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Dr. Richard Armstrong


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Dr. Armstrong is an actively practicing general surgeon in upper Michigan who has been working in the health policy arena for the past 7 years.

Dr. Armstrong is an actively practicing general surgeon in upper Michigan who has been working in the health policy arena for the past 7 years.   He has written for The Washington Times, Townhall, The Daily Signal and several blogs on a broad range of subjects related to health care reform from the point of view of a practicing surgeon.  He has testified before Congress on health care reform issues related to the ACA and has spoken widely on related subjects nationwide.

Dr. Armstrong graduated from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1976 and completed post-graduate training in General Surgery at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1981.  After serving a year as the Ship’s Surgeon on the USS Nimitz, he became the acting Chief of Surgery at the Naval Hospital, Great Lakes,  Illinois.

While at Great Lakes he held the academic appointment of Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University.   Following Naval Service, Dr. Armstrong entered private practice for 18 years in upper Michigan where he was the President of Superior Surgical P.C. and served on the board of Grandview Hospital.   He currently practices rural surgery at a Critical Access hospital in upper Michigan and is on the faculty of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Dr. Armstrong is the Treasurer of The Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation and is on the Board of Directors of The Benjamin Rush Institute. He is also a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute.

Recent Articles and Publications

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February 10, 2017
By Michael Hamilton, S. T. Karnick, Dr. Richard Armstrong
"Price should urge President Trump and Congress to repeal Obamacare now, in its entirety, allowing state health care markets to work while Washington, DC decides on a replacement plan." - Michael Hamilton

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