In Memory of Joseph V. Simone
2/04/2021, Georgia CORE
The Georgia oncology community and that of the entire U.S. was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Dr. Joe Simone.
Joe moved to Georgia in the latter stages of his stellar career with a predominant interest in being close to his family in the greater Atlanta area. Upon relocation here, he continued to seek and foster novel ways to improve cancer care in Georgia. I was privileged to meet him as one of the leaders of Georgia CORE, and Joe became a valued colleague and mentor/advisor to our organization as it grew to prominence in the state.
Joe always spoke his mind on each and every occasion that I experienced, and he was a treasure trove of stories, anecdotes, and sayings. His writings give strong testimony to such. I was flattered by his interest in our organization and its significant impact on cancer care issues in our state. Dr. William Woods at Emory and I were the alternate year co-signatory supporters of Joe's Georgia medical license every two years. I always looked forward to touching base with him in between.
Joe impacted everyone he met throughout all the phases of his special career. His passing will affect deeply all who knew him, especially those privileged to work with or for him. He had an enormous influence on cancer care delivery at each and every phase of his career.
Frederick M. Schnell, MD, FACP
Founding Board Chair and current Chief Medical Officer