Dr. Richard Simons is a General and Trauma Surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital and Professor Emeritus, Department of Surgery, UBC.
He earned his Bachelor, Masters and Medical Degrees from Cambridge University, England and did his early residency training in London, England, achieving the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons. After a short sojourn as a trauma surgeon for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Thailand/Cambodia, he moved to the United States, completing a trauma fellowship and further training in Trauma and General Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has achieved further Fellowships of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Simons has held University appointments at the University of Washington and University of California, San Diego before moving to UBC in 1996.
Dr Simons has established one of the primary academic trauma programs in Canada supporting undergraduate, residency, fellowship and Canadian Forces Medical Services trauma training. He and his colleagues have developed a strong research program attracting numerous CIHR, NIH and MSHRF grants and reflected in numerous publications. He serves as editorial board member or reviewer on several journals and is active on many national committees. He is the past president of the Trauma Association of Canada, a recent RCPSC McLaughlin-Gallie visiting professor, and was recently awarded the Meritorious Achievement award by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons for his work on establishing trauma systems in BC and Canada.
Dr Simons, his wife, Chris, enjoy the active lifestyle opportunities of British Columbia and are keen travellers. They have three sons and four delightful grandchildren.