Scott B. Armen, MD

Scott B. Armen, MD
Employed by Penn State Health
General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Trauma Surgery

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Professor of Surgery and Chief

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About Me

Scott B. Armen, M.D. is the Charlene J. Smith Professor of Surgery and Neurosurgery, Vice-Chair of the Department of Surgery for Clinical Affairs, and Chief of the Division of Trauma, Acute Care and Critical Care Surgery at Penn State College of Medicine. He also serves as the Adult Level 1 Trauma Program Medical Director and Surgical Director of Quality and Patient Safety for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Prior to his appointment at Penn State Health, Dr. Armen was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Florida in Gainesville and was the Assistant Trauma Director at the Ohio State University Medical Center. A Colonel in the US Army Reserve, Dr. Armen presently serves as the US Army Reserve General Surgery Consultant to The Army Surgeon General and Chief Surgeon of the 629th Forward Resuscitative Surgical Detachment.

Dr. Armen has served five combat deployments, most recently as the Chief Surgeon for the 629th Forward Resuscitative Surgical Detachment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Syria. He has deployed twice to Afghanistan, once as the Chief Surgeon of the 915th Forward Surgical Team and once as the Chief Surgeon of the 629th Forward Surgical Team in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He also has been deployed twice to Iraq, once as the Chief of Surgery for the Task Force 256th Combat Support Hospital in Operation New Dawn and once as a trauma and critical care surgeon with the 345th Multi-National Forces Combat Support Hospital in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2019 Dr. Armen was awarded the US Army Combat Action Badge while serving in Afghanistan.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Armen participates as an active member of multiple trauma and critical care organizations including the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Western Trauma Association, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. His clinical and research interests include thoracic and vascular trauma, shock resuscitation, sepsis, combat casualty care, and surgical quality improvement.


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Professional Education


Medical School, Ohio State University College of Medicine & Public Health (Columbus) - 2000


Fellowship, Surgery, Critical Care Ohio State University Hospital (Columbus) - 2006


Residency, Surgery, General Mount Carmel Medical Center (Ohio) - 2005