Dr. Simpser is President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children.
Dr. Simpser joined St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children as Chief Medical Officer in 1999 and is presently its President and Chief Executive Officer. Over the past 20 years, he has tirelessly devoted himself to advancing the organization’s mission of caring for children with special needs and their families.
A practicing pediatrician and pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Simpser received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, and completed his residency in pediatrics at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Simpser was both a Research Fellow and Clinical Fellow in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at North Shore University Hospital and Cornell University Medical College. He has taught students, residents, and fellows throughout New York City including Cornell University Medical College, New York University School of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM). He currently is on the faculty of the Hofstra NS-LIJ School of Medicine.
Dr. Simpser has been a long-time advocate for children with complex medical conditions among national, state, and local government agencies and professional healthcare organizations. He is Co-Founder and President of the Pediatric Complex Care Association, a national organization of children’s healthcare facilities dedicated to serving children with medically complex conditions. He is also an active member of several prestigious medical associations focused on issues of pediatrics, pediatric nutrition and medical care for children with special health care needs. Additionally, Dr. Simpser is involved in a number of New York State committees that focus on children’s health issues as part of the state’s Medicaid Redesign Team.
While overseeing the day-to-day operations of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, Dr. Simpser continues to provide direct medical care to children as an attending physician at the Department of Pediatrics at North Shore University Hospital, New York Hospital, and the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center.
Since assuming the role of President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, Dr. Simpser has shaped the organization’s strategic direction so that St. Mary’s can continue to meet the needs of New York’s steadily increasing population of medically fragile children. In recent years, he played a pivotal leadership role in the construction of a new Children’s Pavilion at our children’s hospital, as well as in the development of many pioneering programs for children with special needs, including St. Mary’s Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders and St. Mary’s Home Care, a special needs Certified Home Health Agency for children and young adults.