|Phone Number||Clinical Office Address|
Clinical Neurosciences Center
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Utah Diabetes Center
615 Arapeen Drive, Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Dr. Debra Lynn Simmons is a professor of medicine at University of Utah and Director of Clinical Affairs, Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology Center.
Dr. Simmons is board certified in internal medicine as well as endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism and a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. In addition to her medical degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, she holds a master’s degree in nutritional biochemistry from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. After her residency at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, she completed her fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the University of California, San Diego with expertise in lipid metabolism.
Dr. Simmons interests are diabetes and lipids with an emphasis on prevention of cardiovascular disease as well as education. She is principle investigator for NIH funded clinical trials including ALLHAT, ACCORD, AIMHIGH, SPRINT, ACCORDIAN and CIRT. She is active in medical education and is honored to have served nationally for the National Board of Medical Examiners, Association of Subspecialty Professors Education and Members Committees and as President of the Association of Program Directors in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism from 2005 to 2007. She was a member of the American Diabetes Association Professional Practice Committee that is responsible for updating the diabetes guidelines from 2012-2014. She is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee for the Endocrine Society.
Dr. Simmons was a clinical faculty member at University of California, San Diego before joining the faculty at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock where she was promoted to professor of medicine with tenure. Dr. Simmons is listed in Who's Who in America and has been chosen for Best Doctors in America.
Board Certification and Academic Information
|Academic Departments||Internal Medicine - Professor
|Academic Divisions||Endocrinology and Metabolism
|Board Certification||American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism)
American Board of Clinical Lipidology
The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.
Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.
UofU Patient November 18, 2016
Dr. Simmons has been a godsend to me when I needed better guidance dealing with my diabetes. She is honest and clear in her instructions and cares.UofU Patient August 19, 2016
Excellent - cannot wait to go to follow up appointment. I felt like I knew Laura for years. Great compassion.UofU Patient August 18, 2016
Usually Dr Simmons is great! I will chalk this visit up to an off day.UofU Patient July 26, 2016
i am very happy with dr simmonsUofU Patient June 10, 2016
I had to have an ultrasound and biopsy of a nodule on my thyroid. A bit more care could have been taken to explain why I needed an ultrasound, and then explaining the biopsy procedure in the exam room, not when we were heading to the ultrasound room. I appreciate that they did the ultrasound and biopsy right then instead of rescheduling me. It saved me time and they both did a great job with the biopsy.UofU Patient March 01, 2016
Dr. Simmons is one in a million. She not only wants to help with my diabetes but in any way she can for any other health problems I may be having. She really is concerned about your health and the care you receive. All providers need to be this concerned, but it rarely happens. It would be great to have her as my PCP!UofU Patient January 07, 2016
My mom came with to the appt and this was her first time meeting Dr. Simmons. When we left she stated and she trusts Dr Simmons completely with my care.UofU Patient January 06, 2016
Limited information, undermining demeanor with no sign of concern or care for my condition. Comment applies to the fellow and Doctor; the nurse was great.UofU Patient October 30, 2015
We need more Dr. Simmons (Clone)UofU Patient October 26, 2015
Referred my wife to you. I thought she would get great care here.UofU Patient September 12, 2015
Even though I felt silly that my problem was not what I went in for. I wanted to cry actually. They made me feel important. They were detailed in their explinations. They educated me on my problem without making me feel more stupid than I felt. They were kind. Everyone!UofU Patient September 07, 2015
I spent most of my time with Dr. Couldwell's NP (Karen Mueller), and Dr. Simmons and her fellow. They were all very knowledgeable and nice. Dr. Couldwell was only there for about 5 mins and that was to tell me that I absolutely didn't need surgery and that Endocrine would be following my care. This was annoying since the whole reason my appt was running WAY behind was because of him having emergency surgery that morning.UofU Patient July 31, 2015
Loved, loved, LOVED Dr Simmons! She really created a partnership, which was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to find someone that would be able to HELP me control and be responsible for my OWN disease and I believe that I find the right person!!!UofU Patient June 07, 2015
Will recommend? I've already been doing that for months. Dr. Simmons is great about identifying patient level of understanding and providing explanations at that level. Be it me, or my son that attended the appointment (he has a science degree ... I didn't fully understand all they talked about ... but then that was their conversation, not the one I had with Dr. Simmons, which I was very pleased with).UofU Patient April 10, 2015
Dr Debra Simmons is very thorough, understanding, knowledgeable, and has excellent patient rapport. I really like her, and am appreciative of her care.UofU Patient March 27, 2015
I have never received the quality of care that I receive here.UofU Patient March 24, 2015
Laura Burton is the best provider I've had did my diabetes.UofU Patient February 13, 2015
I have & continue to provide glowing to reviews.UofU Patient February 06, 2015
SuperUofU Patient February 05, 2015
Dr. Simmons has shown herself to be very knowledgeable, courteous, and has exhibited considerable insight in analyzing my medical needs. She chose the right blood tests to be taken, and as a result I expect to avoid some serious consequences and improve my health.UofU Patient November 13, 2014
I was very pleased with the care provided by Dr. Simmons. She was clear, succint, ensured I understood, then moved on. She also explained why she was asking various questions, and the implications.UofU Patient October 30, 2014
I always enjoy my visit with Dr. SimmonsUofU Patient July 01, 2014
nurse said she had trouble scheduling 2 month visit and the next day or so somebody would contact from Dr. Simmons office -UofU Patient June 05, 2014
Dr. Simmons is fantastic and very helpful. She explains things clearly and is friendly and understanding.UofU Patient June 05, 2014
Dr. Simmons is very good and would highly recommend.UofU Patient June 04, 2014
Dr. Klam and Dr. Simmons were both very forthcoming and friendly. I feel like I am in good hands.UofU Patient May 08, 2014
In all of my visits with Dr Simmons, she has always been helpful with my needs and concerns. I appreciate that. She is personal and I enjoy my visits with her.UofU Patient May 03, 2014
I was very impressed with both Cheryl and Dr Simmons cheerful attitude, with the attention they gave me, with their listening and understanding to my health challenges.UofU Patient March 23, 2014
Dr Graham is a great diagnostician, he helped me a lot with my diabetes. It was difficult at times with getting followup information from the clinic when Sr Graham was not thereUofU Patient November 15, 2013
I made the mistake of bringing my Husband and he knows nothing about Diabetes. I was unable to convey some information and didn't absorb all the necessary information she had for me because He doesn't understand some of his comments were out of place and created confustion. Fortunately I have another appointment and my husband learned things that he was totally unaware of, if he retains them.UofU Patient October 24, 2013
The thing that bothered me about the visit is that it probably wasnt even needed. The information she provided to me could have been communicated over the phone. I felt like it was a waste of my time to be there but more importantly the providers time for me to come to this follow up appointment. I feel like with a provider who only sees patients on one day during the week they should be very particular about what appointments they are making and keeping in regards to follow up care.UofU Patient August 30, 2013
Dr. Simmons is a knowlegable physion, however she "overtalks" me (patient) and my wife when we are responding to questions or trying to clarify instructions.UofU Patient August 09, 2013
she never showed up. I waited 2 hrs after my scheduled appt and finally left. I informed the nurse and an MA that had to leave. Dr never came in. this was extremely unprofessional. if I pulled that kind if stunt I would no long have a job.UofU Patient June 20, 2013
Very discouraging to travel three hours to be told that basically nothing is wrong with me when infact there is clearly something medically wrong.UofU Patient June 19, 2013
Dr Simmons was very thorough and spent the time needed to address my concerns. I am a new patient to Dr Simmons and I feel I have found a provider I feel comfortable with and provides patient centered care.UofU Patient June 17, 2013
Dr. Miller is a wonderful Doctor. Very Knowledgeable about diabetes and how to care for itUofU Patient May 13, 2013
first Dr. (intern) was so focussed on answering the questions she had preparrred she ignored questions I asked. The Sr. Dr. came in and told me I was "fine". I wasn't sure if she was referring to my health or because I was upset about being "forgotten" in the exam room twice in one day.UofU Patient April 12, 2013
This doctor was unwilling, uninterested, and unable to engage with me in helping me evaluate my symptoms or healthcare concerns. I felt entirely and completely dismissed. This apathetic doctor couldn't be bothered with the work required to think. It took an incredible amount of energy to make and prepare for the appointment and now I am left with a miserable quality of life and don't know where to go to get help.