"It's a very rewarding field," Dr. Simpson said. "Before their transplant operations, kidney patients have to undergo dialysis treatments three times a week and liver patients typically are very ill. Transplants restore them to good health, and patients often tell me they can feel the difference shortly after their transplants."
Dr. Simpson said she talks to her patients as if they were family members. "I keep the medical jargon to a minimum," she said. "I draw pictures and take a lot of time explaining how their lives will change for the better."
Dr. Simpson is an assistant professor in the division of intra-abdominal transplant surgery in the department of surgery. She is board certified in general surgery. Dr. Simpson sees patients at the Loyola Outpatient Center in Maywood, Illinois.
Dr. Simpson earned her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in general surgery at Harvard Medical School's Brigham and Women's Hospital and a fellowship in abdominal transplant surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.
Loyola is one of only three centers in Illinois that perform transplants on five major solid transplant organs: heart, lung, kidney, liver and pancreas. In 2016, Loyola had a record-setting year with 246 solid organ transplants and also successfully transplanted ten organs into six patients in 22 hours.