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Simpser named head of St. Mary’s

Pediatric physician is a 15-year veteran of youth hospital in Bayside

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:30 am

Dr. Edwin Simpser, long affiliated with St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside, has been named its president and CEO.

Simpser has served as acting president for the last several months after Dr. Jeffrey Frerichs left.

Simpser is also an attending physician at North Shore University Hospital, New York Hospital Queens and the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park

The new president is a pediatrician specializing in pediatric gastroenterology. He received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

He has taught students, residents, and fellows throughout New York City including Cornell University Medical College, New York University School of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is on the faculty of the Hofstra NS-LIJ School of Medicine.

Simpser came to St. Mary’s in 1999 as chief medical officer. During his tenure at the Bayside facility, he has played “a pivotal role” leading the construction of a new Children’s Pavilion and transforming the campus, as well as developing many pioneering programs for children with special needs, including St. Mary’s Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders and St. Mary’s Home Care, a special-needs certified home health agency for children and young adults, according to the hospital’s board.

He is co-founder and president of the Pediatric Complex Care Association, a national organization of children’s healthcare facilities dedicated to serving children with medically complex conditions.

Simpser sits on the Medically Fragile Children’s Workgroup, which was convened to advise the New York State Department of Health’s Medicaid Redesign Team. He is also the chairman of the Section on Home Care of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“Dr. Simpser, a practicing pediatrician and pediatric gastroenterologist, has an expert clinical understanding of the issues our children face every day,” said Stephen Brent Wells, St. Mary’s chairman.

“The board is confident that with the appointment of Dr. Simpser as president and CEO, St. Mary’s is poised to continue its leadership role in advancing bold initiatives as an innovator and leader in pediatric healthcare,” Wells added.

St. Mary’s opened its first facility in 1872 and remains the city’s only pediatric post-acute care hospital.

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