Chair of Family Medicine, Family Medicine Physician




Family Medicine




Dr. Ackerman received her bachelors and medical degree from Texas A&M University and Texas A&M College of Medicine, and completed her residency in Family Medicine at John Peter Smith Hospital (JPSH) in Fort Worth, Texas in 1988.

Dr. Ackerman is a board-certified Family Medicine physician, and Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine, who has practiced medicine and taught medical students and doctors for over 30 years. She is also board certified in geriatric medicine, and certified in tropical/ travel medicine, and quality improvement.

From 1989-1991 and 1993-1997 she was faculty at JPSH and developed a global health training program for physicians. From 1991-1993 she served as a volunteer in Bhutan developing post-graduate education. She and her family returned to Asia from 1998-2004 as volunteers in Nepal.

She cared forpatients in rural areas, served as maternal-child consultant at Dhulikel Hospital, and was a founding professor at Kathmandu University Medical School in the community medicine department. During this time she and her husband started a non-profit organization, orphanage, and NGO for community development in Nepal, for which she still volunteers and fund-raises. After she returned to Texas, she once more practiced full-scope family medicine (hospital and clinic) teaching medical students and residents in several locations, most recently College Station, Texas.

She held many academic roles as Associate Professor, most notably Academic Director and Program Director in Alaska and Texas. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and books, and enjoys speaking on many topics, particularly community development. Dr. Ackerman’s interests include global health, travel medicine, third-culture children, preventive medicine/healthy lifestyle, women’s health, geriatrics, and much more.

Dr. Ackerman began working in Guangzhou United Family Hospital in 2018. She sees patients of all ages, both children and adults.

Dr. Ackerman speaks English, Nepali, and Spanish (limited).


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