Dr. Keith W. Ashcraft


(from "Saving Lifetimes"

Dr. Keith W. Ashcraft, a luminary in the field of pediatricy surgery and President of APSA from 1996 to 1997, died July 29, 2019.

Dr. Ashcraft received his general surgery training at the University of Kansas Medical Center, followed by two years of pediatric surgery training there with Drs. Thomas Holder and Lucian Leape. Following his pediatric surgery training, he spent a year in London at Great Ormond Street doing additional training in cardiac surgery.

After his year in London he spent a brief period of time in Galveston, but was recruited to return to Kansas City and join Dr. Holder in the private practice of pediatric surgery. For 20 years, Drs. Ashcraft and Holder were the primary clinical surgeons at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. They also partnered as co-authors of the "Pediatric Surgery" textbook. Dr. Ashcraft became Surgeon-in-Chief and Residency Program Training Director in 1993 until his retirement in 1999.

In addition to serving as APSA's President, Dr. Ashcraft was a Governor (1982-1985) and Secretary (1991-1994) of the Board. He also served as the model for APSA's original logo.

To learn more about Dr. Ashcraft's achievements, listen to the Behind the Knife podcast interview that took place at the APSA 50th Anniversary Meeting.