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Kevin M. Simon, MD
Dr. Kevin M. Simon is the inaugural Chief Behavioral Health Officer for the City of Boston. He is a Harvard-trained Board Certified Psychiatrist. Dr. Simon serves an Attending Psychiatrist at Boston Children's Hospital, an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Health Policy at Harvard University, and the Medical Director of Wayside Youth & Family Support Network. Clinically, he practices as a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist and Addiction Medicine specialist caring for youth, young adults, and families through the Adolescent Substance Use & Addiction Program (ASAP) at Boston Children's Hospital. As a researcher, Dr. Simon has received federal funding for work focused on the intersections of mental health, substance use, and justice involvement. He completed clinical fellowships in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital / Harvard Medical School and an adult psychiatry residency at Morehouse School of Medicine. He received his MD from SIU School of Medicine, after attending Morgan State University for college. Dr. Simon's writings on mental health, substance use, systems of care, and healthcare equity are published in leading journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, and Health Affairs. National audiences regularly seek his thoughts and perspectives featured through trusted news outlets (media).