Laurie L. Ackerman, MD - Neurosurgery - Pediatric Neurosurgery - Spine Surgery

Laurie L. Ackerman, MD

Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

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Dr. Laurie Ackerman is an experienced pediatric neurosurgeon with expertise in caring for patients with neurosurgical conditions. She specializes in:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Congenital brain and spine anomalies such as spina bifida

She also does craniofacial surgery in partnership with plastic surgery to treat infants with craniosynostosis.

Ackerman began her career as a registered nurse specializing in neuroscience and emergency medicine. After completing her master’s degree in nursing, her interest in neurosurgery motivated her to expand her pattern of practice with a medical degree from University of Iowa College of Medicine. She then completed residency at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and obtained a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Indiana University School of Medicine / Riley Hospital for Children.

She is passionate about patient and family teaching. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, playing piano, and working in her yard.

Riley Pediatric Neurosurgery photo Riley Pediatric Neurosurgery

575 Riley Hospital Dr

Surgery MSA

Indianapolis, IN, 46202

Get Directions 317.944.6201
  • Neurosurgery
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery
  • School of Medicine: University of Iowa College of Medicine
  • Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
  • Fellowship: Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University School of Medicine
Hospitals & Affiliations
  • Riley Physicians
  • IU Health Physicians
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Anthem Healthy Indiana Plan
  • Anthem Hoosier Care Connect
  • Anthem Hoosier Healthwise
  • Anthem Medicare Advantage
  • Anthem Medicare HMO
  • Anthem Medicare PPO
  • Anthem Pathway Essentials Network
  • Care Source Healthy Indiana Plan
  • Care Source Hoosier Healthwise
  • Community Health Network - Employee Plan
  • CorVel/Corecare - Workers Compensation
  • Encore Workers Compensation
  • Health Alliance Medicare Advantage
  • Humana Medicare Advantage
  • Indiana Health Network - Workers Compensation
  • Indiana University Health - Workers Compensation
  • IU Health Plans Medicare Advantage
  • Managed Health Services Healthy Indiana Plan
  • Managed Health Services Hoosier Care Connect
  • Managed Health Services Hoosier Healthwise
  • Managed Health Services Medicare Advantage
  • MDWise Excel Healthy Indiana Plan
  • MDWise Excel Hoosier Healthwise
  • Parkview Health Plan Signature Care PPO
  • Point Comfort - Refugee Medical Assistance Program
  • Point Comfort - Unaccompanied Children Program
  • The Healthcare Group Encircle
  • The Healthcare Group Encore
  • TriCare Select
  • United DSNP
  • United HealthCare
  • United HealthCare Hoosier Care Connect
  • United HMO
  • United Medicare Advantage
  • United PPO
  • VA - CCN via United Healthcare

Note: Although this listing was accurate at the time of posting, insurances change regularly, and insurance plans listed may not be accepted at all office locations for this provider. Please confirm with your insurance company that this provider is covered by your plan before your appointment.

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