Dr. Richard Simons (General Surgery) was honoured with the Dr. Charles Burns Board Recognition Award at the 2017 Trauma Association of Canada’s (TAC) annual conference. Only the second recipient of this national honour, the award is reserved for TAC members who demonstrate outstanding leadership, endless passion and a spirit of volunteerism. Like Dr. Simons, recipients are considered visionaries and innovators in the field of trauma care by their colleagues.
Over his 20-year career with VCH, Dr. Simons has been at the forefront of many landmark accomplishments and previously recognized for his work in trauma systems development in BC and Canada — no regional trauma systems existed in BC prior to his arrival in Vancouver in 1996. Today, BC’s regionalized trauma system is considered to be one of the most highly developed in North America.