Term: January 1, 2014 - August 31, 2016
Dr. Simpson is the president and CEO of AcademyHealth, a
leading national organization serving the fields of health
services and policy research, and the professionals who
produce and use this important work. A nationally recognized
health policy researcher and pediatrician, Dr. Simpson is a
passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy
Before joining AcademyHealth, Dr. Simpson was director of the
Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Medical Center and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Health Policy and Clinical Effectiveness, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati. She served as the Deputy Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 1996-2002. Dr. Simpson is a member of National Advisory Committees for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program and the Health and Society Scholars Program, and the American Academy of Pediatrics National Advisory Committee for the Institute for Healthy Weight. She previously served on two Institute of Medicine's Committees and the boards of directors for the Academic Pediatric Association and AcademyHealth. She currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research, Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation, and Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research. In October of 2013, Dr. Simpson was elected to the Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Simpson's research focuses on improving the performance of the health care system and includes studies of the quality and safety of care, the role of health information technology in improving the quality of care, health and health care disparities and the health policy and system response to childhood obesity. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Excellence in Public Service Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Senior Executive Service Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Distinguished Service Award, the 2007 Health Policy Researcher of the Year award from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, and the 2010 Public Policy and Advocacy award from the Academic Pediatrics Association.
Dr. Simpson earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), a master’s in public health at the University of Hawaii, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in 2013.