Michael Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D.

Consultant, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic

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Michael J. Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D., of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is the Windland Smith Rice Cardiovascular Genomics Research Professor and a professor of medicine, pediatrics and pharmacology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

As director of Mayo Clinic's Long QT Syndrome/Genetic Heart Rhythm Clinic and the Windland Smith Rice Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory, Dr. Ackerman strives to fulfill the twofold objective of medical education and biomedical research as stated by Dr. Charles H. Mayo: "to heal the sick and to advance the science."

He has published more than 250 articles and chapters across the continuum of basic, translational and clinical research with a focus on cardiac channelopathies, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and sudden cardiac death in the young.

Dr. Ackerman received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Mayo Medical School and Mayo Graduate School and completed pediatric and pediatric cardiology training at Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Ackerman is the board of trustees president of the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation.