Dr. Simmons research interests include predicting, evaluating, and treating the long-term endocrine effects faced by survivors of childhood cancer. She is currently studying the bone health and vitamin D status of pediatric cancer patients from early treatment through long-term survivorship. She is also searching for early predictors of diabetes, insulin resistance, and other components of the metabolic syndrome in pediatric cancer patients, in hopes of developing prevention programs to ultimately improve both the quality and quantity of long-term survival. In addition, she continues to study the effects of celiac disease and type I diabetes on bone health.
Dr. Simmons' clinical interests include metabolic bone disease, endocrine effects of cancer and its therapy, and general pediatric endocrinology and diabetes. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, and she completed her pediatric residency and fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at the University of Colorado Children's Hospital and Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.
Dr. Simmons' research has been presented at the Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, and the annual meetings of the Pediatric Academic Societies, the Endocrine Society, and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. Her work has been published in the Journal of Pediatrics, Diabetes Care, Pediatric Blood and Cancer, and Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplatation. She serves as a regular reviewer for Diabetes Care, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Pediatric Blood and Cancer, and Pediatric Diabetes. She is a Katherine Dodd Faculty Scholar.