Dr. Kirby completed an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. Subsequently, Dr. Kirby completed medical school at Memorial University. Following graduation, he completed a residency in Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Western Ontario. Further surgical training took him to Philadelphia for a fellowship in microvascular reconstruction with Dr. Richard Hayden. Dr. Kirby then travelled to Los Angeles for facial plastic surgery training.
In 1999 Dr. Kirby published award-winning pioneering work regarding the use of neural networks for prediction in the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea. This was one of the first clinical applications of artificial intelligence (AI).
Dr. Kirby retrained as an anatomical pathologist. He is an associate professor of the Departments of Lab Medicine and Surgery, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. Kirby is cross-appointed to the faculty of engineering.
Dr. Kirby is founder and CEO of NextGenNose and SimonKirbyMD Technologies Inc. Follow Dr. Kirby at twitter/X @SimonKirbyMD