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Armstrong receives National Medical Association Woman in Medicine Award

Friday, July 20, 2018
Brenda Armstrong

Brenda E. Armstrong, MD, professor of pediatrics and associate dean, medical education and director of admissions, has received the 2018 National Medical Association Council on Concerns of Women Physicians (CCWP) Woman in Medicine Award. This award is given to a female physician who has made outstanding and exemplary service in the field of medicine.

“I am profoundly humbled by this award,” said Armstrong. “It represents acknowledgement of all that I have learned from those mentors, Samuel L. Katz, Madison Spach, Page Anderson, my godfather Coach Russell Blunt, my parents, family, and importantly, the children whom I have had the privilege to take care of-- many of whom are now adults with their own families. To understand and practice advocacy for those without power, to leverage the legacy of Martin Luther King, and Rosa Parks, to have the privilege of working now for one whom I recruited to DukeMed, our brilliant Dean, Mary Klotman, and to be able to make an impact for our children is a life's work--one for which I have had the benefit of so many committed to our future on so many levels. I am absolutely humbled beyond words.”

Armstrong was a member of one of the first classes at Duke to include African-American students and the only African-American woman in her medical school class at St. Louis University for three of her four years there.  She is distinguished as the second African-American woman in the United States to become a board-certified pediatric cardiologist.

Armstrong’s current research interests focus on gender- and race-based disparity in medical education.  As the dean for medical school admissions, she is also interested in medical education and training for students, residents, and fellows, including quality improvement initiatives in medical education, quality delivery of health services, recruitment of women and minorities into the medical field, and community outreach. Notably, Armstrong is known for recruiting the most diverse classes in Duke Medical School history.

The Woman in Medicine Award will be presented at the annual Muriel Petioni awards luncheon at the 116th NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in Orlando on Sunday, August 12.