LiVDerm Faculty Members

Faculty of Tarsus Medical Group are leaders in healthcare

April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH

Los Angeles, California

April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH



Dr. Armostrong is associate dean of Clinical Research at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, where she also serves as vice chair and director of Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research, and as director of the Psoriasis Program.

As director of Clinical Research for the Southern California Clinical and Translational Research Institute, Dr. Armstrong has particular interest on appropriate use of systemic agents, comparative effectiveness research, technology-enabled healthcare delivery, and comorbidities associated with inflammatory skin diseases.

Dr. Armstrong investigates how new therapies impact patients’ disease states, quality of life, and their access to medical care, and how technology-enabled health care delivery can be applied to chronic dermatological disease management. She has led or collaborated on over 120 studies, authored over 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and edited the pharmacology textbook “Principles of Pharmacology.”

Education and Training

Dr. Armstrong obtained her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed dermatology residency at the Harvard Dermatology Residency Program. She also obtained a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health.

Professional Highlights

  • Presidential Citation for Contributions to Psoriasis Research and Clinical Care, 2016
  • International Achievement Award, International League of Dermatological Societies, 2014
  • President’s Award for Volunteerism in Telemedicine, American Academy of Dermatology, 2011
  • K08 Mentored Career Development Award, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2009-2013
  • Career Development Award in Health Care Policy, Dermatology Foundation, 2009
  • Academic Research Award, Women's Dermatologic Society, 2009
  • Career Development Award in Health Care Policy, Dermatology Foundation, 2009
  • K12 Mentored Career Development Award, University of California Davis and National Institutes of Health, 2009
  • Outstanding Clinical Research Award, World Congress of Dermatology, 2007


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