Katrina Armstrong, MD

Dr. Katrina Armstrong

Meet Katrina Armstrong, MD

Katrina Armstrong, MD, leads Columbia University’s medical campus as Chief Executive Officer of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S). Dr. Armstrong is also Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences for Columbia University and the Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor in the Faculty of Medicine. She is the 25th dean of VP&S and the first woman to lead Columbia’s medical school and medical center.

Across an accomplished career spanning decades, Dr. Armstrong has demonstrated leadership in medical education and training; a commitment to educating, recruiting, and retaining diverse talent across all areas of medicine; and a devotion to advancing equity and access to reduce health disparities across all populations.

I believe in the power of science to make the world a better place. I believe that empathy and compassion are fundamental, not just because we're in the healing professions, but in everything that we do, including how we work with each other. I believe in the pursuit of equity and justice, and in listening to the communities we serve who walk that path with us. And I believe that academic health centers have both a responsibility and an opportunity to deliver on those values.

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Hear Dr. Armstrong's Introductory Podcast

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"For too long the advances of biomedical science have been delivered unequally… We’re asking how we can do better to ensure that those advances happen in an equitable way and actually reduce disparities."

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