Melissa Armstrong, MD, MSc, FAAN

 

Dr. Armstrong completed medical school and residency at the Stritch School of Medicine (Loyola University Chicago). Following her residency, she worked as a general neurologist at Loyola University Medical Center for a year before pursuing fellowship training in movement disorders at the Morton & Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Centre in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) from 2008 through 2011, where she was an Edmond J. Safra Fellow in Movement Disorders. She also completed an MSc in clinical epidemiology and health care research at the University of Toronto Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation. Dr. Armstrong worked as an assistant professor in the Division of Movement Disorders at the University of Maryland from 2012 until moving to the University of Florida in 2015. During this time, she co-authored the book, “Parkinson’s Disease: Improving Patient Care” (Oxford American Neurology Library 2014). She was also recognized as part of the American Academy of Neurology’s Emerging Leaders Forum (2013-2014). In addition to her work in the field of movement disorders, she serves as an evidence-based medicine methodology consultant for the American Academy of Neurology, working on their clinical practice guideline development program.

Clinical Interests

Within movement disorders, Dr. Armstrong focuses on Lewy body dementias (dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson disease dementia), Parkinson’s disease, and the atypical parkinsonisms. She directs the Mangurian Clinical-Research Center for Lewy Body and Parkinson’s Disease Dementia at the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration.

Research Interests

Dr. Armstrong’s research focuses on patient and family engagement throughout health care – within clinic appointments, in research, and in development of health care guidelines. Within her specialty area of Lewy body dementia, her work focuses on patient and caregiver priorities, patient-caregiver-physician interactions, shared decision making, hospital outcomes, and end-of-life experiences. She also performs related research outside of movement disorders, investigating patient-caregiver-physician shared decision making, the role of values in decision-making, and communication strategies. She currently is supported by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study the impact of including patients and families in the process of developing health care guidelines.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Armstrong’s teaching interests focus on mentorship and she mentors junior faculty members, fellows, and residents. She directs and teaches the evidence-based medicine curriculum for the neurology residency and also lectures residents and fellows regarding Lewy body dementia. One of her passions is teaching how physicians and patients can partner in health decision making.

Medical Education

Stritch School of Medicine (Loyola University Chicago), 2003

Internship

Loyola University Medical Center, 2004

Neurology Residency

Loyola University Medical Center, 2007

Fellowship

Morton & Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Centre (Toronto Western Hospital),  2011

Awards and Recognitions

2013 American Academy of Neurology Emerging Leader
2015 “Golden Hammer Award,” University of Maryland Department of Neurology
2016 Faculty Clinical Research Award, University of Florida Department of Neurology

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Neurology
Movement Disorders Society
Guidelines-International-Network

Publications

Armstrong MJ, Mullins CD. Value assessment at the point of care: incorporating patient values throughout care deliver and a draft taxonomy of patient values. Value in Health 2017; 20(2): 292-295.

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Patient Centered Links

The most important thing you’re not discussing with your doctor

My doctor says there’s a guideline for my treatment – but is it right for me?

Dr. Armstrong contributes to “The Neurologist Is In” blog on the Neurology Now website. Read those blog posts on their site.

Psychosis in Dementia with Lewy Bodies