Richard Ackermann MD, CMD

Dr. Ackermann directs the Division of Geriatrics at Navicent Health Medical Center and Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. He is a Professor of Family Medicine and directs both a geriatrics and a hospice/palliative medicine fellowship. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and also holds the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics Medicine and the CAQ in Hospice & Palliative Medicine. He was the founding Medical Director of Navicent Hospital's comprehensive palliative care service which employs mid-level practitioners, as well as counselors, on the inter-disciplinary team. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the medical care of frail older adults and those at the end of life. He is particularly passionate about appropriate prescribing in the older adult and advises an assertive approach to reducing polypharmacy, as well as a healthy skepticism to the claims of the pharmaceutical industry.