Two physicians join CMED clinical staff

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Mount Pleasant physicians Paul B. Simmons and Cara Anne Poland have joined Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine clinical staff.

Dr. Simmons’ internal medicine practice at 2891 Health Parkway in Mount Pleasant opened 10 years ago. Simmons has nearly 2,000 patients, and he adds 15 to 20 new patients each month.  A University of Michigan School of Medicine graduate with 45 years of experience, Simmons has worked out of McLaren Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant since 2004.

“I’m looking forward to working with students, and I believe in the CMU College of Medicine’s mission to improve access to quality physicians in the state,” Simmons said.  “I’ve worked in mid-Michigan for years, and we draw patients from multiple counties. I know first-hand the need that exists.”

Dr. Poland was trained in internal medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor and in addiction medicine at Boston Medical Center.  She will bring both of her specialties to the CMU College of Medicine.  She joined Simmons’ practice on July 1 and is accepting new patients.

“I have a strong interest in educating physicians-in-training to improve care for patients with substance abuse disorders and general internal medicine,” Poland said.

Simmons and Poland are part of the clinical faculty team located in Mount Pleasant working with the CMU College of Medicine.  They join Dr. Sandra Howell, a general surgeon specializing in the treatment of breast diseases, and the physicians of University Health Services.

“I’ve known Dr. Simmons for some time through our work with McLaren Central Michigan, and his reputation as a knowledgeable, caring physician in the Mount Pleasant area is deserved,” CMU College of Medicine Dean Ernie Yoder said. “We’re excited that Dr. Simmons and Dr. Poland are part of our team.”

The first class of the CMU College of Medicine has 64 students, and they will begin their studies Aug. 12.  In keeping with the university’s mission of preparing primary physicians to serve central and northern Michigan, 57 of the students are from the state.