Dr. Simpson obtained a B.Sc. at the University of New Brunswick and went to medical school at Dalhousie University in Halifax and obtained his MD in 1992. He subsequently completed internal medicine and cardiology training at Queen’s University in Kingston and then a Heart and Stroke Foundation Clinical and Research Fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of Western Ontario, under the supervision of Dr. George Klein.
In 1999, he founded the Heart Rhythm Program at Kingston General Hospital, establishing catheter ablation and implantable defibrillator programs. From 2006 to 2016 he served as Professor and Head of Cardiology at Queen’s University, as well as Medical Director of the Cardiac Programs at Kingston General Hospital/Hotel Dieu Hospital. He is the current Vice-Dean (Clinical) of the Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences and Medical Director of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO). He is also an Affiliate Scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES-Queen’s) and a member of the Queen’s School of Policy Studies Health Policy Council.
Dr. Simpson served as the 2014-2015 President of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), during which time he championed seniors’ care and helped to guide the profession on the issues of medical aid in dying (MAID) and medical marijuana. In 2015, Dr. Simpson was elected to fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and in 2019 was elected as President-Elect.
An active clinician, educator and researcher, Dr. Simpson has authored or co-authored over 350 peer reviewed papers and abstracts and has won numerous teaching awards.
Outside medicine, Dr. Simpson is a proud supporter of University Hospitals Kingston Foundation. He recently served as Chair of the Kingston Blue Marlins Swim Team Board of Directors. The proud father of three daughters and a son, he immensely enjoys watching and cheering their academic, musical, and athletic pursuits.