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Michael J. Ackerman received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in Biomedical Engineering. After graduation he served as a research physiologist in the Hyperbaric Medicine and Physiology Department, Naval Medical Research Institute, where he studied the effects of the hyperbaric environment on neurophysiology and behavior. He later became head of the Institute's Biomedical Engineering and Computing Branch responsible for the application of computers to real time medical data analysis and the control and monitoring of diving systems.

Dr. Ackerman came to the National Library of Medicine in 1987. He served as the Chief of the Educational Technology Branch of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, applying interactive technology to medical education, and as the Associate Director for Specialized Information Services responsible for the Library's non-bibliographic data bases.

He retired from being the NLM Assistant Director for High Performance Computing and Communications at the end of 2015. In that role he provided guidance for NLM's telemedicine, distance collaboration, advanced networking, and imaging interests. He also oversaw the development of the NLM Pill Image Recognition (PIR) pilot and PIR Challenge, including the Federal Register Notice announcing the Challenge and the submission instructions and associated information.

He has written a book and more than 225 papers and book chapters.

Professional Activities: 
  • Associate Professor in Computer Medicine at George Washington University
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Informatics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Professional Organizations: 
  • Charter member and served as Treasurer of the American Association for Medical Systems and Informatics (AAMSI), 1986-1990
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Symposium for Computer Applications in Medical Care (SCAMC) from 1976 to 1988 and served as its president, 1982
  • Program chair for the 9th SCAMC, 1985, and Finance Chair for Medinfo'86, 1982-1988
  • A founding member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), and served as Treasurer, 1992-1993; Secretary, 1996-1997; chair of the Meetings Committee, 1990-1995; and as a member of the Board of Directors, 1988-1991
  • Co-chair of the 1992 Health Science Communications Association (HeSCA) Annual Meeting
  • Consultant to the Radiological Society of North America's Electronic Communications Committee, 1990-1996
  • Served as the Secretary, 2001-2001, and member of the Board of Directors, 2002-2006, of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA)
  • Serves as a member of the Program Committee of the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference since 1993 and the Large Scale Networking (LSN) Committee of the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program since 1992
  • Member of the Internet2 Applications, Middleware and Services Advisory Council (AMSAC), 2007-2012
  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association's Advisory Panel on the Resource Center for Research, 1993-1998
  • Member of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention's Advisory Panel on Consumer Interest and Health Education, 1990-2000
  • Elected a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in 2008
  • Elected a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 1992
  • Elected a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) in 1985
  • Currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Telemedicine & e-Health, and the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Honors and Awards: 
  • 2008 National Library of Medicine Board of Regents Award
  • 2006 American Telemedicine Association Dedicated Service Award
  • 2004 American Medical Informatics Association Dedicated Service Awards
  • 1998 Johns Hopkins University Ranice W. Crosby Distinguished Achievement Award
  • 1997 Government Technology Leadership Award
  • 1996 National Institutes of Health Director's Award
  • 1996 Friends of the National Library of Medicine Public Service Award
  • 1996 Satava Award for Medical Applications of Virtual Reality
  • Visible Human Project work nominated as a finalist for a 1995 Discover Magazine Award for Technological Innovation in Software and a 1996 Smithsonian Award for Information Technology

  • 1995 Public Health Service Special Recognition Award
  • 1994 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Dedicated Service Award
  • 1993 American Medical Informatics Association President's Awards
  • 1993 Health Sciences Communications Association Special Achievement Award
  • 1992 National Institutes of Health Award of Merit
Publications/Tools by Michael Ackerman: 
Ackerman MJ. Computer briefs: the healthcare cloud. J Med Pract Manage. 2012 Mar-Apr;27(5):320-1.
Locatis CN, Williamson D, Sterrett J, Detzler I, Ackerman MJ. Video medical interpretation over 3G cellular networks: a feasibility study. Telemed J E Health. 2011 Dec;17(10):809-13. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2011.0084. Epub 2011 Oct 19.
Ackerman MJ. Computer briefs: the cloud. J Med Pract Manage. 2011 Nov-Dec;27(3):181-2.
Ackerman MJ, Locatis CN. Advanced networks and computing in healthcare. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2011 Jul-Aug;18(4):523-8. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2010-000054. Epub 2011 Apr 12.
Ackerman MJ. Computer briefs: meaningful images. J Med Pract Manage. 2011 Jul-Aug;27(1):64-5.
Liu WL, Zhang K, Locatis CN, Ackerman MJ. Internet-based videoconferencing coder/decoders and tools for telemedicine. Telemed J E Health. 2011 Jun;17(5):358-62. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2010.0193. Epub 2011 May 12.
Locatis CN, Williamson D, Gould-Kabler C, Zone-Smith L, Detzler I, Roberson J, Maisiak R, Ackerman MJ. In-Person, Video, and Telephonic Medical Interpretation. American Telemedicine Association 16th Annual International Meeting; 2011 May 1-3; Tampa, Florida.
Locatis CN, Berner ES, Hammack G, Smith S, Maisiak R, Ackerman MJ. Communication and proximity effects on outcomes attributable to sense of presence in distance bioinformatics education. BMC Med Educ. 2011 Mar 14;11:10. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-11-10.
Ackerman MJ. Computer briefs: tagging the EMR. J Med Pract Manage. 2011 Mar-Apr;26(5):323-4.
Ackerman MJ. Computer briefs: M-health: modern and mobile. J Med Pract Manage. 2010 Nov-Dec;26(3):191-2.