Qualifications: MA MB BS FRACP FRCP MD(Cantab)
Skills: Diabetes and Diabetes in Pregnancy specialist, Clinical epidemiologist, Health Services Research including complex clinical trials Rural Health, Access to care
Professor Simmons is Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the Western Sydney University Macarthur Clinical School, Head of the Campbelltown Hospital Endocrinology Department, Director of the Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism Translation Unit (DOMTRU) and Co-Director of the DOM Clinical Academic Group of the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise. From 2007 to 2014, he was the lead diabetes consultant at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, UK, overseeing major changes in the local model of care. He is a visiting academic to the University of Orebro Sweden and Middlemore Hospital New Zealand.
With over 400 refereed publications, recent awards were the American Norbert Freinkel Award 2020, the European Jorgen Pederson Award 2022 and the Indian MDRF Gold Medal 2021 for his research into diabetes in pregnancy and the Australian Jeff Flack Award 2022 for data collection. He is a past president of the Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society (ADIPS) and was a member of the World Health Organisation technical working group on the criteria for hyperglycaemia in pregnancy. He was previously the chair of Diabetes UK Health Professional Education Steering Group. He was/is CIA for several studies including the Crossroads I and II (GNT1113850-Rural health cohort) studies, TOBOGM (RCT of treating early gestational diabetes-GNT1104231), Pasifika Preventing Diabetes Program (RCT of lifestyle/support to prevent diabetes/complication among Pasifika-GNT1171003), APHLID-M RCT of app in young adults with diabetes (MTP-Connect 2022), Wollondilly Diabetes Program-community intervention to reduce diabetes and its complications, DIRECT-Australia-diabetes remission service evaluation. He currently supervises 12 PhD students from around the world.