​Dr Robert Armstrong

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 ca​​re and public health institutions.  ​

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 British Columbia Children's Hospital and British Colombia Women's Hospital.  His other appointments include Associate Faculty, School of Population and Public Health and Senior Associate Clinical Scien​​​tist at the Child and Family Research Institute. He was Governor and Board member of the British Colombia 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, and President of the Paediatric Chairs of Canada. 

Dr Armstrong has 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 the past President of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and was on the editorial board and Vice Chair of the Editorial Board of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.  He is a member of the Society for Paediatric Research, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and ​is on the Executive of the International Paediatric Academic Leaders Association as well as the Standing Committee of the International Pediatric 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.

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. ​​