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.