Ross J. Simpson, Jr. MD, PhD

Dr. Simpson is a professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at UNC and joined CCME in 1995.

He serves as the Principal Clinical Coordinator for CCME, where he provides clinical and technical direction to CCME's Healthcare Quality Improvement Program activities He received his MD from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He received both his PhD and MPH in epidemiology from the UNC School of Public Health. Dr. Simpson is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. In addition, Dr. Simpson is a practicing clinical cardiologist with research experience, training and expertise in preventive cardiology. He currently is the director of the preventive cardiology program at UNC.

 In January 2015, Ross Simpson, MD, PhD, was an invited guest lecturer at the Institute for Community Medicine at the University of Greifswald in Greifswald, Germany.  Dr. Simpson’s lecture was entitled, “Sudden unexpected death – a population based approach to target an uncharted public health challenge”

The initial research of the SUDDEN study at UNC has identified five medical conditions that may contribute to SUD in North Carolina at a rate that is significant.