Tamara Simon

Tamara Simon, MD, MSPH

Lead, K-to-R Transition Program, KL2 Program, and Director, CHLA’s Training, Education, Career Planning and Development Program


Dr. Simon will have a dual role within Workforce Development and coordinate workforce development activities as the Director of Training, Education, Career Planning and Development (TECPAD) Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and provide support to Mentored Career Development in Clinical and Translational Science (MCD-CTS/KL2) Scholars transitioning from individual K to R awards.

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Professional Background

Dr. Tamara Simon is Professor of Pediatrics (Clinical Scholar) in the Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and Pediatric Hospitalist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). At CHLA, she is the Faculty Director of the Office of Training, Education, Career Planning and Development at the Saban Research Institute.

Dr. Simon’s research focus is on improving the quality of evidence in the inpatient health care provided to children with medical complexity. Her research program includes clinical, translational, and health services programs. Dr. Simon is passionate about the mentorship she provides to residents, fellows, and junior faculty with specific research interests in hospital medicine and other generalist fields, specifically those interested in the physician-scientist career path in a growing field. She played an active role in the development of the Clinical Research Scholar Program and the Pediatric Health Information System Working Group in the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, as well as serving as Associate Program Director for the Quality of Care Research fellowship from 2015 through 2018. In the national arena, Dr. Simon completed a four-year term (2009-2013) as the Academic Pediatric Association Hospital Medicine Special Interest Group co-chair. Dr. Simon co-chaired a very successful Pediatric Hospital Medicine annual meeting in 2012, and co-chaired the 2015 Academic Pediatric Association Leadership Precourse planning committee. Elected to the Society for Pediatric Research as at at-large member for a 3-year term in 2017, Dr. Simon leads the Society for Pediatric Research Diversity taskforce. A member of the editorial board of Hospital Pediatrics since 2010, Dr. Simon has been an Associate Editor since 2014. Dr. Simon also serves as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health as well as various foundations. Dr. Simon will parlay her passion for mentorship into a leadership role as the Faculty Director for TECPAD and participation in promoting and supporting the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute.


Hanging out with her children and husband, yoga, hiking, and reading.

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