Patient Rating:

4.5 out of 5

315 Patient Ratings
153 Patient Comments

Robert O. Hoffman, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.5 out of 5

315 Patient Ratings
153 Patient Comments



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Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-2352
Primary Children's Hospital
Pediatric Ophthalmology
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive , Suite 3650
Salt Lake City, UT 84113


Robert O. Hoffman is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Eye Muscle Disorders. Dr. Hoffman has special interests in retinopathy of prematurity, ocular problems associated with genetics, craniofacial disorders, cataracts in infants and children and complicated strabismus.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Ophthalmology/Visual Sciences - Professor (Clinical)
Board Certification American Board of Ophthalmology
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

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August 22, 2016

Dr. Hoffman was very thorough and he was very understanding of my sons anxiety and was very gentle and patient with him.

April 24, 2016

Dr. Hoffman and Dr. Chaya were excellent. They performed surgery on my daughter and came and talked to me before, during, and after surgery. The next day appointment with Dr. Chaya was great as well. He spent as much time with him as we needed. He was very kind and answered all questions we had. Dr. Hoffman and Dr. Chaya completed two procedures at once and saved my baby from a second surgery.

November 07, 2015

Dr. Hoffman is worth the long waiting room times. Both my kids go there and he is fantastic with them.

November 07, 2015

Dr hoffman takes good care of us we have great confidence in his knowledge and skill. We do feel a little rushed in the office though.

November 04, 2015

Could not have been more surprised and thankful for the results of my sons surgery. Dr. Hoffman mentioned during this appt not giving false hope on the results. He was very frank about the fact that we may not get desired results. I was very pleased with the way he handled that aspect prior to the surgery as well as his no nonsense and blunt approach to my sons vision issues. No sugar coating, straight forward; I like that.

October 08, 2015

we love him... so smart!

October 07, 2015

this care provider is a great person. he truly cares for my child and his best interest.

October 07, 2015

My first experience with Dr. Hoffman was very positive. I understood everything he said to me. He drew a picture of what surgery he was going to perform to correct my eye problems. He cautioned me about the problems that may occur after surgery.

September 04, 2015

I can not imagine how patients are seen in one day, just based on the time that we were there. It does make one wonder a bit how the Dr. could have enough time to review history, make recommendations etc. The reviews are favorable in the outcome of Dr. Hoffman's care so maybe he is just that good.

August 04, 2015

Dr. Hoffman was excellent. We were late to our appointment and the last patient of the day. He took all the time we needed to make sure all of our questions and concerns were addressed. I was very impressed with him.

August 03, 2015

loved dr Hoffman

July 24, 2015

i have never had a bad experience. the doctor is very nice and very attentive to our questions and concerns.

July 24, 2015

again, spending 2.5 hours to see Dr. Hoffman for a grand total of 10 minutes is a waste of time. People have things they need to do OTHER than watching Mulan and Cinderella in a waiting room.

July 22, 2015

Dr Hoffman was great. He was very helpful. I did feel that he was rushing me through my questions which was frustrating after driving four hours to see him. I didn't have a lot to ask, but I did have to rush to get through them so that he could get to his next patients.

July 15, 2015

I feel he is the best except it is so long before I can get in to see him between appointments. it will be close to a year until I get help with my eyesight.

July 09, 2014


July 04, 2014

Dr. Hoffman is a wonderful physician. He was very friendly and explained everything that was going to happen during the surgery that I had.

June 15, 2014

Fewer patients see per hour, and more coordinated wait experience would be helpful.

June 14, 2014

Dr Hoffmann talks very fast and seemed to be in an extreme hurry.

June 13, 2014

Dr. Hoffman is the best! I feel like miracles were performed on my eyes and he played a huge role in that.

June 10, 2014

Dr. Hoffman had a very hectic morning but was willing to make sure we understood our son's progress and what to watch for and anticipate until we see him again. He did a good job juggling his work load and connecting with us. Thank you for your care and expertise

June 02, 2014

dr Hoffman is amazing

March 19, 2014

Dr. Hoffman was wonderful. Explained everything so I could understand.

February 12, 2014

The Dr. Often comes across as unwilling to take needed time and very focused on his own agenda rather than discussing problems/concerns in order to adequately problem solves. Comes across as judgmental and arrogant especially when asked questions about care/treatment.

February 10, 2014

Dr. Hoffman has been a blessing for the girls.

January 27, 2014

I feel very good about the experience and knowledge that Dr. Hoffman appears to have and I feel I am in very good hands and have told my friends and family this as well.

January 20, 2014

He even said I was free to call and talk to him if I had any concerns which was a great relief.

January 13, 2014

Dr Hoffman is amazing....that's why we are willing to drive so far and wait for so long!! :)

January 13, 2014

Really enjoy going to Dr. Hoffman

January 12, 2014

Too rushed. Doctor seem to be in a hurry.

January 07, 2014

I can tell that Dr. Hoffman is not a real people person, but is is always professional and I trust him completely with my son's eye care.

January 07, 2014

I can tell that Dr. Hoffman is not a real people person, but he is always professional and relatively patient with my boys, and I trust him completely with their eye care.

December 26, 2013

Dr. Hoffman always takes the time to answer questions and to explain what is going on with my daughter's eyes.

December 11, 2013

Dr. Hoffman is really nice and good with the kids

December 06, 2013

We've been seeing Dr. Hoffman for 10+ years and he has never disappointed us. He is very intelligent and thorough. We recommend him to everyone we know.

November 25, 2013

Liked our interaction with Dr. Hoffmann, but it was very rushed. Too many appointments scheduled for the day!

November 18, 2013

We were willing to wait 5 months for an appointment with Dr. Hoffman, we understand that he is the best.

November 16, 2013

We love Dr. Hoffman! He was so patient with our little girl who was scared and we ended our visit with her relaxed and cooperative

November 11, 2013

i know that Dr. Hoffman is specialized in this arrea I just want to go in there and not feel belittled or that we made a big deal out of nothing. I do know that with his new RX he can see better and his teachers have noticed a diffrence.

November 11, 2013

Dr. Hoffman is INCREDIBLE! He is caring and kind. He makes me feel like I really can get through this rough time with my son.

November 11, 2013

Dr. Hoffman is outstanding and I wouldn't want to see any other doctor for our daughter's care.

November 09, 2013

Dr. Hoffman just seemed rushed - which I'm sure he was - given that there is a 6 month waiting period to see him.

November 01, 2013

From DAY 1 with Doc Hoffman, I have felt confident and supported. He has always explained things in a way that I understand and leaves no questions.

October 16, 2013

dr h is amazing, amazing and again amazing.

October 16, 2013

I was very happy with the Dr. and staff they were all very friendly and nice. This was my first time so I am hoping that I will not always wait as long as I did to see the Doctor.

October 07, 2013

Mixed feelings. A little disappointed that I did not get complete correction for my double vision problem but, reasonably satisfied with the outcome.

September 23, 2013

Care provider seemed in a hurry and did most of his communication with an assistant.

September 02, 2013

Care provider seemed in too much of a hurry to make me feel very good about the experience

August 28, 2013

Received excellant care with complete success on problem. Thank you!

August 26, 2013

Dr. Hoffman and his staff went out of their way to make sure we understood every thing

August 24, 2013

I've been going to Dr. Hoffman since I was a baby. He's really good. My mom says he takes good care of my eyes.

August 19, 2013

Very brief, cursory exam after waiting nearly 90 minutes.

August 19, 2013

Usually when I've had an appointment I feel like I get all the information and understand what is being said. This time I didn't feel that at all. I didn't even know my daughter's prescription had changed and she needed new glasses until I was walking out of the office and I asked what the paper was they handed me. Then the typed up notes from the visit had conditions listed on it that I didn't know what the words meant - I am pretty well educated, again this was never discussed with me. I was very unsatisfied with this visit.

August 19, 2013

Rushed me through. Not that interested about why I came in, but more interested about what he could tell me. Doesn't seem to like kids. Strong opinions (which is fine, but open mindedness is also a likable quality.)

August 16, 2013

Dr. Hoffman was extremely professional and nice. The resident, however, who met with us prior to Dr. Hoffman came off as aloof and arrogant. I was not pleased with his demeanor. The medical student that observed as very respectful and nice.

August 12, 2013

I love the doctor but he is difficult to get in touch with. I have tried leaving messages with the front desk only to peek over the desk and see that NOTHING had being written down. It took over one month to get one prescription for my child because of information not being relayed to the doctor. I feel the office takes in more patients than they can actually handle.

August 11, 2013

We absolutely trust and love working with Dr.Hoffman who treats the patient and parent with respect and answers all questions patiently to our satisfaction.

July 24, 2013

I really like him as a person and have had good experience and relationship with him. But this time it was very obvious how hurried he was and the wait and reason for even having to be there just seemed so redundant and frustrating.

July 22, 2013

We love Dr. Hoffman. We are so fortunate to have him caring for our daughter. He is accessible, concerned, practical and clear. Love him!

July 19, 2013

I recommend Dr. Hoffman all the time to parents of children that I teach.

July 05, 2013

Dr. Hoffman's knowledge and experience were greatly appreciated. My daughter had a positive visit with Dr. Hoffman. I am grateful for the time and concern he gave my child.

June 03, 2013

great, everyone is really friendly and smart too

June 03, 2013

We have been seeing Dr. Hoffman since my son was 14 months old (he is now 9 years old). He is an excellent physician and always takes the time to explain things to both my son and me. His staff is great with children and the office is very kid friendly. We have recommended and will continue to recommend Dr. Hoffman to our friends and family.

May 31, 2013

The care is excellent but getting an appointment and the wait time is ridiculous. Best be prepared with an overnight bag when arriving for services!

May 29, 2013

i like dr hoffman allot he is so good with kids and very good at what he dose

May 27, 2013

Dr. Hoffman is great, very friendly and warm.

May 27, 2013

top notch the best

May 27, 2013

Excellent service and demeanor

May 20, 2013


May 19, 2013

Our little girl has grown to be comfortable with Dr. Hoffman and we appreciate the level of care he provides.

May 17, 2013

Dr. Hoffman is a well-known name among families with children who wear glasses. He always is very helpful and I feel confident that we're given the correct solution/remedy for the issues present.

May 13, 2013

I have high confidence in my Doctor. He delivered what was promised.

May 10, 2013

We have been seeing Dr. Hoffman for 14 years. He has always been exceptional.

May 10, 2013

Dr. Hoffman is an excellent doctor and is great with my daughter, makes it difficult for me to decide if I should find a different doctor due to excessive wait time.

April 22, 2013

he was fast and efficient but a little short with my 2 year old who had just waited for 2 hours! and was a little restless.

April 22, 2013

I was disappointed in the bedside manor of the doctor. my younger son who is 5 got out of his chair to watch what the doctor was doing, and he snapped at him and told him to sit back down, now, he will have his turn.

April 12, 2013

recommendations only with huge warnings that you will not enjoy your visit because the wait time is too long and the waiting room is too crowded

April 11, 2013

Dr Hoffman may be good at his field but he was not "kid friendly" at all. just in a hurry. very rude - I was trying to ease my son's fears but he just rudely said "sit down on that chair and don't move!"

April 04, 2013

Dr. Hoffman is a wonderful doctor. We have great confidence in his knowledge and care for our daughter.

April 01, 2013

He was in and out quickly.

March 24, 2013

Always amazing.

March 18, 2013

Always a good experience...thank you!

February 21, 2013

A no nonsense kind of Dr. But he was still great. Do wish he would call and tell results of MRI. We have waited a couple weeks. I'm sure no news must be good news, but it still would be nice to hear it from the Dr.

February 08, 2013

Have recommended Dr. Hoffman on several occasions. He has been great to work with.

February 08, 2013


February 04, 2013

It was very nice to see how Dr. Hoffman took the time to explain what was going on about my daughter's eye problem, and also the way he made us feel relieve after all the tests were done on her.

January 28, 2013

Dr. Hoffman has been amazing with us every time we have seen him. He truly seems to care about Giana's well being and is seriously one of the best doctors we have ever seen. He is personable and kind to us each time, and we just love him! His demeanor made this difficult time in our lives much easier.

January 23, 2013

The doctor exam was fast. When he was done with the exam he dictated his notes about our case right in front of us. It was a little awkward!

January 14, 2013

Glad we brought my son in. The Dr. was very good explaining the situation and path forward.

December 26, 2012

dr hoffman made me feel like i made the wrong decision to go to the moran at redwood. that is just the feeling i got. he did not come out and say it he just looked irritated

December 26, 2012


December 24, 2012

Absolutely baffled at the diagnosis. We were told by numerous doctors that patient needed surgery to correct vision problem and Dr. Hoffman stated that he eyes were fine. We are still trying to understand that.

December 21, 2012

I like Dr Hoffman's "think out loud" way of explaining my particular situation...

December 19, 2012

By the time I got back to see Dr Hoffman, he rushed through our appt so I could get out. But I didn't have time to ask him any questions or anything

December 18, 2012

The doctor never looked at my son's eyes. He came into the room and said "his tear ducts are definitely blocked". We waited two hours for him to tell us what we already knew & schedule a surgery. I wish we could've saved time & gas and done that part over the phone. Since he never looked at his eyes anyway!

December 07, 2012

The doctor seemed very knowledgeable and good, but rushed.

November 06, 2012

Dr Hoffman was kind of business like and not very friendly with the kids. He also dictated his notes/letters while we sat in the room with two wiggly crying kids, it was kind of uncomfortable. I feel confident in his abilities and he explained things in a way that was easy to understand.

November 05, 2012

Dr. Hoffman is an excellent Dr. I really enjoy him. He is very knowledgable in his field and does a godd job, especially when checking my Daughter Rachel. He is just really good and informs me of things and answers my questions about Rachel when I ask them. He has been seeing Rachel since she was about 4 or 5 years old. He is just really good with her.

October 22, 2012

Dr. Hoffman snapped at my daughter who was also in the room, and cut my questions short, seeming not to have time or concern about the questions I had.

October 16, 2012

Dr. Hoffman has been amazing for the last 11 years!

October 11, 2012

After driving 14 hours round trip, I thought there would be more to my appointment than the 20-25 minutes Dr. Hoffman spent with me doing the same things that the Dr. in Boise did with me. I guess my expectations were greater than what transpired.

October 08, 2012

Both the resident and Dr Hoffman were very good.

October 01, 2012

Dr. Hoffman is an excellent opthamologist and he has a good bedside manner. He answers questions well and gives opportunity to ask questions.

September 04, 2012

I am answering this based on the surgery AND follow-up. Dr. Hoffman is not warm and fuzzy but he is friendly and courteous. (Not complaining, just saying.) His staff however WAS warm and fuzzy. All of them.

September 04, 2012

If you have 3 hours for every appointment, this a great place to go. Excellent skilled professional.

August 30, 2012

He was able to fix a problem that had occurred in a previous surgery and now my eye is straight so I will recommend him to everyone.

August 25, 2012

It was just a consultation, so I am not yet sure if I will recommend him yet.

August 24, 2012

Dr. Hoffmann and his staff have always been good to us.

August 24, 2012

Dr. Hoffman is an excellent doctor and I would not take my kids to see anyone else.

August 24, 2012

Dr. Hoffman really knows his stuff.

August 15, 2012

I would recommend him, but always state that the office stay is extremely long.

August 13, 2012

I really liked Dr. Hoffman and his staff but if the wait is always like that at his office, I don't think I would recommend him to anyone.

August 13, 2012

Dr. Hoffman always does a great job explaining where we are at and where to go from there. Completely comfortable with him as a doctor and have recommended him in the past - and will continue to do so.

August 10, 2012

Dr. H. is tops and always has great students

August 10, 2012

Hoffman is great but the visit took WAY too long and time with Hoffman seemed rushed due to having too many patients scheduled.

August 06, 2012

I have recommended this office to relatives but with the understanding that they know there will be a long wait time even with an appointment.

August 06, 2012

Dr. Hoffman was wonderful.

July 23, 2012

I very much appreciated the level of depth and explanation that I got from Dr. Hoffman.

July 16, 2012

Dr. Hoffman has a very no-nonsense, brusque manner. It's very clear his tolerance level for children and childish behavior is low. I'm confused as to why he would choose a specialty involving children.

July 13, 2012

Dr. Hoffman was fantastic! He's always great, but on this visit, Thor had a black eye that prevented him from getting his regular eye exam. Dr. Hoffman saw Thor right away and prevented us from waiting an extra long time to be told that we'd have to res

July 03, 2012

I felt a little rushed and not sure the doctor understood all my concerns.

June 12, 2012

Dr. Hoffman made me feel comforable about my condition and I was impressed by his confidence in his knowledge and about doing my surgery.

June 08, 2012

Dr Hoffman is the best!

June 06, 2012

Doctor was having an off day,not quit as nice. I asked a qu. He blurted out No Way

June 04, 2012

Dr. Hoffman is a great doctor. He came highly recommended to us and we have been happy with his care. His "bedside manner" is a little curt. He always seems to be in a hurry.

June 01, 2012

I recommend Hoffman all of the time.

April 27, 2012

Dr. Hoffman truly is a gentleman and a scholar! He obviously knows his practice thoroughly and yet he is humble and kind. It's very reasuring that my delicate eyes are in good hands of a man who is capable, steady, and careful, as well as caring.

April 17, 2012

Dr. Hoffman is a very busy doctor. There is usually a long wait in the office and appointments are scheduled several months in advance. He is usually rushed in his visits so doesn't spend much time in the exam room, which is understandable given his schedule. However, we feel like he is a very competent physician.

April 10, 2012

Dr. Hoffman is very busy. He spends the time he needs to get the job finished well, but there is a distinct feeling he is in a rush. Clearly he is squeezing in lots of patients.

April 09, 2012

good experience

April 04, 2012

i would highly recommend you guys!

April 03, 2012

Dr. Hoffman is highly recommended in my book.

March 23, 2012

Dr Hoffman was very warm and friendly, he made us feel comfortable and he took great care of us

March 23, 2012

We love Dr. Hoffman. He is so cute with my son and even involved my little 2 year old. We are glad we go to him.

March 09, 2012

Because the nurse had not notated the chart properly and he doctor was unaware that we were there for a pre op appointment, the explanations that he gave to us and to the student who was shadowing him, we're way off base. For example, he stated that the condition was a result of congenital third nerve palsy, while the condition was not present at birth. He said nothing about surgery until the parent informed him that that was what we had come for. It was confusing to say he least and hard to be confident about returning for surgery the next week.

February 03, 2012

Dr. Hoffman is a great doctor. When I tell other people about the doctor I warn them extensively on how horrible the office is ran and the ridiculousness of the wait time.

February 03, 2012

The doctor, resident doctor, and nurse all were very kind and helpful

February 03, 2012

I would recommend Dr Hoffman and have but I always say the wait time is pretty bad so I leave it up to the person if they want to try and see him.

February 01, 2012

I am fortunate to have found a doctor that is as compassionate and understanding as Dr. Hoffman in my daughter's care.

January 31, 2012

You asked... I was very disappointed with the staff, particularly Dr. Hoffman. For being a clinic specializing in children he was not at all friendly with my kids. In fact he was almost rude. There was, however, an intern I think he was, with whom I was happy; he was nice.

January 31, 2012

I have trusted my vision to Dr Hoffman and Dr Patel as well as my life. I am so blessed to have them working on my case. they are the best you could ask for.

January 31, 2012

Dr. Hoffman is amazing!

January 31, 2012

We love Dr. Hoffman. We have a great deal of confidence in him. We were able to ask questions and get answers.

January 27, 2012

Dr. Hoffman has been especially helpful in providing good care and referrals to providers as needed. He is an exceptionally good doctor in my opinion.

January 24, 2012

Dr Hoffman is the greatest dr in the world!! love him! totally put us at ease.

January 20, 2012

Dr. Hoffman is a wonderful ophthalmologist. He has made our experience with our son's Port Wine Stain much more bearable. He is knowledgeable and easy to talk to. We are very lucky to have him as our doctor for our son.

January 17, 2012

Dr. Hoffman is always very informative and professional. We feel Like out son is under the care of one of the best!

January 17, 2012

The thing I did not like was that the doctor made the referring doctor sound mistaken. I did not appreciate that.

January 13, 2012


January 11, 2012

I am hoping that i get dr hoffmans letter in the mail about my daughters recent visit so i can know what even happened

January 11, 2012

We love Dr. Hoffman.

January 06, 2012


January 03, 2012

He was in a hurry, but it seemed that they schedule too many pts in one day. You can't spend a lot of time with pts when you are seeing so many

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Ophthalmology/Visual Sciences - Professor (Clinical)
Board Certification American Board of Ophthalmology
National Board of Medical Examiners

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-2352 John A. Moran Eye Center
65 N Mario Capecchi
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Robert O. Hoffman is a Doctor of Ophthalmology with a practice at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah and a Clinical Professor at the University of Utah Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Dr. Hoffman is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Eye Muscle Disorders. Dr. Hoffman has special interests in retinopathy of prematurity, ocular problems associated with genetics, craniofacial disorders, cataracts in infants and children, and complicated strabismus. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah and Monroe Community College.

Dr. Hoffman received his medical degree from the University of Utah Hospital School of Medicine and interned at LDS Hospital in ophthalmology. He completed his residency at the University of Michigan in ophthalmology and a fellowship at Indiana University Hospitals. Dr. Hoffman practices at Primary Children's Medical Center, Salt lake City, Utah.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Indiana University Hospitals
Residency University of Michigan
Internship LDS Hospital
Professional Medical University of Utah Hospital School of Medicine
Undergraduate University of Utah
Undergraduate Monroe Community College


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