Patient Rating:

4.6 out of 5

76 Patient Ratings
49 Patient Comments

W. Bradford Rockwell, M.D.

Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Patient Rating:

4.6 out of 5

76 Patient Ratings
49 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-7719 Madsen Health Center
555 Foothill Blvd
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Map
(801) 581-7719 University Hospital
Plastic Surgery, Clinic 5
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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Bio

Dr. Bradford Rockwell is a Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Utah and the Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery 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 through his position as Program Director of Plastic Surgery Resident Education at the University of Utah.

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
American Board of Plastic Surgery (Sub: Hand Surg)
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
4.6
My confidence in care provider
4.6
Time care provider spent with me
4.6
Care provider spoke using clear language
4.8
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.6
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
4.6
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
4.6
Wait time at clinic
4.1
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.7

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.

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

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..

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.

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

good

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
American Board of Plastic Surgery (Sub: Hand Surg)
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 Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Teaching plastic surgery is a main component of my work at the Medical School. I am the director of the medical student rotation on plastic surgery. I am also the Program Director of the plastic surgery residency, being charged with the education of nine plastic surgery residents, when our residency expansion is complete. As the Division Chief of Plastic Surgery, I oversee 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.

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

Education History

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

Publications

Selected Provider Publications

Book Chapter

  1. Rockwell WB, Ley E (2009). Abdominal Flaps. In Rayan GM, Chung KS (Ed.), Flap Reconstruction of the Upper Extremity: A Master Skils Publication. Chicago: American Society of Surgery of the Hand.
  2. 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.
  3. Rockwell WB, Wray RC (2009). Joint Dislocations and Ligament Injuries. In Weinzweig J (Ed.), Plastic Surgery Secrets, 2nd Ed. Philadelphia: Hanley and Belfus.
  4. Kerr-Valentic MA, Rockwell WB (2009). Rotational and Transposition Flaps. In Rayan GM, Chung KC (Ed.), Flap Reconstruction of the Upper Extremity: A Master Skills Publication. Chicago: American Society of Surgery of the Hand.

Letter

  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.

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