EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

BA, Goverment and Biology
  • Cornell University , 1994 , Ithaca , NY

Graduate Degree

MPH
  • Harvard School of Public Health , 2003 , Boston , MA

Medical School

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine , 2002 , Baltimore , MD

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

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.

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.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Ackerman KE, Misra M. Amenorrhoea in adolescent female athletes. Lancet Child Adolesc Health. 2018 Sep; 2(9):677-688. View abstract
  2. Elliott-Sale KJ, Tenforde AS, Parziale AL, Holtzman B, Ackerman KE. Endocrine Effects of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2018 Jul 01; 28(4):335-349. View abstract
  3. Ackerman KE, Holtzman B, Cooper KM, Flynn EF, Bruinvels G, Tenforde AS, Popp KL, Simpkin AJ, Parziale AL. Low energy availability surrogates correlate with health and performance consequences of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport. Br J Sports Med. 2018 Jun 02. View abstract
  4. Kandemir N, Slattery M, Ackerman KE, Tulsiani S, Bose A, Singhal V, Baskaran C, Ebrahimi S, Goldstein M, Eddy K, Klibanski A, Misra M. Bone Parameters in Anorexia Nervosa and Athletic Amenorrhea: Comparison of Two Hypothalamic Amenorrhea States. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2018 Jun 01; 103(6):2392-2402. View abstract
  5. Mountjoy M, Sundgot-Borgen JK, Burke LM, Ackerman KE, Blauwet C, Constantini N, Lebrun C, Lundy B, Melin AK, Meyer NL, Sherman RT, Tenforde AS, Klungland Torstveit M, Budgett R. IOC consensus statement on relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S): 2018 update. Br J Sports Med. 2018 Jun; 52(11):687-697. View abstract
  6. Mountjoy M, Sundgot-Borgen J, Burke L, Ackerman KE, Blauwet C, Constantini N, Lebrun C, Lundy B, Melin A, Meyer N, Sherman R, Tenforde AS, Torstveit MK, Budgett R. International Olympic Committee (IOC) Consensus Statement on Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S): 2018 Update. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2018 Jul 01; 28(4):316-331. View abstract
  7. Singhal V, Reyes KC, Pfister B, Ackerman K, Slattery M, Cooper K, Toth A, Gupta N, Goldstein M, Eddy K, Misra M. Bone accrual in oligo-amenorrheic athletes, eumenorrheic athletes and non-athletes. Bone. 2018 May 11. View abstract
  8. Unnikrishnan G, Xu C, Popp KL, Hughes JM, Yuan A, Guerriere KI, Caksa S, Ackerman KE, Bouxsein ML, Reifman J. Regional variation of bone density, microarchitectural parameters, and elastic moduli in the ultradistal tibia of young black and white men and women. Bone. 2018 Jul; 112:194-201. View abstract
  9. 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. 2018 Jan; 46(1):30-36. View abstract
  10. Rizzone KH, Ackerman KE, Roos KG, Dompier TP, Kerr ZY. The Epidemiology of Stress Fractures in Collegiate Student-Athletes, 2004-2005 Through 2013-2014 Academic Years. J Athl Train. 2017 Oct; 52(10):966-975. View abstract
  11. 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. View abstract
  12. 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. View abstract
  13. 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 05 01; 102(5):1413-1439. View abstract
  14. 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. View abstract
  15. 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 12; 258:605-606. View abstract
  16. Tenforde AS, Nattiv A, Ackerman K, Barrack MT, Fredericson M. Optimising bone health in the young male athlete. Br J Sports Med. 2017 Feb; 51(3):148-149. View abstract
  17. 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. View abstract
  18. 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. View abstract
  19. 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. View abstract
  20. 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. View abstract
  21. 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. View abstract
  22. 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. View abstract
  23. Curry EJ, Logan C, Ackerman K, McInnis KC, Matzkin EG. Female Athlete Triad Awareness Among Multispecialty Physicians. Sports Med Open. 2015; 1(1):38. View abstract
  24. 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. View abstract
  25. 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. View abstract
  26. 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. View abstract
  27. 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. View abstract
  28. 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. View abstract
  29. 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. View abstract
  30. 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. View abstract
  31. 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. View abstract
  32. 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. View abstract
  33. 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. View abstract
  34. 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. View abstract
  35. Barrack MT, Ackerman KE, Gibbs JC. Update on the female athlete triad. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2013 Jun; 6(2):195-204. View abstract
  36. 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. View abstract
  37. 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. View abstract
  38. 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. View abstract
  39. 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. View abstract
  40. 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. View abstract
  41. Nazem TG, Ackerman KE. The female athlete triad. Sports Health. 2012 Jul; 4(4):302-11. View abstract
  42. 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. View abstract
  43. 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. View abstract
  44. 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. View abstract
  45. 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. View abstract
  46. Ackerman KE, Misra M. Bone health and the female athlete triad in adolescent athletes. Phys Sportsmed. 2011 Feb; 39(1):131-41. View abstract
  47. 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. View abstract
  48. Ackerman KE. Is denosumab a safe and effective treatment for postmenopausal osteoporosis? Nat Clin Pract Endocrinol Metab. 2008 Jul; 4(7):376-7. View abstract