John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS, a member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Governors and past Chair of the American College of Surgeons Professional Association’s political action committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC) assumed the role of Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health on May 23. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) appointed Dr. Armstrong to the position.
A trauma surgeon, Dr. Armstrong is chief medical officer of the University of South Florida (USF) Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation and associate professor of surgery at the USF Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa. He chairs the ACS Delegation of the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates, is a member of the ACS Health Policy and Advocacy Group, and is a consultant to the ACS Committee on Trauma Ad Hoc Committee on Disaster Management. He served as the Army (State) COT Chair from 2003 to 2006 and is a member of the Residency Review Committee for Surgery.
Dr. Armstrong served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for 17 years, concluding his service at the rank of Colonel. His final assignment was director of the U.S. Army Trauma Training Center in Miami, FL. He led the development and implementation of a two-week award-winning team training program in trauma care for military medical units deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dr. Armstrong earned a medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville. He completed his surgical residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, his fellowship in trauma/surgical critical care at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Florida, and completed the master educators of medical education program at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and remains on faculty in the Norman M. Rich Department of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD.