McLeod physician receives humanitarian award

By: For the Daily Journal

CHERAW, S.C. — Dr. Gabe Simpson, medical director of McLeod Health Cheraw, has received the Medical University of South Carolina’s Humanitarian Physician Alumni Award.

“We are incredibly blessed to have a physician of Dr. Simpson’s caliber practicing at McLeod Health Cheraw. Dr. Simpson cares passionately about the quality of medical care provided to our patients,” said Mib Scoggins, hospital administrator for McLeod Health Cheraw. “He is a true advocate for patients and their well-being.”

Each year, the School of Medicine presents a number of prestigious awards to the most dedicated and qualified alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement or service to the university. Individuals are nominated by alumni and friends of the school to be recipients of these distinguished awards.

Simpson, class of 2000, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and serves as medical director of the Emergency Department and chief of staff of McLeod Health Cheraw. He is also the longest-tenured physician in the emergency department.

Simpson completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia in 2003. There he served as chief resident and received the Outstanding Resident of the Year Award and the Sydney R. Berens Award for Compassion.

In 2009, Simpson and his wife, Lisa, were led by their faith to establish the all-volunteer Mercy in Me Free Medical Clinic in Cheraw. Simpson serves as founding chairman, medical director and primary physician and Lisa acts as founding board member and nurse. They continue to donate their time, resources and energy in a volunteer capacity.

In 2013, Simpson was led, along with others, to spearhead a homeless shelter — His Hands and Feet of Chesterfield County — to meet the needs of his community, and continues as chairman of the board for the shelter.

Simpson has received several recognitions during his career. Some of these include the medical school graduating honors of Magna Cum Laude and Alpha Omega Alpha with Residency honors of Emergency Medicine In-service exam score of 98 percentile nationally.

Simpson resides in Cheraw with his wife, Lisa. They have four children, Ashley (Spencer), Jordan, Gracie, Ian and one grandson, Kellan.


For the Daily Journal