Paul Armstrong

Clinician scientist; Cardiologist, Medicine; Distinguished University Professor

20 September 2018

Cardiology pioneer Paul Armstrong was named officer of the Order of Canada in 2018 for his transformative research in acute cardiac care.

The founding president of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Armstrong was also recognized for his leadership in Canadian health care.

"He played a major role in developing the Canadian VIGOUR centre (Virtual Coordinating Centre for Global Collaborative Cardiovascular Research)," said Lorne Tyrrell, a fellow officer of the Order of Canada and former dean of the U of A's Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. "He led a major study on the use of clot-busting drugs in ambulances for early intervention in acute cardiac diseases. This was an important step in the evolution of treating heart patients and is now being explored for stroke patients."