Professor Ashton is Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne and past Head of Plastic Surgery at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is on the Executive Council of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and is an Invited Editor for The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal in America.
Mark is Director of the Taylor Research Lab within the Anatomy Department of the University of Melbourne and is Chair of the Surgical Committee for Interplast, a not for profit charity providing Plastic Surgery to the Asia Pacific region.
Professor Ashton has published 6 book chapters and over 200 articles on Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in peer reviewed national and international journals
Mark specializes in cosmetic surgery (such as breast augmentation), along with reconstructive breast surgery, (such as surgery following cancer surgery and breast reduction) and facial aesthetic surgery.
In May 2017 Professor Ashton was elected President of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the peak body representing Specialist Plastic Surgeons in Australia.