2017 INDUCTEE F. Estelle R. Simons, MD Infectious Disease, Allergy & Immunity


April 26, 1945

(Vancouver, British Columbia)


MD (Honours), University of Manitoba (1969)

Awards & Honours:

2015: Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

2013: Gerry Dolovich Award for Lifetime Contributions to Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Canada, CSACI

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Advanced the field of allergy and clinical immunology on an international scale

Dr. Estelle Simons

An icon in the field of allergy and immunology

Allergies are one of the most common causes of chronic illness. For many, quality of life is negatively affected, while for others risks of exposure can mean severe or even fatal reactions. Early in the allergy epidemic, Dr. Simons led an interdisciplinary team that conducted landmark investigations to establish the scientific basis for use of new medications that have since become safe and effective treatment for allergic diseases worldwide. With colleagues in immunology, Dr. Simons elucidated important mechanisms of human interactions with the environment that lead to allergen sensitization and allergic disease, and investigated new approaches to immune modulation.

Key Facts

Published more than 570-peer reviewed articles and delivered more than 300 research presentations on six continents

Received more than 50 major awards and honours for her work

A leading international authority on anaphylaxis

Contributed to improved understanding of the immunological basis of human interactions with the environment that lead to allergen sensitization

Listed annually in Best Doctors in Canada from 1998-2015

Professional timeline

Impact on lives today

When Dr. Simons became interested in pediatric allergy as an intern at Vancouver General Hospital, the medications at the time were grievously inadequate. For more than forty years, her dedication to scholarship, innovative research, education, and knowledge translation have helped transform allergic disease management from empiricism to science.  Dr. Simons’ achievements have helped to mitigate the impact of the global allergy epidemic and alleviate suffering worldwide. 

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  • Estelle Simons inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

    Québec City, Québec

  • Estelle Simons' observations laid the groundwork for improved treatment plans for anaphylaxis

    Infectious Disease, Allergy & Immunity, Improving health and patient outcomes

    In an article published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Dr. Simons and her coworkers evaluated what could be learned from survivors of anaphylaxis.

  • Dr. Simons makes history as the first international member elected President of the America Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

    Leadership in Organizational Development

  • Dr. Estelle Simons began her 15-year commitment to the World Allergy Organization

    Global Health

    During that period she served several terms on the Board of directors and chaired international research and educational initiatives of anaphylaxis.

  • Served on the National Institute of Health’s Childhood Asthma Management Program Data and Safety Monitoring Board

  • Began her six-year term as the chair of the Clinical Immunology Specialty Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

  • Founded and became the inaugural president of the Manitoba Allergy Society.

  • The first woman to serve in this role, Dr. Simons became the President of the Canadian Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

  • Dr. Simons begins her 30 year career as head of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba.


Her impact, especially in the field of anaphylaxis, has saved many a life.

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