The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center recently appointed Dr. Lalitha Vadlamani-Simmers as a new board member.

Vadlamani-Simmers and her family have called Niceville home since 1999.

She came here via the United States Air Force, where she served as medical director of the Pediatric Clinic at Eglin AFB from 1998 to 2001. The doctor then began practicing general pediatrics in the Niceville community, and even served as a Child Protection Team Medical Examiner for the ECCAC for three years. Now, Vadlamani-Simmers practices at the Sacred Heart Hospital Pediatric After Hours Clinic in Pace. She has also been a volunteer with the Junior League of the Emerald Coast and the Impact 100 chapter of Northwest Florida.

"I really enjoyed the experience of taking care of the kids at ECCAC while I had the opportunity, but my own personal family needs called me away,” she said. “I always knew I'd come back to serve at ECCAC in some capacity, and here I am. Taking care of abused children is important work. I know this first hand as a pediatrician, mom and community member. It is in my heart to continue to serve the needs of the kids in any way that I can."

Vadlamani-Simmers did her undergraduate studies at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and graduated in 1991. She then earned her MD at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in 1995 and completed her pediatric residency program at Keesler AFB in 1998.