Gary L. Simon, M.D., Ph.D. is the Walter G. Ross Professor of Clinical Science, Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases. He has joint appointments in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, and in Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine. He has been a member of the GW faculty since 1980. He received his MD degree from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in physical chemistry. He trained in internal medicine at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore and did clinical and research fellowships in infectious diseases at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Simon is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians (Laureate awardee) and a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America. He was awarded the GW Distinguished Research Award in 2002 and the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenburg Award in 2005. He is Co-Director of the of the NIH-funded District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research and co-PI of the District of Columbia Clinical Trials Unit. His research interests are in several areas. He is active investigator in a number of clinical research studies involving HIV-infection. These include both new antiretroviral agents and studies involving the adverse effects of these agents, notably changes in plasma lipids, lipoproteins and inflammatory markers. During the past year the Division under Dr. Simon has established active research programs in COVID-19. Other areas of research include the effects of HIV on aging, studies involving cytokines and sepsis, and the effects of statins on bacterial infections and other inflammatory conditions. A recent focus has been on arbovirus infections, most notably chikungunya and Zika infections and their complications including Guillain-Barre syndrome and chronic arthritis.
Continues to teach in all 4 years of the medical school curriculum. Provides lectures and class discussions for preclinical students. Teaches in a seminar for third year students and on the wards for fourth year students, interns, residents and fellows.
University Senate through April, 2015
Vice-Chairman, Department of Medicine
Numerous MFA and departmental committees.