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Jill H.  Simmons

Jill H. Simmons, M.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

  • Appointments
    Physicians: 1-877-936-8422
  • Clinical Trials Information
  • Other Telephone Numbers
    Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
    (615) 936-1000

    REACH for Survivorship Program
    (615) 343-7400 or 1 (877) 936-8422

  • Faxes
    REACH for Survivorship Program Fax
    (615) 343-3343
    Office Fax
  • Addresses
    Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
    2200 Children's Way
    Nashville, TN 37232

    REACH for Survivorship Program
    The Village at Vanderbilt, Suite 2500
    1500 21st Avenue South

    Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
    Pediatric Endocrinology
    11136 Doctor's Office Tower
    Nashville, TN 37232-9170

Jill H. Simmons, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Simmons received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee at Memphis. She completed her pediatric residency and a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Her research interests include studying the biochemical markers of hypothalamic obesity in newly diagnosed neuron-oncology patients and the prevalence of decreased bone mineral density and poor growth in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus and celiac autoantibodies.

  • M.D., University of Tennessee Center for Health Science, Memphis, Tennessee (2000)
  • B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee (1995)
  • Fellowship - Denver Children's Hospital (2004)
  • Residency - Denver Children's Hospital (2003)
  • Internship - Denver Children's Hospital (2001)
  • Esbenshade AJ, Simmons JH, Koyama T, Koehler E, Whitlock JA, Friedman DL. Body mass index and blood pressure changes over the course of treatment of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2011 Mar; 56(3): 372-8. PMID: 20860019, PMCID: PMC3713225, DOI: 10.1002/pbc.22782, ISSN: 1545-5017.
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  • Simmons JH, Klingensmith GJ, McFann K, Rewers M, Ide LM, Taki I, Liu E, Hoffenberg EJ. Celiac autoimmunity in children with type 1 diabetes: a two-year follow-up. J. Pediatr. 2011 Feb; 158(2): 276-81.e1. PMID: 20817171, PMCID: PMC2999645, PII: S0022-3476(10)00603-7, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2010.07.025, ISSN: 1097-6833.
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  • Simmons JH. Growth abnormalities in pediatric all survivors exposed to lower-dose cranial radiation therapy: the need for continued surveillance. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2011 Feb; 56(2): 173-4. PMID: 21140478, DOI: 10.1002/pbc.22848, ISSN: 1545-5017.
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  • Chow E, Simmons J, Roth C, Baker KS, Hoffmeister P, Sander J, Friedman D. Increased cardiometabolic traits in pediatric survivors of acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated with hematopoietic cell transplantation. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplatation. 2010; 16((12)): 1674-81.
  • Van Sickle BJ, Simmons J, Hall R, Raines M, Ness K, Spagnoli A. Increased circulating IL-8 is associated with reduced IGF-1 and related to poor metabolic control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Cytokine [print-electronic]. 2009 Dec; 48(3): 290-4. PMID: 19773182, PMCID: PMC2767424, PII: S1043-4666(09)00813-8, DOI: 10.1016/j.cyto.2009.08.011, ISSN: 1096-0023.
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  • Moore DJ, Gregory JM, Kumah-Crystal YA, Simmons JH. Mitigating micro-and macro-vascular complications of diabetes beginning in adolescence. Vasc Health Risk Manag [print-electronic]. 2009; 5: 1015-31. PMID: 19997571, PMCID: PMC2788594, ISSN: 1178-2048.
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  • Raines, MD., Spagnoli, A., Ness, KD., Hall, R., Simmons, J.. Decreased IGF-I Levels are Associated with Low Bone Mineral Density and Poor Glycemic Control in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. J. Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008; ((P1)): 274.
  • Van Sickle, BJ., Simmons, J., Hall, R., Raines, M., Ness, KD., Spagnoli, A.. Poor Glucose Control in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus is Associated with Increased Circulating IL-8 but reduced IGF-1. J. Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008.
  • Simmons JH, Klingensmith GJ, McFann K, Rewers M, Taylor J, Emery LM, Taki I, Vanyi S, Liu E, Hoffenberg EJ. Impact of celiac autoimmunity on children with type 1 diabetes. J. Pediatr. 2007 May; 150(5): 461-6. PMID: 17452216, PII: S0022-3476(07)00012-1, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2006.12.046, ISSN: 1097-6833.
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  • Simmons JH, McFann KK, Brown AC, Rewers A, Follansbee D, Temple-Trujillo RE, Klingensmith GJ. Reliability of the Diabetes Fear of Injecting and Self-Testing Questionnaire in pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2007 Apr; 30(4): 987-8. PMID: 17392558, PII: 30/4/987, DOI: 10.2337/dc06-1553, ISSN: 1935-5548.
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  • Hoffenberg, E., Simmons, J., Klingensmith, G.. Impact of Celiac Autoimmunity in Diabetic Children: 12 month follow-up. J Pediatric Gastroenterology Nutrition. 2007; 45: E49.
  • Simmons J, Zeitler P, Steelman J. Advances in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. Adv Pediatr. 2007; 54: 85-114. PMID: 17918468, ISSN: 0065-3101.
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  • Simmons, J., Zeitler, P., Steelman, J.. Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pediatric Osteoporosis. Advances in Pediatrics. 2007; ((54)): 85-114.
  • Achieving Pediatric ADA HbA1c Goals: Insulin Pump Therapy Vs Injection Therapy. Diabetes. 2006; 1((55)): A413.
  • Hoffenberg, E., Simmons, J., Klingensmith, G., McFann, K., Emery, L., Rewers, M., Taki, I., Vanyi, S., Liu, E.. Screening-identified evidence of celiac disease-1 year outcome. J Pediatric Gastroenterology Nutrition. 2006; 43: E43.
  • Simmons, J., Klingensmith, G., McFann, K., Emery, L., Rewers, M., Taki, I., Vanyi, S., Liu, E., Hoffenberg, E.. Impact of Celiac Autoimmunity on Growth, Diabetes Control, and Bone Denisty of Subjects with Type 1 Diabetes. Pediatric Research. 2006; A5158.5.
  • Simmons, J., Zeitler, P.. Osteopenia in Pediatric Patients: When and How to Intervene. Current Opinion in Endocrinology & Diabetes. 2006; ((13)): 21-5.
  • Simmons JH, Zeitler PS, Fenton LZ, Abzug MJ, Fiallo-Scharer RV, Klingensmith GJ. Rhinocerebral mucormycosis complicated by internal carotid artery thrombosis in a pediatric patient with type 1 diabetes mellitus: a case report and review of the literature. Pediatr Diabetes. 2005 Dec; 6(4): 234-8. PMID: 16390393, PII: PDI118, DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-543X.2005.00118.x, ISSN: 1399-543X.
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  • Simmons JH, Miller E, Travers S. Hyponatremia in a neonate: a case report. Curr. Opin. Pediatr. 2005 Aug; 17(4): 525-7. PMID: 16012267, PII: 00008480-200508000-00015, ISSN: 1040-8703.
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  • Maniatis AK, Simmons JH, Zeitler PS. Hypothalamic obesity in a patient with craniopharyngioma: dysregulation of neurohormonal control of energy balance. Curr. Opin. Pediatr. 2005 Apr; 17(2): 275-9. PMID: 15800425, PII: 00008480-200504000-00023, ISSN: 1040-8703.
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  • Maniatis, A., Simmons, J., Zeitler P.. Hpothalamic Obesity in a Patient with Craniopharyngioma: Dyregulation of Neurohormonal Control of Energy Balance. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 2005; 2((17)): 275-9.
  • Rewers M, Liu E, Simmons J, Redondo MJ, Hoffenberg EJ. Celiac disease associated with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Endocrinol. Metab. Clin. North Am. 2004 Mar; 33(1): 197-214, xi. PMID: 15053903, PII: S0889852903001087, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecl.2003.12.007, ISSN: 0889-8529.
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  • Rewers, M., Klingensmith, G., Redondo, M., Simmons, J., Norris, J., Eisenbarth, G., Hoffenberg, E.. Celiac Disease in Type 1 Diabetes: Screening and Follow-Up. Diabetes. 2004; ((53)): A1780.
  • Steelman, J., Zeitler, P., Simmons, J., Schissel, D., Giller, R., Frangoul, H.. Evaluation for Osteoporosis in Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Patients. Pediatric Research. 2003; A858.