Join Francis W. Parker for an evening with Dr. Dinee Simpson, who will address the role of surgeons outside the operating room: Should surgeons advocate for equity, affecting social policy and beyond? Unique from other types of surgery, transplantation is a complex marriage of medicine, immunology, surgery, economics, ethics, health policy and government oversight. In her talk, Dr. Simpson will explore the exciting field of transplantation surgery and share an overview of how the transplant works, then focus on how transplantation provides a natural pathway to a discussion about health care inequities, disparities and social justice.
Dr. Simpson is assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Organ Transplantation at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She is also the founding director of the Northwestern Medicine African American Transplant Access Program, an initiative of the Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Transplant Center. Under Dr. Simpson’s leadership, the program has committed to a campaign to eliminate transplant disparities for underserved residents of the greater Chicago area in relation to transplant care for kidney and liver disease. Through the development of a deeper understanding of the historical barriers and cultural concerns of the African-American community, the program aims to overcome these obstacles through community partnership and community-based participatory research.
Dr. Simpson completed her undergraduate degree at Colgate University. After several years working as a health-information research analyst, she went on to receive a medical degree at New York University School of Medicine, followed by a surgical residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School and a fellowship in abdominal transplant surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Simpson sits on the board of directors for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. She is a recipient of its 2019 Rising Star Award, as well as the 2019 Community She-ro Award from Distinctively Me, a nonprofit organization that serves at-risk girls in the greater Chicago area, and the 2019 ARCC seed grant to help improve disparities among African-Americans relevant to kidney disease.