Internal Medicine

Christian Simon, MA, PhD


Associate Professor of Internal Medicine  - General Internal Medicine

Contact Information

Primary Office: 1-110 MEB
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-353-4681



MA, Medical Anthropology, Rhodes University
PhD, Medical Anthropology, University of California, San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley

Post Doctorate, Applied Bioethics, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Translational Biomedicine

All Publications

Simon C, Klein D, Schartz H.  Interactive multimedia consent for biobanking: a randomized trial.  Genetics in Medicine.  2015 April 2. [Epub ahead of print].

Mosavel M, Ahmed R, Ports K, Simon C.  South African, urban youth narratives: resilience within community.  International Journal of Adolescence and Youth.  2015. 20(2):245-255.

Simon C, Klein D, Schartz H.  Traditional and electronic informed consent for biobanking: a survey of U.S. biobanks.  Biopreservation and biobanking.  2014 December 1. 12(6):423-9.

Abu Hejleh T, Chrischilles E, HALFDANARSON T, Simon C, Jiang D, Smith C, Porter A, Carter K, Wallace R.  "The effect of receiving treatment within a clinical trial setting on survival and quality of care perception in advanced stage non-small cell lung cancer".  Journal of Clinical Oncology.  2014 March 13. [Epub ahead of print].

Simon C, Unguru Y, Kodish E.  Cancer: Ethical Issues Related to Diagnosis and Treatment.  Macmillan Reference.  2014. 

Simon C, Klein D, Schartz H.  Traditional and electronic informed consent for biobanking: a survey of US biobanks.  Biopreserv Biobank.  2014. 12(6):423-429.

Williams J, Driessnack M, Daack-Hirsch S, Downing N, Simon C.  “Disclosure of incidental genomic findings involving children: are we making progress?”.  Personalized Medicine.  2013 August. 10(6):519-521.

L'Heureux J, Murray J, Newbury E, Skinkunas L, Simon C.  Procurement of residual clinical versus research-specific samples for biobanks: does it matter to the public?.  Biopreservation and Biobanking.  2013 June. 11(3):137-143.

Daack-Hirsch S, Driessnack M, Hanigh A, Johnson V, Shah L, Simon C, Williams J.  ’Information is information’: A public perspective on incidental findings in clinical and research genome-based testing.  Clinical Genetics.  2013 April 16. [Epub ahead of print].

Driessnack M, Daack-Hirsch S, Downing N, Hanish A, Shah L, Alasagheirin M, Simon C, Williams J.  "The disclosure of incidental genomic findings: an ‘ethically important moment’ in pediatric research and practice".  J Community Genet.  2013 April 10. [Epub ahead of print].

Fouad M, Lee J, Catalono P, Vogt T, Zafar S, West D, Simon C, Klabunde N, Kahn K, Weeks J, Kiefe C.  "Enrollment of patients with lung and colorectal cancers in clinical trials".  Journal of Oncology Practice.  2013 March. 9(2):e40-e47.

Hillis S, Downing N, Liu M, Shah L, Williams J, Simon C, Brandt D, Williams J, Daack-Hirsch S, Driessnack M.  "A Closer look at the recommended criteria for disclosing genetic results: perspectives of medical genetic specialists, genomic researchers, and Institutional Review Board chairs".  Journal of Genetic Counseling.  2013. 22(4):54-53.

Downing N, Williams J, Daack-Hirsch S, Driessnack M, Simon C.  "Genetics specialists’ perspectives on disclosure of genomic incidental findings in the clinical setting".  Patient Education and Counseling.  2013 January. 90(1):133-8.

Mosavel M, Ahmed R, Simon C.  "Perceptions of gender-based violence among South African youth: implications for health promotion interventions.".  Health Promotion International.  2012 September. 27(3):323-30.

Simon C, Shinkunas L, Brandt D, Williams J.  "Individual genetic and genomic research results and the tradition of informed consent: exploring U.S. review board guidance".  Journal of Medical Ethics.  2012 July. 38(7):417-22.

L'Heureux J, Murray J, Newbury E, Shinkunas L, Simon C.  Procurement of residual clinical versus research-specific samples for biobanks: does it matter to the public? .  Genetics in Medicine.  2012 June 3. 

Williams J, Daack-Hirsch S, Driessnack M, Downing N, Shinkunas L, Brandt D, Simon C.  "IRB and researcher perspectives on genomic incidental findings".  Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers.  2012 June. 16(6):508-513.

Fouad M, Simon C, et al .  Enrollment of lung and colorectal cancer patients in clinical trials: do physician income expectations matter? .  Cancer.  2012 June. 

Downing N, Williams J, Daack-Hirsch S, Driessnack M, Simon C.  Genetics specialists’ perspectives on disclosure of genomic incidental findings in the clinical setting. .  Patient Education and Counseling.  2012 June. 

Simon C, Unguru Y, Kodish E.  Cancer: Ethical Issues Related to Diagnosis and Treatment..  Macmillan Reference.  2012 May. 

Simon C, Williams J, Shinkunas L, Brandt D, Daack-Hirsch S, Driessnack M.  "Informed consent and genomic incidental findings: IRB perspectives".  Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics.  2011 December. 6(4):53-67.

Simon C, L'Heureux J, Murray J, Winokur P, Weiner G, Newbury E, Shinkunas L, Zimmerman B.  "Active Choice, but not too active: public perspectives on biobank consent models".  Genetics in Medicine.  2011 September 13. 13(9):821-31.

Simon C, Newbury E, L'Heureux J.  "Protecting participants, promoting progress: public perspectives on community advisory boards (CABs) in biobanking.".  Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE).  2011 September. 6(3):19-30.

Simon C, Mosavel M.  "Getting personal: ethics and researcher identity in global health research".  Developing World Bioethics.  2011 August. 11(2):82-92.

Mosavel M, Ahmed R, Daniels D, Simon C.  "Community researchers conducting health disparities research: Ethical and other insights from fieldwork journaling".  Social Science and Medicine.  2011 July. 73(1):145-52.

Farrell R, Dolgin N, Flocke S, Winbush V, Mercer M, Simon C.  "Risk and uncertainty: Shifting decision-making for aneuploidy screening to the first trimester of pregnancy".  Genetics in Medicine.  2011 May. 13(5):429-36.

Griggins C, Simon C, Nakwagala F, Pentz B.  "Bioethics Training in Uganda: Report on Research and Clinical Ethics Workshops.".  HEC Forum.  2011. 23(1):43-56.

Mosavel M, Simon C, Ahmed R.  "Cancer perceptions of South African mothers and daughters: implications for health promotion programs".  Journal of Health Care for Women International.  2010 September. 31(9):784-800.

Simon C, Schramm S, Hillis S.  "Patient internet use surrounding cancer clinical trials: clinician perceptions and responses".  Contemporary Clinical Trials.  2010 May. 31(3):229-34.

Ezeome I, Simon C.  "Ethical problems of conducting research in acute epidemics: a systematic look at the Pfizer study in Nigeria".  Developing World Bioethics.  2010 April. 10(1):1-10.

Simon C, Mosavel M.  "Community members as recruiters of human subjects: ethical considerations".  American Journal of Bioethics.  2010 March. 10(3):3-11.

Simon C, Mosavel M.  Response to Open Peer Commentaries on “Community Members as Recruiters of Human Subjects: Ethical Considerations,”.  American Journal of Bioethics.  2010 March. 

Mosavel M, Simon C.  "Exploratory health disparities research: The need to provide a tangible benefit to vulnerable respondents".  Ethical and Behavior.  2010. 20(1):1-9.

Mosavel M, Simon C.  "Cervical cancer attitudes and beliefs: a Cape Town community responds on World Cancer Day".  Journal of Cancer Education.  2009 April. 24(2):114-119.

Simon C, Acheson L, Wiesner G, Burant C, Schramm S, Gerson N, Lewis S.  "Patient interest in recording family histories of cancer via the Internet".  Genetics in Medicine.  2008 December. 10(12):895-902.

Simon C, Mosavel M.  "Key conceptual issues in the forging of ‘culturally competent’ community health initiatives: A South African example.".  Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics.  2008. 17:195-205.

Simon C.  Innovative medicine: a case study of a modern healer.  The International Library of Essays in Anthropology Series.  2008. 

Simon C, Schramm S.  "Cancer and the computerized family: towards a clinical ethics of 'indirect' internet use".  Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy.  2008 January. 11(3):337-341.

Simon C, Mosavel M, van Stade D.  "Ethical challenges in the design and conduct of locally relevant international health research".  Social Science and Medicine.  2007. 64:1960-69.

Abbe M, Simon C, Angiolillo A, Ruccinoe K, Kodish E.  "Language barriers from the perspective of pediatric oncologists, interpreters, and parents: an exploratory survey".  Pediatric Blood and Cancer.  2006 November. 7(6):819-824.

Simon C, Eder M, Kodish E, Siminoff L.  "Altruistic discourse in the informed consent process for childhood cancer clinical trials".  American Journal of Bioethics.  2006 September. 6(5):40-7.

Mosavel M, Simon C, van Stande D.  "The Mother-Daughter Relationship: What is the Potential for Health Promotion".  Health Care for Women International.  2006 August. 27(7):646-64.

Simon C, Zyzanski S, Durand E, Jimenez X, Kodish E.  "Interpreter accuracy and informed consent among Spanish-speaking families with cancer".  Journal of Health Communication.  2006. 11(5):509-522.

Simon C, Mosavel M.  Ethical design and conduct of focus groups in bioethics research.  Elsevier.  2006. 

Mosavel M, Simon C, Stade D, Buchbinder M.  "Community based participatory research (CBPR) in South Africa: engaging multiple constituents to shape the research question".  Social Science and Medicine.  2005 December. 61(12):2577-587.

Simon C, Kodish E.  "'Step into my zapatos, Doc': Understanding and reducing communication disparities in the multicultural informed consent setting".  Perspectives in Biology and Medicine (Winter Supplement on Disparities and Discrimination in Health Care and Health Outcomes).  2005. 48(1):123-138.

Simon C, Hegedus S.  "Exploring cancer clinical trials on the Internet: an empirical review".  Contemporary Clinical Trials.  2005. 26:530-33.

Simon C.  "Informed consent from the doctor".  Hastings Center Report.  2004 July. 4(4):12-13.

Simon C, Siminoff L, Kodish E, Burant C.  "A comparison of the informed consent process for randomized clinical trials in pediatric and adult oncology".  Journal of Clinical Oncology.  2004. 22(13):2708-2717.

Angiolillio A, Simon C, Kodish E, Matloub J.  "Staged Informed Consent for a Randomized Clinical Trial in Childhood Leukemia: Impact on the Consent Process".  Pediatric Blood & Cancer.  2004. 42:433-437.

Simon C.  "Child assent and parental permission for clinical research: some considerations".  Bioethics Forum.  2003. 18(3/4):36-42.

Simon C, Zyzanski S, Eder M, Raiz P, Kodish E, Siminoff L.  "Groups potentially at risk for making poorly informed decisions about entry into clinical trials for childhood cancer".  Journal of Clinical Oncology.  2003. 21(11):2173-2178.

Simon C, Kodish E.  Cancer: Ethical Issues Related to Diagnosis and Treatment.  Macmillan Reference.  2003. 

Olechnowicz J, Eder E, Simon C, Zyzanski S, Kodish E.  "Assent observed: children's participation in leukemia treatment and research discussions".  Pediatrics.  2002. 109:806-14.

Simon C, Eder M, Raiz P, Zyzanski S, Pentz R, Kodish E.  "Informed consent for pediatric leukemia research: clinician perspectives".  Cancer.  2001. 92:691-700.

Simon C.  "Images and image: technology and the social politics of revealing disorder in a North American hospital".  Medical Anthropology Quarterly.  1999. 13(2):141-162.

Simon C.  Innovative medicine: A case study of a modern healer.  South African Medical Journal.  1991 June. 79.

Simon C.  "Community participation and health: towards the study of human resources in the development of local health care".  Development Southern Africa.  1991. 8(4):10-19.

Simon C.  "From the patient's viewpoint: The value of studying micro-level support systems in the development of rural health care".  Journal of Contemporary African Studies.  1991. 10(1):1-15.

Simon C.  Kinship, illness, and therapy management in a rural Transkeian community.  South African Journal of Ethnology.  1991. 14(1):12-18.

Simon C.  “‘Who is Eating all My Money?’ Women and financial dependency in rural Transkei.”.  Women's Studies.  1991. 3(1):130-142.

Simon C.  "Small mortal: a reply to Seckler and his critics".  Human Organization.  1990. 49(1):75.

Simon C.  Easy access to medical services: A dispensable priority for some?.  South African Medical Journal.  1990. 77(7):871-3.

Simon C.  Etiology and actuality: the search for therapy in a rural Transkeian village.  Journal of Humanities.  1990. 1(1):25-36.

Simon C.  Go home and rest: intra-gender discrimination and the basis of authority in a Transkeian clinic.  Women's Studies.  1990. 2(2):1-12.

Simon C, Lamla M.  Merging pharmacopoeia: understanding the historical origins of incorporative pharmacopoeia processes among Xhosa healers in Southern Africa.  Journal of Ethnopharmacology.  1990. 33:65-82.

Simon C.  Who’s complaining? A hypochondriac as lay-healer.  Continuing Medical Education.  1990. 8(7):48.

Mosavel M, Ahmed R, Simon C.  "South Africa urban youth narratives of challenges: Implications for the development of community resiliency".  Journal of Community Psychology. 

Williams J, Driessnack M, Daack-Hirsch S, Downing N, Simon C.  "The disclosure of incidental genomic findings involving children: are we making progress?".  Personalized Medicine. 

DNA on a stick’ study becomes platform for debate on genetic-research ethics. . 

Simon C.  Public prefers limited informed consent for biobanks. 

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