Douglas G. Armstrong, MD

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Douglas G. Armstrong, MD
Employed by Penn State Health
Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedics

Academic Appointments

Director, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Edwards P. Schwentker Professor
Pediatric Spinal Deformity

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About Me

Douglas Armstrong, MD is a Board-Certified Orthopaedic surgeon who has been in practice since 1991. He is a native of Ottawa, Canada and completed medical school at the University of Ottawa. His Orthopaedic residency was at McGill University, Montreal. He completed Fellowships in Spinal Surgery at the Ottawa Civic Hospital and in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Buffalo. He is an active member of the Scoliosis Research Society, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has authored more than 20 scientific articles and book chapters. He has been privileged to serve as a Volunteer Pediatric Orthopaedic surgeon on several mission trips to Africa and Latin America. He is honored to serve the people of Central Pennsylvania and is the current Director of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Penn State. He enjoys participating in outdoor activities with his family.


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Professional Education


Medical School, University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine (Canada) - 1982


Fellowship, Spine Surgery University of Ottawa & Affil. Hospitals - 1990

Fellowship, Pediatric Orthopaedics Buffalo Childrens Hospital (New York) - 1991


Residency, Surgery, General University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics (Minneapolis) - 1986

Residency, Orthopedic Surgery McGill University, Faculty of Medicine - 1989


Internship, Transitional Memorial University of Newfoundland - PGME - 1983

Research Interests

  • Blood conservation in spinal surgery
  • Growing Rod Instrumentation with limited spinal fusion for scoliosis in young children
  • Pelvic Abnormalities in patients who have Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
  • Regional Variation in the Utilization of Pediatric Orthopedic services
  • Scoliosis and Spinal Deformities in Children and Adolescents
  • Scoliosis progression and maturity in Neuromuscular Scoliosis patients