2014 23rd Annual Richard C. Troutman MD DSC (HON) Prize: Dr. Brian Armstrong

Dr. Brian Armstrong graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. During residency at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute where he served as chief resident, he developed a passion for corneal disease while working with mentors Uyen Tran MD and the late Denis O’Day MD. He then matched for fellowship at Cole Eye Institute at the Cleveland Clinic to train in cornea and refractive surgery.

At Cole Eye, Dr. Armstrong’s passion for corneal research was sparked—his chosen focus was in corneal biomechanics and crosslinking. During his time at Cole Eye and with the help of many colleagues, he performed a large rabbit study comparing outcomes of standard corneal crosslinking with those of various methods of transepithelial crosslinking. This work was published in the Journal of Refractive Surgery in May 2013.

In the fall of 2011, Dr. Armstrong went into practice with the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group in Washington, DC, where he has practiced as a cornea and external disease specialist. In 2013 he was appointed assistant chief of the Department of Ophthalmology and was recognized for his clinical and surgical skills, being included on the Super Doctors Rising Stars list for the Washington, DC / Baltimore / Northern Virginia region.