Sara P. Simmons, M.D.

Hand and Wrist Specialist

    Project Description


    Sara P. Simmons, M.D.

    Hand and Wrist Specialist


    Orthopedic Surgeon


    Hand and Wrist Specialist

    Office Locations

    Pointe West

    Lakewood Ranch

    Dr. Simmons is a board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand and wrist surgery. She is especially interested in traumatic, acute and chronic injuries of the hand and wrist. Dr. Simmons received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Harvard University and worked under the Massachusetts Arthritis Foundation in the Orthopedic gene therapy lab for the Harvard Center for Molecular Orthopaedics. Dr. Simmons also completed an internship in general surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She was a collegiate and world class athlete, competing on the worlds stage with the USA National Rowing Team. She is currently the sports medicine physician for IMG Academy and serves on Nathan Benderson Park Sports Medicine Team.

    Dr. Simmons enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. She continues to enjoy outdoor activities and exercise such as swimming, running, and yoga.

    IMG Academy Sports Medicine PhysicianNathan Benderson Park Sports Medicine



    Doctor of Medicine:
    Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel

    John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, TX

    Combined Hand Surgery Fellowship at Tufts Medical Center/New England Baptist Hospital

    Board Certification:
    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Sports Medicine Physician to the:

    • IMG Academy
    • Nathan Benderson Park Sports Medicine Team

    Clinical Teaching Physician for residency training program – Blake Medical center and Manatee Memorial Hospital

    Former Forensic Biologist – New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

    US National Rowing Team – Three time member

    Silver Medalist – US Olympic Festival (1994 Women’s Ltwt. Pair Rowing)

    San Diego Hall of Champions – Member (US Olympic Training Center)

    IMG Academy Sports Medicine PhysicianNathan Benderson Park Sports Medicine

    Arthroscopy & Arthroplasty
    • Wrist Arthroscopy
    • Cartilage Repair/Diagnostic Arthroscopy
    • Joint Reconstruction
    • Nerve Repair
    • Vessel Repair
    • Tendon Repair
    • Fractures and Dislocations
    • Skin Grafts
    • Pedicle Flaps

    Dr. Simmons addressed me in a way that allowed me to relax and feel comfortable with her expertise! She was actually really easy to talk to and she went over my options without trying to push me in any particular direction.

    Dave, Palmetto

    Dr. Simmons performed my trigger finger surgery that went without any issues. She is very competent with a great bedside manner. I highly recommend her.

    Joseph O.,

    I couldn’t bend my finger at all and had been in significant pain. I was terrified to go to a doctor, knowing I needed a shot in my tendon. When I finally went, Dr. Simmons was so caring. She went out of her way to make me comfortable and she administered the shot so expertly, I wondered why I’d been so afraid. Within a day I had full use of my finger, and now, months later, it still works smooth as silk. She is a wonderful doctor…highly recommend her.


    She did my surgery on my broken arm that I received from a car accident and the amazing part about it is she had to cut me right down the middle of my tattoo and she put it back together very, very, very well. Thank you and your team so much.

    LaWanda J.,

    It was a wonderful experience. I felt very confident at Coastal Orthopedics. It was my first time visiting Dr. Simmons, but I have been to Coastal Orthopedics in the past and have seen other doctors in the practice. Dr. Simmons explained everything very clearly and seemed very gentle in my exams. I would and have highly recommended Dr. Simmons as well as Coastal Orthopedics as a practice!

    Marilyn W., Bradenton



    Dr. Sara Simmons helped me when no one else would. If it wasn’t for her I’d have probably lost use of my hand from a very bad dog bite. We need more doctors like her who genuinely care. I can’t thank her enough.

    Gina N.,

    I have been to CoastL previously. How very this was my first visit with Dr. Simmons. From initial meeting, to surgery and post – op, she has been exceptional. Her Staff provided excellent follow-up and they respond quickly if you hav any questions or concerns. Exceptionally pleased with Dr. Simmons and her Staff.

    Anastasia H.,

    As a patient of Dr. Alan Valadie, Dr. Laura Ottaviani, Dr. Eric Sundberg and most recently Dr. Sara Simmons, it is with the greatest of pleasure that I am writing to say how much I treasure these exceptional individuals, each in his or her own very special way. As someone who has suffered a number of sports injuries, and having been married to a doctor, it is essential to my well-being and trust that my physicians have outstanding credentials. In addition to their basic medical training, each one of these physicians is also fellowship trained, which is remarkable! In addition, I am especially delighted to say that each one of these physicians is extraordinarily kind, thoughtful, considerate and very caring. They are also extremely thorough! I would be remiss if I didn’t also add that they each have a fantastic support staff. So it is I recommend Coastal Orthopedics to one and all, without hesitation!

    Barbara B. Seed, Englewood

    Highly recommend! Dr. Simmons is my doctor and should be yours too. She is thorough and has a great bedside manner. Dr. Simmons is highly knowledgeable in her field.

    Bob H.,
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