Professor of Neurology and Pathology
Ann McKee, MD, is William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor of Neurology and Pathology at Boston University, Director of Neuropathology for VA Boston, and Director of the BU CTE Center. Dr. McKee is a board-certified neurologist and neuropathologist whose career focuses on Alzheimer’s disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Her groundbreaking work on the long-term effects of repetitive head impacts, concussion, and blast injury in contact sports athletes and military veterans shifted scientific thought regarding head trauma; she demonstrated that repetitive “mild” head trauma can provoke CTE, a devastating neurodegenerative disease. Dr. McKee published over 70% of the world’s cases of CTE. She created and directs the UNITE (VA-BU-CLF) brain bank, the world’s largest repository of brains from individuals exposed to traumatic brain injuries (over 850) and neuropathologically confirmed CTE (over 450). McKee completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin and received her medical degree from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in neurology at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, in neuropathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and was assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. She is Director of the Neuropathology Core and Associate Director for the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center (BUADC). McKee also directs the brain banks for the BUADC and Framingham Heart Study, which are based at VA Boston. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. McKee was named Bostonian of the Year 2017 by the Boston Globe, one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and one of the 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Time magazine. She received the Henry Wisniewski Lifetime Achievement Award in Alzheimer’s Disease Research by the Alzheimer’s Association and Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammie), Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to federal service.
Sunday, September 26, 2021
3:35 PM – 4:50 PM ET