About Grayson Armstrong, MD, MPH

Dr. Armstrong earned his MD from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where his research covered a range of topics, such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) angiography in pediatric choroidal neovascularization, OCT angiography to assess pigmented epithelial detachments, pediatric eye injuries treated in United States emergency departments, and motor vehicle crash-associated eye injuries in the United States.

While in medical school, Dr. Armstrong concurrently earned a Master of Public Health degree, with a focus on Health Care Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health, where he had the opportunity to advise international non-governmental organizations and the Jordanian Government on Syrian refugee policies resulting from the Syrian civil war. His training included a leadership concentration. He has an impressive track record of involvement in health policy and public health, primarily focusing on issues affecting patients’ access to care. He has served as a fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and worked with the Massachusetts Governor’s office to secure resident access to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program.

After completing his residency at Harvard Ophthalmology, Dr. Grayson served as Chief Resident and Director of Mass. Eye and Ear's Ocular Trauma Service for AY 2019-2020. During that time, he oversaw and coordinated trauma coverage at Mass. Eye and Ear and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and served as a vital mentor, teacher, and peer resource to Harvard Ophthalmology’s 24 residents.

Within organized medicine, Dr. Armstrong has served on the executive committee of the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, on multiple committees of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Association’s Political Action Committee (AMPAC). He was recently elected to serve on the American Medical Association’s Board of Trustees for a two-year term.

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Mass Eye and Ear at Malden
578 Main St.
Suite 102
Malden, MA 02148
Phone: 781-321-6544

Medical Education

  • MD, Brown University
  • Residency, Massachusetts Eye and Ear
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts Eye and Ear
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

American Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology


Dr. Armstrong’s clinical research in ophthalmology has focused on novel ophthalmic multimodal imaging techniques for a variety of eye diseases, as well as epidemiologic studies of eye trauma presenting to emergency departments across the United States. He has a strong interest in ophthalmic public health and health policy. Recently, he has focused on novel tele-ophthalmic models of care and has an interest in the application of artificial intelligence to improve access to care.


  • Veronese C, Maiolo C, Armstrong GW, Primavera L, Torrazza C, Della Mora L, Ciardella AP. New surgical approach for sutureless scleral fixation. Eur J Ophthalmol. 2020 Jan 30; 1120672120902020.

    Chen EM, Cox JT, Begaj T, Armstrong GW, Khurana RN, Parikh R. Private Equity in Ophthalmology and Optometry: Analysis of Acquisitions from 2012 through 2019 in the United States. Ophthalmology. 2020 Apr; 127(4):445-455.

    Armstrong GW, Lorch AC. A(eye): A Review of Current Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Ophthalmology. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2020; 60(1):57-71.

    Veronese C, Pellegrini M, Maiolo C, Morara M, Armstrong GW, Ciardella AP. Multimodal ophthalmic imaging of staphylococcus aureus bacteremia associated with chorioretinitis, endocarditis, and multifocal brain abscesses. Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2020 Mar; 17:100577.

    Chen EM, Armstrong GW, Cox JT, Wu DM, Hoover DR, Del Priore LV, Parikh R. Association of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion with Dilated Eye Examinations among the United States Population with Diabetes. Ophthalmology. 2019 Sep 17.

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