CALGARY, Aug. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Dr. Chris Simpson was acclaimed
president-elect of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) today during
the association's 146th annual meeting in Calgary. Dr. Simpson takes over the role of
president-elect from Dr. Louis Francescutti, the new CMA president.
"I am very impressed with the Canadian Medical Association's health care
transformation initiative and the association's recent efforts to
engage Canadians in the discussion on the social determinants of health
on a national level," said Dr. Simpson. "I am honored to have been
selected by my peers as CMA's president-elect for 2013-2014."
Born in Moncton, Dr. Simpson attended 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, followed by a Heart and Stroke Foundation
Clinical and Research Fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology at the
University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Simpson founded the Heart Rhythm Program at Kingston General
Hospital in 1999 and served as the first president of the Canadian
Heart Rhythm Society. Currently, he is professor of medicine and chief
of cardiology at Queen's University, as well as medical director of the
Cardiac Program at the partner hospitals of Kingston General Hospital
and Hotel Dieu.
Dr. Simpson's primary non-clinical professional interest is health
policy, particularly access to care and wait times. He serves as the
chair of the Wait Time Alliance and as chair of the Canadian
Cardiovascular Society's (CCS) Standing Committee on Health Policy and
In addition, Dr. Simpson is the lead for the Southeast (Ontario) Local
Health Integration Network Cardiovascular Roadmap Project. He also
serves on the executive of the CCS, on the Cardiac Care Network of
Ontario board of directors, and is an American College of Cardiology
Within the CMA, Dr. Simpson is a co-editor of the CMA Driver's Guide and
the CCS representative on the CMA's Specialist Forum. He was the first
recipient of the CMA Award for Young Leaders.
Dr. Simpson will begin his one-year term as CMA president
in August 2014.
A full bio of Dr. Chris Simpson can be found at www.cma.ca/media-guide-gc2013
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian
physicians. Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional
organization representing more than 78,000 of Canada's physicians and
comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 51
national medical organizations. CMA's mission is to serve and unite the
physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with
the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health
SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association
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