Kenny Simpson graduated from Edinburgh in 1984, and gained a PhD in gastroenterology at the University of Leicester in1988. After an internship at the University of Pennsylvania, and a medicine residency at THE Ohio State University he was a lecturer at the other Royal Veterinary College. He joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1995. He is a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and a member of the Section of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Cornell. He is a recipient of the National Phi Zeta and Pfizer awards for research, the AVMF/AKC Career Achievement Award in Canine Research,the Bourgelat Award for outstanding contributions to the field of small animal practice, and a past-president of the comparative gastroenterology society.His research interests are centered below the diaphragm, with a focus on inflammatory diseases of the GI tract (including the pancreas and liver), host bacterial interactions in health and disease, and culture independent bacteriology.