John Armstrong


John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS, FCCP, MAMSE, is a trauma surgeon, medical educator, and national health leader. He is Professor of Surgery, Distinguished Educator, and Trauma Network Division Director at the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida; Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland; Advocacy Pillar Chair and Executive Committee member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma; member of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators; and member of the American Medical Association Council on Long Range Planning and Development. He serves on the US Defense Health Board and chairs its Trauma and Injury Subcommittee. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. As the 2022 ACS Surgeons Voice Advocate of the Year, he promotes a National Trauma and Emergency Preparedness System (NTEPS), Stop the Bleed, and injury prevention. Dr. Armstrong has led local, regional, and statewide trauma systems. He has served as Florida's Surgeon General and Secretary of Health; Chief Medical Officer at the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS); and Trauma Medical Director at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He completed his Army career as a Colonel and Director of the US Army Trauma Training Center, in association with the Ryder Trauma Center, Miami, FL. Dr. Armstrong is a graduate of Princeton University, the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and the US Army Command and General Staff College. He performed his surgical residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii; his trauma/surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital; and his Master Educators in Medical Education Fellowship at the University of Florida. His research interests include trauma system development, mass casualty triage, public health preparedness, simulation-based skills training, and military-civilian readiness collaboration. He believes that education and training are principal drivers of change.

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