Education and Training
Dr. Simmons completed her undergraduate work at the University of Kansas,Lawrence, where she received honors in biology. She was a member of the National Golden Key Honor Society and the Pi Beta Phi fraternity for women and was named to Pi Beta Phi's 4.0 Honor Roll and chaired several committees within the fraternity. Her education at the University of Kansas also included several months of foreign study.
After receiving her undergraduate degree, Dr. Simmons earned a medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Neb.,, where she held several leadership positions. She graduated with honors and attained clinical honors in four specialties: obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, family practice and psychiatry.
Dr. Simmons completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she later became an associate professor and hospitalist. She was selected for a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the medical center and served as chief cardiology fellow.
She is a member of the American College of Cardiology, The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, American College of Echocardiography, and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.
Dr. Simmons is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has a subcertification in cardiovascular disease. She is a registered physician in vascular interpretation, as certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She is board-certified by the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography. Her additional current certifications include advanced cardiac life support and basic life support, whose guidelines are established by the American Heart Association®.
Leadership and Research
Dr. Simmons is an active participant in her community, including in her position as a medical student mentor within Delp Society, one of seven academic societies in the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She has served in leadership positions for a number of community, state and national associations, and she is a previous chairperson of the Heart and Stroke Alliance of Kansas. She has spent several weeks providing healthcare and education to the rural poor in the Dominican Republic through the Institute for Latin American Concern. Dr. Simmons is also a member of the Women's Heart Health Advisory Council.
An avid researcher, Dr. Simmons has published numerous articles in professional scientific journals, including Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine, Journal of Interventional Cardiology, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and Journal of General Internal Medicine. She has presented at many local and national cardiology and internal medicine meetings, including the Kansas American College of Cardiology.