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Katrina A. Armstrong, MD is the Chair of the Department of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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Katrina A. Armstrong, MD is the Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chair of the Department of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of Massachusetts General Hospital. She is an internationally recognized investigator in medical decision making, quality of care, and cancer prevention and outcomes, an award winning teacher, and a practicing primary care physician. She has served on multiple advisory panels for academic and federal organizations and has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Institute of Medicine. Prior to coming to Mass General, she was the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Associate Director of the Abramson Cancer Center and Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Armstrong's work focuses at the interface of genomics, cancer and social policy. Her research interests include breast cancer risk and cancer prevention through personalized approaches, as well as innovation in care delivery and comprehensive primary care. She has illuminated factors influencing the translation of advances in genomics into improvements in cancer control and identified novel mechanisms underlying cancer disparities. Using individualized survival curves drawn from a Markov model, she has developed a novel personalized breast cancer screening and communications strategy to improve decision outcomes for high risk women. Dr. Armstrong has extended her research to examine the effect of communication approaches on cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship behaviors more broadly.
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A biological pathway previously found to contribute to the impact of stress on the risk of cardiovascular disease also may underlie the increased incidence of such disease experienced by individuals with lower socioeconomic status.
The MGH this week launched a new podcast called “Charged,” featuring some of the hospital’s leading female voices.
The executive order restricting individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. is “a step backward” for medical education, patient care and biomedical research in this country, write medical department leaders from Massachusetts General Hospital and six other major academic medical centers.
This week, from March 28-April 1, MGHers celebrated National Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Health Week. The MGH LGBT Employee/Patient Resource Group hosted engaging events throughout the week to promote equality and inclusion.
On May 8, at the sixth Nancy J. Tarbell, MD, Faculty Development Lectureship, Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, presented “Ambulances, Epidemiology and the End of the Week.”
Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, physician-in-chief of the MGH Department of Medicine, reflects on her first year at the hospital and shares her plans for the future of the MGH Department of Medicine.
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