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Dr. Chris Simpson

Health Policy Expert & Former President, Canadian Medical Association

Dr. Chris Simpson is Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology at Queen’s University as well as the Medical Director of the Cardiac Program at Kingston General Hospital / Hotel Dieu Hospital. He is an active clinician, educator and researcher. Dr. Simpson has authored or co-authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications. His clinical and research interests include access to care, medical fitness to drive, referral pathway development, atrial fibrillation, sudden death in the young, and cardiac resynchronization therapy. He is the former president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Physician Wellness and Work-Life Balance
Dr. Simpson looks at issues related to work-life balance faced by today’s physicians. He discusses such problems as burnout among young physicians and changing old habits among senior-level practitioners. Dr. Simpson presents ideas to transform our healthcare system into one worthy of Canadians confidence and trust.

Why Canada Needs a National Seniors Strategy
Canada’s health care system, as it currently functions, fails to provide efficient, high-quality care for our aging population. Dr. Simpson believes we need to recognize the need for the system to stop warehousing seniors in acute care centres and provide more home, community and long-term care support. In this presentation, Dr. Simpson outlines a roadmap to having a national seniors strategy in place by 2019.

Awards

2004
Canadian Medical Association (Award for Young Leaders

Summary Profile

A New Brunswick native, Dr. Simpson obtained his MD from Dalhousie University, and completed Internal Medicine and Cardiology training at Queen’s. He subsequently completed a Heart and Stroke Foundation Research Fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology (heart rhythm disorders) at the University of Western Ontario under the supervision of Dr. George Klein.

Dr. Simpson’s primary professional interest is health policy – particularly access to care. He serves as the Chair of the Wait Time Alliance (WTA) and as Chair of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society’s (CCS) Standing Committee on Health Policy and Advocacy. He is the Lead for the Southeast (Ontario) Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Cardiovascular Roadmap Project. He serves on the executive of the CCS (Member-at-Large), on the Cardiovascular Care Network (CCN) Board of Directors, and is an American College of Cardiology (ACC) Governor.

He served as the first President of the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society and was a founding executive member of the International Coalition of Pacing and Electrophysiology Organizations (COPE). He sits on numerous editorial boards and advisory committees, and has chaired or been a member of several national and international consensus conferences, including serving as co-chair of the CCS Consensus Conference on Medical Fitness to Drive and Fly. He is a past recipient of the Canadian Medical Association’s Award for Young Leaders.

Dr. Simpson is an active clinician, educator and researcher. He has authored or co-authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications. His clinical and research interests include access to care, medical fitness to drive, referral pathway development, atrial fibrillation, sudden death in the young, and cardiac resynchronization therapy.