Charles F. Simmons Jr., MD, is chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Division of Neonatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Simmons holds the Ruth and Harry Roman Chair in Neonatology in Honor of Larry Baum and formerly served as director of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and as an associate in medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. In addition, he was director of the Harvard University training program in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. During the past 20 years, Dr. Simmons has trained over 100 leaders in neonatal-perinatal medicine worldwide.



Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Division of Neonatology
Ruth and Harry Roman Chair in Neonatology in Honor of Larry Baum

Dr. Simmons is nationally recognized for his research to determine the causes and prevent the complications of premature birth. Dr. Simmons’ research harnesses new technologies to yield individualized treatments that improve the long-term outcomes of premature babies.

Dr. Simmons received his medical degree magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School. He completed his internship and residency at Boston Children’s Hospital and was a clinical and research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital as well as at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Following 16 years of faculty contributions at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Simmons was recruited to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 2002 and has been a board member of the Fashion Industries Guild for the past 10 years.

Working closely with the Fashion Industries Guild’s executive board leadership, Dr. Simmons has championed major pediatric healthcare innovation projects over the last 10 years that include:

  • The Ruth Bregman/Fashion Industries Guild Pediatric Health Clinic, which provides free and discounted health care to over 4,000 low-income and high-risk children and their families annually;

  • The Kenneth Weinbaum Fashion Industries Guild Pediatric Acute Care Unit, which provides care for children and families who are in transition from intensive care to observation care and provides special training to parents prior to taking their child home. The innovative pediatric/NICU hospitalist program, which was also set up as a result of this campaign, continues to thrive;

  • The GUESS?/Fashion Industries Guild Chair in Community Child Health was rededicated on August 22, 2013, to support the academic and research programs of Professor Moshe Arditi, MD, an internationally regarded expert in pediatric infectious diseases. The Chair in Community Child Health, first dedicated in 1998, expands comprehensive services for high-risk children, particularly for those with pediatric infectious diseases;

  • The Diana and Steve Marienhoff Fashion Industries Guild Endowed Fellowship in Pediatric Neuromuscular Diseases allowed us to recruit Tyler Pierson, MD, PhD, from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Pierson is renowned for advances in the treatment of children affected by rare neurogenetic and neuromuscular disorders.

And our current project:

  • The Fashion Industries Guild Congenital Heart Laboratory and Hal Kaltman Fashion Industries Guild Congenital Heart Research Endowment is addressing congenital heart defects (the most common type of birth defect nationwide), affecting nearly 1 percent of U.S. births each year. Even 10 years ago, children born with congenital heart disease faced a future filled with pain from multiple open-heart surgeries and, in some cases, a life expectancy so shortened that they rarely outlived their need for pediatric-based care. Today, medical advances have dramatically prolonged survival for these children, and the Cedars-Sinai Pediatrics Department along with the Heart Institute is working to improve outcomes even further into adulthood. Support for the Laboratory and Research Endowment will advance the study of congenital heart disease and develop more minimally invasive treatments for patients of fetal to advanced age. By improving our capabilities to care for children with congenital heart disease, the need for open-heart surgeries at each stage of life might be eliminated.

The Vera and Paul Guerin Family Congenital Heart Program, including the Fashion Industries Guild Congenital Heart Laboratory, is taking residence in Cedars-Sinai’s new Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion. Bringing clinics and research labs together under one roof, this state-of-the-art facility is designed to speed medical progress by fostering collaborative links between clinicians and scientists.

Over the past 10 years, the partnership between Dr. Simmons and the Fashion Industries Guild has been incredibly successful and continues to improve the healthcare of children locally, nationally, and internationally.