Grand Rounds : Archive, 2003-2013

Dr. Brenda Armstrong

Dr. Armstrong is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Armstrong was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and educated in the public schools until she matriculated at Duke University. She earned a BS in Zoology at Duke University, followed by an MD with honors at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She completed her internship in Pediatrics at UCLA Center for the Health Sciences (Westwood Campus), her residency and fellowship training in Pediatric Cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. She joined the faculty at Duke in 1979 and has served as Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Acting Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, and Director of Fellowship Training for the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program.

Dr. Armstrong’s research interests have centered around the development and implementation of interventional cardiac techniques in the pediatric population. She is widely published, has served as a grader and reviewer for the AHA, ACC, Pediatric Cardiology, and a number of peer-review publications in Cardiology. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards at Duke University, including the Golden Apple Teaching Awards, the S. L Katz. Pediatrics Outstanding Faculty and Teaching Award , and recently has been named the recipient of the Duke University Distinguished Faculty Award.

In addition to her faculty appointment in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology, Dr. Armstrong serves as Dean of Admissions for the School of Medicine at Duke University. In the eight years since assuming the position of Dean of Admissions, the medical school at Duke has achieved unparalleled success in the recruitment, matriculation, and graduation of record numbers of women and under-represented minorities. Under the leadership of Dr. Armstrong, Duke Medical School has implemented a new paradigm for the evaluation of students for medicine, produced state-of-the-art web products for electronic admissions processing, developed extensive pipeline programs for science and technology from elementary school through college, receiving significant support from Duke University as well as from The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.