Aisling Last, MD

Aisling Last, MD

MD: Washington University School of Medicine

Hometown: Danville, CA

Personal Statement: I chose Washington University because I was drawn to the broad expertise of its faculty, its excellent clinical and surgical training, and its collaborative academic culture. I know that the resources here will help me to develop into a surgeon who can think critically, collaborate with patients, and successfully investigate medical questions.

Outside of the hospital, I enjoy exploring nature, running, playing flute and piano, and winning board games!


Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, 2014

Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine, 2019

Honors & Awards

  • Medical Student Preceptorship Award, 2013
  • WUSM Dean’s Fellowship, 2016


  1. Last A, Most S, Spataro E. Powered and Piezoelectric Rhinoplasty Techniques. Advances in Cosmetic Surgery. 2022 May;5(1):165-170. doi: 10.1016/j.yacs.2021.12.011.
  2. Chen SY, Last A, Ettyreddy A, et al. 20 pack-year smoking history as strongest smoking metric predictive of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer outcomes. Am J Otolaryngol. 2021 May-Jun;42(3):102915. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2021.102915.
  3. Chen SY, Sinha P, Last A, et al. Outcomes of Patients With Single-Node Metastasis of Human Papillomavirus-Related Oropharyngeal Cancer Treated With Transoral Surgery. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 Jan 1;147(1):16-22. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2020.3870.
  4. Last AS, Pipkorn P, Chen S, et al. Risk and Rate of Occult Contralateral Nodal Disease in Surgically Treated Patients With Human Papillomavirus-Related Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Base of the Tongue. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020;146(1):50-56. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2019.3277
  5. Jackson RS, Chen S, Last A, et al. Multi-institutional analysis of outcomes following transoral surgery for HPV-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma in elderly patients. Head Neck. 2019;41(11):3933-3939. doi:10.1002/hed.25946
  6. Garber C, Soung A, Vollmer LL, Kanmonge M, Last A, Brown J, Klein RS. T cells promote microglia-mediated synaptic elimination and cognitive dysfunction during recovery from neuropathogenic flaviviruses. Nature Neuroscience. 2019 June.