About Judith S. Simms-Cendan, M.D.


Dr. Judy Simms-Cendan is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of International Experiences at the University Of Central Florida College Of Medicine. She enjoys the full spectrum of clinical practice, education, research and service.

She is a 1991 graduate of the University Of Florida College Of Medicine and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology there in 1995. She remained on the faculty at UF until joining the founding faculty at the University Of Central Florida College Of Medicine in 2010. Active in providing content throughout the integrated curriculum, she is also co-director of the Endocrine and Reproductive Module for the second year students. She is also the co-Director of the Interprofessional Education Longitudinal Curricular and works with the central Florida Interdisciplinary Education and directs the Medical Spanish 4th year elective.

Dr. Simms-Cendan and her partner run the only clinic in central Florida focused on Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology; she opened the first clinics dedicated to these patients in 2010 at Winnie Palmer Hospital. Students and residents participate in the clinic where in addition to the unique pathologies seen, they are exposed to a significant number of ethical dilemmas and multicultural experiences. The practice site provides opportunities for clinical research which is ongoing. She is a very active in the North American Society of Pediatric Adolescent gynecology, serving on the Board of Directors, as co-Chair of the Education Committee and as the 2017 annual meeting chair. She has written clinical guidelines for the society in addition to other publications in the specialty.

Dr. Simms-Cendan has been involved in international medical education for over 15 years. Her work has includes reproductive medicine education at medical schools in Ethiopia.  For 5 years she led an interdisciplinary group of medical, nursing and engineering students and faculty to work with students from a local medical school to deliver care in rural northern Dominican Republic. Her experience has led her to develop a “glocal” program to serve the farmworkers in central Florida. She is the advisor for the global health medical student interest group MedPACt, which hosts an annual Global Health Conference attended by students and faculty from across the state. She provides guidance for all students participating in international medical electives. Her research in global health includes effective teaching strategies at medical schools in developing countries and the long-term educational value of student participation in international medical programs.

Dr. Simms-Cendan helped establish the Knights Student Run Free Clinic at Grace Medical Home in 2013 and serves as a Faculty Advisor for the students. In this role she assists with faculty recruitment, research, organization, and fundraising. The Knights clinic includes community as well as COM core faculty, and is expanding its interdisciplinary structure to include pharmacy students and nursing students.  The innovative programs have recently been presented at national meetings and the Knights clinic board is now helping other new medical schools establish their own clinic.



  • Bercaw, JL, Boardman LA, Simms-Cendan, J. Clinical Recommendation: Pediatric Lichen Sclerosus (2014) Journal of Pediatric Adolescent Gynecology, http://www.jpagonline.org/article/S1083-3188(13)00336-7/abstract
  • Simms-Cendan J, Cendan J, Boardman L, Voorhees D, Eakins M, Merritt D. The Clinical Breast Exam: A Video and Animation Enhanced Self-learning Module . MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9131.
  • Jackson MG, Simms-Cendan JS, Sims SM, McLean FW, Roscoe J, Ross HL, Davis JD.  Vaginal Bleeding Due to an Infantile Hemangioma in a Three-Year-Old Girl.  J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol 2009 (August); 22:e53-e55.
  • Simms-Cendan JS. Alternative Medicine During the Perimenopause. In Novi JM, Ross HL (eds): Perimenopause. New York, NY, Informa Healthcare Publishing Inc, August 30, 2008.
  • Jackson MG, Simms-Cendan JS, Sims SM, McLean FW, Roscoe J, Ross HL, Davis JD. Vaginal Bleeding Due to an Infantile Hemangioma in a Three-Year-Old Girl. J Pediatric Adolescent Gynecol 2008.