Dr. Eli Penn

D. Eli Penn, M.D., a dual board-certified, fellowship-trained gastroenterologist with a wide range of experience and endoscopic skills, has joined Beaufort Memorial Lowcountry Medical Group Specialty Care.

He sees patients at the practice’s Beaufort and Okatie locations.

Penn specializes not only in the management of general GI disorders, but also in advanced endoscopic therapies. He has a particular interest in detection and management of poorly recognized conditions that tend to present with GI symptoms, among them chronic pancreatitis and hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. He believes that careful attention to a patient’s signs and symptoms, including those outside the GI tract, is essential to accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. 

The Kentucky native came to Beaufort Memorial from Macon, Georgia, where since 2019 he had practiced at the Medical Center of Central Georgia/Atrium Heath Navicent, and held a faculty appointment at Mercer University School of Medicine, continuing the academic research and work with trainees that have been a rewarding part of his career.

Penn is a frequent speaker on topics that include chronic pancreatitis and inflammatory bowel disease, and also proctors other gastroenterologists as they learn to perform the TIF procedure, most recently at the University of Florida. He has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and currently serves on the Professionalism Committee at the American College of Gastroenterology.

Past leadership roles have included director of endoscopy and vice chair of the Board of Trustees at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro.

Penn received his medical degree at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. During his internal medicine residency there he won awards for teaching and research. He completed a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

“With the addition of Dr. Penn to our gastroenterology practice, we are continuing our efforts to increase access to GI services for residents both north and south of the Broad River,” said Russell Baxley, president and CEO of Beaufort Memorial. “We are fortunate to add a physician of Dr. Penn’s caliber to our medical staff. He brings both technical skill and concern for patients to our team.”

At Beaufort Memorial Lowcountry Medical Group Specialty Care, Penn joins board-certified gastroenterologists John Crisologo, M.D., and Richard Stewart, D.O., as well as certified physician assistants Kristen Johnson and Kim Thorpe and board-certified nurse practitioner Kim Stockstill.

With locations in Beaufort at 300 Midtown Drive and in Okatie at Beaufort Memorial Okatie Medical Pavilion, 122 Okatie Center Blvd. North, the practice provides care for acute and chronic disorders of the gastrointestinal system. To make an appointment with Penn or any of the other practice providers, call 843-770-4588.