Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

138 Patient Ratings
74 Patient Comments

Wallace L. Akerley, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

138 Patient Ratings
74 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 213-4266 Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Clinic 1A, Thoracic
1950 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Wallace Akerley, MD is a medical oncologist with greater than 20 years experience as a principal investigator on numerous clinical research trials who actively cares for lung cancer and melanoma patients.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Professor
Academic Divisions Oncology
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Hematology)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Medical Oncology)
National Board of Medical Examiners
Cancer Center Programs Experimental Therapeutics

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
My confidence in care provider
Time care provider spent with me
Care provider spoke using clear language
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
Wait time at clinic
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

February 23, 2015

Dr. Akerley didn't have all the information he should have been given so instructions or decisions will wait for a phone call from him.

February 17, 2015

I would recommend Dr. Ackerley to others.

February 14, 2015

I couldn't wish for a better experience

February 07, 2015


January 24, 2015

A1 clinic's staff is outstanding

January 18, 2015

W are so impressed with Dr Akerley. He is obviousl knowledgeable, but he took the time needed with us, and made us feel like we were the most important thing at that time. His explanations were acccurate, and laced with compassiion, hope and mercy.

January 13, 2015

completely reassured by my visits with Dr. Wally Akerley that issues have been attended to and that I am doing the best I can with my disease state.

December 22, 2014

Julie and Dr. Akerley are a great team and I feel very fortunate to be in their care.

December 18, 2014

There is NO bad bad experience with this oncology team. These people are are awsome, one could not wish for more or better, they make a really nasty disease much easier to deal with. I thank all three of them from the bottom of my heart

December 16, 2014

Dr. Ackerley is very caring and kind as well as professional. I could not have asked for better care.

November 24, 2014

Outstanding service provided by each of the care providers. I felt as if I was getting special care from everyone involved.

October 08, 2014

I am always treated very well when I have to go.

October 05, 2014

I would highly recommend Dr. Akerley to others, and have done so.

September 14, 2014


September 08, 2014

Time was personally given to me, to help me fully understand my situation and future medical needs.

July 20, 2014

I saw Dr. Akerley and Terry Van Duren during this visit. They are always thorough, friendly and answer all my questions or get the answers if they are not available. I give them our highest praise as well.

July 17, 2014

The entire care provider staff is very thoughtful

July 09, 2014

We were impressed by Dr Akerley's compassion and concern for me as a patient. He has a very healing professional style.

July 04, 2014

I fill I was, and am, in the best of hands

June 16, 2014

Dr Ackerley is the most competent Dr. I have ever had. His concerns for me as well as my family are amazing. I have so much confidence in him and his staff. He is a pleasure to work with

June 15, 2014

Appreciate Dr. Ackerly's time he spends with us and his willingness to debate treatment options

June 10, 2014

I would recommend Huntsman to everyone I talk to!!!!! Awesome place and staff!!!!!

May 16, 2014

Julie spent a lot of time answering our questions with regards to medication side effects and the cancer itself. She also provided additional help in ensuring my fathers overall help. I am amazed at the teams ability to assess and treat the overall wellness especially the emotional and mental aspects. Dr Akerley and team are amazing every time we visit.

April 26, 2014

The doctor was awesome!, likewise the assistants.

April 16, 2014

Dr. Akerley, Terry and Julie are the best. As was Dr. Sharma and Cynthia when I was seeing them a couple of years ago during a study.

March 28, 2014

We enjoyed the time Julie, NP spent with us. She was friendly, informative, filled with information. Dr. Akerley was just as friendly, informative, and filled with information. It was a lot of information to grasp. Maybe a break sometime along the way would have been a good idea.

March 06, 2014

We appreciate Dr. Akerley, Julie, Terry for the one on one care they give to me the patient, and to my husband. They are very patient with my questions and going over any treatment plan.

March 03, 2014

My dad was treated with such respect, kindness & compassion

February 13, 2014

Amazing! And the time that Dr. Akerley spent with us was amazing!

February 01, 2014

As with the assistant, the doctor could have abbreviated the explanations to fit the ability of the patient to understand. The doctor gave generously of his time, and the last few minutes helped more than everything prior as he responded to our questions.

January 07, 2014

I put my entire care in their hands with confidence

December 06, 2013

Dr Ackerly was extremely personable, professional, yet able to relate to me on a human level. I was able to follow him, without feeling inept. I would recommend HCI again. I am completely confident in their recommendations and would come to HCI anytime I had a need.

November 25, 2013

I would highly recommend Dr. Akerley to anyone, as he is a very caring, thorough, and knowledgeable doctor and has been very helpful to me.

September 23, 2013

Dr. Akerley is seriously a great person to have as a doctor (along with Julie and his staff). He shows the utmost respect and concern for me and my treatment. I highly recommend him. He always shows concern for me and the pains or side effects that I might have. He never brushes your concerns off and understands my needs and addresses them properly.

September 04, 2013

Dr. Akerley was unfamiliar with my condition initially. My husband, who is a pulmonary, critical care physician, explained it and clarified it for him. This was due to the inadequate records provided to him. I was told that all the records were received prior to the appointment but they were not. He did not have the final pathology report and other records which would have helped him better know my case. I know that he later reviewed them and spoke with my oncologist here in Medford, OR. I liked him very much and he was very helpful. I feel like I am getting the best option of treatment with his input.

August 21, 2013

The doctors and staff have been supper to me. I don't know what could be changed other than not being sick.

August 19, 2013

Love Dr Akerley and have complete confidence in his recommendations

August 07, 2013

I would recommend Huntsman to everyone one I have contact with, that need cancer care!

August 05, 2013

Again, just an unbelievable experience. They did not make me feel less of a person due to this cancer. I heard a more complete explanation of what I have been going thru these past three years and what to expect in the future. Using the diagram helped immensley along with past/current scans and what they showed.

July 16, 2013

You could not ask for better care.

July 11, 2013

so much concern and understanding

June 10, 2013


May 28, 2013

Dr. Akerley is an exemplary physician with a wonderful sense of humor and understanding demeanor. He often has to put up with some teasing from me and sometimes irreverent humor of both myself and my husband.

April 19, 2013

Everything was good

March 25, 2013


February 25, 2013


February 21, 2013

My experiance has been nothing but positive.

February 18, 2013

I already have reccommended U of U hosp. and Huntsman. They saved my life. What fabulous care!!

February 05, 2013

Overall I felt they had my concerns in mind.

February 04, 2013

Dr. Akerley and his staff are always kind and professional!

February 04, 2013

We were late going into the exam room, but it was our fault as we were waiting for other family members to get to the clinic. Still, Dr. Akerley and Terry spent plenty of time with us and answered our questions and concerns, and did not rush.

November 20, 2012

Doctor Akerly is one of the most considerate and caring doctors i've meet. He always gave me options about my care and let me make the decision. I felt like he trusted my judgement and new what i was talking about. I would recomend him highly, he is the best.

October 31, 2012

We could have had more explanations on medications, but it was all overwhelming and new to me.

October 29, 2012

Huntsman is the BEST in Utah for cancer. And after having to receive treatment myself, I agree that its the very best place to go for cancer treatments

September 25, 2012

Dr. Akerly is an amazing doctor, very caring and he explains things very well! The whole staff is very friendly and makes us feel like they care.

September 17, 2012

I have the utmost confidence in Dr.Akereky and his staff. I have always been treate with respect.

September 10, 2012

Dr. Ackerley and his associates are wonderful. He is kind, thorough and thoughtful. He has always made us feel like he has all the time in the world to answer our questions and doesn't rush us out of the room.

August 20, 2012

My experience with the Dr Ackerley and his staff could not have been better. I have always felt very confident in the care and treatment I have received

June 20, 2012

You can't get better than perfect.

June 11, 2012

Everything is well explained which helps me and my family understand the treatment.

June 05, 2012

I trust Dr. Ackerly and his staff. I fell like I am in the best hands.

April 12, 2012

We came to Huntsman because of your are all the best.

April 06, 2012

We are very pleased with the care and concern given by the doctor and the entire staff. We are very pleased and trust our confidence and trust with Dr. Ackerly could not be better.

April 06, 2012

Dr. Akerley, and his staff, are wonderful about providing information, and even chatting with us about things other than cancer. They are truly part of our family. Although I do not necessarily wish to be a cancer patient, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each and every one of these people. There are so many, but I will name just a few: Dr. Akerly, Terry VanDuren, Jon Nelson, Kelsey, the two young ladies at the front desk, Amanda, Brigitte, ALL of the medical assistants, ALL of the infusion nurses and their assistants, and anyone I know I have missed. My only problem was with the outpatient pharmacy.

March 23, 2012

Dr. Akerley always gives the time I feel I need. I don't feel like he is trying to rush through our visit. We are receiving the very best care we could possibly get for my situation.

March 21, 2012

I couldn't think of any way my care and concerns have been addressed any better.

February 21, 2012

The staff taking the time to fully explain each detail/issue and never acting as if the patient nor his family member is asking a stupid question is a wonderful aspect of the treatment experience.

February 17, 2012

I am very pleased with Dr. Akerley and his care. He has always taken the time to talk with me and answer any concerns I have. I am very comfortable with Dr. Akerley and would recommend anyone to him.

February 15, 2012

I was very pleased that Dr. Akerley spent the right amount of time with me even though he was already behind schedule. I appreciate the fact that he needed to take care of another patient. I appreciate it even more when that patient is me. Since I had already waited so long, I am glad he didn't just rush through my appointment so he could get back on schedule. Thanks!!

February 10, 2012

Dr. Ackerley is superb .

February 03, 2012

I have been treated with great respect for 3 years of cancer. I do reccommend it all the time. No place is perfect, not are we patients....... But you are darn close.

February 01, 2012


January 27, 2012

Am very impressed with Dr .Ackerley and feel he takes a sincere interest in my care.

January 25, 2012

Dr. Akerley and Julie Smit are wonderful! I've been their patient for several years.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Lung Cancer
  • Clinical Trials
  • Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Professor
Academic Divisions Oncology
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Hematology)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Medical Oncology)
National Board of Medical Examiners
Cancer Center Programs Experimental Therapeutics

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 585-3453 Huntsman Cancer Institute
2000 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Wallace Akerley, MD

Senior Director of Community Oncology Research,

Huntsman Cancer Institute

Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology

Wallace Akerley, MD, is a professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Senior Director of Community Oncology Research at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), co-director of the Thoracic Cancer Program at HCI, and member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program.

Improvements in cancer treatment evolve from laboratory discoveries, animal studies, and controlled clinical trials. This process is most effective when basic scientists and clinicians work side by side. Huntsman Cancer Institute offers a unique opportunity for basic scientists and clinicians to collaborate in solving problems related to cancer patients. Clinical trials offer promising new treatments to qualifying patients and are a critical step in developing improved cancer treatments.

In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Akerley treats patients with many types of cancer, focusing on lung cancer and melanoma. He participates on the lung cancer committees of two national organizations for cancer treatment: Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) and National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). Akerley joined Huntsman Cancer Institute in 2002. Previously, he was director of medical oncology and associate director of the Boston University Cancer Center. He received his medical degree at Brown University in Rhode Island, completed his residency at the University of Southern California (USC), and served additional fellowships at USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Ctr.
Fellowship University of Southern California
Residency University of Southern California
Internal Medicine
Internship University of Southern California
Internal Medicine
Professional Medical Brown University
Undergraduate Boston University


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