Barry Armstrong

Barry Armstrong, BSc, MD, FRCSC, is a surgeon with a major interest in bioethics, especially in the ethics of military medicine and disaster medicine.  He obtained his BSc and MD at the University of Calgary and trained there also in family medicine.  After serving for two years as a medical officer in the Canadian army, he received further training in general surgery and trauma in Calgary and Toronto and became the Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1982.  For the next 20 years he served in the Canadian Forces Medical Services as a trauma surgeon, chief surgeon, and head of surgical sections i various locations, including Germany, Saudi Arabia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Somalia.  It was at this last posting when he  recognized and reported human rights abuses by Canadian Airborne Regiment.  He participated in investigation and gave testimony before the Commission of Enquiry examining the Somalia affair.  This activity earned him medals of distinction from the United Nations and Armed Forces and a position on the Canadian Honor Roll of Macleans Magazine for 1997.  After retirement from the military he served for six years as a chief surgeon of Dryden Regional Health Centre.  Dr. Armstrong has taken advanced bioethics courses at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.  Currently on the surgical staff of Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, he is a member of the of this institution and writes and lectures about bioethics, emergency and trauma medicine.