Dr. Asok Antony received his M.B.B.S. from Christian Medical College in 1974. He went on to complete his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY in 1978. In 1983, he completed his fellowship with the University of Colorado Health Sciences in Denver, CO. He began his teaching career at the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) in 1983 when he was appointed an assistant professor of medicine. He was promoted to associate professor in 1988.
Antony is a recognized leader in folic acid, folate physiology, and folate malnutrition research. The studies and knowledge he created have enhanced the understanding of folate handling worldwide. He has been asked to contribute to many reviews, editorials, and book chapters, with the latter including Cecil Medicine by Lee Goldman and Hematology by Ronald Hoffman, two heavily used and respected medical textbooks. His high-quality research contributions were recognized by his election into the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
Additionally, Antony led research that found that the incidence of neural tube defects in India was among the highest in the world. Resulting of his findings, and his subsequent involvement with the World Health Organization and UNICEF nutritionists, the Indian prime minister listed folate supplementation as a priority item on the Prime Minister's National Council on India's Nutritional Challenges.
Antony teaches hematology at the ISUM, and the university has recognized his teaching excellence with a Trustees Teaching Award. He has served the school in many ways but most visibly as chair of promotion and tenure committees, including the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, and IUPUI levels.