Susan Johnston Ackerman, M.D. is an associate professor of radiology, vice-chair for clinical affairs in radiology, and division director of ultrasound at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Ackerman received her M.D. from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. After receiving her M.D., Dr. Ackerman did an internship in internal medicine at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Ackerman started her residency in radiology in 1992 at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. She completed her residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1996. Afterwards, she did a fellowship in women’s imaging at the University of South Carolina in 1997. She has been a faculty member of the Department of Radiology since then.
Dr. Ackerman is certified by the American Board of Radiology. In 2003, she received the Golden Apple Award for teaching. She is a reviewer for the American Journal of Roentgenology, and a contributor for the American College of Radiology continuous professional improvement module in ultrasound. Dr. Ackerman is an examiner for the American Board of Radiology. She is a member of several scholarly societies including the American Roentgen Ray Society, Association of American Women in Radiology, and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. She is the principal investigator of a multi-center clinical study to determine the effectiveness and safety of a homologous electrical difference analysis (HEDA) in the screening of women for breast cancer. Her primary research and clinical interests include imaging breast cancer, as well as ultrasound use in the evaluation of transplant organs.