Ian Armstrong, M.D.

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A diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgery with fellowship training in spinal surgery, Dr. Ian Armstrong has been in practice in the Los Angeles, California area for over twenty years. Dr. Armstrong is a second-generation physician and graduate of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed his General Surgery Internship and his Neurological Surgery Residency at Baylor College of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals at the Texas Medical Center where he was involved with teaching and research. During his ten years at the Texas Medical Center, he had the opportunity to train under Dr. Michael Debakey.

Dr. Armstrong completed two Spinal Surgical Fellowships: Rene Louis, M.D., Hospital De La Concepcion, Marseille, France and David Cahill, M.D. at the University of South Florida. He has twenty-three years of leadership, teaching, research, community service, patient care, trauma and surgical experience. His career has been varied, spanning from the operating room to the board room. Dr. Armstrong has served as Chief of Neurosurgery, held positions on hospital and corporate leadership boards, and has been significantly involved in teaching, research and development. He has also had the opportunity to be a consultant to the movie industry, professional sports teams, professional athletes, and spinal surgery companies.

As a recognized leader in his field, Dr. Ian Armstrong has been called upon to be a resource for news and media, including television, radio and print – both nationally and regionally.

  • M.D. – Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1985
  • Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX
  • General Surgery Internship, Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Department of Surgery, 1986
  • Ben Taub County Hospital
  • The Methodist Hospital
  • Houston, Veterans Administration Hospital
  • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • St. Luke’s Hospital
  • Neurological Surgery Residency, 1986 to 1991
    • Neurological Residency Program, Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Department of Neurosurgery – Chairman: Robert Grossman M.D.
  • Primary Teaching Hospitals
    • Ben Taub General Hospital and Trauma Center
    • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
    • Houston Veterans Administration Hospital
    • The Methodist Hospital
    • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • XLIF Pioneer, 2008 – Trophy awarded by Nuvasive for participation in XLIF evaluation, peer education, visiting surgeons program instructor.
  • Halo Development Award, 2007 – Trophy presented by Nuvasive for being instrumental on team for evaluation and implementation of new cervical spine fusion system – Halo.
  • Envoy Development Award, 2007 – Trophy presented by Nuvasive for helping Ian I.T. Armstrong, M.D. – CV
  • Spherex II Team Member – Trophy and Award for recognition of involvement design and develop the Envoy, lumbar spine fusion delivery system.
    with evaluation of a new lumbar pedicle screw fusion system – Nuvasive, 2008.
  • Brotman Hospital Governing Board, Service Award and Plaque, recognition for five years of service, 2006 to 2011.
  • Century City Hospital Governing Board Service Award, 2000 in recognition forservice.
  • Training to Win, Board of Directors Service Award, 1999, recognition on Board of Directors for a foundation providing medical care and insurance for inner city school athletes and uninsured student athletes.
  • Excellence in Clinical Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, 1985.
  • National Institutes of Health Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Spinal Cord Trauma, 1983.
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Alpha Chi Sigma
  • Director of Spinal Surgery – Beverly Hills Orthopedics, Beverly Hills, CA – 2016 to present
  • Chief of Spinal Surgery, California Institute of Neuroscience (CIN), Thousand Oaks, CA – 2017 to present.
  • Commissioned Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army Reserves, December 2020 Current Active US Army Reserves – AOC 61Zullu
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA; Voluntary – 2017 to 2020
  • Faculty, National Skull Base Institute, NSBI – 2017 to 2020.
  • Chief of Neurosurgery Century City Hospital – 10 years.
  • Governing Board of Century City Hospital – 10 years.
  • Director of Spinal Surgery Program Century City Hospital – 10 years. • Director of Neurosurgical Trauma Century City Hospital – 10 years.
  • Director of Neurosurgical Trauma, Midway Hospital, Los Angeles – 5 years. • Cedars Sinai Hospital, Staff Attending, involved with teaching residents, fellows and trauma call – 18 years.
  • Medical Director of Neurosurgery
  • Ian I. T. Armstrong, M.D.
  • Vice Chair Governing Board of Southern California Hospital at Culver City – 3 years.
  • Co-Chair of Bankruptcy Committee, Brotman Hospital – 2 years.
  • Surgical Committee, Southern California Hospital at Culver City – 3 years.
  • Ortho Task Force, Southern California Hospital at Culver City – 1 year.
  • QME Qualified Medical Examiner, State of California -1 year
  • Consultant, Beverly Hills Medical Concierge – International Concierge Medical Practice, serving patients from China, Russia, Middle East, Mexico – 2 years.
  • Medical Director – CEO/Founding Partner, Southern California Spine Institute (Est 1996), a multi-office, hub and spoke model, private practice spine surgical practice with offices in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks, and Bakersfield – 20 years.
  • Medical Advisory Board, Aurora Spine Inc., Carlsbad – Product development and evaluation, teaching – 3 years.
  • Consultant, NuVasive, Inc., San Diego, CA – 11 years.
  • Founding Partner/Owner, CAST Surgical Center, Ambulatory Surgical Center, Westwood – Involved with developing patient care protocols – Sold to publicly traded national company – 5 years.
  • Developing Partner, Owner Medical Office Complex, Bakersfield – 11 years.
  • Conejo Concussion Institute – Medical Advisory Board – 2 years (present).
  • Nexus Consultant involved with peer review regarding medical compliance with practice guidelines – 2 years.
  • Research Consultant, Globus Medical, Audubon, PA – 2018 to 2019.
  • Parent Advisory Board, Baylor University, Waco, TX – 2016 to present.
  • Board Associate, Academic Committee, Oaks Christian High School – 1 year.