2018-2019 David Seegal Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professorship Lecture

Katrina Armstrong, MD
Katrina Armstrong, MD

“Restoring Trust in American Medicine”


Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE

Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine

Harvard Medical School

Chair, Department of Medicine


Massachusetts General Hospital


Monday, March 4, 2019

4:00 p.m.

Alumni Auditorium

650 W. 168th St., First Floor

Reception to follow at the Faculty Club

Dr. Armstrong is an internationally recognized investigator in medi­cal decision-making, quality of care, cancer prevention and outcomes, an award-winning teacher and a practicing primary care physician. She has served on multiple advisory panels for academic and federal organizations and has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the National Academy of Medicine. Before coming to Massachusetts General, she was the chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, associate director of the Abramson Cancer Center, and co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn).

A graduate of Yale University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Armstrong completed her internship, residency, and chief residency in medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She joined the Perel­man School of Medicine at Penn in 1996 as a physician scientist fellow in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She joined the faculty at Penn in 1998 and was later appointed chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine in December 2008.

Dr. Armstrong’s work focuses at the interface of genomics, cancer, and social policy. Her research interests include breast cancer risk and cancer prevention through personalized approaches, as well as innovation in care delivery and comprehensive primary care. She has illuminated factors influencing the translation of advances in genomics into improvements in cancer control and identified novel mechanisms underlying cancer disparities. Using individualized survival curves drawn from a Markov model, she has developed a novel personalized breast cancer screening and communications strategy to improve decision outcomes for high-risk women. Dr. Armstrong has extended her research to more broadly examine the effect of communication approaches on cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship behaviors.


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