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Charles F. Simmons, MD

Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Director, Neonatology

Professor, Pediatrics

Ruth and Harry Roman Chair in Neonatology in honor of Larry Baum

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd.
North Tower, Room 4226
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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310-423-4416

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310-423-0460

Charles F. Simmons, MD

Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Director, Neonatology

Professor, Pediatrics

Ruth and Harry Roman Chair in Neonatology in honor of Larry Baum

  • Peds - Neonatology

Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

Congenital Heart Diseases - Pediatric

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Premature Infants

Charles Simmons, MD, who holds the Ruth and Harry Roman Chair in Neonatology in Honor of Larry Baum, supports mission-critical clinical program development, education and research in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He seeks to improve the health of newborns via precision newborn medicine, prevent common complications of prematurity and train future leaders in newborn medicine. Under Simmons' leadership, new programs in the Cedars-Sinai Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) diagnose, treat and prevent disease in the newborn period, and bring innovative NICU educational experiences to trainees and audiences around the globe. Also, they leverage additional extramural philanthropic and grant resources to further advance newborn health. Simmons' clinical and translational research involves prevention of preterm birth (improving the outcomes of assisted reproductive technologies), developmental innate immunity (immunologic stratification for maternal risk of preterm birth), regenerative medicine (a newborn biorepository of induced pluripotent stem cells, and new potential therapies to prevent or treat cerebral palsy), NICU genetic biorepositories (clinical ethics of biorepositories from newborns in the NICU) and precision newborn medicine (improving the value of NICU healthcare through personalized neonatal nutrition, preventing retinopathy of prematurity, developing strategies for universal newborn ophthalmology screening, new minimally invasive, collaborative strategies to treat patent ductus arteriosus and exosome-based diagnostics).

  • Medical School: Harvard Medical School, 1980
  • Residency: Boston Children's Hospital, 1983
  • Fellowship: Boston Children's Hospital, 1986
  • Fellowship: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 1986

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  • Best Doctors, 2005-present
  • Super Doctors, 2005-present
  • Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2005-present
  • Patient's Choice Award, 2005-present
  • American Pediatric Society, 2009
  • President, California Association of Neonatologists, 2008-09
  • FIRST Award, NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 1996
  • Hearst Foundation Award, Harvard Medical School, 1994
  • Milton Fund Award, Harvard Medical School, 1993
  • Clinical Investigator Award, NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 1987
  • Charles A. Janeway Award, Boston Children's Hospital, 1984
  • Harold Lamport Biomedical Research Award, Harvard Medical School, 1980

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  • Equils O, Moffatt-Blue C, Ishikawa TO, Simmons CF, Ilievski V, Hirsch E. Pretreatment with pancaspase inhibitor (Z-VAD-FMK) delays but does not prevent intraperitoneal heat-killed group B Streptococcus-induced preterm delivery in a pregnant mouse model. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol. 2009;2009:749432.
  • Powers RJ, Wirtschafter D, Perinatal Quality Improvement Panel of the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative. Prevention of Group B Streptococcus early-onset disease: a toolkit by the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative. J Perinatol. 2010;30(2):77-87.
  • Equils O, Nambiar P, Hobel CJ, Smith R, Simmons CF, Vali S. A computer simulation of progesterone and Cox2 inhibitor treatment for preterm labor. PLoS ONE. 2010;5(1):e8502.
  • Alkalay AL, Graham JM, Kotton RH, Forbis SA, Fuscaldo MC, Simmons CF, Klein AH. Very low Birthweight Infant Outcome Stratified by Gestational Age and Birthweight. Neonatal Intensive Care. 2013;26(4):18-23.
  • Zahn EM, Nevin P, Simmons CF, Garg R. A novel technique for transcatheter patent ductus arteriosus closure in extremely preterm infants using commercially available technology. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2015;85(2):240-248.
  • Ryan MC, Ostmo S, Jonas K, Berrocal A, Drenser K, Horowitz J, Lee TC, Simmons CF, Martinez-Castellanos MA, Chan RVP, et al. Development and Evaluation of Reference Standards for Image-based Telemedicine Diagnosis and Clinical Research Studies in Ophthalmology. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2014;2014:1902-1910.

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