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Tamara D. Simon, MD, MSPH

Tamara D. Simon, MD, MSPH

Pediatrics-Inpatient, Hospital Medicine

On staff since July 2010

Children's Title: Hospitalist

Academic Title: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"As a pediatric resident, I found the inpatient care of medically complex children profoundly frustrating, probably because there was so little evidence to help guide treatment. As a fellow, I grew to appreciate and enjoy the collaboration needed when working with these children, their engaged families and their other highly dedicated care providers. Dedicating my career to improving the evidence in the inpatient care we provide to growing numbers of hospitalized medically complex children is now my passion as well as a privilege."

Tamara D. Simon, MD, MSPH is an pediatric hospitalist with a research focus on improving the quality of evidence in the inpatient care we provide to pediatric medical and surgical patients, in particular, the vulnerable child with medically complexity.

Tamara D. Simon, MD, MSPH graduated from Colgate University in 1994, served in the US Peace Corps in Ghana from 1994 to 1996, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 2001 (go Tarheels!). She completed a pediatrics residency in 2004, followed by a masters degree and research fellowship in 2006, at the University of Colorado/ Childrens Hospital Denver. She spent her first four years as faculty at the University of Utah/ Primary Childrens Medical Center. During this time she obtained a career development award from the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke focused on conduct of multi-center studies of cerebrospinal fluid shunt infections. In July 2010, she moved to her current position as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Washington/ Seattle Childrens Hospital. She has been an active investigator in both the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network since 2007 and Pediatic Research in Inpatient Settings Executive Council from 2009 to 2012. She has also served as the Hospital Medicine Special Interest Group co-chair for the Academic Pediatric Association from 2009 to 2013. She served as a planning committee member on the 2011 Pediatric Hospital Medicine meeting and co-chair of the 2012 Pediatric Hospital Medicine meeting.

In addition to her work on CSF shunt infections, her academic focus is on improving the quality of evidence in the inpatient care we provide to pediatric medical and surgical patients, in particular, the vulnerable child with medically complexity.

Making A Difference

  • Significant Recruits of 2010

    2010 was a banner year for recruiting at Seattle Children’s Research Institute as several nationally recognized researchers chose to continue their life’s work in Seattle. ... cont.

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Pediatrics

Medical/Professional School

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Aurora

Residency

Pediatrics, University of Colorado - The Children's Hospital - Denver, Aurora

Fellowship

Primary Care Research, University of Colorado, Aurora

Clinical Interests

Inpatient care for children with medical complexity

Research Description

Improving the medical and surgical care provided to children with complex chronic conditions. Current focus is on the treatment of CSF shunt infections.

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
Member Society for Pediatric Research 2009
Pediatric Clinical and Translational Research Scholar University of Utah Department of Pediatrics 2007 - 2009
Young Investigator Travel Award Pediatric Academic Society 2006
Young Investigator Award One of 6 national awards Ambulatory Pediatric Association 2005
Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr., M.D. Award For outstanding resident research in the Department of Pediatrics Children's Hospital Denver 2004
Resident Research Grant One of 16 national awards American Academy of Pediatrics 2003
Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Academic Achievement Citation UNC-CH School of Medicine 2000
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society UNC-CH School of Medicine 1999
Research Fellowship, Lineberger Cancer Center UNC-CH School of Medicine 1998
Coordinator, Student Health Action Coalition UNC-CH School of Medicine 1997
Sarah M. Kenan Medical Scholarship Recipient UNC-CH School of Medicine 1996 - 1997
Avery Prize in Molecular Biology Awarded to most promising student in department Colgate University 1994
Phi Beta Kappa Senior Honor Society Colgate University 1994
Selected Member, NIH Study Group Colgate University 1992

Publications

  • Schaffzin JK, Simon TD
    Pediatric Hospital Medicine Role in the Comanagement of the Hospitalized Surgical Patient.
    Pediatric clinics of North America , 2014 Aug. : 61(4)653-661
  • Kulkarni AV, Riva-Cambrin J, Browd SR, Drake JM, Holubkov R, Kestle JR, Limbrick DD, Rozzelle CJ, Simon TD, Tamber MS, Wellons JC 3rd, Whitehead WE, for the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
    Endoscopic third ventriculostomy and choroid plexus cauterization in infants with hydrocephalus: a retrospective Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network study.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2014 July 4 : 1-6
  • Russell CJ, Simon TD
    Care of children with medical complexity in the hospital setting.
    Pediatric annals , 2014 July 1 : 43(7)e157-62
  • Whitehead WE, Riva-Cambrin J, Wellons JC 3rd, Kulkarni AV, Browd S, Limbrick D, Rozzelle C, Tamber MS, Simon TD, Shannon CN, Holubkov R, Oakes WJ, Luerssen TG, Walker ML, Drake JM, Kestle JR,  for the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
    Factors associated with ventricular catheter movement and inaccurate catheter location: post hoc analysis of the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network Ultrasound-Guided Shunt Placement study.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2014 June 13 : 1-6
  • Simon TD, Butler J, Whitlock KB, Browd SR, Holubkov R, Kestle JR, Kulkarni AV, Langley M, Limbrick DD Jr, Mayer-Hamblett N, Tamber M, Wellons JC 3rd, Whitehead WE, Riva-Cambrin J, Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
    Risk factors for first cerebrospinal fluid shunt infection: findings from a multi-center prospective cohort study.
    The Journal of pediatrics , 2014 June : 164(6)1462-8.e2
  • Simon TD, Cawthon ML, Stanford S, Popalisky J, Lyons D, Woodcox P, Hood M, Chen AY, Mangione-Smith R, for the Center of Excellence on Quality of Care Measures for Children with Complex Needs (COE4CCN) Medical Complexity Working Group
    Pediatric Medical Complexity Algorithm: A New Method to Stratify Children by Medical Complexity.
    Pediatrics , 2014 May 12
  • Simon TD, Mayer-Hamblett N, Whitlock KB, Langley M, Kestle JR, Riva-Cambrin J, Rosenfeld M, Thorell EA
    Few Patient, Treatment, and Diagnostic or Microbiological Factors, Except Complications and Intermittent Negative Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Cultures During First CSF Shunt Infection, Are Associated With Reinfection.
    Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society , 2014 Mar. : 3(1)15-22
  • Simon TD, Van Yserloo B, Nelson K, Gillespie D, Jensen R, McAllister JP 2nd, Riva-Cambrin J, Stockmann C, Daly JA, Blaschke AJ
    Use of quantitative 16S rRNA PCR to determine bacterial load does not augment conventional cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cultures among children undergoing treatment for CSF shunt infection.
    Diagnostic microbiology and infectious disease , 2014 Feb. : 78(2)188-95
  • Simon TD, Pope CE, Browd SR, Ojemann JG, Riva-Cambrin J, Mayer-Hamblett N, Rosenfeld M, Zerr DM, Hoffman L
    Evaluation of microbial bacterial and fungal diversity in cerebrospinal fluid shunt infection.
    PloS one , 2014 : 9(1)e83229
  • Simon TD, Starmer AJ, Conway PH, Landrigan CP, Shah SS, Shen MW, Sectish TC, Spector ND, Tieder JS, Srivastava R, Willis LE, Wilson KM
    Quality improvement research in pediatric hospital medicine and the role of the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) network.
    Academic pediatrics , 2013 Nov. : 13(6 Suppl)S54-60
  • Kulkarni AV, Riva-Cambrin J, Butler J, Browd SR, Drake JM, Holubkov R, Kestle JR, Limbrick DD, Simon TD, Tamber MS, Wellons JC 3rd, Whitehead WE, Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
    Outcomes of CSF shunting in children: comparison of Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network cohort with historical controls: clinical article.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2013 Oct. : 12(4)334-8
  • Simon TD
    How best to design surgical comanagement services for pediatric surgical patients?
    Hospital pediatrics , 2013 July : 3(3)242-3
  • O'Mahony L, O'Mahony DS, Simon TD, Neff J, Klein EJ, Quan L
    Medical complexity and pediatric emergency department and inpatient utilization.
    Pediatrics , 2013 Feb. : 131(2)e559-65
  • Keren R, Luan X, Localio R, Hall M, McLeod L, Dai D, Srivastava R, Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network
    Prioritization of comparative effectiveness research topics in hospital pediatrics.
    Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2012 Dec. : 166(12)1155-64
  • Maloney CG, Mendez SS, Quinonez RA, Bode RS, Brands CK, Eagle S, Osorio SN, Rauch D, Simon TD
    The Strategic Planning Committee report: the first step in a journey to recognize pediatric hospital medicine as a distinct discipline.
    Hospital pediatrics , 2012 Oct. : 2(4)187-90
  • Fassl BA, Nkoy FL, Stone BL, Srivastava R, Simon TD, Uchida DA, Koopmeiners K, Greene T, Cook LJ, Maloney CG
    The Joint Commission Children's Asthma Care Quality Measures and Asthma Readmissions.
    Pediatrics , 2012 Aug. 20
  • Riva-Cambrin J, Shannon CN, Holubkov R, Whitehead WE, Kulkarni AV, Drake J, Simon TD, Browd SR, Kestle JR, Wellons JC 3rd, for the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
    Center effect and other factors influencing temporization and shunting of cerebrospinal fluid in preterm infants with intraventricular hemorrhage.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2012 May : 9(5)473-481
  • Williams C, Simon TD, Riva-Cambrin J, Bratton SL
    Hyponatremia with intracranial malignant tumor resection in children.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2012 May : 9(5)524-9
  • Simon TD, Mahant S, Cohen E
    Pediatric hospital medicine and children with medical complexity: past, present, and future.
    Current problems in pediatric and adolescent health care , 2012 May : 42(5)113-9
  • Simon TD, Whitlock KB, Riva-Cambrin J, Kestle JR, Rosenfeld M, Dean JM, Holubkov R, Langley M, Hamblett NM
    Revision Surgeries are Associated with Significant Increased Risk of Subsequent Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt Infection.
    The Pediatric infectious disease journal , 2012 Feb. 10
  • Wilson KM, Shah SS, Simon TD, Srivastava R, Tieder JS
    The challenge of pediatric hospital medicine research.
    Hospital pediatrics , 2012 Jan. : 2(1)8-9
  • Simon TD, Whitlock KB, Riva-Cambrin J, Kestle JR, Rosenfeld M, Dean JM, Holubkov R, Langley M, Mayer-Hamblett N
    Association of intraventricular hemorrhage secondary to prematurity with cerebrospinal fluid shunt surgery in the first year following initial shunt placement.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2012 Jan. : 54-63
  • Shannon CN, Simon TD, Reed GT, Franklin FA, Kirby RS, Kilgore ML, Wellons JC 3rd
    The economic impact of ventriculoperitoneal shunt failure.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2011 Dec. : 593-9
  • Tuan TJ, Thorell EA, Hamblett NM, Kestle JR, Rosenfeld M, Simon TD
    Treatment and microbiology of repeated cerebrospinal fluid shunt infections in children.
    The Pediatric infectious disease journal , 2011 Sept. : 731-5
  • Kestle JR, Riva-Cambrin J, Wellons JC 3rd, Kulkarni AV, Whitehead WE, Walker ML, Oakes WJ, Drake JM, Luerssen TG, Simon TD, Holubkov R, Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
    A standardized protocol to reduce cerebrospinal fluid shunt infection: the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network Quality Improvement Initiative.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2011 July : 22-9
  • Cohen E, Kuo DZ, Agrawal R, Berry JG, Bhagat SK, Simon TD, Srivastava R
    Children with medical complexity: an emerging population for clinical and research initiatives.
    Pediatrics , 2011 Mar. : 529-38
  • Tamara D. Simon, MD, MSPH
    Tutorial: Gizmos
    A Practical Guide to Pediatric Emergency Medicine , 2011
  • Simon TD, Berry J, Feudtner C, Stone BL, Sheng X, Bratton SL, Dean JM, Srivastava R
    Children with complex chronic conditions in inpatient hospital settings in the United States.
    Pediatrics , 2010 Oct. : 647-55
  • Simon TD, Hall M, Dean JM, Kestle JR, Riva-Cambrin J
    Reinfection following initial cerebrospinal fluid shunt infection.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2010 Sept. : 277-85
  • Simon TD, Lamb S, Murphy NA, Hom B, Walker ML, Clark EB
    Who will care for me next? Transitioning to adulthood with hydrocephalus.
    Pediatrics , 2009 Nov. : 1431-7
  • Simon TD, Hall M, Riva-Cambrin J, Albert JE, Jeffries HE, Lafleur B, Dean JM, Kestle JR, Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
    Infection rates following initial cerebrospinal fluid shunt placement across pediatric hospitals in the United States. Clinical article.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2009 Aug. : 156-65
  • Wellons JC, Shannon CN, Kulkarni AV, Simon TD, Riva-Cambrin J, Whitehead WE, Oakes WJ, Drake JM, Luerssen TG, Walker ML, Kestle JR, Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
    A multicenter retrospective comparison of conversion from temporary to permanent cerebrospinal fluid diversion in very low birth weight infants with posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2009 July : 50-5
  • Nkoy FL, Fassl BA, Simon TD, Stone BL, Srivastava R, Gesteland PH, Fletcher GM, Maloney CG
    Quality of care for children hospitalized with asthma.
    Pediatrics , 2008 Nov. : 1055-63
  • Simon TD, Emsermann CB, DiGuiseppi C, Davidson AJ, Hambidge SJ
    Latino families report lower child injury rates than white families.
    International journal of injury control and safety promotion , 2008 Sept. : 141-50
  • Simon TD, Riva-Cambrin J, Srivastava R, Bratton SL, Dean JM, Kestle JR, Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
    Hospital care for children with hydrocephalus in the United States: utilization, charges, comorbidities, and deaths.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2008 Feb. : 131-7
  • Simon TD, Eilert R, Dickinson LM, Kempe A, Benefield E, Berman S
    Pediatric hospitalist comanagement of spinal fusion surgery patients.
    Journal of hospital medicine : an official publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine , 2007 Jan. : 23-30
  • Simon TD, Phibbs S, Dickinson LM, Kempe A, Steiner JF, Davidson AJ, Hambidge SJ
    Less anticipatory guidance is associated with more subsequent injury visits among infants.
    Ambulatory pediatrics : the official journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association , 2006 Nov. : 318-25
  • Tamara D. Simon, MD, MSPH
    Lower rates of emergency department visits in the United States: no association with health insurance
    Injury Prevention , 2006 Aug. : 248-252
  • Simon TD, Bublitz C, Hambidge SJ
    Emergency department visits among pediatric patients for sports-related injury: basic epidemiology and impact of race/ethnicity and insurance status.
    Pediatric emergency care , 2006 May : 309-15
  • Simon TD, Soep JB, Hollister JR
    Pernio in pediatrics.
    Pediatrics , 2005 Sept. : e472-5
  • Simon TD, Bublitz C, Hambidge SJ
    External causes of pediatric injury-related emergency department visits in the United States.
    Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine , 2004 Oct. : 1042-8
  • Tamara D. Simon, MD, MSPH
    Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunts: Acute Complications
    American Academy of Pediatrics Pediatric Hospital Medicine Manual

Presentations

Presentations Title Event Location Date
Health care utilization trends for patients admitted to children's hospitals stratified by medical complexity using the Pediatric Medical Complexity Algorithm (PMCA) Pediatric Hospital Medicine Research Plenary Lake Buena Vista, Florida July 26, 2014
Moderator for Feedback Session Pediatric Hospital Medicine meeting Kansas City, Missouri July 31, 2011
Risk factors for CSF shunt infection in patients undergoing CSF shunt placement (Poster presentation) Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2011 meeting Kansas City, Missouri July 30, 2011 - July 31, 2011
Invited Moderator for Research Platform Session: Health Services Research/Practice Management Pediatric Hospital Medicine meeting , Kansas City, Missouri July 30, 2011
Risk factors for CSF shunt infection in patients undergoing CSF shunt placement. (Poster presentation) Pediatric Academic Societies Denver, Colorado May 3, 2011
Repeated cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunt infections in children. (Oral presentation) AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery Cleveland, Ohio Dec. 2, 2010
Technical Trouble-Shooting: The role of the hospitalist in managing technological devices. (Workshop) Pediatric Hospital Medicine meeting Minneapolis, Minnesota July 24, 2010
Development and Implementation of a Multi-Center Registry for Children with Hydrocephalus: The HCRN Core Data Project. (Platform presentation) Pediatric Hospital Medicine meeting Minneapolis, Minnesota July 24, 2010
Invited Co-Moderator, Hospital Medicine II PAS/APA annual meeting Vancouver, Canada May 4, 2010
Development and Implementation of a Multi-Center Registry for Children with Hydrocephalus: The HCRN Core Data Project. (Poster presentation) Pediatric Academic Societies Vancouver, British Columbia May 4, 2010
Children with Complex Chronic Conditions in Inpatient Hospital Settings in the U.S. (Oral presentation) Pediatric Academic Societies Vancouver, British Columbia May 1, 2010
Re-Infection following initial cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunt infection. (Oral presentation) AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery Boston, Massachusetts Dec. 3, 2009
Who will care for me next? Transitioning to adulthood with hydrocephalus. (Oral presentation) Hydrocephalus 2009 meeting Baltimore, Maryland Sept. 18, 2009
Who will care for me next? Transitioning to adulthood with hydrocephalus. (Oral presentation) Hydrocephalus 2009 meeting Baltimore, Maryland Sept. 18, 2009
Hospital care for children with hydrocephalus in the U.S. (Oral presentation) Hydrocephalus 2009 meeting Baltimore, Maryland Sept. 18, 2009
Research Studies and Quality Improvement Projects Pediatric Hospital Medicine meeting Tampa, Florida July 25, 2009 - July 26, 2009
Invited Moderator for Research Plenary Session Pediatric Hospital Medicine meeting Tampa, Florida July 25, 2009
Invited Co-Moderator, Hospital Medicine II PAS/APA annual meeting Baltimore, Maryland May 5, 2009
CSF Shunt Infections Across U.S. Hospitals. (Poster presentation) Child Neurology Society meeting Santa Clara, California Nov. 6, 2008
CSF Shunt Infections Across U.S. Hospitals. (Platform presentation) Pediatric Hospital Medicine meeting Denver, Colorado July 26, 2008
CSF Shunt Infections Across U.S. Hospitals. (Poster presentation) Pediatric Academic Societies meeting Honolulu, Hawaii May 3, 2008
Pediatric Surgery for the Hospitalist. Pediatric Hospital Medicine meeting Salt Lake City, Utah Aug. 3, 2007
Morbidity and Mortality for Children with Hydrocephalus in the U.S. (Poster presentation) Pediatric Academic Societies Toronto, Canada May 8, 2007
Clinician Anticipatory Guidance for Injury Prevention and Subsequent Injury Visits in a Safety-Net Setting. (Platform presentation) Pediatric Academic Societies San Francisco, California April 29, 2006
Pediatric Hospitalist Co-Management of Spine Fusion Surgery Patients. (Poster presentation at Hospital Medicine Special Interest Group) Pediatric Academic Societies San Francisco, California April 29, 2006
The Effect of Latino Race/Ethnicity and Insurance on Injury-Related Emergency Department Visits Among Pediatric Patients. (Oral presentation) National Research Service Award annual meeting, Section on Child Health Boston, Massachusetts June 25, 2005
Emergency Department Use for Injury Related Visits Among Pediatric Patients: Race/Ethnicity and Insurance as Predictors. (Poster and oral presentation) American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting, Section on Epidemiology San Francisco, California Oct. 2004
Emergency department use for injury related visits among pediatric patients: race/ethnicity and insurance as predictors. (Poster presentation) Pediatric Academic Societies San Francisco, California May 3, 2004
External causes of Pediatric injury-related emergency department visits in the United States. (Poster presentation) Pediatric Academic Societies Seattle, Washington May 4, 2003
Regulation of the hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell subsets in mouse bone marrow by the CDK inhibitor p18INK4c. (Poster presentation) International Society of Experimental Haemotology Meeting Tampa, Florida July 8, 2000 - July 11, 2000

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings Network Child Health Corporation of America $1,300,000 2010 - 2012
Multi-center Studies of Pediatric CSF Shunt Infections (K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award) National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke $893,592 2009 - 2014
Molecular quantification of CSF bacterial pathogens for patients undergoing CSF shunt infection Seeking Techniques in Advancing Research in Shunts- kids $50,000 2009 - 2011
Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network Various sources supporting network infrastructure, $275,000 2006