Dr. Sarah Ashford, MD

Dr. Sarah Ashford, MD

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 36
Dr. Sarah Ashford, MD is an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery specialist in Athens, GA and has been practicing for 3 years. She graduated from University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine in 2009 and specializes in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, sleep medicine otolaryngology, and more.Read her story

1000 Hawthorne Ave Ste T

Athens, GA 30606

Contact Information

(706) 248-6860

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
more than 90% of peers
Larynx Conditions
more than 85% of peers
Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
more than 74% of peers

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Dr. Ashford's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Ashford "I am a board-certified Thyroid and Head and Neck Surgeon originally from Aiken, South Carolina. I became a head and neck surgeon because of my love for the beautiful and complex anatomy in the head and neck and because this field uniquely deals with all of the senses - sound, taste, sight, smell, and touch. I received my medical doctorate from the University of South Carolina, having graduated magna cum laude as a junior member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. During residency at the University of Mississippi, I participated in two humanitarian surgical trips to Kenya where I cultivated my love of thyroid disease as well as salivary gland disorders. Following residency, I further specialized in the surgical management of thyroid disease and both benign and malignant disorders of the head and neck by completing a fellowship in Endocrine Oncology and Head and Neck Surgery at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. I seek every opportunity to stay current and connected with the other experts in my field. I am a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, where I serve on two committees regarding thyroid surgery and head and neck surgery, as well as a member of the American Head and Neck Society, American Thyroid Association, American College of Surgeons, and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Through my involvement in multiple professional societies, humanitarian work, and throughout my extensive training, I've been privileged to work with world-renowned specialists in my field. I am excited to build my practice with my husband in his hometown of Athens, Georgia, where I am establishing the Ashford Thyroid Center for comprehensive care in thyroid and parathyroid conditions. I am well-trained and credentialed with the use of point-of-care ultrasound in the head and neck to diagnose, work-up, and treat a variety of disorders in the head and neck including thyroid nodules. As a passionate and thoroughly trained clinician and surgeon, I am able to deliver the best care and provide the most current treatment options to my patients. Outside of the office, I enjoy gardening, DIY projects, arts and crafts, working out, listening to various Podcasts, traveling, and training for my private pilot's license. I love spending time with my husband, our two dogs, and our families."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Ashford "I absolutely love my field of work!  My passion translates into the ability to compassionately and expertly treat patients.  I enjoy getting to know my patients and having the opportunity to take the time answering questions and discussing their health.  "

11  Specialties

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Head & Neck Surgical Oncology
  • Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery
  • Otolaryngic Allergy
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat)
  • Rhinology
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sleep Medicine Otolaryngology
  • Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

126  Conditions Treated

  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • All Lymphoma
  • Allergic Fungal Sinusitis
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergic Rhinitis Due to Pollen
  • Allergic Rhinoconjunctivitis
  • Atrophic Rhinitis
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Tumor
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Nose
  • Cancer
  • Cancer of Floor of Mouth
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Cancer
  • Ear Disorders
  • Ear Infection
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Endocrine Cancer
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • External Ear Disorders
  • Facial Laceration
  • Facial Palsy
  • Follicular Thyroid Cancer
  • Foreign Body in Nose
  • Foreign Body in Throat
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gland Cancer
  • Goiter
  • Graves' Disease
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Tumor
  • Head Mass
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Headache
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Laryngitis
  • Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Leukoplakia
  • Lip Cancer
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Medullary Thyroid Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Mixed Parotid Tumor
  • Mouth Conditions
  • Mouth Lesions
  • Mouth Ulcer
  • Nasal Allergies
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Neck Cancer
  • Neck Mass
  • Neck Tumor
  • Nodular Goiter
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Nose Disorders
  • Nose Injuries
  • Nosebleed
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Oral Cancer
  • Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer, Adult
  • Otitis Media
  • Otitis Media With Effusion
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Papillary Thyroid Cancer
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Parathyroid Adenoma
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Parathyroid Hyperplasia
  • Parotid Gland Cancer
  • Parotitis
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Primary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Rhinitis
  • Salivary Duct Stones
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Diseases
  • Salivary Gland Stones
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Salivary Gland Tumors
  • Scars
  • Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sinus Disorders
  • Sinus Polyp
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin Cancer
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sore Throat
  • Suppurative Parotitis
  • Throat Disorders
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer, Anaplastic
  • Thyroid Cancer, Familial Medullary
  • Thyroid Cancer, Hurthle Cell
  • Thyroid Cyst
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroid Goiter
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Tinnitus
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tongue Conditions
  • Tongue-Tie
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Tonsil Disorders
  • Tonsillitis
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyp
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91  Procedures

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Biopsy
  • Biopsy of Affected Tissue
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Cosmetic Botox® Injection
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Earlobe Repair
  • Earwax Removal
  • Endoscopic Laser Laryngeal Cancer Surgery
  • ENT Surgery
  • Esophageal Dilatation
  • Esophagoscopy
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Excision
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Cyst
  • Excision of Dentoalveolar Lesion Tumor
  • Excision of Lipoma
  • Excision of Neck Mass
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Soft Tissue Lesion
  • Excision of Submandibular Gland
  • Excision of Vestibule Floor of Mouth
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Excisional Biopsy
  • Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy
  • Fine Needle Aspiration
  • Fine Needle Aspiration of Thyroid Nodules
  • Glossectomy
  • Head and Neck Reconstruction Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • In-Office Ultrasound
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngeal Videostroboscopy
  • Laryngectomy and Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Lymph Node Resection
  • Maxillary (Upper Jaw ) Osteotomy
  • Nasal Airway Surgery
  • Nasal Disorder Endoscopy
  • Nasal Packing for Epitaxis
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Nasal Surgery
  • Nasopharyngeal Surgery
  • Nasopharyngoscopy
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Oral Surgical Procedures
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Parotidectomy
  • Posterior Nasal Pack
  • Salivary Gland Surgery
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer Surgery With Reconstruction
  • Skin Cancer Tumor Treatment
  • Skin Grafts
  • Skin Lesion Removal
  • Skin Procedures
  • Soft Tissue Mass Biopsy
  • Sphenoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Surgical Biopsy
  • Thyroid Biopsy
  • Thyroid Cancer Surgery With or Without Radical Neck Dissection
  • Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroid Nodule Evaluation
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Treatment for Nose Bleeds
  • Turbinate Reduction
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound, Thyroid
  • Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy
  • Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
  • Wound Repair
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0 Sanctions

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  • Presbyterian College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2003
  • University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2009
  • University Of Mississippi Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2010
  • University Of Mississippi Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2014
  • Moffitt Cancer Ctr
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2015

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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What People Say About Dr. Sarah Ashford, MD
Dr. Beth is a fantastic physician, she addresses all of my ENT needs and truly cares about her patients!
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Jan 13, 2018
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Dr. Beth Ashford is THE BEST!!!! She performed both of my daughter's ear tube surgeries. From the moment we walked in the door we were treated with kindness and respect. My 3 year old generally hates doctors and won't let anyone come near her, but Dr. Beth Ashford has such a gentle spirit about...Read More
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Tifton, GA – Dec 16, 2017
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Dr. Ashford is a very caring MD and a great surgeon with a spectacular surgical team. I am currently having some thyroid issues that would otherwise be scary, but the time was taken to explain to me in great detail the plan and prognosis for my issue. I am beyond grateful for this entire office and...Read More
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Lauren Akin in Winder, GA – Oct 19, 2017
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Dr Sarah Ashford was able to open my sinuses & help rid me of the chronic sinusitis & infections I've had for half my life. Kind, caring, listening, & answering questions proved I chose the right Doc. She didn't evade any question I had, & in our discussion of my treatment I realized her expertise,...Read More
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Flowery Branch, GA – Jun 11, 2017
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Dr Beth Ashford & team provided excellent care for me, finding the root cause of my chronic sinusitis & correcting it with FESS, an outpatient surgical procedure. Pain low, only required pain med for the day after surgery. And I can SMELL, and TASTE! They are young, know the latest treatments &...Read More
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Lb in Flowery Branch, GA – Jun 11, 2017
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