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Robert Armstrong

Foundation Dean of the Medical College in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Aga Khan University in East Africa

Professor Armstrong joined the Aga Khan University in June 2010 as the Abdul Sultan Jamal Professor of Paediatrics and the Foundation Dean of the Medical College in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Aga Khan University in East Africa.


Professor Armstrong completed a BSc degree from Simon Fraser University, an MD from McMaster University, MSc and PhD in Human Growth and Development from McMaster University. He completed specialty training in Pediatrics and sub-specialty training in Developmental Pediatrics at McMaster University and the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining AKU, Professor Armstrong was Professor and Head, Department of Paediatrics at the University of British Columbia and Chief, Pediatric Medicine at BC Children’s & Women’s Hospital. His other appointments included Associate Faculty, School of Population and Public Health and Senior Associate Clinical Scientist at the Child and Family Research Institute. He is an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia.

Professor Armstrong’s clinical and research interests are in the area of childhood disability, development of population-based strategies for prevention of developmental disorders and clinical and health services strategies for improving outcomes of children with disabilities.  He is a Fellow of the Society for Pediatric Research, is past President of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and is on the Standing Committee of the International Pediatric Society as President of the International Pediatric Academic Leaders Association (IPALA). In 2010, he was appointed a Fellow of the Canadian College of Health Sciences.

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