Simpson Joelle 2015
Milken Scholar 1995
Scholar Profile

Joelle Simpson



In spring 2005, Joelle received her M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. After completing her residency in 2008, she worked as a Pediatric Hospitalist at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center until June 2010. She completed a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC where she is now an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine and Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness. Joelle also has a graduate certificate in Clinical and Translational Research. Her areas of research focus on issues of emergency preparedness and pre-hospital care and emergency medical services for children. Outside of work, she volunteers with an organization called, My Sister's Circle (, where she serves as a mentor to teenage girls in Baltimore City.

High school:  Port Richmond High School


College Year Degree
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
1999 A.B. Neurobiology
George Washington University
Washington, DC
2005 M.D./M.P.H. Medicine/Public Health

News and Highlights

Joelle Simpson (MS '95)

Leadership in a Time of Crisis: Congratulations to Dr. Joelle Simpson, MS ‘95, for being promoted to Chief of Emergency Medicine at Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C.! Dr. Simpson was named interim chief earlier in 2020, and she will continue the critical work of overseeing the daily operations of the pediatric emergency department. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we cannot think of anyone better suited for the role in this moment. Congratulations, again, Dr. Joelle Simpson! 

Joelle Simpson (MS '95)

Awards Night: Congratulations to Dr. Joelle Simpson, MS '95, who received the Washington Woman of Excellence 2021Award from Washington D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser's Office on Women's Policy and Initiatives (MOWPI).  The award honors District women who have shown, "dedication, impact and excellence in the areas of health and wellness, civic engagement and women’s empowerment," which describes Dr. Simpson's leadership as Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness at Children's National during the COVID-19 Pandemic perfectly.  Way to go!

Joelle Simpson (MS '95)

Stepping Up: Dr. Joelle Simpson, MS '95, was promoted to Interim Chief of Emergency Medicine at Children's National Hospital in Washington D.C.. In her new role, she oversees the daily operations of the pediatric emergency medicine department, spread across 3 locations that see an annual of 130K visits, and 350 full-time-employees, including physicians, nursing practitioners, advanced practice providers, and other staff. She also recently co-authored a study on the Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Children.

Joelle Simpson (MS '95)

Get On Board!: Joelle Simpson, MS ‘95, is a member of the National Biodefense Science Board, a federal advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) focused on preventing, preparing for, and responding to public health emergencies. 

Joelle Simpson (MS '95)

Big Promotion. Dr.Joelle Simpson, MS ‘95, was named the Director of Emergency Preparedness for the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. In this role, Joelle will provide strategic leadership for Children's National's disaster preparedness, response, and community outreach efforts. Congratulations!

Joelle Simpson (MS '95)

Opportunities in Medicine. Dr. Joelle Simpson, MS ’95, is part of a team at Children’s National Health Systems in Washington D.C., that is establishing an innovative scholarship program to assist minority medical students in interviewing and completing a clinical rotation in pediatrics.  The Minority Senior Scholarship Program (MSSP) will award eight fourth-year medical students a stipend to live in Washington D.C. while working at the hospital as well as mentorship and other networking opportunities.