Assistant in Medicine

Hendersonville, TN
Previous Institution
Tennova Harton Hospital
Previous Role/Title
Nurse Practitioner-Inpatient/Outpatient Cardiology
Acute Care


MSN - Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Professional Highlights

Barbara C. Simpson is an ANCC board-certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She was born and raised in Hendersonville, Tennessee, but currently resides in LaVergne with her husband and two dogs. Barbara has been practicing medicine since 2011. She previously trained in Murfreesboro and Tullahoma, Tennessee. She has specialized in inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular medicine, as well as internal medicine. Barbara’s passion for cardiovascular medicine began as an academic student and has continued throughout her career. She has a strong commitment to prevention and control of this devastating illness, which continues to be the leading cause of death globally. While she remains interested in all areas of cardiovascular medicine and surgery, Barbara's specific research interests include acute coronary syndrome and interventional cardiology. Her practice has an emphasis on technological advances, and the identification and education of modifiable cardiovascular risk factors for disease prevention. She is also interested in familial and genetics research into cardiovascular disease processes (such as cardiomyopathy, homozygous hyperlipidemia, etc.), risk vs. benefit guidelines for initiation of dual antiplatelet therapy in PCI patients with additional indication for full dose anticoagulation, and the treatment and long-term management of patients with recurrent atrial fibrillation and an absolute contraindication to anticoagulation. She is also a fervent advocate for organ donation and transplant research. Barbara is a member of both the Phi Eta Sigma and Sigma Theta Tau national honor societies.