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Deborah Armstrong, M.D.

Associate Professor of Oncology and Gynecology and ObstetricsDeborah Armstrong, M.D.
Director, Breast and Ovarian Surveillance Service

Dr. Armstrong is an associate professor of oncology at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins and an associate professor in gynecology and obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Armstrong also directs the Johns Hopkins Breast and Ovarian Cancer Screening Service, a genetic counseling service that focuses on identifying patients at risk for cancer and examination of new strategies for cancer screening and prevention. 

Since joining the Johns Hopkins faculty, Dr. Armstrong has received a Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a Career Development Award from the American Cancer Society, the Ladies Home Journal Breakthrough Achievement Award, the Rosalind Franklin Award for Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research and has twice received the Johns Hopkins University Department of Medicine Osler Housestaff Teaching Award.

Dr. Armstrong works primarily in the area of women’s malignancies, with a particular emphasis on breast cancer, ovarian cancer and other gynecologic malignancies, and the genetics of breast and ovarian cancer. Dr. Armstrong’s clinical focus is on the development of new therapeutic approaches to the treatment of breast cancer and gynecologic malignancies. Particular areas of interest are intraperitoneal therapy, targeted biologic therapy and immunologic approaches to cancer treatment.

Dr. Armstrong has lectured locally, nationally and internationally. She is active in the Gynecologic Oncology Group, serving on the Medical Oncology, Developmental Therapeutics and Phase I GOG committees and as chair of several clinical trials through this group. She is a representative of the Southwest Oncology Group to the Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Armstrong also serves as a representative of Johns Hopkins to the National Cooperative Cancer Network serving on the ovarian cancer and breast cancer risk reduction panels and chairs the survivorship panel. She has participated as a member of the Cancer Working Group for the Office of Research on Women’s Health for the National Institutes of Health, as a scientific reviewer for the breast and ovarian cancer research programs of the Department of Defense and the National Cancer Institute, as a reviewer for the NCI Special Emphasis Panel for Insight Awards to Stamp Out Breast Cancer and as a member of the NCI SPORE Program parent committee.

Dr. Armstrong received a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology from the University of California at Berkeley then attended the George Washington University School of Medicine. While at George Washington, she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and was awarded the American Medical Women's Association Scholarship Achievement Citation. She received her M.D. degree with distinction then completed training in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and served as chief medical resident. During her oncology training Dr. Armstrong was awarded fellowships from the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Stetler Research Fund. 

Her seminar entitled 10 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer  is scheduled for Session I: (10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.).