Mr Simmons undertook his primary medical degree at the University of Oxford. Following this his surgical training was completed in the UK, in Europe and in North America. General ENT training was gained in the Northwest of England, where he worked in the three Teaching Hospitals in Manchester and also at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Mr Simmons became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in 1998 following his success at first attempt at the postgraduate examinations. The Specialty Advisory Committee in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, recognizes his training and his Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) was awarded by the Speciality Training Authority of the Royal Surgical Colleges in 2005. He is listed on the GMC specialist ENT register (GMC number: 4037071).
Following his general training in ENT, he undertook additional Fellowship level training in Facial Plastic Surgery and Rhinology (diseases of the nose) in The Netherlands, in Germany and in the USA. He was selected as the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery Travelling Fellow in 2004 to train in the disciplines of nasal and facial reconstruction and in cosmetic surgery for the nose and ear. Following this he successfully sat the North American Board Examinations in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.
When training, Mr Simmons was an active member on both local and national training committees. He continues his interest in medical education teaching his juniors in the NHS and is a medical school examiner for the University of Birmingham.
Mr Simmons is married and has two young sons who keep him busy. He enjoys sailing and cycling, enjoys foreign travel and is a keen cook appreciating good food and wine. He is a keen supporter of his sons in their sporting activities both at the local hockey club in Sutton Coldfield and on the school rugby touchline.