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Sarah Commisso Armstrong, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Associate Professor Track V in Population Health Sciences
Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute
Member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Campus mail: 4020 N. Roxboro Rd, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 620-5374
Email address: sarah.c.armstrong@duke.edu

Dr. Armstrong's clinical and research interests include pediatric nutrition and the treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity, along with related health problems. As director of the Duke Children's Healthy Lifestyles Program, Dr. Armstrong oversees a cohort of over 3000 overweight children and teenagers. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity.  Dr. Armstrong's research focuses on leveraging innovative strategies to improve children's nutrition and activity, including mobile health interventions, community partnerships, and medication or surgical approaches.

Education and Training

  • Pediatric Internship & Residency, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2000 - 2003
  • M.D., University of Virginia, 2000

Publications

Armstrong, Sarah, and Charlene Wong. “Physical Activity Interventions Improve Quality of Life of Children With Obesity: Should We Expect Them to Also Decrease Body Mass Index?.” J Adolesc Health 65, no. 3 (September 2019): 309–10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.05.011.

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Moseley, Connor A., Madhulika Vulimiri, Robert S. Saunders, William K. Bleser, Eliana M. Perrin, Sarah C. Armstrong, Gary X. Wang, Peter A. Ubel, Mark McClellan, and Charlene A. Wong. “Medicaid and CHIP Child Health Beneficiary Incentives: Program Landscape and Stakeholder Insights..” Pediatrics 144, no. 2 (August 2019). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2018-3161.

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Moseley, Connor A., Asheley C. Skinner, Eliana M. Perrin, Sarah C. Armstrong, Eric D. Peterson, and Charlene A. Wong. “Adolescent and Young Adult Recreational, Occupational, and Transportation Activity: Activity Recommendation and Weight Status Relationships..” J Adolesc Health 65, no. 1 (July 2019): 147–54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.01.021.

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Benjamin-Neelon, S. E., A. Platt, M. Bacardi-Gascon, S. Armstrong, B. Neelon, and A. Jimenez-Cruz. “Greenspace, physical activity, and BMI in children from two cities in northern Mexico.” Preventive Medicine Reports 14 (June 1, 2019). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2019.100870.

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Kumar, Seema, Eileen C. King, Amy L. Christison, Aaron S. Kelly, Adolfo J. Ariza, Claudia Borzutzky, Suzanne Cuda, Shelley Kirk, and Shelley POWER Work Group. “Health Outcomes of Youth in Clinical Pediatric Weight Management Programs in POWER..” J Pediatr 208 (May 2019): 57-65.e4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.12.049.

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Muth, Natalie D., William H. Dietz, Sheela N. Magge, Rachel K. Johnson, Rachel K. AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, Rachel K. SECTION ON OBESITY, Rachel K. COMMITTEE ON NUTRITION, and Rachel K. AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION. “Public Policies to Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption in Children and Adolescents..” Pediatrics 143, no. 4 (April 2019). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2019-0282.

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Kay, Melissa C., Jasmine Burroughs, Sandy Askew, Gary G. Bennett, Sarah Armstrong, and Dori M. Steinberg. “Digital Weight Loss Intervention for Parents of Children Being Treated for Obesity: A Prospective Cohort Feasibility Trial..” J Med Internet Res 20, no. 12 (December 20, 2018). https://doi.org/10.2196/11093.

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Skinner AC, Ravanbakht SN, Skelton JA, Perrin EM, Armstrong SC. Prevalence of Obesity and Severe Obesity in US Children, 1999-2016. Pediatrics. 2018;141(3):e20173459..” Pediatrics 142, no. 3 (September 2018). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2018-1916.

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Armstrong, Sarah, Charlene A. Wong, Eliana Perrin, Sara Page, Lauren Sibley, and Asheley Skinner. “Association of Physical Activity With Income, Race/Ethnicity, and Sex Among Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States: Findings From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007-2016..” Jama Pediatr 172, no. 8 (August 1, 2018): 732–40. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.1273.

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Andrews, Maria, Carolyn Sawyer, Leah Frerichs, Asheley Cockrell Skinner, Jessica Hoffman, Kiah Gaskin, and Sarah Armstrong. “Feasibility of a Clinic-Community Partnership to Treat Childhood Obesity..” Clin Pediatr (Phila) 57, no. 7 (June 2018): 783–91. https://doi.org/10.1177/0009922817734359.

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