Ed SimpsonPHA Board of Trustees

Edwin L. Simpson

Professor Emeritus, College of Education at Northern Illinois University
Holiday Island, Ark.
Board Emeritus

Ed Simpson has been a part of PHA since its inception. He is a co-founder of the United Patients Association for Pulmonary Hypertension (later to become the Pulmonary Hypertension Association).

Ed was co-chair and the designer/planner of the first two International PH Conferences in 1994 and 1996, both held in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Ed also was the grant writer and chair of the first Pulmonary Hypertension Association Leadership Conference held in Chicago, Illinois in June 1997. He served as vice president of PHA from 1996 to 1997 and as president in 1999. Ed has also served on the Board of Directors for the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) in Fairfield, Connecticut, from 1994 to 1999. 

Ed taught in public schools for 10 years before joining the teaching faculty at Northern Illinois University. He is now professor emeritus.


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