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Dr. Chris Simpson appointed as Vice-Dean, Clinical, School of Medicine and Medical Director, SEAMO

  • Published Tue Aug 23rd 2016

    Dr. Chris Simpson has been appointed as Vice-Dean, Clinical, School of Medicine and Medical Director, SEAMO. This appointment is for a five-year period beginning September 1, 2016. 

    After graduating from the University of New Brunswick with his bachelor’s degree in science, Dr. Simpson earned his MD at Dalhousie University, graduating in 1992. He subsequently completed his medicine residency and cardiology subspecialty residency at Queen’s University, followed by a fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Western Ontario.

    Dr. Simpson joined the Department of Medicine as a faculty member in 1999 and founded the Heart Rhythm Service. He has served as Program Medical Director for the Cardiac Programs at Kingston General Hospital (KGH) and Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH) since 2006 and has served as Professor and Head of the Division of Cardiology since 2008.

    Dr. Simpson has focused his career on championing improvements to patient care as well as health policy and advocacy. Early in his career, Dr. Simpson served as the first President of the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society and was the first recipient of the Canadian Medical Association's Award for Young Leaders. He has served as Chair of the Canadian Wait Time Alliance and on several senior committees of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, including its executive committee. He has chaired numerous guidelines committees and consensus conferences, most notably the CCS Consensus Conference on Medical Fitness to Drive.

    In 2014-2015 he served as President of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) where he championed advocacy for a seniors strategy in Canada, and was a reasoned voice for the profession on the issue of medical assistance in dying.

    He serves on the Board of Directors of the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario and on numerous editorial boards and advisory committees. He currently serves as Chair of the CMA Task Force on the CMAJ, tasked with charting the future of the Journal. He was recently elected to fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).

    Dr. Simpson’s research interests include access to care, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy, medical fitness to drive, referral pathway development, atrial fibrillation, and sudden death in the young. As an active member of several research teams, Dr. Simpson has been involved in multiple funded research initiatives and has authored or co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed articles. He is an adjunct scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and a CANet Network Investigator.

    With this announcement, Dr. Reznick would like to acknowledge the significant contributions of Dr. Iain Young who served as Executive Vice-Dean for over seven years, and to thank him for his outstanding service to the faculty.