most exciting field. For me, it was both challenging and rewarding. I liked the spectrum of medical care, from mild problems to diagnostic dilemmas and serious illnesses, as well as following a child’s growth and development. I really enjoyed working with new parents, helping them do what is best for their children. My interest in pediatrics probably has a lot to do with my background – I was second in a family of six children, so there were always babies around. My father’s business was Babyland, a furniture store for infants and children in Pittsburgh.
After medical school, I got a taste of the west coast (which is why I came back). Like some of the other physicians here at Bayside, I did my pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where I learned the basics of treating both complex and “routine” medical problems in infants, children and adolescents, as well as providing well-child care.
After my three years of pediatrics training in Los Angeles, my wife and I had our first child and moved back to Pittsburgh, where I joined a three-physician primary care pediatrics group. Over the years, my practice grew to ten pediatricians, and under my direction also merged with other area practices to form Children’s Community Pediatrics, a subsidiary of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, now with over 100 pediatricians. We participated in pediatric resident education as well as clinical research, including childhood immunization studies and behavioral health research. I became active in the leadership of my organization, including serving on its board of directors. I also served on the board of directors of a major Pennsylvania health insurance company, UPMC Health Plan. Through my administrative service, I learned a lot about health care management, and appreciate the opportunity to apply that experience at Bayside – both as a pediatrician and medical director. I am board-certified in pediatrics, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
My wife, Gale Gettinger, is a professional photographer, specializing in portraiture of children and families. She loved living in California during my residency, and has always been ready to come back – so this move was exciting for her too! Our children both live in the Bay area, so we are happy to be closer to them. My hobbies include music, travel, and digital art. I have always liked new technology and have developed an interest in digital photographic art – for the past few years, I’ve been helping my wife with artwork and photographic paintings.
I am very pleased to be a part of Bayside Medical Group and to work closely with the other physicians and staff, helping to provide you with the highest-quality health care for your children. I’m looking forward to meeting you.