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Charlotte, N.C., native, Grayson W. Armstrong, MD, MPH, was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in June 2019. Dr. Armstrong is the chief resident in ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, where he also serves as director of the ocular trauma service for the 2019–2020 academic year.

A member of the AMA since his first year in medical school, Dr. Armstrong has served organized medicine in numerous leadership capacities. He has served on the governing councils of both the AMA Medical Student Section and the AMA Resident and Fellow Section, and on the board of AMPAC, the AMA’s political action committee. Active in the AMA House of Delegates for nine years, he most recently represented the American Academy of Ophthalmology as a delegate.

In addition to his extensive work with the AMA, Dr. Armstrong is active within the Massachusetts Medical Society, serving on its Resident and Fellow Section governing council, and within the Massachusetts Eye Physicians and Surgeons, the state’s ophthalmology specialty society, where he is a member of its executive board.

Dr. Armstrong is active in health policy across multiple fronts surrounding access to care. He has served as a fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, worked with the Massachusetts Governor’s Office to secure access to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program for resident physicians, and worked with international non-profit organizations and the Jordanian government to improve the country’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Dr. Armstrong attended college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated in 2009 with a major in music and a minor in chemistry.  He attended medical school at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, graduating in 2015, and attended Harvard University, where he received his Master of Public Health with a focus on health care policy and management.

Since medical school, Dr. Armstrong has fostered a strong interest in health care technology innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to serving as an advisor for various health technology startups, he is a founder of OculAR, a company creating tele-ophthalmic diagnostic technologies. With OculAR, he has been instrumental in the design and implementation of novel telemedicine and artificial intelligence technologies in the field of ophthalmology.


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