Michael Simons MD, FACC, FAHA

Robert W. Berliner Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Professor of Cell Biology

Biographical Info

Dr. Simons is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his clinical training in internal medicine at the New England Medical Center in Boston and cardiology training at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He completed a postdoctoral fellowships in molecular cardiology at National Heart Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda and in vascular biology at MIT. In 1993 he joined faculty at Harvard Medical School as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and rose through the ranks to become an Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of the Morse Coronary Care Unit and Director of Angiogenesis Research Center. In 2001 he was recruited to Dartmouth as AG Huber Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology, subsequently becoming Director of Dartmouth Cardiovascular Center.

Dr. Simons’ research focuses on biology of arterial vasculature and spans basic, translational and clinical areas of investigations. He led the first trials of therapeutic angiogenesis in the USA and his basic research discoveries have played an important role in moving the field forward. Dr. Simons has an extensive track record of NIH funding including multiple R01s and he has served as a Principal Investigator of the NHLBI SCOR program in endothelial biology. Recently, he has been awarded a Leducq Transatlantic network grant to build and lead the ARTEMIS arteriogenesis network composed of investigators in USA, UK, Belgium and France. Dr. Simons also leads an NHLBI PPG program focused on arteriogenessi. He has published over 270 research papers and reviews and has been elected to a number of honorary societies including Association of American Physicians, American Society of Clinical Investigations and Association of University Cardiologists. He also a Fellow of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Physiology.

International Activity

  • YALE-UCL Collaborative
    London, United Kingdom(2011)
    Dr. Simons is on the Joint Strategy Committee for the Yale-UCL Collaborative, an alliance which will provide opportunities for high-level scientific research, clinical and educational collaboration across the institutions involved: Yale University, Yale School of Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital and UCL (University College London) and UCL Partners
  • United Kingdom

Education & Training

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1980)
Yale University (1984)
New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, Internal Medicine (1984 - 1986)
Postdoctoral Fellow
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute at National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, Laboratory of Molecular Cardiology (1986 - 1989)
Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, Cardiology (1989 - 1991)
Postdoctoral Fellow
MIT, Boston, Massachusetts, Program for Excellence in Molecular Biology of the Cardiovascular System (1990 - 1993)

Honors & Recognition

  • Honorary Fellow, University College London
    UCL (2011)
  • Member, The Interurban Clinical Club
    ICC (2010)
  • Member, Association of American Physicians
    AAP (2005)
  • Honorary Citation
    Cardiovascular Society of India (1999)
  • Member, Association of University Cardiologists
    AUC (2004)
  • Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation
    ASCI (1998)
  • Honorary citation
    Japanese Circulation Society (1995)
  • Fellow, American Heart Association
    AHA (1998)
  • Fellow, American Physiological Society
    APS (2002)

Professional Service

  • President, North American Vascular Biology Association (NAVBO) (6/1/2005 - 5/31/2006)
  • Chair, NIH/SEP (2009 - 2009)
  • reviewer, NIH/VCMB (2003 - 2007)

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