Rachel P. Simmons, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Infectious Diseases

MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Simmons is a clinician educator in the Section of Infectious Diseases and an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Boston University. Her focus is on evaluation and assessment of clinical competence, equitable recruitment practices in graduate medical education, and infectious diseases education for internal medicine residents and medical students. Her clinical interests are caring for people with non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections and people living with HIV, and she attends on the internal medicine service and the infectious diseases inpatient consult service.

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  1. Simmons RP, Ortiz J, Kisielewski M, Zaas A, Finn KM. Virtual Recruitment: Experiences and Perspectives of Internal Medicine Program Directors. Am J Med. 2022 02; 135(2):258-263.e1. PMID: 34752749; PMCID: PMC8573855; DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2021.10.017;
  2. Knodle R, Demers L, Simmons R. Infectious Complications in Injection Drug Use. MedEdPORTAL. 2021 03 23; 17:11124.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33816787; PMCID: PMC8015638; DOI: 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.11124;
  3. Simmons RP, Dudzinski DM, Shepard JO, Hurtado RM, Coffey KC. Case 16-2019: A 53-Year-Old Man with Cough and Eosinophilia. N Engl J Med. 2019 May 23; 380(21):2052-2059. PMID: 31116923
  4. Simmons R, Siegel J. Introduction to HIV and addiction medicine for residents: integrated case-based learning. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2016. View Publication
  5. Simmons RP, Scully EP, Groden EE, Arnold KB, Chang JJ, Lane K, Lifson J, Rosenberg E, Lauffenburger DA, Altfeld M. HIV-1 infection induces strong production of IP-10 through TLR7/9-dependent pathways. AIDS. 2013 Oct 23; 27(16):2505-17. PMID: 24096630; PMCID: PMC4288813; DOI: 10.1097/01.aids.0000432455.06476.bc;
  6. Lichterfeld M, Gandhi RT, Simmons RP, Flynn T, Sbrolla A, Yu XG, Basgoz N, Mui S, Williams K, Streeck H, Burgett-Yandow N, Roy G, Janssens M, Pedneault L, Vandepapelière P, Koutsoukos M, Demoitié MA, Bourguignon P, McNally L, Voss G, Altfeld M. Induction of strong HIV-1-specific CD4+ T-cell responses using an HIV-1 gp120/NefTat vaccine adjuvanted with AS02A in antiretroviral-treated HIV-1-infected individuals. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012 Jan 1; 59(1):1-9. PMID: 21963936; PMCID: PMC3241906; DOI: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e3182373b77;
  7. Jost S, Quillay H, Reardon J, Peterson E, Simmons RP, Parry BA, Bryant NN, Binder WD, Altfeld M. Changes in cytokine levels and NK cell activation associated with influenza. PLoS One. 2011; 6(9):e25060. PMID: 21966414; PMCID: PMC3179484; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0025060;
  8. Monie D, Simmons RP, Nettles RE, Kieffer TL, Zhou Y, Zhang H, Karmon S, Ingersoll R, Chadwick K, Zhang H, Margolick JB, Quinn TC, Ray SC, Wind-Rotolo M, Miller M, Persaud D, Siliciano RF. A novel assay allows genotyping of the latent reservoir for human immunodeficiency virus type 1 in the resting CD4+ T cells of viremic patients. J Virol. 2005 Apr; 79(8):5185-202. PMID: 15795302; PMCID: PMC1069549; DOI: 10.1128/JVI.79.8.5185-5202.2005;
  9. Nettles RE, Kieffer TL, Simmons RP, Cofrancesco J, Moore RD, Gallant JE, Persaud D, Siliciano RF. Genotypic resistance in HIV-1-infected patients with persistently detectable low-level viremia while receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy. Clin Infect Dis. 2004 Oct 1; 39(7):1030-7. PMID: 15472857

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Bar chart showing 9 publications over 8 distinct years, with a maximum of 2 publications in 2021


2019 Boston University : Top Teachers 2019, Internal Medicine Residency
2019 Boston University : Evans Clinician Designation, Department of Medicine
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Graduate Medical Education
Medical Education
Assessment, Educational
Clinical Competence
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