Dr. Brenda Armstrong, Duke University Medical School Dean, to Visit Campus

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

UNCW students aspiring to become medical professionals will have the opportunity to get a few pointers from a Duke University School of Medicine administrator.

Dr. Brenda Armstrong, dean of admissions at Duke University School of Medicine, will give a presentation titled “Preparing for the Journey: Intentional Planning for Medical School” on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Long Leaf Pine Room (Room 1041) in the Fisher University Union on the UNCW campus. Although the event is tailored to students, it is free and open to the public. Dr. Armstrong’s presentation is sponsored by the Upperman African American Cultural Center. 

“It’s such a distinction to have Dr. Armstrong visit UNCW and share her expertise as one of the highest-regarded surgeons and medical school administrators at one of the world’s top medical programs,” said Kent Guion, UNCW chief diversity officer.   

Dr. Armstrong is a professor of pediatrics and pediatric cardiology in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Duke University School of Medicine. She earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology at Duke University and a Doctor of Medicine with honors at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She completed her internship in pediatrics at UCLA Center for the Health Sciences and her residency and fellowship training in pediatric cardiology at Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Armstrong joined the Duke faculty 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.

Under her leadership as dean of admissions, the medical school has achieved success in the recruitment, matriculation, and graduation of record numbers of women and under-represented minorities. Dr. Armstrong’s current research examines gender- and race-based disparities in medical education.