UAMS Names Armstrong Dermatology Chair

By David Robinson

LITTLE ROCK – Cheryl A. Armstrong, M.D., has been named chair of the Department of Dermatology in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Armstrong joined the UAMS faculty in May 2008 as a staff physician and associate professor and has served as interim chair of the department since August following the death of John Ansel, M.D., the previous chair.

She sees patients at UAMS Medical Center and at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, where she is chief of the dermatology section.

Before joining UAMS, Armstrong was a staff physician at the Veterans Administration Eastern Colorado Health Care System in Denver and associate professor of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Colorado Denver.

The board-certified dermatologist received her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Oregon Health Sciences University and a fellowship in dermatology research.
She became an associate professor with tenure at Emory University School of Medicine Department of Dermatology and received a joint appointment in the Department of Ophthalmology. Armstrong served on the faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine before joining the faculty at the University of Colorado Denver.

Armstrong has been an active leader in residency education throughout her career. She has directed the UAMS residency program since December 2008 and serves on numerous UAMS and College of Medicine committees relating to graduate medical education, the Faculty Group Practice, UAMS Medical Center and medical student selection.

Armstrong’s NIH-supported research focuses on cutaneous inflammation and the role of both innate immunity and the cutaneous neurologic system on many common skin disorders. She is conducting preclinical studies to investigate the efficacy of novel topical molecules in the treatment of diseases such as eczema and the mechanisms by which successful agents appear to function. Armstrong has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery. She is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of numerous other professional organizations.
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