Kathryn E.  Ackerman

Kathryn Ackerman, MD, MPH

Sports Medicine Physician; Director, Female Athlete Program

Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Athletic Amenorrhea
  • Concussion Management
  • Dance Medicine
  • Diabetic Athletes
  • Female Athlete
  • Female Athlete Triad
  • Rowing Injuries
  • Skeletal Health
  • Sports Injuries
  • Visco Injections

Departments

  • Orthopedic Center

Programs

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Kathryn E.  Ackerman

Philosophy of Care 

As a physician and athlete, I enjoy being able to get to know my patients and become part of their team.  I try to learn what their goals are and help them get there, with a focus on maximizing their physical and mental health in the process.  I love helping patients get back to doing what they love, and hope that I can work with them to get them to train smarter and safer, improving performance and health in the process.

Experience and Education

Education

Undergraduate, Bachelor of Arts in Government and Biology

Cornell University, 1990-1994

Ithaca, NY

Graduate School, Master of Public Health

Harvard School of Public Health, 2003

Boston, MA

Medical School, Doctorate of Medicine

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1996-1998, 2000-2002

Baltimore, MD

Internship, Internal Medicine

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2004

Philadelphia, PA

Internship, Internal Medicine

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2006

Philadelphia, PA

Residency, Internal Medicine

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2006

Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship, Sports Medicine

Boston Children's Hospital , 2007

Boston, MA

Fellowship, Endocrinology (Diabetes and Hypertension)

Brigham and Women's Hospital, 2009

Boston, MA

Certifications

Professional History

Kathryn E. Ackerman, MD, MPH is a sports medicine physician and the medical director of the Female Athlete Program in the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. Her interests include female athletes, rowing injuries, endocrinology, female athlete triad, optimizing performance and health in athletes with diabetes, exercise-associated hyponatremia, and exercise and bone health in adolescents. Dr. Ackerman sees patients in Boston and Waltham.

Dr. Ackerman interests in clinical care and education involve merging disciplines of sports medicine and endocrinology, while advancing the science and understanding of these interwoven specialties. She has presented locally and internationally about the female athlete triad as well as diabetes and exercise. Dr. Ackerman is a former national team lightweight rower, a team physician for US Rowing, and the course director for the Female Athlete Conference, held biannually at Boston Children's Hospital.

Publications

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  1. Tenforde AS, Parziale AL, Popp KL, Ackerman KE. Low Bone Mineral Density in Male Athletes Is Associated With Bone Stress Injuries at Anatomic Sites With Greater Trabecular Composition. Am J Sports Med. 2017 Oct 01; 363546517730584.
  2. Rizzone KH, Ackerman KE, Roos KG, Dompier TP, Kerr ZY. Epidemiology of Stress Fractures in Collegiate Student-Athletes, 2004-2005 Through 2013-2014 Academic Years. J Athl Train. 2017 Sep 22.
  3. Popp KL, Hughes JM, Martinez-Betancourt A, Scott M, Turkington V, Caksa S, Guerriere KI, Ackerman KE, Xu C, Unnikrishnan G, Reifman J, Bouxsein ML. Bone mass, microarchitecture and strength are influenced by race/ethnicity in young adult men and women. Bone. 2017 Oct; 103:200-208.
  4. Baskaran C, Cunningham B, Plessow F, Singhal V, Woolley R, Ackerman KE, Slattery M, Lee H, Lawson EA, Eddy K, Misra M. Estrogen Replacement Improves Verbal Memory and Executive Control in Oligomenorrheic/Amenorrheic Athletes in a Randomized Controlled Trial. J Clin Psychiatry. 2017 May; 78(5):e490-e497.
  5. Gordon CM, Ackerman KE, Berga SL, Kaplan JR, Mastorakos G, Misra M, Murad MH, Santoro NF, Warren MP. Functional Hypothalamic Amenorrhea: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2017 May 01; 102(5):1413-1439.
  6. Boyle MJ, Hogue GD, Heyworth BE, Ackerman K, Quinn B, Yen YM. Femoral Neck Stress Fractures in Children Younger Than 10 Years of Age. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Mar; 37(2):e96-e99.
  7. Baskaran C, Plessow F, Ackerman KE, Singhal V, Eddy KT, Misra M. A cross-sectional analysis of verbal memory and executive control across athletes with varying menstrual status and non-athletes?. Psychiatry Res. 2017 Jan 20.
  8. Tenforde AS, Nattiv A, Ackerman K, Barrack MT, Fredericson M. Optimising bone health in the young male athlete. Br J Sports Med. 2016 Dec 21.
  9. Singhal V, Maffazioli GD, Ackerman KE, Lee H, Elia EF, Woolley R, Kolodny G, Cypess AM, Misra M. Correction: Effect of Chronic Athletic Activity on Brown Fat in Young Women. PLoS One. 2016; 11(8):e0160129.
  10. Misra M, Ackerman KE, Bredella MA, Stanford FC, Faje AT, Nordberg A, Derrico NP, Bouxsein ML. Racial Differences in Bone Microarchitecture and Estimated Strength at the Distal Radius and Distal Tibia in Older Adolescent Girls: a Cross-Sectional Study. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2017 Aug; 4(4):587-598.
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  12. Cano Sokoloff N, Misra M, Ackerman KE. Exercise, Training, and the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Gonadal Axis in Men and Women. Front Horm Res. 2016; 47:27-43.
  13. Bruinvels G, Burden RJ, McGregor AJ, Ackerman KE, Dooley M, Richards T, Pedlar C. Sport, exercise and the menstrual cycle: where is the research? Br J Sports Med. 2017 Mar; 51(6):487-488.
  14. Fraser J, Ackerman K. Upper Extremity Neurological Symptoms In A Dancer: 3414 June 3 3: 15 PM - 3: 35 PM. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016 May; 48(5 Suppl 1):962-3.
  15. Barron E, Cano Sokoloff N, Maffazioli GDN, Ackerman KE, Woolley R, Holmes TM, Anderson EJ, Misra M. Diets High in Fiber and Vegetable Protein Are Associated with Low Lumbar Bone Mineral Density in Young Athletes with Oligoamenorrhea. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016 Mar; 116(3):481-489.
  16. Curry EJ, Logan C, Ackerman K, McInnis KC, Matzkin EG. Female Athlete Triad Awareness Among Multispecialty Physicians. Sports Med Open. 2015; 1(1):38.
  17. Mountjoy M, Sundgot-Borgen J, Burke L, Carter S, Constantini N, Lebrun C, Meyer N, Sherman R, Steffen K, Budgett R, Ljungqvist A, Ackerman K. The IOC relative energy deficiency in sport clinical assessment tool (RED-S CAT). Br J Sports Med. 2015 Nov; 49(21):1354.
  18. Ackerman KE, Cano Sokoloff N, DE Nardo Maffazioli G, Clarke HM, Lee H, Misra M. Fractures in Relation to Menstrual Status and Bone Parameters in Young Athletes. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015 Aug; 47(8):1577-86.
  19. Mitchell DM, Tuck P, Ackerman KE, Cano Sokoloff N, Woolley R, Slattery M, Lee H, Bouxsein ML, Misra M. Altered trabecular bone morphology in adolescent and young adult athletes with menstrual dysfunction. Bone. 2015 Dec; 81:24-30.
  20. Singhal V, Maffazioli GD, Cano Sokoloff N, Ackerman KE, Lee H, Gupta N, Clarke H, Slattery M, Bredella MA, Misra M. Regional fat depots and their relationship to bone density and microarchitecture in young oligo-amenorrheic athletes. Bone. 2015 Aug; 77:83-90.
  21. Mountjoy M, Sundgot-Borgen J, Burke L, Carter S, Constantini N, Lebrun C, Meyer N, Sherman R, Steffen K, Budgett R, Ljungqvist A, Ackerman K. RED-S CAT. Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) Clinical Assessment Tool (CAT). Br J Sports Med. 2015 Apr; 49(7):421-3.
  22. Cano Sokoloff N, Eguiguren ML, Wargo K, Ackerman KE, Baskaran C, Singhal V, Clarke H, Slattery M, Lee H, Eddy KT, Misra M. Bone parameters in relation to attitudes and feelings associated with disordered eating in oligo-amenorrheic athletes, eumenorrheic athletes, and nonathletes. Int J Eat Disord. 2015 Jul; 48(5):522-6.
  23. Singhal V, de Lourdes Eguiguren M, Eisenbach L, Clarke H, Slattery M, Eddy K, Ackerman KE, Misra M. Body composition, hemodynamic, and biochemical parameters of young female normal-weight oligo-amenorrheic and eumenorrheic athletes and nonathletes. Ann Nutr Metab. 2014; 65(4):264-71.
  24. Wasfy MM, DeLuca J, Wang F, Berkstresser B, Ackerman KE, Eisman A, Lewis GD, Hutter AM, Weiner RB, Baggish AL. ECG findings in competitive rowers: normative data and the prevalence of abnormalities using contemporary screening recommendations. Br J Sports Med. 2015 Feb; 49(3):200-6.
  25. Singhal V, Lawson EA, Ackerman KE, Fazeli PK, Clarke H, Lee H, Eddy K, Marengi DA, Derrico NP, Bouxsein ML, Misra M. Irisin levels are lower in young amenorrheic athletes compared with eumenorrheic athletes and non-athletes and are associated with bone density and strength estimates. PLoS One. 2014; 9(6):e100218.
  26. Lawson EA, Ackerman KE, Slattery M, Marengi DA, Clarke H, Misra M. Oxytocin secretion is related to measures of energy homeostasis in young amenorrheic athletes. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014 May; 99(5):E881-5.
  27. Boykin RE, McFeely ED, Ackerman KE, Yen YM, Nasreddine A, Kocher MS. Labral injuries of the hip in rowers. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Aug; 471(8):2517-22.
  28. Barrack MT, Ackerman KE, Gibbs JC. Update on the female athlete triad. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2013 Jun; 6(2):195-204.
  29. Fazeli PK, Ackerman KE, Pierce L, Guereca G, Bouxsein M, Misra M. Sclerostin and Pref-1 have differential effects on bone mineral density and strength parameters in adolescent athletes compared with non-athletes. Osteoporos Int. 2013 Sep; 24(9):2433-40.
  30. Ackerman KE, Pierce L, Guereca G, Slattery M, Lee H, Goldstein M, Misra M. Hip structural analysis in adolescent and young adult oligoamenorrheic and eumenorrheic athletes and nonathletes. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Apr; 98(4):1742-9.
  31. Lawson EA, Ackerman KE, Estella NM, Guereca G, Pierce L, Sluss PM, Bouxsein ML, Klibanski A, Misra M. Nocturnal oxytocin secretion is lower in amenorrheic athletes than nonathletes and associated with bone microarchitecture and finite element analysis parameters. Eur J Endocrinol. 2013 Mar; 168(3):457-64.
  32. Ackerman KE, Patel KT, Guereca G, Pierce L, Herzog DB, Misra M. Cortisol secretory parameters in young exercisers in relation to LH secretion and bone parameters. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2013 Jan; 78(1):114-9.
  33. Ackerman KE, Putman M, Guereca G, Taylor AP, Pierce L, Herzog DB, Klibanski A, Bouxsein M, Misra M. Cortical microstructure and estimated bone strength in young amenorrheic athletes, eumenorrheic athletes and non-athletes. Bone. 2012 Oct; 51(4):680-7.
  34. Nazem TG, Ackerman KE. The female athlete triad. Sports Health. 2012 Jul; 4(4):302-11.
  35. Ackerman KE, Skrinar GS, Medvedova E, Misra M, Miller KK. Estradiol levels predict bone mineral density in male collegiate athletes: a pilot study. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2012 Mar; 76(3):339-45.
  36. Ackerman KE, Slusarz K, Guereca G, Pierce L, Slattery M, Mendes N, Herzog DB, Misra M. Higher ghrelin and lower leptin secretion are associated with lower LH secretion in young amenorrheic athletes compared with eumenorrheic athletes and controls. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2012 Apr 01; 302(7):E800-6.
  37. Borg-Stein JP, Fogelman DJ, Ackerman KE. Exercise, sports participation, and musculoskeletal disorders of pregnancy and postpartum. Semin Neurol. 2011 Sep; 31(4):413-22.
  38. Ackerman KE, Nazem T, Chapko D, Russell M, Mendes N, Taylor AP, Bouxsein ML, Misra M. Bone microarchitecture is impaired in adolescent amenorrheic athletes compared with eumenorrheic athletes and nonathletic controls. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2011 Oct; 96(10):3123-33.
  39. Ackerman KE, Misra M. Bone health and the female athlete triad in adolescent athletes. Phys Sportsmed. 2011 Feb; 39(1):131-41.
  40. Ackerman KE, Davis B, Jacoby L, Misra M. DXA surrogates for visceral fat are inversely associated with bone density measures in adolescent athletes with menstrual dysfunction. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2011; 24(7-8):497-504.
  41. Ackerman KE. Is denosumab a safe and effective treatment for postmenopausal osteoporosis? Nat Clin Pract Endocrinol Metab. 2008 Jul; 4(7):376-7.
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