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Queen's professor begins term as Canadian Medical Association's president-elect

Dr. Christopher Simpson

By Craig Leroux, Senior Communications Officer

Christopher Simpson was acclaimed as president-elect of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) yesterday at its annual meeting in Calgary.

In March, the Queen’s News Centre reported that Dr. Simpson, Professor and Chief of Cardiology at Queen’s University, and Medical Director of the Cardiac Program at Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu, had been voted CMA’s president-elect nominee. Yesterday’s acclamation marks the official confirmation of his election and beginning of his term.

"I am very impressed with the Canadian Medical Association's health care transformation initiative and the association's recent efforts to engage Canadians in the discussion on the social determinants of health on a national level," says Dr. Simpson. "I am honored to have been selected by my peers as CMA's president-elect for 2013-2014."

After serving term as president-elect, Dr. Simpson will take over as the CMA’s president from Louis Francesutti in August 2014.

In addition to his work as a clinician, researcher and educator, Dr. Simpson’s career has been marked by important contributions to public policy, particularly around wait times and access to health care.

He is chair of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society's standing committee on health policy and advocacy, which developed a comprehensive set of wait-time benchmarks for all cardiovascular consultations, tests and procedures. He also chairs the Canadian Wait Time Alliance, an organization that advocates for timely, quality care for Canadians.

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