William J. Gallen Lectureship

Thursday, June 22 and Friday, June 23


The Herma Heart Center welcomes this year’s speaker: Michael J. Ackerman, MD, PhD

Michael Ackerman, MD, PhD is the Windland Smith Rice Cardiovascular Genomics Research Professor and Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Pharmacology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. As Director of Mayo’s Long QT Syndrome/Genetic Heart Rhythm Clinic and the Windland Smith Rice Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory, Dr. Ackerman strives to fulfill the two-fold objective of medical education and biomedical research as stated by Dr. Charles H. Mayo, “to heal the sick and to advance the science.” He has published over 500 articles and chapters across the continuum of basic, translational, and clinical research focusing on the cardiac channelopathies, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and sudden cardiac death in the young. Dr. Ackerman received his MD and PhD from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and residency and fellowship training in Pediatric and Pediatric Cardiology in the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Ackerman also serves as the president of the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation.


There is no fee for this program. Please RSVP for the Thursday, June 22 reception and dinner by filling out the form below before Thursday, June 15.

Questions? Contact Carol Lesperance at (414) 266-2198 or clesperance@chw.org.

Thursday, June 22

  • 7 a.m. -- Cath Conference | Briggs & Stratton Auditorium | Floor 2, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • 9:30 a.m. -- Cardiac Intensive Care Unit rounds
  • Noon -- Lunch | Herma Heart Center Conference Room
  • 1 p.m. -- Case presentations | Herma Heart Center Conference Room
  • 6 p.m. -- Reception, dinner and dinner lecture "A Doctor's Prom Promise" (RSVP required), Wisconsin Club (Deutscher Room) |900 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Friday, June 23

  • 8:30 a.m. --  Grand Rounds | State of Genetic Testing for Cardiomyopathies and Channelopathies by Michael J. Ackerman, M.D., PhD | Briggs & Stratton Auditorium, Floor 2, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • 10 a.m. -- Case presentations | 6M conference room
  • Noon -- Lunch | 6M conference room

About William J. GallenGallen_Bill

Dr. Gallen was appointed to the medical staff at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in 1957. He is an honorary staff member. Dr. Gallen has contributed greatly to the field of pediatric cardiology and has earned several awards, including:

  • The Clinical Teaching Award from Marquette University College of Medicine, where he taught from 1957 to 1967
  • The Outstanding Pediatric Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Wisconsin Chapter
  • The Outstanding Physician Award from the American Heart Association of Wisconsin 
  • Dr. Gallen is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology and served as chief of several departments at Children's, including:
    • Chief of Cardiology from 1962 to 1987
    • Chief of Pediatrics from 1971 to 1973
    • Chief of Medicine from 1973 to 1975
    • Chief of Ambulatory Services from 1987 to 1989
  • He also was director of the Fairchild Cardiac Study Center at Children's from 1957 to 1986 and served as secretary, vice president and president of the Milwaukee Pediatric Society.

ADA statement
Children’s Hospital and Health System fully intends to comply with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If any participant is in need of accommodation, please call (414) 266-2198.

This program is designed to meet the continuing education needs of a multidisciplinary audience, including physicians, nurses and technologists, by presenting lectures and clinical discussions pertinent to current cardiac diagnostic issues and care of critically ill cardiac patients. The goal of the program is to provide state-of-the-art information related to the critical care of infants and children with congenital heart disease.

Gallen RSVP – Thursday, June 22 reception and dinner