Dr. Simpson has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth since 2011. A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, she is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice. Her research, and over 80 articles and commentaries in peer reviewed journals, focuses on the role of evidence and data to improve health and healthcare, particularly for children and vulnerable populations.

Before joining AcademyHealth, Dr. Simpson spent eight years as a professor of pediatrics, first as an Endowed Chair in Child Health Policy at the University of South Florida and then as the Director of the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. She served as the Deputy Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Simpson serves on the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and Health Policy Scholars Program National Advisory Councils, and the Editorial boards for the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research. In October 2013, Dr. Simpson was elected to the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Simpson earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), a master’s in public health at the University of Hawaii, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in 2013.

Dr. Simpson's areas of expertise include translating research into policy; quality and safety of health care; health and health care disparities; childhood obesity; and child health services.

How does your work impact HSR?
I have been fortunate to work in all aspects of HSR. I continue to produce evidence about children’s health and health care. I spend a lot of time serving as an ambassador or champion for our field’s findings and their relevance to policymakers and delivery system leaders and have worked directly to inform state health policy. And when I was at AHRQ, I was able to help shape funding priorities.

What does health services research mean to you?
Simply put, I think it is all about understanding what works, for whom, under what circumstances and at what cost. As a pediatrician I have always known that “children are not little adults” and so am always focused on distributional impacts and population and treatment heterogeneity.

How does AcademyHealth’s mission relate to the work you do?
It drives it every single day. I get to think about how we can develop programs and services to help our field generate more evidence and move that evidence into policy and practice.


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Authored by Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, M.P.H., FAAP

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Carrying the Banner for Health Services Research in the March for Science

AcademyHealth is proud to be an official partner for the March for Science, and we will be marching alongside our colleagues in the broader scientific community on the 22nd in honor of our mission to improve health and the performance of the health system by supporting the production and use of evidence to inform policy and practice.
Posted By Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, M.P.H., FAAP
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Pounding the Pavement for Health Services Research!

One of my greatest privileges as president and CEO of AcademyHealth is the opportunity to represent you, our members – who are making strides each day to help us better understand and improve our health care system – in visits with members of Congress and congressional staff. It is an honor to speak about how health services research is revolutionizing the way we see and respond to health care challenges and opportunities, and I am constantly energized by the promise and impact of your work.
Posted By Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, M.P.H., FAAP
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The Critical Role of Evidence in a Robust and Just Policy Process

Lisa Simpson, AcademyHealth President and CEO, opened the 2017 AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference with the following remarks, focused on how the health care and health policy community can positively contribute to the development of sound policy in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment.
Posted By Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, M.P.H., FAAP