Simon Hambidge

Simon J Hambidge, M.D.

Denver Health Main Campus
Pediatric Primary Care
Wellington E. Webb Center for Primary Care
301 6th Ave., Pavilion G
Denver, CO 80204
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Dr. Hambidge is a pediatrician, Chief Executive Officer of Denver Community Health Services (DCHS) and Chief Ambulatory Officer at Denver Health, positions he has held since 2014. Dr. Hambidge was previously the Director of General Pediatrics for Community Health Services for 8 years. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University School of Medicine, and has practiced at Denver Health since 1997. As DCHS CEO, Dr. Hambidge oversees a network of 9 community health centers and 17 school based clinics, which provide health care to over 164,000 patients, approximately one-fourth of the population of Denver. Denver Health’s patients include over half of the Medicaid patients in the city. Dr. Hambidge still provides limited clinical care in the Webb Center for Primary Care’s Kids Care clinic. He has published numerous articles on topics such as vaccine safety and pediatric obesity. Dr. Hambidge serves on the Board of Directors of the Denver Health Medical Plan, the Colorado Community Health Network, the Community Health Association of Mountain and Plains States, and Reach Out and Read Colorado. He was appointed by Colorado’s governor to serve on the Medical Services Board of the state Medicaid agency, which determines Medicaid policy for Colorado.
  • Spanish
  • Interpretation service provided for all languages
  • English

Board Certification and Education

American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatrics
  • Basic Life Support
  • DEA
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • State License
  • 1994, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Medical Education
  • 1995, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • 1997, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • 2001, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Research and Publications



1980: John Harvard Scholarship for top 5% of entering class. 1989-90: Arthritis Foundation medical student research award (1 of 3 nationally). 1990: UCHSC Chancellor’s award for basic sciences. 1991: Pediatrics medical student award for clinical sciences. 1993: Appleton-Lange award for outstanding performance in pediatrics (UCHSC). 1994: Glaser prize for outstanding medical student research (UCHSC). 1997: Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr., M.D. award for outstanding research by a resident (Department of Pediatrics, UCHSC). 2000: Ambulatory Pediatric Association Special Project Award in Immunization related research (1 of 3 nationally). 2001: Ambulatory Pediatric Association & AHRQ Special Project Award for research using secondary databases (1 of 3 nationally). 2003 – 2007: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar. 2007: Finalist for Charles C. Shepard Science Award from the CDC Director’s Office. 2007 – 2014: “Best Doctors in America” (peer-nominated). 2010: Denver Health Medical Staff Award for Academic Excellence. 2013: Nakano Citation & Honor Award Certificate from National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC for co-authorship of "Risk of intussusception following administration of a pentavalent rotavirus vaccine in US infants" (JAMA 2012;307:598-604). 2014: Denver Health Employee and Provider Engagement Pillar Award for leadership in employee engagement and performance improvement. 2015: Nominated author for Charles C. Shepard Science Award from the CDC Director’s Office. 2015: Honor Award Certificate from National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC, for authorship of “Childhood vaccines and Kawasaki disease, Vaccine Safety Datalink, 1996 – 2006” (Vaccine 2015;33:382-7). 2015: Visiting Professor, PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 11/5/2015. 2016: 2016 Denver Health Community Pillar Award for the Opening of the Federico F. Peña Family Health Center.