David Simons MD, died yesterday – 5th April 2010

Friend, mentor, teacher, scholar, and an inspirational guide in the search for understanding somatic pain – David will be sorely missed

Early in his career, David Simons was an aerospace physician, involved in the study of physiological responses to the stress of weightlessness. It was at this time that he set the (then) world altitude record for manned balloon flight (see March 18th 2010 posting on this topic).

David met Dr Janet Travell (who was to become President Kennedy’s personal physician) when she lectured on the subject of trigger points and myofascial pain at the Air Force’s School of Aerospace Medicine. They formed a long collaboration, culminating in the production of The Trigger Point Manual, the definitive work on the subject. He continued to research lecture and write on this topic for the rest of his life.

There will be a celebration of his life on May 15, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal, in Covington, Georgia.

David will also be honoured on May 7-8 2010 at a symposium on soft tissue dysfunction and treatment to be held a the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

For more information contact Michael Schneider [email protected]