Dr. Richard Keith Simons

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.

Kirkpatrick AW, Garraway N, Brown DRG, Nash D, Ng A, Lawless B, Cunningham J, Chun R, Simons RK. Use of a centrifugal blood pump and heparin bonded circuit for extra-corporeal rewarming of severe hypothermia in acutely injured and coagulopathic patients. J Trauma, 55: 407-412, 2003 *

Schneidereit NP, Simons RK, Nicolaou S, et al. Utility Of Screening For Blunt Vascular Neck Injuries With Computed Tomographic Angiography. J Trauma, 2006, 60(1) 209-216.

Simons RK. The Trauma Association of Canada at Twenty-one. Trauma Association of Canada Presidential Address. J Trauma, 2006, 60(2): 261-267

Simons RK. The Trauma Association of Canada Presidential Address: Injury Control in Canada – How well are we doing? J Trauma 61(5), 1027-1035, 2006

Garraway NR, Buczkowski A, Brown DRG, Meloche RM, Warnock G, Simons RK. Case report: Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplant following distal pancreatectomy for trauma J Trauma 67, E187, 2009


Simons RK, Brasher P, Hameed SM, et al. Population based analysis of rural death following injury in North West British Columbia.* J Trauma 2010, 69, 11-19

Hameed SM, Schuurman N, Razek T, multiple other authors, Simons RK. Access to Trauma Systems in Canada, J Trauma 2011 69:1350-1361.

Bell N, Simons RK, Lakha N, Hameed SM. Are we failing our rural communities? Motor vehicle injury in British Columbia, Canada 2001-2007. Injury 43: 1888-1891, 2012

Bell N, Sobolev B, Anderson S, Hewko R, Simons RK. Routine versus ad hoc screening for acute stress following injury: Who would benefit and what are the opportunities for prevention? Submitted to BMC Trauma Management and Outcomes (Accepted, April 2014)

Bell N, Sobolev B, Townson A, Evans DC, Anton H, Simons RK. Classifying outcomes of trauma care. Editorially accepted (June 2014) Canadian Journal of Surgery.