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Brett Simon, MD, PhD, Joins BIDMC as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology

Simon comes to BIDMC from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Brett Simon, MD, PhD, has joined Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine.

"I am honored to be entrusted with the leadership of such a superb department," Simon says. "The faculty, fellows, residents and staff are of such high quality and I look forward to getting to know every person in the department and working with each to help them be successful in their particular clinical, research and educational endeavors. I plan on making mentoring and career development a priority."

For the past 17 years, Simon has served the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore - since 2001 as Chief, Division of Adult Anesthesia, and additionally for the past five years as Vice-Chair for Faculty Development. He is widely recognized as an outstanding scientist, clinician, teacher and mentor, something Johns Hopkins' residents clearly recognized when they selected him four times for their highest honor - the Outstanding Teaching Award. "Trainees are the future of our specialty and teaching is one of the reasons I enjoy medicine," he says.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Oceanside, Long Island, Simon was a magna cum laude graduate in engineering and applied science from Harvard College in 1979. He received his MD, and his PhD in biomedical engineering, from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1987. His anesthesiology training at Massachusetts General Hospital included an extended rotation at the then New England Deaconess Hospital, where he was exposed to the work of Ellison Pierce, Jr., MD, Chair of Anesthesiology, a pioneer in patient safety and founder of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation.

Simon's clinical expertise is with patients undergoing major abdominal, vascular, transplant and thoracic surgery. "I enjoy clinical work and intend to be clinically active," he says, adding, "I am eager to meet and work with our surgeons as soon as possible."

He has continued to garner NIH-funded support for his outstanding research in the areas of functional lung imaging, lung mechanics, and acute lung injury. He has been recognized by his peers for numerous accomplishments, including leadership roles in a number of professional societies, such as the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Thoracic Society, and was elected to the Federation of Anesthesia Education and Research Academy of Mentors. Fostering research will be a priority for Simon. "I am bringing my lab to Boston," he says. "However, clinical research is an important component of my research vision," adding, "I plan on working closely with my peers and the Silverman Institute at BIDMC to develop a nationally recognized research program in perioperative patient safety and quality."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and consistently ranks among the top four in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit