I was born in Phoenix, Arizona but grew up in Port Huron, Michigan where I attended elementary, middle, and high school.  I have spent the past several years in the Mid-Michigan area between my undergraduate degree at Saginaw Valley State, taking a year off to work as a medical scribe at Covenant Hospital, and completing medical school at Central Michigan University in their second class.


Port Huron, MI

Why did you choose to become part of Michigan State University Neurology?

Ever since I completed an audition rotation here early in my fourth year of medical school, I've been extremely impressed by the family environment of the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology program here at MSU.  There is not only a deep commitment from the residents, attendings, and staff to their patients, but to each other.  The environment gave me a fantastic learning experience, as well as access to state-of-the-art resources.  I knew on my interview day for the residency program that I would want to contribute to this department.

If you were not a doctor, what would you have chosen as a career?

High school science teacher and soccer coach

Extracurricular interests and activities:

Playing any kind of sport and staying active; exercising with my wife and dog; kayaking.


  • M.D., Central Michigan University College of Medicine; Lansing, MI 2018
  • B.S. in Biochemistry, Saginaw Valley State University; University Center, MI 2013

Postdoctoral Training

Sparrow Hospital Internship, 2018-19


  • Elder T., Verhey, L., Simon, D., Smith, E., Adel, J. “Endovascular treatment of a basilar tip aneurysm via a persistent primitive proatlantal intersegmental artery”. Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery, Volume 18, Dec. 2019.
  • Simon, D. West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease With Atypical CSF Findings: A Case Report. The Neurohospitalist. February 2021. doi:10.1177/1941874421995375


  • Simon, D., Story, D., Ghena, N., Dunbar, G., Rossignol, J.. (May, 2016). "GM1 Ganglioside treatments reduced clasping, but not motor performance, in the R6/2 mouse model of Huntington Disease". Poster presented at: Central Michigan Health Research Symposium; Saginaw, MI, USA.
  • Simon, D., McKellar, D., Wonchala, M., Trahan, T.. (March, 2016). "Approaching End of Life Care and Discussion of Hospice" Poster presented at: Central Michigan University College of Medicine Integrative Community Experience Project Fair; Mount Pleasant, MI, USA.

Research Interests

Movement Disorders, Stroke, General Practice Neurology

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