Dr. Richard Simons receives Meritorious Achievement Award
Congratulations to Dr. Richard Simons who has received the Meritorious Achievement Award of the American College of Surgeons – Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) for his many significant contributions to trauma in general, to trauma systems development in Canada, and for his services as an ACS-COT region chief. Dr. Simons’ award was given during the spring meeting on March 20, 2014 in Philadelphia.
Dr. Simons is being recognised primarily for his work in trauma systems development in BC and Canada. No regional trauma systems existed in BC prior to his arrival in Vancouver in 1996 but, with the assistance of a committed team at VGH and later from representatives from around the province he was able to establish Ministry support for a province-wide, regionalised trauma system ensuring rapid access to care for injured patients throughout BC. BC’s regionalised trauma system is now one of the most highly developed in North America.
Later, his work with the Trauma Association of Canada (TAC) and later with Accreditation Canada, he was instrumental in developing national guidelines for trauma systems and performance guidelines for trauma centres through revisions to the accreditation process developed by TAC in the early 1990s. He has served on the TAC accreditation committee for 10 years. His focus has now shifted to supporting trauma systems development in the developing world, primarily Ethiopia and other parts of Africa. He is the past president of the Trauma Association of Canada and the recent RCPSC McLaughlin-Gallie visiting professor promoting trauma systems of care in Canada.
“Back in the 1990s, Richard was a lone voice in the BC trauma wilderness. His vision, drive and perseverance (and huge amounts of patience) is why we have what we have today. I remember his Intro To Trauma Director and Trauma Management course he put on in 2001, working with almost nothing and was able to get Trauma Directors and Managers into the regions before they were regions. Richard did all of the heavy lifting and gave us the credibility to be taken seriously. I am extremely pleased he has received this honour.” – Stephen Wheeler
“We are so proud to work with such an amazing leader and grateful for Richard’s contribution to trauma care locally, regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally.” – Nasira Lakha, VGH Trauma Services Manager