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.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?

Mayo Clinic has a tradition of excellent surgical training and research opportunities. Having seen the program firsthand as a resident, I knew it would be a good fit.

What makes the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic unique?

The outstanding mentorship makes this program stand out.

Did anything surprise you about Mayo's program?

A strong feature of the institution is the commitment to its mission: Mayo Clinic will provide the best care to every patient every day through integrated clinical practice, education and research.

What is living in Rochester, Minnesota, like for you?

Living in Rochester has been great for my family and me. There is plenty to do in and around Rochester, and the Twin Cities are a short drive away.

What does your future look like right now?

My wife, Lexie, and I hope to relocate wherever we can find job openings in both gynecologic oncology (Lexie) and urogynecology.