Simon T. Symeonides, MD, FCCM, FCCP, specializes in critical care medicine and infectious diseases and came to Health First with a resume that includes serving as a chief of critical care services and a director of the intensive care unit. Most recently, he served as an independent contractor for Advent Health and HCA Healthcare. He is currently serving as a professor of medicine at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, retaining his faculty position at Rush University Chicago and The Chicago Medical School.

Dr Symeonides earned his Doctor of Medicine from Aleppo School of Medicine in Aleppo, Syria, where he was ranked in the top 1% upon graduation. Dr Symeonides completed his secondary education at the American College of Aleppo, where he earned his General Certificate of Secondary School and was ranked in the top 1% nationwide upon graduation.

Dr Symeonides served his residency program in internal medicine at the University of Illinois-Chicago and completed his critical care medicine fellowship at Rush University-Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. He also completed a multidisciplinary critical care medicine fellowship. Dr. Symeonides served his infectious diseases fellowship at the Chicago Medical School-Evanston Hospital North Chicago Veteran Affairs Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. 

Dr. Symeonides was recognized with citations for his contributions to the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Association of Chest Physicians.

In addition to clinical responsibilities, Dr. Symeonides is a prolific author, lecturer and researcher. He has authored over 100 articles, book chapters and abstracts. Additionally, Dr. Symeonides has been an invited lecturer at regional conferences, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Association of Chest Physicians and numerous international conferences in North America and Europe. Dr. Symeonides’ research interests include sepsis, sepsis in evaluation, myocardial dysfunction in critical illness, shock physiology and sequelae and studying cytokine storm. Most recently, he has implemented various treatment protocols with close monitoring of outcome and survival with close follow up, contribution to clinical trials for SARS-CoV -2, treatments, antibody testing and blood plasma transfusion.

Dr Symeonides is licensed to practice medicine in Florida. He is an advanced life support instructor-course coordinator and an advanced trauma life support provider.

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases
American Board of Internal Medicine

Special Focus

Critical Care


Rush University – Chicago (Critical Care Medicine Fellowship)
Chicago, Illinois

Multidisciplinary Critical Care Medicine Fellowship The Chicago Medical School
Evanston, Illinois

Hospital North Chicago Veteran Affairs Hospital (Infectious Diseases Fellowship)
Chicago, Illinois

St. Louis University (Research Fellow)
St. Louis, Missouri


The University of Illinois (Internal Medicine residency program)
Champaign, Illinois


Aleppo School of Medicine (Doctor of Medicine)
Aleppo, Syria

American College of Aleppo (Secondary Education)
Aleppo, Syria

Hospital Privileges

Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital
Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center
Health First’s Palm Bay Hospital
Health First’s Viera Hospital


American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow
American Society of Critical Care Medicine, Fellow
American Society of Infectious Diseases
American College of Physicians
American Medical Association
American Society of Internal Medicine
European Society of Critical Care Medicine