Listening To Patients Is A Priority
July 23, 2019
Austin Regional Clinic is pleased to announce that John “Caleb” Simmons, MD, ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat), has joined the team at ARC South 1st Specialty.
A Texas native, Dr. Simmons says that he first became interested in medicine when volunteering in a bone marrow transplant unit at Texas Children’s Hospital while in college. Of the experience he says, “It was there that I saw science put into practical action, and I saw how it could help children. That motivated me to choose medicine.”
Of his decision to go into ENT as a specialty, he describes how he found that it combined two particular areas of interest for him—surgery and helping children. He says, “After going to medical school in Dallas, I really enjoyed surgery, which offered the ability to fix a problem for a patient. Otolaryngology was a surgical specialty that treated children, and it offered a great variety of different surgeries and delicate anatomy that fascinated me.”
Evidence-Based Medicine, Within Context
Dr. Simmons says, “I am a listener first. I really enjoy learning about my patients and their families.” He continues, saying “I believe in evidence-based medicine and work hard to implement it, but those recommendations have to be made in the context of what each patient and family needs, including surgery where appropriate.”
In his free time, Dr. Simmons enjoys spending time with his family, reading, writing, and laughing. He says, “I love a good joke!” He is also learning Spanish, and hopes to go on some surgery trips to Central America and Africa.
Dr. Simmons’ health tip is to take snoring seriously. He says, “Snoring can be a sign of a lot of different things, but one of them can be sleep apnea. It’s important to recognize sleep apnea, because not only does it disturb your sleep night after night, but it also can increase your blood pressure and cause an increased risk of heart attack and stroke over time.”
Dr. Simmons is currently accepting new patients. To make an appointment with Dr. Simmons, go online or call ARC South 1st Specialty at 512-443-1311.
Welcome to Austin Regional Clinic, Dr. Simmons!