Vice President of the Medical Staff
Dr. Simpser was born and raised in México City, México and is a citizen of the USA. He went to Medical School at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), México City, where he graduated with honors. He did a three years residency at Hospital Infantil de México. At the completion of his residency, he moved to Boston where he did a fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at Boston Children's Hospital (Harvard Medical School.) Then, he did an extra two years of Pediatrics at Boston City Hospital (Boston University).
After training, he moved to the Children's Hospital of New Jersey (United Hospitals), affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), where he was the Director of the Pediatric ICU and Pediatric Pulmonology. He was an instructor and then Assistant Professor at UMDNJ. In 1984, he joined Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, where he served as Director of the Divisions of Pulmonology and Pulmonary Care.
Dr. Simpser's background includes 10 years personal experience in scouting, plus experience in camp development, organization and personnel training for the Mexican Red Cross. In 1980, he founded the first YMCA asthma camp in Frost Valley, NY, to mainstream severe asthmatics from poor inner city neighborhoods with healthy youngsters. In 1984 and 1985, he served as medical director of asthma summer camps sponsored by the American Lung Association of Dade-Monroe Counties.
In 1986 and 1987, the first Ventilation Assisted Children's Center Camp took place during the summer and operated in collaboration with SKIP of Florida. The first camp was known as SKIP Family Learning Retreats. Carol Montiel, RN was actively involved in the creation of the camp and participated every year thereafter until the year 2002. Barbara Donahue, ARNP and the parents of two of Dr. Simpser's patients were also involved in the camp start-up. When the local SKIP chapter dissolved, Dr. Simpser elected to continue camp as offshoot of Nicklaus Children's Hospital Ventilation Assisted Children's Center (VACC Camp).
He initiated the first Cystic Fibrosis Center affiliated with the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He started an Asthma Center for underprivileged children because he believes that everybody is entitled to high quality of medical care.
Dr. Simpser is the author of two dozen papers and abstracts and has participated in multiple research projects, as well as, contributed with multiple educational programs for physicians, healthcare professionals, educators, parents and community agencies.
He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Thoracic Society and others. Dr. Simpser has taken a leadership role in the American Lung Pediatric Association's lung disease prevention programs for 16 years.
In 1995 Dr. Simpser received several honors. He was presented with the following:
- A Proclamation by the City of Miami
- The Key to the City of Miami
- A Proclamation from the Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
- The flag of the United States
For many years, the doctor has been working with Medicaid to reduce the rate of admissions for asthma, while improving the quality of life of asthmatic children and their families. In 2012, Dr. Simpser stepped down from being the Director of the Division of Pulmonology, remained as Director of the Ventilation Assisted Children’s center, Director of the VACC Camp and became the Director of the Asthma Center.