Dr. Aleta Simmons
Sharing tips, tools, and to-do's for your skin and more
Diversity / Equity / Inclusion
Healthcare and Medicine
Dr. Aleta Simmons was born and raised in the small town of Mayfield, KY. Upon graduation, she attended Alabama A&M University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and was welcomed into the illustrious sisterhood of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She received a Master of Science in Organizational Communication from Murray State University. To prepare her for the demanding and competitive medical school journey, Dr. Simmons elected to attend the MEDPREP program at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. This program catapulted Dr. Simmons’ journey Into medicine by introducing her to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine where she received her M.D. After completing medical school Dr. Simmons completed a preliminary year of internal medicine training at Loyola University Medical Center and dermatology residency training at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Simmons is a board-certified dermatologist now residing in Nashville, TN. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She also works as a Diversity Champion within the department. Dr. Simmons is committed to the needs of underserved and underrepresented communities. While in medical school, she was instrumental in building Loyola Stritch School of Medicine’s Center for Service and Global Health. She led the health disparities section and organized a bi-weekly series surrounding these issues in black and Hispanic communities. Dr. Simmons currently serves on the department of dermatology resident selection committee and devotes her time to mentoring and supporting underrepresented minorities in medicine. She was also a participant in the inaugural Diversity Champion Workshop through the American Academy of Dermatology. When not caring for her patients, she enjoys playing with her dog, Sebastian, exploring the Nashville food scene, listening to podcasts, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Why She Is Your Speaker
If you have ever had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Aleta Simmons speak, you are in for a treat. She is very passionate about her field and especially invested in conditions affecting persons of color such as hidradenitis suppurativa. After listening to her talk on this issue among several others including acne, I have gained more knowledge that has enabled me to better treat my own patients. She has a way of simplifying information and delivering it succinctly so that you always leave her talks having learned something. I would highly recommend her!
Alexis Phillips-Walker, D.O.
Most Requested Talks
Skin Care 101
This talk is for people that do not know where to start when it comes to skincare. Learn more about your skin through this interactive workshop.
Hyperpigmentation and How to Treat It
WOC suffer from hyperpigmentation for several reasons. Learn about solutions to this common condition.
So, You Want to Be a Dermatologist
Creating a plan to match into this competitive specialty
Hair Loss in Women
How to recognize it and when to seek treatment