“I believe that communication is a cornerstone of patient care. Having taught before I entered medical school, I believe that patient education is very important. I strive to explain problems and treatments so they are clear and easy to understand. I also believe that it is very important to communicate with other providers caring for my patients.”

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology

Areas of Expertise

  • Adult and Pediatric General Otolaryngology
  • Sinus Disease
  • Snoring and Sleep Apnea
  • Thyroid Surgery



Yale-New Haven Hospital
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
New Haven, CT


UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Hospital
General Surgery
New Brunswick, NJ

Medical School

Yale Universtiy School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Undergraduate School

Yale College
Bachelor of Arts in English
Summa Cum Laude
New Haven, CT

Hospitals Affiliated With

Holy Cross Hospital
Suburban Hospital
SurgCenter of Silver Spring

Professional Associations

American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS)

American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO)
1995 – Present

Suburban Hospital
Section of Otolaryngology, Chief

Academic Appointment

George Washington University School of Medicine
Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology
2008 – Present

Personal Interests

Outside of medicine, Dr. Asher’s interests include travel, languages, gardening, and fencing. She has represented the United States three times at the World Championships as a member of the US Veterans’ Fencing Team. Dr. Asher won a bronze medal in 2012 in Krems, Austria and serves on the medical committee of USA Fencing.


Dr. Valerie A. Asher grew up in Montgomery County, MD. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale College. Before returning to New Haven to attend the Yale School of Medicine in 1985, she spent two years in Hong Kong as a teaching fellow of the Yale – China Association. She completed her internship in general surgery at UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, NJ, and her residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 1995 she began practicing in Maryland, joining Drs. Hauck, Bianchi, and Driscoll P. A. in 1999.

Dr. Asher is experienced in caring for both children and adults. She practices general otolaryngology with wide interests, including pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, and thyroid surgery. She has served on both administrative and educational hospital committees and has lectured on the development of antibiotic resistance in the treatment of otitis media. Dr. Asher is a board certified Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.