PCOM Announces New Chief Legal Affairs OfficerJanuary 21, 2016
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has announced David F. Simon,
JD, will join the College as chief legal affairs officer. He begins his role Feb.
8. In his new role, Mr. Simon will oversee all legal matters for the College and serve
as primary legal advisor to the president and CEO and College administration, senior
management and board members.
Most recently, Mr. Simon was executive vice president and chief legal officer of the
Jefferson Health System (JHS), where he oversaw all legal, payor contracting, litigation,
governmental relations and corporate governance matters for what was then the largest
health system in Southeastern Pennsylvania. As part of his responsibilities at JHS,
he served as the founding president and CEO of Delaware Valley ACO, the area’s largest
Medicare Shared Savings Plan.
Prior to JHS, Mr. Simon served as Chief Counsel of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department,
and as chief legal and regulatory affairs officer of Aetna US Healthcare. He also
previously was a partner at Wolf Block in Philadelphia, where he focused on complex
commercial litigation and computer law.
Mr. Simon currently chairs the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority, the agency
responsible for the Commonwealth’s electronic health information exchange, and is
in private practice at Elliott Greenleaf, a law firm in Blue Bell, Pa. He also chaired
the Delaware River Port Authority and the Audit Committee of the Board of the Philadelphia
Orchestra Association. An expert in health and health insurance policy, he has chaired
or been a member of health and insurance-related transition teams for several Pennsylvania
governors, including current Gov. Tom Wolf.
“With the field of health care constantly changing, with new regulations and evolving
legal climates to consider, the time was right to create a senior-level administrative
position that could oversee and lead all of the College’s legal matters, from compliance,
to partnerships, to mergers and acquisitions,” said Jay S. Feldstein, DO, president and CEO of PCOM. “David’s background in health policy and healthcare law
made him a natural fit for this position.”
Mr. Simon received his law degree with honors from the University of Pennsylvania
Law School and his bachelor of science in management from the University at Buffalo,
where he is a member and former Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Council. He has been
named a Top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and authored the original Philadelphia Court
of Common Pleas Civil Practice Manual and ALI-ABA's Computer Law Handbook.
Mr. Simon is married with four children and resides in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania.
About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands
of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists
who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in
applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic
medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership
and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician
assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service
to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care
to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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