Dr. Chris Simpson has been elected by his peers as Ontario's nominee for the position of Canadian Medical Association (CMA) President-Elect for 2013-2014. Pending ratification by the CMA General Council this summer, he will assume the office of CMA President at the 2014 CMA annual meeting, to be held August 17 to 20, 2014 in Ottawa.
"I am so delighted to be entrusted with this national leadership role,” says Dr. Simpson, Chief of Cardiology at Queen’s and Medical Director of the Cardiac Program at Kingston General Hospital/Hotel Dieu. “It's been a great campaign, with many fantastic ideas and creative solutions shared by so many people! I look forward to working with Canada's doctors, other health care professionals, patients, institutional leaders, policy experts, governments and other stakeholders as we continue the transformation of our health care system."
Dr. Chris Simpson has built a career focused on championing improvements to patient care. With a strong interest in public policy, he strives to improve access to care and partnerships between family physicians and specialists. He is the Chair of the Canadian Wait Time Alliance and the Chair of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society's Standing Committee on Health Policy and Advocacy. His work has lead to a comprehensive set of wait time benchmarks for all cardiovascular consultations, tests and procedures. 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 is a 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. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario and on numerous editorial boards and advisory committees.The CMA President Elect is nominated annually, on a rotational basis, from one of the twelve provincial/territorial medical associations that form the CMA. More information can be found on the CMA website at www.cma.ca