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Marc Asher papers

Identifier: KUMC-MSS-10

Scope and Contents

The Marc Asher papers contain biographical information, professional papers and publications, manuscripts, blueprints and drawings, presentations, professional and personal correspondence, research and study records, teaching materials, and photographs and videos of the Isola spinal system that he developed in the 1980s and 1990s.


  • 1962 - 2016


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Biographical / Historical

Marc Addason Asher, M.D. was born on August 15, 1936, to St. John, Kansas, farmer James Manley Asher and Pratt, Kansas, native Lucile Turner Asher.

He graduated from Kansas State University BS ‘58 and Kansas University, MD ‘62. He completed post-doctoral training at the University of Oregon, Baltimore City Hospital, and the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Residency. He served in the United States Public Health Service and the University of Texas School of medicine in San Antonio.

In January 1972, Dr. Asher returned to his alma mater, rising from Assistant Professor to University Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He progressively sub-specialized in pediatric orthopedics and spine deformity. He established and regularly conducted several clinics throughout the State, edited the first edition of Orthopaedic Knowledge update for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and participated in the research and development of the Isola Spine Implant System. Available from 1989 through 2011, it was at one time one of the world’s leading spine implant systems.

He retired from practice at the end of 2002, and from his academic appointment at the end of 2008. During the remainder of his life, he continued to participate in the academic life of the University of Kansas Medical Center and to participate with the Kansas University Endowment Association, to develop resources to foster the advancement of orthopedic science and practice. He continued to publish clinical papers and in October 2015, published his first book, "Dogged Persistence."

Dr. Asher published and traveled widely, presented several named lectures, and was active in several professional associations, holding office and receiving lifetime achievement awards from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society and the Scoliosis Research Society. He was the University of Kansas School of Medicine alumnus of the year in 1999, the Distinguished Kansan of the Year in 2007, and a Fred Ellsworth Medallion recipient from the University of Kansas Alumni Association in 2009. Also in 2009, he was honored by the Sigma Chi Fraternity as a “Significant Sig” for distinguished achievement in his profession. In 2010, he was named a Life Trustee of the Kansas University Endowment Association.

Starting in 2000, he, family members, and friends worked with the South Central (Kansas) Community Foundation (SCCF) to establish the Lucile Turner Asher Scholarship in Mathematics Endowment. To date, merit based university tuition awards of up to eight semesters have been provided to fifteen scholars.

Dr. Asher died on February 1, 2019 at age 82.


76 Cubic Feet (76 record cartons)

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Custodial History

Dr. Marc Asher donated the collection to the University of Kansas Medical Center Archives in 2017.

Preliminary Guide to the Marc Asher Collection
Marc Asher papers
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Repository Details

Part of the KUMC Archives Repository

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