Beaufort Memorial Surgical Specialists has added another board-certified physician assistant to its clinical team, enhancing and expanding surgical care for residents north and south of the Broad River.
Joining the practice is Lauren Ackley, PA-C, who assists its general surgeons in both the operating room and the clinic. She evaluates surgical patients before and after their procedures as well as patients referred to the practice from the emergency department and hospital floors.
The Little Rock, Arkansas, native earned a Master of Science in physician assistant studies from University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, graduating second in her class. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in biology, magna cum laude, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
The youngest of seven children and the only girl in the family, Ackley credits a brother’s career in medicine for sparking an early interest in becoming a PA. Her work as a patient care technician in the ICU during PA school and beforehand as an anesthesia technician further inspired her passion for in-patient care and general surgery.
Ackley joins general surgeons Dr. Deanna Mansker, Dr. Schilling Nechtman and Dr. Stephen Sisco; vascular surgeon Dr. J. Chadwick (Chad) Tober; and physician assistants Laura Livergood Kaiser, Anna Grace Stoddard and Annsley Troxell at the practice. She sees patients at the Beaufort Memorial Okatie Medical Pavilion, 122 Okatie Center Blvd. North, and the Beaufort Medical Plaza, 989 Ribaut Road, Beaufort.