Richard J. Simons, MD, Recognized as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London
Richard J. Simons, MD, senior associate dean for MD Programs and professor of medicine at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has been recognized as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) of London. Simons recently ended a four-year term on the Board of Regents for the American College of Physicians (ACP). The ACP nominated Simons for the RCP fellowship.
A leader in academic medicine, Simons will join a fellowship community of over 18,000 senior medical leaders from around the world. RCP Founder and President Thomas Linacre first established this network in 1518. Today, it is held by some of the most exceptional and innovative physicians in the world. Simons’ expertise and experience in academic medicine will add to the diversity and capability of the RCP to improve the health and lives of its member’s patients.
Since joining GW in 2014, Simons has made an indelible impact on medical education at the school. He has led efforts to revise the curriculum and update training to meet 21st century health care demands. He recently helped expand clinical rotation sites, ensuring diverse clinical experiences for GW medical students.
Simons has published in many prestigious medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. His accolades include the Edithe J. Levit Distinguished Service Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners, where he served on test writing committees, and a Mastership in the American College of Physicians. He is also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
He previously led medical education programs at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth University and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Simons received his BA from Eastern Nazarene College and his MD from the Penn State College of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan Health System. He also completed a geriatrics fellowship at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Simons is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics.