Akers joins St. Luke Hospital medical staff

Dr. Scott AkersScott Akers, 31, is one of the newest and youngest doctors at St. Luke Hospital in Marion.

Akers, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, arrived with wife Vallin and 18-month-old son August at the end of June. He started practicing after the Fourth of July holiday.

Akers earned his undergraduate degree in molecular science from Baker University at Baldwin City.

What made his degree even more special for him was the 3.97 grade-point average or summa cum laude

He went to medical school at Kansas City University in Kansas City, Mo. After completing his studies, he did his transferred to residency at Via Crista Hospital in Wichita.

“I practiced for about a year in Johnson, which is in Stanton County by the Colorado and Oklahoma borders,” he said. “I can do family practice for all ages, and I choose treating the person, cradle to grave.”

When family practice first came popular years ago, it was about treating the whole person. Akers said while that sounded good in theory, family physicians treat a lot more co-morbid multiple diseases, coronary artery, high blood pressure.

Akers said ever since he and his family arrived about four months ago, the community has been terrific.

He said he has a good following of people in his practice.

Akers said his father was not a physician but his grandfather in Syracuse was. When he was at Kansas University, the Oral Robert Roberts University opened and he went back there as the dean.

Akers said he likes midwestern doctors because of the training and resources available to them here.

Jeremy Ensey, chief executive officer at St. Luke Hospital, said the addition of Akers has been great for the hospital team.

“He brings his experience, knowledge and skills to our patients and families,” Ensey said. “We are privileged to have someone who shares our mission and vision of providing health care to our community. “

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