Celebrating Dr. Brenda Armstrong


In honor of Black History Month, the DHIP celebrates its very own Dr. Brenda Armstrong, a pioneer of the medical field. 

Armstrong has taken her favorite quote to heart. "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

She was a member of one of the first classes at Duke to include African-American students and the only African-American woman in her medical school class at St. Louis University for three of her four years there.  Armstrong is distinguished as the second Black woman in the United States to become a board-certified pediatric cardiologist.

Armstrong is currently a Professor, Associate Dean, and Director of Admissions at Duke’s School of Medicine.  Her current research interests focus on gender- and race-based disparity in medical education.  She is known for recruiting the most diverse classes in Duke Medical School history.

See Dr. Armstrong in Duke's Faces of Change video series—Pt. 2: Trailblazers video featuring Dr. Armstrong.


Credits: Duke's Baldwin Scholars website