The medical staff, employees and volunteers of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital mourn the passing of our esteemed Dr. Moises Simpser, a longstanding leader and dedicated champion for children with complex medical conditions and their families.
Dr. Simpser received his medical degree at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), México City, and completed his residency at Hospital Infantil de México. He went on to pursue a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at Boston Children's Hospital (Harvard Medical School). He then completed two additional years of pediatric training at Boston City Hospital (Boston University). In 1984, he joined Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, where held the position of director of the divisions of pulmonology and pulmonary care.
Dr. Simpser made significant contributions to the Division of Pulmonology, including founding the nation’s first Ventilator Assisted Children’s Center (VACC) Camp in 1986 and initiating the first Cystic Fibrosis Center affiliated with the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Dr. Simpser had a long and storied career at Nicklaus Children’s providing care for children with chronic lung diseases, post-traumatic paralysis, muscular dystrophy and many other illnesses that impede a child’s ability to breathe independently.
He was a trustee of Nicklaus Children's Hospital, and a member of the Medical Executive Committee for over 30 years, where he served in many leadership roles including president of the medical staff. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Thoracic Society and others.
Most recently, Dr. Simpser was awarded the first Medical Executive Committee Legacy In Healthcare Award, for his dedication and commitment to children and his work in the creation of VACC Camp. In honor of his leadership, the camp was renamed the Dr. Moises Simpser VACC Camp in March of 2017.