A founding member of BSAC, Dr Simmons was actively engaged in society affairs for many years. He served as chair of the first Prophylaxis and treatment of endocarditis working party, a position he held for many years, overseeing publication of six papers in The Lancet. His legacy continues today with a review of endocarditis guidance currently in session. He held office as a Member of Council on two occasions between 1980 and 1993 and was instrumental in organising celebrations to mark 21 years of BSAC in 1982.
Dr Simmons graduated from St Marys Hospital, London (Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medicine) and began his career as a clinical tutor and consultant in clinical pathology at Enfield Group of Hospitals in 1966. He served as Consultant Microbiologist and Head of Clinical Microbiology at Guy’s Hospital 1972-1994, receiving the CBE in 2000 for his services to medicine.
Details on any memorial service arrangements will be published when received.