Tamara Simon

Tamara Simon, MD, MSPH, FAAP

CHLA Site Principal Investigator, Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI)


Dr. Simon will provide operational and strategic leadership and direction for the SC CTSI, representing and advocating for the clinical and translational research interests and needs of CHLA investigators. As CHLA Site Principal Investigator, Dr. Simon will interface with CHLA leadership and research investigators to promote SC CTSI’s goal to be a leader in clinical and translational research to benefit diverse communities and special populations. Activities will include a) identifying strategic opportunities to expand clinical, health system and community research, education, and training at CHLA; b) leveraging SC CTSI resources and services to advance clinical, health system and community research, education, and training and translational research at CHLA; c) advocating for resources to address challenges and/or barriers to conducting clinical, health system and community research, education, and training at CHLA; and d) bridging SC CTSI activities across CHLA and USC and facilitating coordination between the two institutions. She will also serve as Principal Investigator for the CHLA SC CTSI subcontract, interface with CHLA’s SC CTSI co-Investigators, and serve on the SC CTSI Executive Team.

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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). 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’s contributions to research in the field of pediatric hospital medicine have garnered national recognition. In 2018, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Research Award in Pediatric Hospital Medicine and was inducted into the American Pediatric Society in 2019.

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 Executive Council as at at-large member, Dr. Simon led the Society for Pediatric Research Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion taskforce from 2019-2022. 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 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. Dr. Simon recently completed a two year stint where she parlayed her passion for mentorship into a leadership role as the Faculty Director of the Office of Training, Education, Career Planning and Development and Associate Director for Training and Education at The Saban Research Institute.


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

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.