Herold Simon, M.D.
Following scientific research in kidney biology and pathobiology, Dr. Herold Simon presented some of his studies to the National Kidney Foundation in 1992. The experiment that revealed a dynamic creation of water channels, enabling water re-absorption by the kidneys, persuaded the Foundation to award him during its annual scientific ceremony. A year later, Dr. Simon published his first major, scientific, research article in the American Journal of Physiology. Following the publication of a series of other scientific and clinical articles, Dr. Simon was among the molecular biologists who attempted to depict the molecular anatomy of hypertension.
Until October 2013, Dr. Simon was the Medical Director at East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center (ENYD&TC), a sister facility to Kings County Hospital Center and one of twenty one facilities under the umbrella of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). His responsibilities include policy-making, facility-wide planning, staff supervision and quality management; however, he sees his most important role as a clinician and an advocate for the medically-underserved and the financially-challenged communities that he serves. Working with a very capable team at ENYD&TC, Dr. Simon was able to pilot, in 2008, the new HHC Diabetes Guidelines and revealed that a treatment algorithm coupled with nurse care-management can rapidly improve diabetes care. Consequently, the HHC leadership mandated the use of the guidelines by all HHC facilities. Dr. Simon was a leading figure in the implementation of Managed Care, Communicare and Rapid HIV Testing within HHC. He recently assisted ENYD&TC, as clinical leader, to be recognized by NCQA for Patient Centered Medical Home designation at level 3.
In 2005, Dr. Simon was very instrumental in the creation of a kidney clinic at Kings County Hospital Center where, initially, he was the sole attending, providing patient care and education to nephrologists in training. Dr. Simon holds an appointment as Assistant Professor of Medicine at SUNY/HSCB/Downstate. In addition to his post as Vice President for Downstate Enterprises, Inc., Dr. Simon has steadily maintained a private practice in the Flatbush community since 1996, providing care in Nephrology and Internal Medicine. Among others, Dr. Simon had also served as a member of the ADAP Clinical Subcommittee of the Advisory Council for the AIDS Institute and advisor to the Collegiate Science and Technology Program for the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
In 1984, while in medical school, Dr. Simon envisioned and secured the foundation of Aesclepius Medical Society (AMS), a not-for-profit 501(C3) organization which provides health care education to underserved communities and help Foreign Medical Graduates prepare for their performance and licensing exams. The organization has upheld its mission and vision by successfully coaching many clinicians who, in turn, sustain AMS' efforts, in consistently responding to the needs of the communities that we aspire to attend to. In the common struggle against AIDS, Dr. Simon worked diligently with AMS leadership and secured an educational grant from CDC. It was the first of its kind for Caribbean immigrants living in the East Coast of the United States. Along with AMS, He was also was among the first responders who provided emergent and urgent care to individuals in need following the massive earthquake that caused a lot of harm and suffering in Haiti. In 2010 alone, 20 successful missions were completed. It presently has a disaster plan to serve Haiti when natural disasters arise.
Dr. Herold Simon was born in Port-au Prince, Haiti. He migrated to New York in 1974 and attended City College of New York where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. He received training in Internal Medicine at Lincoln Hospital Center and completed a fellowship in Nephrology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Simon is a published poet and photographer. He remains foremost a student of art and science, a caring and dedicated clinician.
Major Achievements at NYC Health and hospitals Corpotation1993-2013
- Performed duties of Medical Director at East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center (ENYDTC), one of 16 facilities under the umbrella of NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation (HHC) including Kings County Hospital
- Supervised staff of 40 clinicians and responsible for Quality Management in facility of 203 employees
- Served as co-clinical leader in leading the facility to be recognized by NCQA for patient-centered medical home (PCMH) at level 3
- Coordinated activities that led all medical providers to be recognized by NCQA for Excellence in Diabetes care
- Piloted and implemented HHC Diabetes Guidelines that have been disseminated through the Corporation of eleven (11) major hospitals, five (5) D&TCs and published in HANY’s Website
- Served as an active member of NYC DOH/HHC Hypertension Guidelines Project
- Served as an active member of HHC Hypertension and Cholesterol Guidelines Projects
- Assisted in activities for the facility to become a federally-qualified health center look-alike
- Assisted in acquiring grant for facility renovation - $2,000,000
- Assisted in obtaining and managing $1.25 million in funding from the City Council
- Assisted in acquiring and managing HEAL Behavioral Health Grant - $544,000
- Assisted in acquiring and managing HEAL Dental Grant - $406,000
- Assisted in the implementation of Communicare, Managed Care, Smoking Cessation Program and Asthma Clinic throughout HHC
- Piloted Rapid HIV testing before dissemination within HHC
- Secured multiple awards for the Quality Management Department
- Assisted in developing and implementing Electronic Medical Records for HHC
- Developed and implement Adult and Pediatric Obesity Projects
- Served as liaison with the Network Executive Administrative affiliated hospitals, corporate head office, community-based organizations and all contracted managed care companies
- Marketed the facility’s services to elected officials to secure financial support for the facility
- Coordinated New York State Article 28 and Article 21, AIDS Institute and many other surveys
- Assisted in coordinating all capital projects for both on-site and off-site (4 Family health sites, 2 school-based health centers and 2 shelter clinics)
- Coordinated and implemented the redesign of the Medical, Pediatric and Women’s Health Clinics, resulting in decreased waiting times from 123 minutes to 60 minutes
- Created Renal Clinic at Kings County Hospital in 2005 (Sister facility to ENYDTC)
- Presented and discussed Quality Management reports at the quarterly HHC QM Committee meeting chaired by the HHC Board chair and President.
Awards and Honors:
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
New York City Council
Community Service Award
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano
Community Service award
Congressman Edolphus Towns
Congressional Record Award
International Humanitarian Outreach Ministries &
United African Congress
Outstanding professional dedication and commitment award
Greater New York Hospital Association
Haiti Heroes Award
Congresswoman Yvette Clark
Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition
NYS Senator Eric Adams
Proclamation for exemplary service
Brooklyn Borough President
Citation for outstanding achievement in medicine
NYS Senator Eugene Mathieu
Proclamation for outstanding community service
Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Auxiliary
Excellence in Leadership Award
Committed Citizens for Youth Education and Health, Inc.
Special Education Award
The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.
Man of Distinction Award
The Wesley McDonald Holder Democratic Club
Distinguished Health Service Award
East New York D&TC Community Advisory Board
Dedication of Service Award
State University of New York/Downstate
East New York D&TC Auxiliary
Community Service Award
Aesclepius Medical Society, Inc.
Decade of Total Commitment Award
Lecture Series for Aesclepius Medical Society:
1991 - Present
Mechanism of disease
Simon H., Gao Y., Franki N, and Hays R.M.: Vasopressin depolymerizes apical f-actin in rat inner medullary collecting duct. American J. of Physiology 265 (cell Physiol.34):C757-C762, 1993.
Hays R.M., Condeelis J., GaoY., Simon H., Ding G. and Franki N. The effect of vasopressin on the cytoskeleton of the epithelial cell. Pediatric Nephrology 7:672-679, 1993.
Hayes R.M., Franki N., Simon, H. and Gao Y. Antidiuretic Hormone and exocytosis: Lessons from neurosecretion. American J. of Physiology 267 (cell physiol.36): C1507-C1524, 1994.
Gao Y., Cammer M., Franki N., Simon H., Corey H., Barac-Nieto M. and Hays R.M. Confocal microscopy of thick sections of renal cortex and medulla. American Society of Nephrology 25th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Baltimore, Maryland, November 1992.
Simon H., Arteriolar hypertension: The molecular story. Journal of the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad 1:1:29-32, May 1997.
Many website articles over the last 9 years including-- Health Care System in Haiti: The Role of the Clinical Community Practicing Abroad on AMS website-WWW.AMSMD.Org