Distinguished Faculty: Co-Chair

James A. Simon
MD, CCD, NCMP, IF, FACOG

Clinical Professor, George Washington University
Women's Health & Research Consultants®
Washington, DC


James A. Simon, MD, CCD, NCMP, FACOG, IF, is Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Simon maintains a private practice of reproductive endocrinology and infertility and is Medical Director of the Women's Health & Research Consultants®. Dr. Simon is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) in both obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He is also certified by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) as a Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CCD); by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) as a Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP); and by the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH) as an ISSWSH Fellow (IF). Dr. Simon is also certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) as a Certified Sexuality Counselor.

Dr. Simon received his medical degree from Rush Medical College and completed his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the George Washington University Hospital. He completed his fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Simon then became Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia. He served as Chief of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division at the Georgetown University School of Medicine before assuming his current duties. During his tenure at Georgetown, Dr. Simon was the Biomedical Director of The Institute for Reproductive Health, a cooperative program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and was an adjunct scientist at the NIH. In addition, he founded and directed the Bone Densitometry Unit and managed the Andrology Laboratory.

Dr. Simon is an established investigator in reproductive endocrinology. His basic research interest is implantation, specifically, embryo/endometrial signaling and tissue remodeling. His clinical research focuses on menopause, particularly osteoporosis diagnosis, prevention and treatment, and hormone replacement therapies, including complementary and alternative approaches, and normal and abnormal female sexual function. He has established himself as an authority on oral micronized progesterone and the effects of routes of hormone therapy administration on both clinical pharmacokinetics and outcome, and on the impact of androgens on women's health, the skeleton, and sexuality. Dr. Simon's research has been supported by more than 300 research grants and scholarships from a wide range of sponsors, including the NIH, the American Heart Association, the Heinz Foundation, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Simon is a former President and member of the Board of Trustees, the Professional Education, and the Menopause Practitioner Exam writing committee (Chairman) of the NAMS. He is also a former member of the Board of Trustees, the Public Policy, Finance and Management (Chairman) Committees of the ISCD and is a past President of the Washington Gynecologic Society. Dr. Simon served on the Board of Directors and was the Treasurer of ISSWSH, and on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD). A short list of his other honors and achievements includes being selected to "Top Washington Physicians," America's Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and "The Best Doctors in America." He is an author or co-author of more than 400 published abstracts, articles, chapters, and proceedings, including several prize-winning papers. Dr. Simon is coauthor of the paperback book: Restore Yourself: A Woman's Guide to Reviving Her Sexual Desire and Passion for Life. He serves as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous scientific journals, including The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Biology of Reproduction, Endocrinology, Fertility and Sterility, The International Journal of Fertility, The Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and The Journal of Clinical Investigation. He sits on the Editorial Boards of Menopause, the official journal of NAMS, Sexual Medicine Reviews (Associate Editor) and OBG Management.