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Our Story

The Ackerman Cancer Center Story

Our story is always evolving, because every person who walks through our door becomes part of it.

Dr. Scot Ackerman, a Board Certified radiation oncologist with a background in biomedical engineering, built his practice at the intersection where technology and care meet. After a successful career within a hospital setting, he founded Ackerman Cancer Center (formerly First Coast Oncology) in 1997 to provide patients with an accessible alternative to larger institutions. The practice grew to a second location in Amelia Island in 1998, and continues to flourish today.

We are proud to be the first and only physician-owned proton therapy center in the world, as well as North Florida’s only independent radiation oncology practice. Every day, our expert radiation oncologists, social workers, nurses, therapists, dieticians, and psychologists connect directly with patients and caregivers. Our independence also allows us to collaborate with physicians across the region to develop personalized treatment plans. This approach yields a level of trust that’s hard to replicate — and impossible to replace.

“Taking cancer personally” is more than a tagline; it’s a mindset shared by our entire patient-centric team. We want you to feel that you’re in the right place from the moment you arrive.

Together, we look forward to helping you rewrite cancer’s role in your story.