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IHE announces Dr. Paul Armstrong as incoming IHE Board of Directors Chair

The IHE announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Paul Armstrong as Chair of the IHE Board of Directors, effective October 1, 2018.

Paul Armstrong profile pictureThe IHE is delighted to welcome Dr. Paul Armstrong as Board Chair,” said Dr. McCabe, the IHE’s CEO and Executive Director. “Dr. Armstrong’s commitment to the education, training, and mentorship of healthcare professionals is unparalleled. He is internationally recognized as a leader in the development of innovative national and international clinical trials, with a particular interest in novel approaches to clinical trials, their interpretation and implications for treatment, as well as their influence on health policy. Dr. Armstrong is a long-time supporter and champion of the IHE and will provide leadership and guidance that will propel IHE into tomorrow from a position of strength.

I am honoured to serve as the IHE’s next Chairman of the IHE Board of Directors and appreciate the trust and confidence the IHE Board of Directors has invested in me,” said Dr. Armstrong. “Dr. Tyrrell’s strong leadership over the last 13 years has fostered the development of an internationally recognized, impactful, independent organization that brings key stakeholders together from all sectors to address the challenging issues we face in today’s health system. It is a privilege to succeed the distinguished Dr. Tyrrell and his many contributions to the IHE. I look forward to continuing this legacy and collaborating with Dr.McCabe, the IHE Board, and all stakeholders in the search for new health care solutions.

The Institute occupies a unique trans-provincial space and is well positioned to synergize collaborations amongst existing and potential future stakeholders,” continued Dr. Armstrong. “A confluence of factors now provides exciting opportunities for Alberta to demonstrate leadership in innovative, value-based health care that will both advance the health of Albertans and further inform all Canadians and the global health community.

Dr. Armstrong is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His outstanding educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a Medical degree (with distinction) from Queen’s University in Kingston. His post-graduate training was at Queen’s as well as the University of Toronto, after which he undertook further research and training in cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and St. George’s Hospital in London, England.

Dr. Armstrong is invested in the success and mentorship of the next generations of healthcare professionals. He was the founding Director of TORCH (TomorrOw's Research Cardiovascular Health Professionals), a Strategic Training Program Initiative, as well as founding President of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS), one of three founding academies of the Council of Canadian Academies that were established by the Canadian Government in 2004.

Dr. Armstrong has received numerous awards including: the Research Achievement Award of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (1993); the Award of Merit from the Heart and Stroke Foundation for contributions to medical research (1998); the Robert Beamish Leadership Award for promoting cardiovascular science and education (2002); the Prix Galien Canada Research Award (2004); the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry's Annual Award for Excellence in Clinical Mentoring (2006); the G. Malcolm Brown Lecturer awarded for excellence in scientific and academic endeavours (2006); the Greats of Cardiology Award Lecture (2006); the J. Gordin Kaplan Award (2007); the Christie Award (Canadian Association of Professors of Medicine) (2008); and the Best Research Mentoring Award (2007 through to 2009). In January of this year, Dr. Armstrong was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours.

Dr. Armstrong is the author, or co-author, of over 750 peer-reviewed publications, and a member of a number of editorial boards. He also frequently serves as a visiting professor and invited lecturer in institutions and major scientific meetings both in Canada and internationally.

Dr. Armstrong was also recently featured as a Momentum Driver in Momentum Magazine, a publication from the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Click the following link to learn more:

For more information and/or questions, please contact Jasmine Brown, Director of Communications.


Jasmine Brown
Director of Communications, Institute of Health Economics
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