Meet Our Keynote Speaker
Ann McKee, MD
Professor, Neurology and Pathology, Boston University School of Medicine
Director, Neuropathology, VA Boston
Director, Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center
Dr. Ann McKee is a professor of Neurology and Pathology at Boston University School of Medicine, director of Neuropathology for VA Boston, and director of the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center. She is a board certified neurologist and neuropathologist whose initial career focused on Alzheimer’s disease and aging.
Over the past 10 years, Dr. McKee has concentrated on the long-term effects of concussion, subconcussion and blast injury and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in contact sports athletes and military veterans. Her work has shifted the prevailing paradigm of scientific thought regarding head trauma. She demonstrated that repetitive “mild” head trauma is not just an acute injury - it can provoke a persistent neurodegeneration, CTE, that continues long after the trauma has stopped. Dr. McKee has published more than 70 percent of the world’s cases of CTE ever reported and created the VA-BU-CLF brain bank, the world’s largest repository of brains from individuals exposed to traumatic brain injuries (more than 690) and neuropathologically confirmed CTE (more than 400).
Dr. 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 and in neuropathology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is director of the Neuropathology Core and associate director for the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center (BUADC). She also directs the brain banks for the BUADC, Framingham Heart Study and Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium, which are all based at VA Boston.
Dr. McKee was named Bostonian of the Year 2017 by the Boston Globe, one of the 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare and one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine in 2018. She was recently awarded the Henry Wisniewski Lifetime Achievement Award in Alzheimer’s Disease Research by the Alzheimer’s Association and was elected into the National Academy of Medicine.