Benjamin Simmons, III, MD

New Physician Member

Benjamin Simmons, III, MD, a family physician in Concord, North Carolina, serves as the new physician member of the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors. The AAFP represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. Simmons was elected to a one-year term by the new physician constituency during the AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders and was confirmed by the AAFP’s governing body, the Congress of Delegates.

A new physician is a doctor in his or her first seven years of practice following residency completion. As the new physician member of the AAFP Board of Directors, Simmons represents the interests and opinions of the new physician constituency to the AAFP Board of Directors and the Congress of Delegates. He also advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

Simmons currently is a family physician with Carolinas Health System Union Family Practice in Monroe, North Carolina, where he provides comprehensive care to patients of all ages and genders, including obstetrics, newborn and pediatric care, and adult medicine. He also serves as the Union Residency site director through the Department of Family Medicine at Carolinas Healthcare System. He supervises and teaches medical students and family medicine residents in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Prior to working with Union Family Practice, Simmons assisted with the establishment of the CHS urgent care facility in Salisbury, North Carolina. There, he provided patient care and led in development of an asthma care service and a domestic violence care program in partnership with the Rowan County women’s shelter.

In addition to providing clinical care, Simmons has been an active member of the AAFP since 2012. He has represented the LGBT physician community at the AAFP Leadership Conference and National Conference of Constituency Leaders since 2012 and served as the NCCL delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates since 2016. Simmons also has served on the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors since 2012.

Simmons graduated from Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry. He earned his medical degree at Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC, and completed a one-year internship in general surgery at the Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio. He completed his residency in family medicine at Carolinas Medical Center Elizabeth Family Medicine in Charlotte, North Carolina.