Inaugural Lecture

"Have Courage and Be Kind"

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022 | 4 p.m.

Penn State College of Medicine Junker Auditorium and via Zoom

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CME credit is available for those who attend live.

Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).

Learning objectives

  • Consider new concepts in their practice
  • Understand future thoughts on institutional growth

April D. Armstrong, MD, FRCSC, FAOA

C. McCollister Evarts Professor and Chair, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

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Dr. April Armstrong is the C. McCollister Evarts Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She has also served previously as Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Quality, Associate Chief Medical Officer for Outpatient Surgical Care within the Penn State Health Medical Group, Associate Designated Institutional Officer (DIO) and Director of Health Systems Science for Graduate Medical Education (GME) for the Graduate Medical Education Office. She is in her sixth year out of 10 years as Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) and currently holds the title of President Elect. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (JSES). She also holds leadership positions within the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) and the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA).

Armstrong joined Penn State Health in 2003. Her research efforts have focused on the biomechanical failure and loosening mechanics for the glenoid component for total shoulder replacement. She ranks nationally as a top physician in her subspecialty, is listed among the Best Doctors in America®, and has been the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Distinguished Educator Award from Penn State College of Medicine, and the Michael B. Bongiovanni Award.

Dr. Armstrong earned her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, where she also completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery and later earned a master’s degree in medical biophysics. Dr. Armstrong is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada and the American Orthopaedic Association. She completed fellowships in upper extremity orthopaedic surgery at St. Joseph’s Health Care London in Ontario, Canada and in shoulder and elbow orthopaedic surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She and her husband Mark enjoy spending time with their two girls and they enjoy outdoor activities.