Foundation Dean, Medical College, East Africa
Dr Robert Armstrong is responsible for the development, start-up and ongoing operation of the Medical College - East Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. This includes long-term strategic planning, academic development and the collaborative management of the College's financial, administrative and human resources. He has a major role to play in linking with the education community and external stakeholders, including other health care and public health institutions. Dr Armstrong will also be the Chief Academic Officer for AKU in East Africa and will Chair the East Africa Academic Committee.
Prior to joining AKU, Dr Armstrong was Associate Professor and Head, Department of Paediatrics at the University of British Columbia and Chief, Paediatric Medicine at BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital. His other appointments included Associate Faculty, School of Population and Public Health and Senior Associate Clinical Scientist at the Child and Family Research Institute. He was a Governor and Board member of the B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation. Dr Armstrong has held a number of other roles including: Vice-President of Medicine, Children's and Women's Health Centre; Director, Centre for Community Child Health Research, President of the Paediatric Chairs of Canada and Chair of the Canadian Child and Youth Health Coalition.
Dr Armstrong has had extensive experience in clinical child development and disability and has provided consultation provincially, nationally and internationally in areas of clinical programme development and evaluation. He is past President of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and is Vice-Chair of the Editorial Board of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. He is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is on the Executive of the International Pediatric Academic Leaders Association. Dr Armstrong was the Founding Director of the Centre for International Child Health (CICH) at BC Children's Hospital and has had extensive engagement in China over a number of years, supporting the development of innovative training programs, among his many accomplishments.
Dr Armstrong completed a BSc degree from Simon Fraser University, an MD from McMaster University and MSc and PhD in Human Growth and Development from McMaster University. He completed speciality training in Paediatrics (FRCPC) and sub-speciality training in Developmental Paediatrics at McMaster University and the University of British Columbia. Dr Armstrong's research interests are in the area of childhood disability, development of population-based strategies for prevention of developmental disorders and clinical and health services strategies for improving outcomes of children with disabilities. He has had 45 peer reviewed publications, editorials and commentaries. His wide international exposure also includes making 55 International and National invited presentations.