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Dr. Ronald Ackermann

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Senior Associate Dean for Public Health
Director, Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM)
Director, Center for Community Health
Co-Director, Center for Diabetes and Metabolism
Professor of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Medical Social Sciences and Endocrinology


Areas of Focus

  • Diabetes prevention and control
  • Obesity and weight management
  • Disease prevention
  • Health promotion
  • Community health
  • Healthcare-community partnerships
  • Natural experimental study designs


  • Working with local and national community organizations to implement and evaluate diabetes prevention programs to be cost-effective, scalable, and sustainable
  • Engaging health payers and providing research findings in ways that help inform insurance companies, Medicare and other organizational leaders to pay for diabetes prevention programs
  • Designing and evaluating population health management and care coordination programs, particularly primary care-community partnerships and other cost-effective strategies to incorporate primary prevention of chronic conditions and management of obesity
  • Natural experiments and use of quasi-experimental study designs to evaluate treatment alternatives and systems-level approaches for chronic disease prevention and care
  • Evaluating how behavioral interventions can positively impact weight management for older adults and for Veterans