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John Armstrong, MD
John Armstrong, MD

    John Armstrong, MD, is associate professor of surgery at the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, FL; surgical director of the USF Health ACS-Accredited Education Institute; and medical director of the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS). CAMLS brings together all forms of simulation for specialty-specific and inter-professional education and training within a 90,000 sq ft facility being built in downtown Tampa. He has spoken nationally and globally on blast injuries, surgical education, team training, disaster management, and health policy.

    Dr. Armstrong is co-editor of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness course; editor-in-chief of the American Medical Association (AMA) Advanced Disaster Life Support,v.3.0; consultant to the ACS Committee on Trauma Ad Hoc Committee on Disaster and Mass Casualty Management; executive committee member of the AMA National Disaster Life Support Educational Consortium; and founding editorial board member of the AMA journal, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.

    Dr. Armstrong serves as chair of ACS Political Action Committee (SurgeonsPAC); chair of the ACS delegation to the AMA House of Delegates (HOD); ACS governor from Florida; and member of the ACS Health Policy and Advocacy Group. He has recently been appointed to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Surgery. He is a former trustee and executive committee member of the AMA. 

    Born in Montana, Dr. Armstrong is a graduate of Princeton University (1984, economics), the University of Virginia School of Medicine (1988), and the US Army Command and General Staff College (1998). He completed his surgical residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii in 1993, and his fellowship in trauma/surgical critical care at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in 1997. He finished his distinguished US Army career at the rank of Colonel and as Director of the US Army Trauma Training Center in Miami, Florida. He holds a faculty appointment at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.  He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, is certified by the American Board of Surgery in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians.


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