Dr. Rache Simmons, MD

Dr. Rache Simmons, MD

General Surgery  ·  
Female  ·  
56 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Rache Simmons, MD is a general surgery specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 25 years. She specializes in general surgery and breast surgery.Read her story

Weill Cornell Breast Center

425 E 61st St Fl 10

New York, NY 10065
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • CoreSource
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Health Net
  • HealthFirst
  • HealthPlus

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Dr. Simmons' Experience

Dr. Simmons' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in General Surgery
  • Board certified in General Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found

Dr. Simmons' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Simmons "Dr. Rache M. Simmons is Chief of Breast Surgery and a nationally and internationally renowned breast cancer surgeon at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center who is recognized for her innovations and contributions in the field of minimally invasive breast cancer surgery. She also serves in the leadership position of Assistant Dean for Faculty Diversity at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Simmons is a graduate of Duke University and Duke University Medical School. After her surgical training she did a Breast Oncology Fellowship at NewYork- Presbyterian Hospital where she then was invited to join the surgical faculty. She has been on the surgical faculty since that time and is a Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College; the Anne K. and Edwin C. Weiskopf Professor of Surgical Oncology and an Attending Surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Since 2010, she has served as Director of Gender Diversity at Weill Cornell Medical College and for the Department of Surgery. For her clinical work she has been selected by the NY Post Best Cancer Doctors in 1998, and by Castle Connolly Guide Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area 2000-2014 and Best Doctors in America 2005-2014. In 2010-2013, Dr. Simmons was recognized as one of New York's SuperDoctors, an honor accorded only 5 percent of physicians in New York. In 2011-2014 Dr. Simmons was named "Best Doctors in New York" by New York Magazine, and was named by US News & World Report as one of "America's Best Doctors", cited as among the top 1% of doctors in the country. In 2011, in recognition for its excellence in clinical care, Weill Cornell Breast Center was accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, one of only two accredited breast centers in NYC. Dr. Simmons provided leadership on the NAPBC accreditation process. Dr. Simmons is a prolific writer and speaker on her topics of research, which predominantly involve ways to treat breast cancer patients with less invasive and more cosmetically desirable techniques. Dr. Simmons is the author of over 100 scientific articles and book chapters on the surgical treatment of breast cancer, and has been invited to lecture at 100 national and international professional medical conferences. Not only is she a popular scientific lecturer because of her expertise, she is often interviewed by consumer media such as CNN, CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, Fox News and ABC Evening News. Her research has been featured in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine and Ladies Home Journal. She was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show about her pioneering work in the field of breast cancer surgery. Dr. Simmons is very interested exploring new ways to improve the cosmetic appearance of patients who need breast cancer surgery. Obviously the most important goal is to cure the breast cancer but how the patient looks after the surgical treatment has a significant impact on her ability to resume her normal life. Because of the concern to maintain optimal cosmetic results, Dr. Simmons has done extensive research in ways to provide minimally invasive and cosmetically advantageous surgery to her patients. She is a pioneer in the area of skin sparing mastectomy in which she has the largest published series in the New York Metropolitan Area. Dr. Simmons is well known as having invented the Skin and Areola Sparing Mastectomy Operation. Today many of her patients have a mastectomy that saves all the skin of the breast as well as the nipple areolar complex. After immediate reconstruction of the patient's breast the appearance is very natural, such that in many patients it is difficult to tell she underwent any surgery at all. Dr. Simmons states that she always finds it a complement when her patient's other doctors have to ask during examination "which breast had the mastectomy?" She is the first surgeon in the New York Metropolitan Area to evaluate the use of freezing to destroy both benign breast tumors and breast cancers. Because of her research this technology has become an accepted option for the treatment of benign tumors called fibroadenomas. She is the lead investigator in a national NIH multicenter trial evaluating this type of ablative therapy as a treatment for breast cancer. This is expected to create a new age for the treatment of breast cancers without surgery in the near future."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Simmons "When deciding how to treat your breast cancer, it's important to understand all of your surgical options.  Dr. Rache Simmons is a certified Hidden Scar Breast Surgeon and aHidden Scar Center of Excellence.  Learn more about how this remarkable surgical procedure can help preserve a natural-looking breast HERE, or call her office to learn more."

2  Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Duke University
    Medical School | Graduated 1988
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1994
  • University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1993

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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What People Say About Dr. Rache Simmons, MD
Dr. Simmons is an excellent surgeon. After having a mastectomy I couldn't believe how good I felt right out of surgery. I had minimal pain and soreness and did not need any pain medications. I am continuing to heal and feel very blessed to have Dr. Simmons as my surgeon.
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Tinton Falls – Feb 06, 2018
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Dr. Simmons came highly recommended and the recommendation was deserved. Her entire office--every single member of her staff--is friendly, professional, and competent.
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New York, NY – Jan 19, 2018
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Dr Simmons herself and her whole support staff were kind, warm, extremely knowledgeable and skilled. Their professionalism exudes both confidence and caring. Dr. Simmons and every staff member took the time to explain their role, my role and what to expect as I progressed to healing. Of course,...Read More
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SMITHTOWN – Oct 17, 2017
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I had consulted with three other breast surgeons and felt Dr Simmons had the very best qualifications while also hearing my aesthetic concerns. I am incredibly happy with the results of my surgery and feel that I could not have picked a more skilled surgeon. Her Physician Assistant Dianna is...Read More
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NJ – Oct 10, 2017
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I was fortunate to have Dr. Simmons as my surgeon - her skill and expertise are such that you can't even tell where I had the surgery. Anyone less skilled would not have been able to save the parts of my breast as she did. She was supportive, kind, and humble. I will forever be grateful that...Read More
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jacqueline g. in New York, NY – Oct 02, 2017
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