Robert H. Ackerman, MD, MPH
It is with sadness that we share with you news of the passing of Dr. Robert H. Ackerman.
Robert Harold Ackerman, MD, MPH, Emeritus Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Neurovascular Laboratory and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, died on December 18th at the age of 83, after a long and productive career in the Departments of Neurology and Radiology. He was a pioneer in stroke imaging and prevention, who devoted his professional life to studying blood flow to the brain for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke and stroke-prone patients.
Bob grew up in New York City, attending Horace Mann School in Bronx-Riverdale. He received his BA degree from Brown University in 1957 and his MD degree from the University of Rochester in 1964. His immediate post-college years — just at the start of the “Sputnik” era — were spent largely as a journalist in Great Britain; it was the subsequent “space race” however that, at least in part, sparked his enthusiasm for science. He interned at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York, and completed residencies in neurology (1970) and radiology (1975) at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Bob was unique in having earned Board Certification from both the American Boards of Radiology and Psychiatry & Neurology; he continued to practice clinically in these departments throughout his tenure at MGH.
Dr. Ackerman trained under Drs. C. Miller Fisher and Michael Moskowitz to become an international expert in the imaging evaluation of carotid disease and of cerebral blood flow and metabolism; over his lengthy career he, in turn, served as a mentor to many of the leading stroke neurologists and neuroradiologists worldwide. He was an MGH Dalton Scholar at the Neurological Institute Queen Square, London from 1970–1971, where …