Dr. Lisa Simon
Dr. Lisa Simon is HSDM’s Fellow in Oral Health and Medicine Integration. After graduating magna cum laude from Yale University in 2010, she received her dental degree with honors in global and community health from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2014. In 2015, she joined the faculty of HSDM after completing a community health center-based General Practice Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance- HSDM.
Dr. Simon has been honored with numerous awards for her dedication to the underserved. She was the inaugural recipient of the Lois K. Cohen Award for excellence in global health. She was awarded the Anthony Westwater Jong award by the American Association of Public Health, the Colgate Research Award by the American Association of Women Dentists, and the Rising Star award by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.
As a faculty member, Dr. Simon was a core team member for the Nurse Practitioner-Dentist Model for Primary Care, taught in the school’s Foundational Continuity Clinic, and collaborated with Health Care For All and other stakeholders to increase access to dental care for vulnerable communities within Massachusetts. As a dentist at the Nashua Street Jail, she began the dental team that serves as part of the Crimson Care Collaborative (CCC) at the Nashua Street Jail, and continues to serve as its attending dentist. She serves as the faculty liaison for the Trainee Advisory Committee of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. She also provided oral health training to medical, nursing, and physician assistant students in many of HSDM’s partner institutions.
Dr. Simon is honored to continue with many of these efforts while obtaining her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. As a dentist and future physician, she hopes to further the integration of oral health and primary care to improve health for all people.
Fields of Interest
Dr. Simon's work focuses on improving access to care for vulnerable populations and integration of oral health and medicine. Her research addresses barriers to oral health faced by low-income individuals in urban and rural areas in the United States, and effective use of interprofessional education to heighten the oral health knowledge of primary care providers, and the role of dentists in medical teams.