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Michael Simons

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)



Dr. Simons is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale 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.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    MIT, Boston, Massachusetts (1993)
  • Fellow
    Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (1991)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    National Heart Lung and Blood Institute at National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland (1989)
  • Resident
    New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts (1986)
  • MD
    Yale University (1984)
  • BS
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1980)


  • Board Certification
    Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology (1996)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1987)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Honorary Fellow, University College LondonUCL2011
Member, The Interurban Clinical ClubICC2010
Member, Association of American PhysiciansAAP2005
Member, Association of University CardiologistsAUC2004
Fellow, American Physiological SocietyAPS2002
Honorary CitationCardiovascular Society of India1999
Fellow, American Heart AssociationAHA1998
Member, American Society for Clinical InvestigationASCI1998
Honorary citationJapanese Circulation Society1995

Professional Service

Yale UniversityProvost’s Committee on cooperative research2010 - 2012
NIH/SEPgrant review2009
Yale University School of MedicineSteering Committee, Vascular Biology and Therapeutics2008 - 2012
North American Vascular Biology Association (NAVBO)President2005 - 2006
NIH/VCMBGrant review panel2003 - 2007

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