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​Captain Adam W. Armstrong

Medical Corps, United States Navy
Commander, Naval Medical Research Center

co.jpgAbout Captain Armstrong

Captain Adam W. Armstrong is a native of Birmingham, Michigan and raised in Clearwater, Florida. He graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1985. He was subsequently awarded his Master of Science in Public Health from the University of South Florida in 1988, where he worked as a data analyst for the College of Public Health until 1992.

While attending Des Moines University’s medical school, Armstrong enlisted in the Navy after receiving a scholarship through the Health Professional Scholarship Program in exchange for service as a commissioned medical officer. Following his graduation in 1996, he was promoted to lieutenant in the Navy Medical Corps.
His first duty assignment was as an intern and then resident in Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s (NMCP) Internal Medicine residency program where he served until 1999. Upon completion, he began Infectious Disease Fellowship Training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Washington, D.C.  
In 2001 he returned to NMCP as a staff physician in the Infectious Diseases Department, and in 2004 became the department head, while also serving as Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine. He relocated to Cairo, Egypt in 2005 as head of Naval Medical Research Unit Three’s Clinical Trials and Military Studies Program and as Tropical Medicine Course Coordinator.
He returned stateside in 2008 and promoted to head the Navy Central HIV Program at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2010 he received orders to deploy to Afghanistan as the senior medical officer of a provincial reconstruction team under the International Security Assistance Force. While in-country, he helped to develop health infrastructure.
After his return from Afghanistan in 2011, the Navy Central HIV Program was realigned under the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, and soon after he became the first Officer in Charge of the newly created Navy Bloodborne Infection Management Center. In 2013 He was selected for Senior Executive Medicine and chosen as Naval Medical Research Unit Six in Lima, Peru’s Executive Officer, and became Commanding Officer of the unit in 2015.
After his successful tour in Peru, he became the first Commander to helm the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC), Silver Spring, Maryland in 2017. Under his leadership, NMRC oversees seven subordinate labs, three of which are located outside of the U.S. His goal is for the NMRC enterprise to continue delivering high-value, high-impact research products to support and protect today's deployed warfighters, and support NMRC researchers who look to the readiness and well-being of future forces.

Armstrong’s awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal, in addition to various unit and campaign awards. Armstrong is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians and serves as assistant professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda.


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