Kathleen Simpson, M.D.  simpson_k@kids.wustl.edu

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cardiology

phone: (314) 454-6095


  • B.A., University of Missouri - Kansas City2006
  • M.D., University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine2006


  • Residency, Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine-Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics2006 - 2009
  • Fellowship, Pediatric Cardiology, Washington University in Saint Louis - St. Louis Children's Hospital2009 - 2012
  • Fellowship, Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant, Washington University in Saint Louis - St. Louis Children's Hospital2012 - 2013

Licensure and Board Certification

  • MO, Missouri State Medical License2006
  • General Pediatrics Board Certification2009
  • Pediatric Cardiology Board Certification2012


  • Gold Humanism Honor Society Award2006 - 2006

Recent Publications view all (15)

Publication Co-Authors

  1. Simpson KE, Cunningham MW, Lee CK, Ward K, Tong A, Danon S, Simon C, Delaney JW, Canter CE. Autoimmunity Against the Heart and Cardiac Myosin in Children With Myocarditis. J Card Fail. 2016;22(7):520-8. PMID:26941007  
  2. Miller JR, Simpson KE, Epstein DJ, Lancaster TS, Henn MC, Schuessler RB, Balzer DT, Shahanavaz S, Murphy JJ, Canter CE, Eghtesady P, Boston US. Improved survival after heart transplant for failed Fontan patients with preserved ventricular function. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2016. doi:10.1016/j.healun.2016.02.005  PMID:27068035  
  3. Simpson KE, Storch GA, Lee CK, Ward KE, Danon S, Simon CM, Delaney JW, Tong A, Canter CE. High Frequency of Detection by PCR of Viral Nucleic Acid in The Blood of Infants Presenting with Clinical Myocarditis. Pediatr Cardiol. 2016;37(2):399-404. PMCID:PMC4775434  PMID:26499513  
  4. Miller JR, Epstein DJ, Henn MC, Guthrie T, Schuessler RB, Simpson KE, Canter CE, Eghtesady P, Boston US. Early Biventricular Assist Device Use in Children: A Single-Center Review of 31 Patients. ASAIO J. 2015;61(6):688-94. PMID:26186261  
  5. Sparks J, Epstein D, Baltagi S, Mehegan ME, Simpson KE, Canter CE, Silvestry S, Eghtesady P, Boston US. Continuous Flow Device Support in Children Using the HeartWare HVAD: 1,000 Days of Lessons Learned From a Single Center Experience. ASAIO J. 2015;61(5):569-73. PMID:25967955  
  6. Miller JR, Boston US, Epstein DJ, Henn MC, Lawrance CP, Kallenbach J, Simpson KE, Canter CE, Eghtesady P. Pediatric Quality of Life while Supported with a Ventricular Assist Device. Congenit Heart Dis. 2015;10(4):E189-96. doi:10.1111/chd.12260  PMID:25864509  
  7. Birnbaum BF, Simpson KE, Boschert TA, Zheng J, Wallendorf MJ, Schechtman K, Canter CE. Intravenous home inotropic use is safe in pediatric patients awaiting transplantation. Circ Heart Fail. 2015;8(1):64-70. doi:10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.114.001528  PMID:25472966  
  8. Simpson KE,Cunningham MW, Lee CK,Tong A, Danon S, Simon C, Delaney JW, Storch GA, Canter CE. Children with myocarditis and new onset dilated cardiomyopathy have evidence of autoimmunity and viremia at presentation. Progress in Pediatric Cardiology. 2014;37(1):39-40. 
  9. Sanchez Mejia AA, Simpson KE, Hildebolt CF, Pahl E, Matthews KL, Rainey CA, Canter CE, Jay PY, Johnson MC. Tissue Doppler septal Tei index indicates severity of illness in pediatric patients with congestive heart failure. Pediatr Cardiol. 2014;35(3):411-8. doi:10.1007/s00246-013-0794-1  PMCID:PMC3944049  PMID:24061276  
  10. Simpson KE, Esmaeeli A, Khanna G, White F, Turnmelle Y, Eghtesady P, Boston U, Canter CE. Liver cirrhosis in Fontan patients does not affect 1-year post-heart transplant mortality or markers of liver function. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2014;33(2):170-7. doi:10.1016/j.healun.2013.10.033  PMCID:PMC3985609  PMID:24365764  
  11. Simpson KE, Everitt MD. Fontan-Associated Liver Disease: Reversible with Cardiac Transplantation, or "Past the Point of No Return"? ISHLT Links. 2013;5(5). 
  12. Simpson KE, Cibulka N, Lee CK, Huddleston CH, Canter CE. Failed Fontan heart transplant candidates with preserved vs impaired ventricular ejection: 2 distinct patient populations. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2012;31(5):545-7. doi:10.1016/j.healun.2012.02.003  PMID:22381208  
  13. Simpson KE, Huddleston CB, Foerster S, Nicholas R, Balzer D. Successful subxyphoid hybrid approach for placement of a Melody percutaneous pulmonary valve. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2011;78(1):108-11. doi:10.1002/ccd.22930  PMID:21234917  
  14. Simpson KE, Hulse E, Carlson K. Atrial tachyarrhythmias in neonatal enterovirus myocarditis. Pediatr Cardiol. 2009;30(6):827-30. doi:10.1007/s00246-009-9398-1  PMID:19294461  
  15. Simpson KE, Pruitt E, Kirklin JK, Naftel DC, Singh RK, Edens E, Barnes AP, Canter CE. Fontan patient survival after pediatric heart transplantation has improved in the current era The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 
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