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Kathryn Ackerman | Education

Undergraduate School

BA, Government and Biology

Cornell University

1994, Ithaca, NY

Graduate School


Harvard School of Public Health

2003, Boston, MA

Medical School

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

2002, Baltimore, MD


Internal Medicine

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

2006, Philadelphia, PA


Internal Medicine

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

2006, Philadelphia, PA


Sports Medicine

Boston Children's Hospital

2007, Boston, MA


Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension

Brigham and Women's Hospital

2009, Boston, MA

Kathryn Ackerman | Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (General)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Sports Medicine)

Kathryn Ackerman | Professional History

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

Dr. Ackerman's interests in clinical care and education involve merging disciplines of sports medicine and endocrinology, while advancing the science and understanding of these interwoven specialties. Dr. Ackerman is a former national team lightweight rower, chair of the US Rowing Medical Commission, member of the World Rowing Medical Commission, and the course director for the Female Athlete Conference, held biennially at Boston Children's Hospital.

Kathryn Ackerman | Media

Answers Blog

When athletes push too hard: How to screen and when to refer

Kathryn Ackerman | Publications

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.