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Clinical Faculty Biographies

Dr. Emma Simmons

Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Health Sciences Clinical Professor - Family Medicine

Dr. Emma Simmons

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Education and Training

  • M.P.H., Brown University School of Medicine, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • Residency, Family Practice, Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • Internship, Family Practice, Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • M.D., Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, Rhode Island
  • B.S. Chemistry, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi
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Dr. Emma Simmons, M.D., M.P.H., is a clinical professor and senior associate dean of student affairs at the UC Riverside School of Medicine. In addition, she practices medicine at the Access Clinic at Riverside University Health System - Medical Center.

As senior associate dean, Simmons provides leadership for the medical school's initiatives in student recruitment, admissions, financial aid, academic enrichment, pathway programs, student well-being and career counseling.

Simmons came to UC Riverside in 2011 from the Albert Medical School at Brown University, where she has been assistant dean for minority medical affairs and an assistant professor in the department of family medicine.

She also served as the assistant director of health disparities research at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where she was also a staff physician.

After earning her B.S. in chemistry from Tougaloo College, she went on to earn her M.D. and M.P.H. degrees at Brown University. She completed her residency in family medicine at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island.

Simmons is a member of the American Academy of Family Practitioners.

Research Interests

Simmons has conducted research on HIV/AIDS, particularly its impact upon minority communities. Her work includes a study of routine HIV testing in primary care practices and participation in the Brown Initiative in HIV and Aids Clinical Research for Minority Communities.

Simmons was also a 1994 recipient of a World AIDS Foundation grant for an HIV/STD education project in the Philippines.


  • STAR Award.  Jackson State University New York Alumni 23rd annual STAR (Special Thanks and Recognition) program, Harlem, New York, 2011.
  • President’s Recognition of Excellence Award - Urban League of Rhode Island, Inc., 2010.
  • Aide to the Chief Marshall - Brown Medical School Convocation, 2006.
  • Ida B. Wells-Barnett Award - NAACP Providence Chapter, Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, 2006.
  • Semifinalist - “Unsung Heroes” Award, RI Community Planning Group for HIV/AIDS Prevention, 2005.
  • Semifinalist - Harold Amos Minority Medical Faculty Development Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2005.
  • Fleet’s Community Fellow Award - Brown University Program in Medicine, 2003.
  • Family of the Year, Meeting Street Center, 2002.
  • Appreciation of Vision, Dedication and Service - Daniel Hale Williams Medical Society, 2000, Brown Medical School Chapter of SNMA, May 2001.
  • Dean's Teaching Excellence Award, Bio 580, Clerkship in Family Medicine, July 2001.
  • Preceptor of the Year - Family Medicine Residency Program, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, 2000.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Gramling R, Anthony D, Simmons EM, Bowen D.  Self-Rated Breast Cancer Risk among Women Reporting a 1st Degree Family History of Breast Cancer on Office Screening Questionnaires in Routine Medical Care: The Role of Physician-Delivered Risk Feedback. Genetics in Medicine. 2006 Oct; 8 (10):658-64.  PMID:  17079883
  • Bonney LE, Clarke JG, Simmons EM, Rose JS, Rich JD.  Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities among Incarcerated Women.  J Natl Med Assoc. 2008 May; 100(5):553-8.
  • Gramling R, Clarke J, Simmons EM.  Racial Distribution of Patient Population and Family Physician Endorsed Importance of Screening Patients for Inherited Predisposition to Cancer.  2009 Feb: 20(1):50-4.
  • Flanigan TP, Payne, N, Simmons E, Hyde J, Sly K, Zlotnick C.  Lessons Learned from Training Collaboration between an Ivy League Institution and a Historically Black University.  A J Pub Hlth.  2009 April; 99(Suppl 1):  S57-S60.
  • Simmons EM, Brown M, Slye K, Ma M, Sutton MY, McLellan-Lemal E. Barriers and Facilitators to Testing in Primary Care among Healthcare Providers.  J Natl Med Assoc.   2011; 103:432-438.

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