Dr. Matthew Simpson was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces from 1990 to 2015. He joined the Army Reserves in High School where he progressed through the ranks to Sergeant and was appointed acting Platoon Warrant Officer and Chief Instructor while completing his graduate studies in Neuroscience. He transferred to the regular force in his first year of medical school at the University of Ottawa in order to serve as a General Duties Medical Officer. He graduated from Family Medicine residency at the University of Toronto. in 2009. During his time in the military, he was deployed to various locations around the globe, including: the Ice Storm of ’98, Afghanistan, and Israel, training at Fort Bragg as the Resuscitation Physician for the Mobile Surgical Resuscitation Team, and serving as the Prime Minister’s Delegation Physician on deployments into Africa and Europe. He retired as a Major and Base Surgeon and accepted a full-time academic position at Queen's Department of Family Medicine in 2015.
Dr. Simpson's clinical work currently focuses on general family practice at the Queen's Family Health Team, with prior work in community emergency departments, long-term care, and deployed military settings. He enjoys caring for his patients from cradle to grave. His academic work has focused on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate roles, including: undergraduate family medicine course co-director, academic support person, IMG coordinator, Faculty Development Director, and, most recently, Regional Education Director. His contributions to the ‘Introduction to Family Medicine’ course in the MD Program have garnered multiple accolades including a lectureship award by the Aesculapian Society. He has also contributed to a variety of medical education and practical primary care publications.
Dr.Simpson is the proud father of four (Emma, Lilly, Randy, and Audrey) and his wife (Dr. Kelly Howse) is also a family physician at Queen's. He enjoys writing novels and short stories for his kids, fishing, and coaching house league hockey in his spare time. He was recently honoured with a nomination to be the Honourary Colonel for 33 Health Services Unit in Kingston.