Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

79 Patient Ratings
88 Patient Comments

W. Bradford Rockwell, M.D.

Vice-Chair of Academic Affairs, Department of Surgery

Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

79 Patient Ratings
88 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-7719
South Jordan Health Center
Plastic Surgery
5126 West Daybreak Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84009
(801) 581-7719
University Hospital
Plastic Surgery, Clinic 5
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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Dr. Bradford Rockwell is a Professor of Plastic Surgery and the Surgery Department Vice Chair for Academic Affairs at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. He specializes in all areas of aesthetic and reconstructive procedures. His special interests include body contouring, breast surgery and facial rejuvenation procedures.

Dr. Rockwell is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is an oral board examiner for the certification process. In addition, he is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Burn Association, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Research Council.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Rockwell is involved in plastic surgery education.

Dr. Rockwell is a native of Massachusetts, he graduated from Harvard University and Washington University School of Medicine. His general surgery training was served at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, postgraduate research at Massachusetts General Hospital, and his plastic surgery training completed at the University of Rochester in New York.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Professor
Academic Divisions Plastic Surgery
Board Certification American Board of Plastic Surgery (Sub: Hand Surgery)
American Board of Plastic Surgery
National Board of Medical Examiners

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
My confidence in care provider
Time care provider spent with me
Care provider spoke using clear language
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
Wait time at clinic
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

January 10, 2017

Very good experience. Dr Rockwell and Dr. Danielo were very friendly and thorough. I have confidence that my upcoming surgery will be successful. After my oncology appointment on Jan 9, 2017 the appointment scheduler, Jen, asked if I would recommend Dr. Rockwell, she heard is the best. I said so far, yes. So that's one recommendation already and I have not had surgery yet.

January 06, 2017

excellent visit!!!

December 18, 2016

I would definitely recommend Dr. Rockwell to anyone looking for a plastic surgeon. He is amazing at what he does.

November 21, 2016

Great doctor, I would recommend him.

October 30, 2016

Dr. Rockwell has impressed me beyond words

October 21, 2016

Dr. Rockwell was amazing:calm, expert, considerate, thoughtful -I felt very well cared for and I very much appreciate his explanations of options and involving me in decisions.

September 17, 2016

Dr. Rockewell is absolutely amazing! When i first met him, i thought, "Dr. Who"! But he is extremely skilled and kind. A little awkward in conversation, but not more than to be expected for a brilliant surgeon!

August 26, 2016

I would liked to have receive some form of literature describing how to care for my stitches, but the verbal directions the Dr. gave were still clear.

June 21, 2016

both of my surgeons are new to me so I have to trust that they know what they are doing. I can only hope they do not harm me the way my last surgeon has.

May 11, 2016

Dr. Rockwell is amazing and provided excellent, professional care. I am very happy with my surgical results. The only problem I have with recommending him to others would be the quality of his support staff, which is not good.

April 20, 2016

i had a great experience there even tho it was a longtime waiting for the doctor i was treated very well

March 28, 2016

Dr. Rockwell was very informative and never seemed irritated with all my thousand of questions he answered. He was very personable, caring and kind.

March 18, 2016

Love Dr. Rockwell and his staff

March 16, 2016

no decision yet on treatment. I like Dr. Rockwell very much and trust him as a care provider.

March 07, 2016

It is difficult for me to put into words my fondness and regard for Dr. Rockwell. His skill and expertise, which are beyond compare, gave me back my life. The miracle he performed so greatly improved the quality of my life that I shall remain forever grateful he was there when I needed him. Dr. Rockwell's concern went beyond performing the extremely difficult procedure, he also ensured I knew how to give detailed critical instructions to the orthopedic surgeons who would later perform the procedure to implant the prosthethis under the skin graft. He is a great person who deserves the highest recognition for his service to others.

February 27, 2016

Information packet and nurse at primary both said we would need an appointment in 7 days to get stitches (either at out daughter pediatrician or back at the primary ER) and then would need a followup appointment with plastics the following week. When calling primary to get a good number to get the followup scheduled the nurse I spoke to said if plastics put the stitches in, they are going to want to be the ones to take them out and we definitely don't need a separate appointment to get them out. We were worried about not getting the stitches out in time since the appointment with plastics was 11 days out from the accident. When we asked the person in scheduling about that she said that it was almost certain that the stitches were dissolving and nothing would need to be removed during the appointment. That was the first we had heard that they were dissolving stitches and would have been nice to know in advance just for the sake of easing her worries a bit.

February 20, 2016

Made me feel like he had all the time in the world for me. Never felt rushed. Explained everything well. Made me feel comfortable.

December 07, 2015

Dr. Rockwell, was were doing a follow up to a Breast reduction surgery. My breast are not symmetrical, my nipples are not symmetrical or the same size and right breast is lacking tissue underneath the nipple. There is puckering under both breast. The stitching is horrendous and I can't physically look at my chest with out crying! This was the worst decision I have done to get this surgery done. My breast look deformed and ugly.

December 05, 2015

It was nice that Dr. Rockwell did not recommend more testing because he knew what the tests would reveal. Less expense for me.

October 30, 2015

I believe I just was uneasy with provider because he seemed a little to much of an elitist and his office was too formal. This made me a little uncomfortable. Others would love shaking hands coming and going with all office staff, but I felt that it was not a nature situation and way over the top. I like just really friendly natural encounters that feel real and genuine.

October 24, 2015

Dr. Rockwell seemed to be inconvenienced and overall not concerned with my situation. He talked to me in a condensending manner with a smirk on his face. We expected so much more from a man with his stature. It seems as though he came up with a few possible avenues just to get us out the door. So unbelievable unimpressed with him!

October 19, 2015

Both the PA and Dr. Rockwell were great.

October 02, 2015

I was very impressed with everyone that I saw that day. Very kind, considerate and professional!

September 19, 2015

Excellent care by all.

August 21, 2015

I'm a repeat patient to Dr. Rockwell. He is the best!

June 27, 2015

The staff taking care of me and the surgeon were great and very professional and friendly.

June 20, 2015

very patient and spent a lot of time with me

May 27, 2015

all good so far

April 19, 2015


April 18, 2015

The doctor was very thorough about the procedures and realistic expectations if I wanted to go through with the surgery. I was very impressed that he wasn't very pushy about the procedure and he said that he didn't think I needed it since nothing sticks out of proportion.

April 08, 2015

Dr. Rockwell is amazing and he put me completely at ease. I was a little nervous going in but was completely confident in what the results would be and wanting to receive care from Dr. Rockwell. He did a top notch job in taking care of me.

March 06, 2015

All great

January 29, 2015

Provider was very generous with the time he spent with me reviewing my situation and I felt well informed in preparation for my surgery.

January 28, 2015

I don't feel we were adequately informed/prepared for the after care of the wound. We were given no provisions and I had none on hand and had to go get something at 11:30 pm the night of the surgery, which was inconvenient to say the least.

January 20, 2015

excellent job by everyone

January 03, 2015

Dr. Rockwell is amazing I felt very comfortable in his and his resident dana's care. Highly recommended these two.

November 21, 2014

Dr. Rockwell was wonderful, took a lot of time, answered all my questions. I never felt rushed.

November 10, 2014

excellent doctors

October 17, 2014

happy and comfortable with DR Badger

September 12, 2014

Horrible "bed side" manner. Used statements such as : that lump could be a cancer or tumor as far as I know. Along with other statements that did not seem appropriate.

August 25, 2014

Excellent care and good instructions for home exercising. Very happy.

July 25, 2014

there were no bad experience

July 05, 2014

dr. Rockwell is the best doc in slc

May 06, 2014

I was very impressed with Dr. Rockwell. He was so nice and was very willing to help me out on such short notice! I would definitely recommend him to others!

March 28, 2014

Excellent care by both Dr. Rockwell and Dr. Kwok

March 27, 2014

Dr Rockwell is great!

March 25, 2014

I did not even get a sheet for any follow up. nothing about what to do, when to do it. I sent two emails via mychart and did not get a reply.

February 03, 2014

It was a very good visit to my doctor

January 28, 2014

Very knowledgeable and friendly.

December 15, 2013

Dr. Rockwell is an incredible human being and a great healthcare provider. A true gentleman.

December 11, 2013

Dr. Rockwell was super-informative and caring. He did a great job.

September 09, 2013

physician misunderstood pattern of stitches to be removed at donor site; result was too much tension in tugs to free suture. While trimming dissolvable sutures, physician cut into recently grafted site; removable suture fragments were left at donor site, which I later removed.

September 07, 2013

This is the second time we have seen Dr. Rockwell for a surgical procedure. He is great. Both my wife and I really like him. He is one of our favorite U of U Doctors. He is so caring and so kind.

August 06, 2013

I appreciate the Doctor taking time between surgeries to consult, per Dr. Langell. However, I feel that my intentions/reasons/concerns for his evaluation were not heard, and greatly misunderstood. In trying to communicate with him after my return home with questions and clarification was also frustrating. when did get answers, were vague.

August 05, 2013

I am always recommending Dr. Rockwell to friends and strangers.

August 03, 2013

I have a friend who needs some reconstructive breast service and I recommended Dr. Rockwell. He is very easy to talk with and a VERY good listener.

August 02, 2013

I am so glad I decided to have Dr. Rockwell perform my surgery. My recovery has been much easier than I anticipated. I am only 3 weeks out from my surgery, and I already can see how great the results will be. My scars will be barely noticeable. Dr. Rockwell is an exceptional surgeon who also has an amazing bedside manner. He has always taken time to answer any questions I have, including calling me personally on more than one occasion. I highly recommend him.

July 12, 2013

All the other visits were good. This visit was the best. I felt I had all my concerns addressed. Dr. Rockwell did a very good job of explaining what was happening during the healing process.

July 08, 2013

Other questions do not apply to me. I have had surgery a number of times by Rockwell in the past as well. So far, I am fairly pleased. Although, the incision opened up after 4 weeks even when I have followed orders to a T. Not very happy.

June 13, 2013

Dr. Rockwell was excellent and had a very gentile bedside manner that I really appreciated.

June 06, 2013

I'm always asked for recommendations on Plastic Surgeons I always recommend Dr. Rockwell above anyone else. I've had a few average and one horrible doctor in this field I would not go to anyone else at this point.

June 03, 2013

Dr. Rockwell takes whatever time is needed to make sure I understand my post-care before I leave his office. He explains the reasons for the care in great detail to me. I trust Dr. Rockwell completely and have had two surgeries with him because of his great care pre, during, and post process. He is a very caring doctor and wants your surgery to be as successful as you do. I always enjoy meeting with Dr. Rockwell because he puts my mind at ease, and he is a pleasant man to talk to. If I consider another surgery, I will not hesitate to call Dr. Rockwell. Lastly, I have passed around Dr. Rockwell's card and have told many people about him. I believe Dr. Rockwell is one of the best, if not the best, plastic surgeon in the valley.

May 27, 2013

Dr. Rockwell already has done some work on me. He is top notch.

May 13, 2013

This was a cosmetic appointment and I usually know what I like done but this time the provider suggested another tactic and my results are even better than before.

April 15, 2013

Dr Rockwell was great! He has been a wonderful doctor from the very start. He does great work as well.

March 13, 2013

Had an infection, but my dermatologist helped me with it instead of the surgeon. I was a little disappointed with Dr. Rockwell's laid back approach to not needing anything for my surgical wound. He has done this for a long time however and I know he knows more than I do about healing.

March 04, 2013

I always appreciate Dr. Rockwell taking the time to listen to my concerns and explain things very well.

February 25, 2013

communication between patient and all the parties that were involved in her care taking was poor.

February 25, 2013

Dr. Rockwell always spends plenty of time with me answering questions and adding comments based on his years of experience in the plastic surgery field.

December 31, 2012

We knew we needed a follow up (from the initial hospital ER visit). What we were there for was entirely different than what we had been told the follow up was going to be about. Thought we were coming for a cast, and possible manipulation. Were told when there that surgery was not necessary. Total surprise. Information and care was good at appointment, but not at all what we were expecting.

December 03, 2012

to expensive

November 28, 2012

He made sure that we understood everything

November 27, 2012

Dr. Rockwell was very professional. Answered all of my questions and did so in a very kind manner.

November 26, 2012

Doctor Rockwell is very thorough and professional. What I appreciated the most was the methodical & caring way he explained things, and brought in other resources and doctors to make sure the best care and solution was being provided. I am very satisfied with Doctor Rockwell.

November 12, 2012

excellent communications, superb outcome to date.

November 05, 2012

Dr. Rockwell is a wonderful doctor. I would recommend him to anyone.

October 15, 2012

Dr. Rockwell saw me for a minor post-surgical problem that he easily fixed, since my Dr. was out of town. Dr. Agarwal was kind enough to contact him and make arrangements beforehand.

October 15, 2012

the doc. wouldn't answer our questions very promptly and he felt like we had to some what decipher what he was telling us. he did good surgery work but his patient doc. interaction could use some work..

September 17, 2012

I have already recommended this doctor to others, and I am planning to return to have my eyes done. Dr. Rockwell is very patient, knowledgeable, and speaks to you honestly. I feel very comfortable asking him any question (s) I have bothering me.

August 09, 2012

Dr. Rockwell is amazing! I feel I can talk to him about anything and feel comfortable doing so. He takes time and explains everything that needs to be done. I would recommend him to anyone if need be.

July 24, 2012


July 16, 2012

I felt very confident after meeting with Dr. Rockwell; I'm sure he will do an excellent job. Also, he is very professional and will have to fix the other plastic surgeon's mistakes. I look forward to working with Dr. Rockwell.

June 03, 2012

I could never say enough about the kindness and patience Dr. Rockwell showed me during my consultation visit. I have EVERY confidence in having Dr. Rockwell perform the procedure in which, we together, decided upon. Prior to my appointment with Dr. Rockwell, I had done in-depth research regarding procedure options for which I might be a candidate. After my consultation with Dr. Rockwell, he helped me understand the options that were appropriate for my desired outcome--AND my fear factor of anesthesia! My experience with Dr. Rockwell is well beyond: Very Good.

April 25, 2012

I am so happy and confident with Dr Rockwell and his staff that I am considering a procedure that I would be financially responsible for. I come up to Salt Lake City from St George for this great care and expertise. This is all worth it to me.

March 30, 2012

Dr Rockwell is wonderful, a great doctor

March 09, 2012

We liked meeting with Dr Rockwell, and thought he was very knowledgeable about Lyla's foot. He gave us answers to some questions we thought we would never get. I did feel like we had to insist on the surgery though, because he said that she could live life without needing it, and I felt like that was an uncertainty due to the unknown status of the bones in her foot and the buldge that I was worried about.

January 25, 2012

Dr. Rockwell was wonderful with my daughter. He did a very fine job!

January 13, 2012

very good

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Microvascular Reconstruction of the Hand and Foot
  • Surgical Salvage of Infected Pacemakers
  • Flap Reconstruction of Traumatic Wounds

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Professor
Academic Divisions Plastic Surgery
Board Certification American Board of Plastic Surgery (Sub: Hand Surgery)
American Board of Plastic Surgery
National Board of Medical Examiners

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-7719 School of Medicine
Plastic Surgery
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Teaching plastic surgery is a main component of my work at the Medical School. I am the former director of the medical student rotation on plastic surgery. I am also the former Program Director of the plastic surgery residency, being charged with the education of nine plastic surgery residents, when our residency expanded. As the former Division Chief of Plastic Surgery, I oversaw the plastic surgery faculty in their teaching duties. Our teaching program covers all aspects of plastic surgery from cleft lip to flap coverage of wounds, to hand surgery to cosmetic surgery. I remain committed to plastic surgery education. In 2014, I became the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs for the Surgery Department.

My research focuses on hand and microsurgical issues. The use of arterial grafts instead of venous grafts for microarterial reconstruction has been a recent interest.


Education History

Type School Degree
Certification University of Utah David Eccles School of Business
LEAN Education Program for Physician Leaders
Certification University of Utah David Eccles School of Business
Leadership for Medical Professionals
Certification Duke University Business School
Business Principles for Health Care
Fellowship University of Rochester
Hand Surgery
Chief Resident University of Rochester
Plastic Surgery
Chief Resident
Residency University of Rochester
Plastic Surgery
Research Fellow Massachusetts General Hospital
Research Fellow
Residency Washington University
General Surgery
Internship Washington University
General Surgery
Professional Medical Washington University
Professional Medical University of Cincinnati
Undergraduate Harvard University


Selected Provider Publications

Book Chapter

  1. Rockwell WB, Ley E (2009). Abdominal Flaps. In Rayan GM, Chung KS (Eds.), Flap Reconstruction of the Upper Extremity: A Master Skils Publication. Chicago: American Society of Surgery of the Hand.
  2. Kerr-Valentic MA, Rockwell WB (2009). Rotational and Transposition Flaps. In Rayan GM, Chung KC (Eds.), Flap Reconstruction of the Upper Extremity: A Master Skills Publication. Chicago: American Society of Surgery of the Hand.
  3. Crombie C, Galaria I, Stern C, Rockwell WB (2009). Breast Reduction Techniques and Outcomes. In Shiffman M (Ed.), Mastopexy and Breast Reduction (pp. 267-274). Berlin: Springer.
  4. Rockwell WB, Wray RC (2009). Joint Dislocations and Ligament Injuries. In Weinzweig J (Ed.), Plastic Surgery Secrets, 2nd Ed. Philadelphia: Hanley and Belfus.


  1. Rockwell WB, Haidenberg J, Foreman K (2009). Thumb replantation using arterial conduit graft and dorsal vein transposition. Reply to Letter to the Editor [Letter to the editor]. Plast Reconstr Surg.

Global Impact

Global Impact

Grand Rounds

Description Country
Rockwell WB: Arterial Condiut Grafts, University of Alberta Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, Alberta, Canada. Canada


Description Country
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Canada
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana Central African Republic
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana Central African Republic
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana Central African Republic
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana Central African Republic
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana Central African Republic
Breast Surgery Society of Germany, Dresden, Germany Germany

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