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Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

Specialty Areas

Lipid management; cholesterol management; preventive cardiology; arrhythmias, heart rhythm abnormalities; non-invasive cardiology.

Education and Experience

BS cum laude: University of Notre Dame, 1969; MD: Georgetown University, 1973; Intern and Resident: University of Illinois, 1973-1975; Cardiology Fellow: University of Illinois, 1975-1977; MS, Epidemiology: University of North Carolina, 1987-1990, PhD: University of North Carolina, 1992-1998; Instructor in Medicine: University of Illinois, 1973; Assistant in Medicine: University of Illinois, 1974; Associate in Medicine: University of Illinois, 1975-1977; Assistant Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina, 1977-1983; Director, Cardiology Fellowship Training Program: University of North Carolina, 1978-1980; Medical Examiner: Orange County, 1979-1986; Director, Pacemaker Clinic and Telemetry Program, NC Memorial Hospital, 1979-1994; Director, Coronary care Unit, NC Memorial Hospital, 1979-1994; Associate Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina, 1983-1991; Director, Consortium, Thrombolysis for Acute Myocardial Infarction Project: University of North Carolina, 1984-1987; Medical Control Officer, Carolina Air Care: NC Memorial Hospital, 1986-1994; Director, Cardiology Inpatient Wards: NC Memorial Hospital, 1987-1994; Acting Director, Clinical EP: University of North Carolina, 1991-1994; Director, Clinical Cardiac EP Training Program, 1995-1997; Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina, 1991-present; Director, Preventive Cardiology Clinic: University of North Carolina, 1995-present; Principal Clinical Coordinator: Medical Review of North Carolina, 1995-2014; Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology: University of North Carolina, 1998-present.

Clinical and Research Interests

Dr. Simpson’s clinical interests include preventive cardiology and cholesterol management. As a world-class medical lecturer and collaborator towards improving cardiovascular health, Dr. Simpson is regularly invited to present his clinical work and research studies at medical conferences across the globe.

Dr. Simpson’s research interests include an emphasis on population and individual-focused intervention to prevent heart attacks, sudden death, and strokes. He has been instrumental in growing the SUDDEN Study at UNC, which is researching sudden unexpected death across the United States.

Selected Bibliography

Hosadurg N, Bogle BM, Joodi G, Sadaf MI, Pursell I, Mendys PM, Mounsey JP, Simpson RJ Jr. Lipid Profiles in Out-of-Hospital Sudden Unexpected Death. Mayo Clin Proc Innov Qual Outcomes. 2018 Aug 24;2(3):257-266.

Wu J, Rapazzo KM, Simpson RJ Jr, Joodi G, Pursell IW, Mounsey JP, Cascio WE, Jackson LE. Exploring links between greenspace and sudden unexpected death: A spatial analysis. Environ Int. 2018 Feb 5;113:114-121.

Mounsey LA, Lin F-C, Pursell I, Joodi G, Lewis ME, Nwosu A, Hodonsky C, Simpson RJ Jr, Mounsey JP. Relation of household income to incidence of sudden unexpected death in Wake County, NC. Am J Cardiol. 2017 Apr 1;119(7):1030-1035.

Resource use and costs in high-risk symptomatic peripheral artery disease patients with diabetes and prior acute coronary syndrome: a retrospective analysis. Reed Chase M, Friedman HS, Navaratnam P, Heithoff K, Simpson RJ Jr. Postgrad Med. 2016 Mar;128(2):170-9.

Patient and physician factors influence decision-making in hypercholesterolemia: a questionnaire-based survey. Krempf M, Simpson RJ Jr, Ramey DR, Brudi P, Giezek H, Tomassini JE, Lee R, Farnier M. Lipids Health Dis. 2015 May 19;14:45.

Use of combination antihypertensive therapy initiation in older Americans without prevalent cardiovascular disease. Open Heart. 2014 Aug 27;1(1):e000150. doi: 10.1136/openhrt-2014-000150. eCollection 2014. Li X, Camelo Castillo W, Stürmer T, Pate V, Gray CL, Simpson RJ Jr, Setoguchi S, Hanson LC, Jonsson Funk M. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Sep;62(9):1729-35.

  • Phone Number

    919-966-5202 (Office Phone)

  • Address

    6033 Burnett-Womack Building