Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

95 Patient Ratings
188 Patient Comments

Robert S. Hood, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

95 Patient Ratings
188 Patient Comments



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Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 585-6065
Clinical Neurosciences Center
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132


Robert S. Hood, MD is the second-ever resident of the Department of Neurosurgery and has since returned as faculty in September 2010. Prior to joining the department, Dr. Hood built a reputable career in private practice and was well-known for his skill in minimally invasive spine surgery and overall patient care. Dr. Hood also developed a surgical procedure to treat far lateral lumbar herniated discs in the 1980s.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurosurgery - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Adult Neurosurgery
Board Certification American Board of Neurological Surgery (Neurosurg)

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 25, 2017

definitely would recommend Dr Hood to any of my friends or family

December 05, 2016

It was well worth the wait. I left feeling that I had a greater understanding of my health concern as well as a more clear treatment plan

December 05, 2016

Dr. Hood is the best doctor I have ever had. He has fused my neck twice with excellent results. I respect him and totally trust him with my life, literally.

November 07, 2016

so impressed with Dr Hoods ability to discuss all possibilities while giving his professional opinions. very happy with appointment

October 30, 2016

All Very Good

October 19, 2016


October 10, 2016


October 09, 2016

I would highly recommend Dr Hood even if he will soon be retiring. He has ensured me he will give me his best replacement when the time comes.

September 17, 2016

excellent dictor!! he is the smartest doctor I have ever gone to.

August 19, 2016

Dr Hood was wonderful

August 16, 2016

Dr. Hood is excellent!!

July 27, 2016


July 27, 2016

Dr. Hood was very thorough and took the time to answer or address all my issues and concerns. I was very impressed.

July 23, 2016

Doctor Hood is wonderfully caring and was very kind with his time and treatment recommendations.

July 22, 2016

Dr. Hood is outstanding!! Great experience with him. His MA was also very good.

July 15, 2016

I was very impressed by Dr. Hood. He alleviated my concerns and explained everything more thoroughly than anyone has to date. I am comfortable with his diagnosis and feel I can come back to him anytime my situation changes. He also spent lots of time with me to be sure my questions were addressed.

July 03, 2016

Nothing but very good--excellent!

June 24, 2016

Dr. Hood took the time to explain what is causing my problem and the best course to resolve it. He made sure I understood what will be done during surgery and how recovery will go. My husband has had 2 back surgeries and Dr. Hood spent more time with me explaining things than both his Dr's combined. Thank you for making me feel comfortable about my upcoming surgery.

June 10, 2016

Dr. Hood explained what he knew from X-rays and MRI and did a good job informing me of options and his recommended course of trtmnt

May 26, 2016

the doctor who referred me told me he was Gods doctor

May 11, 2016

Dr. Hood and his staff are great.

May 02, 2016

I have recommended a number of people to Dr. Hood.

May 01, 2016

I love these guys I have referred dozens of people and about 5 or 6 have had back surgery there. I'd wait all day for these guys.

March 24, 2016

Overall, very good experience.

February 22, 2016

Dr Hood is thhe very best

February 13, 2016

Dr Hood was very generous with his time. He was very informative and did not make me feel rushed in anyway. I was very impressed with Dr Hood

January 24, 2016

I have rarely had as thorough and sensitive treatment from a physician.

January 15, 2016

Dr. Hood is not only one of the best in his field, but is also a great person and friend.

January 11, 2016

he was really on top of everything

January 10, 2016

Don't come any better than Dr. Hood

December 08, 2015

Dr. Hood has always shown great care and concern for me and my condition. Thanks so much.

December 06, 2015

Dr. Hood is the best!! Never in a hurry, thorough, kind, and very good at what he does!!!

November 23, 2015

I have never experienced such a high degree of genuine card and concern.

November 06, 2015

Dr. Hood is outstanding

October 20, 2015

Last follow up. I have been very pleased with Dr. Hood and his staff. Thanks!!!

October 16, 2015

Doctor is a real people person,always makes you feel that you are very important also always gives you full reason behind why he is doing what he is doing.Always feel I am in the best hands.

October 14, 2015


September 04, 2015

Dr Hood is an excellent doctor.

September 04, 2015

I was very impressed with Dr. Hood.

July 31, 2015

I would and have recommended Dr. Hood to some friends who do have back problems.

July 17, 2015

Dr. Hood is an superb surgeon in all respects. In the initial visit he explained in detail the problem with my back and the procedures needed to correct it. On the day of surgery he came in and helped to calm any nervousness. The surgery was perfect and immediately eliminated the pain I had been having for six months. In the hospital the staff was professional and my one night stay was supervised by excellent nurses and aides. Dr. Hood visited me the next morning and went over all precautions to avoid hurting the incision and explained the medicine and its effect. The physical therapists also showed me what to do and not do. I would rate the entire surgical experience excellent and would recommend Dr. Hood and the department to anyone needing back surgery.

June 26, 2015

Good experience answered all my questions professionally could understand what he was talking about

June 19, 2015

I wish Every doctor was as good at explaining things as doctor Hood. HE's got my vote

June 12, 2015

Dr. Hood makes sure I understand what is going on & why. He is a great Dr. ( can we clone him)?

May 28, 2015

Dr. Hood is the best!!! he took a lot of time with me and explained everything in detail including every picture is my MRI!! Highly reccomend him!!

May 27, 2015

Couldn't be better

May 25, 2015

they don't come any better than Dr. Hood!

May 20, 2015

Dr Hood is outstanding

May 19, 2015

I found Dr. Robert Hood to be excellent in his manner and showing me from the x-ray and film image exactly what was going on with my neck pain

May 15, 2015

dr Hood and staff were excellent

April 18, 2015

I have already recommended Dr. Hood and the U of U Med Ctr to several others already.

March 16, 2015

Dr's diagnosis disagreed with all other care providers with which I have consulted. I will need to seek more professional opinions before I am ready to accept his diagnosis as final.

March 13, 2015

Best explanation of my back problems I've ever had. Took plenty of time. Left the decisions up to me. The whole visit was very impressive!

March 12, 2015

Dr.Hood is the best ,we love him!

March 05, 2015

I have had good results following the plan Dr. Hood advised for me. I have total confidence in his ability as a physician.

February 23, 2015

Dr. Hood spent quality time with me explaining my condition and treatment options. He was thorough and caring. I feel very confident moving forward with my surgery after meeting with him.

February 17, 2015

Dr. Hood - I can't say enough. He consistently exceeds my expectations in every regard.

February 10, 2015

Meeting with Dr Hood was a good experience. He answered all my concerns.

January 15, 2015

Dr Hood is very personal as well as being totally professional.

November 11, 2014

Dr Hood was very open and thorough explaining my health situation. I felt confident with his decisions .

October 26, 2014

Dr. Hood was very kind and took the time to listen and understand my issues. I feel like he was willing to offer do what he could to relieve my problems, yet not be too aggressive in providing over care.

October 13, 2014

Thank you Dr Hood for your time and expertise.

October 08, 2014

I already refer people that seem to be able to be helped by Dr. Hood.

September 18, 2014

top man in my eyes and experiences,very satisified

September 11, 2014

Already have sent 2 patients to Dr. Hood.

August 28, 2014

Dr Hood was extremely friendly and courteous and explained the surgery and explained the MRI and what he would be doing during surgery. I was very impressed. Everyone had only good to say about him,

August 24, 2014

Dr Hood was superb once he arrived in the room. The wait was long.

August 14, 2014

Dr. Hood is a very likeable and knowledgeable physician. I always enjoy my chats with him, even though they are somewhat stressful as the subject is my health. He's the kind of person I'd like outside the office.

August 13, 2014

Dr. Hood explained thoroughly and sought my response to his suggested course of action.

August 13, 2014

I've never had a more excellent experience with a health care provider. Certainly worth waiting for, and I'm very appreciative.

August 07, 2014

Dr Hood is an outstanding provider.

July 24, 2014

Dr. Hood is the best. He makes you feel like you're his only patient. You feel like he really cares.

July 17, 2014

Dr. Hood has provided superb care throughout my treatment, from the very first consultation visit through performing my surgery and follow-up care. I am so very glad I was referred to Dr. Hood by my PCP and would recommend Dr. Hood to anyone needing a neurosurgery procedure.

July 16, 2014

Already have recommended Dr. Hood and his staff

July 07, 2014

Dr. Hood is always so caring and helpful. A really great doctor, too. I have confidence in his knowledge and the care he provides me.

June 29, 2014

Dr. Hood is the BEST!

May 23, 2014

All excellent except for long wait time past appointment time.

May 23, 2014

I have already recommended Dr. Hood to two different people who knew I was happy with my surgery and wanted to know who my doctor was.

May 22, 2014

Dr. hood was very, very nice! he made me feel comfortable and explaind everything to me so i could understand and he spent a great deal of time with me and he had my complete confidence before i went to surgery!

May 10, 2014

Dr. Hood is indeed a gentleman.He spent plenty of time with me answered all questions to myself and my wife's satisfaction. When I left the clinic I felt very confident in the care I would receive in my upcoming procedure.

May 08, 2014

Doctor is always caring and attuned to patient's concerns. He provided some new guidance for medications which was helpful.

May 08, 2014

I have always had a good experience with Doctor Hood, we go back for a number of years.

May 04, 2014

We have already recommended Dr. Hood to various people.

April 18, 2014

Dr.Hood and his nurse and staff were very kind and caring. Dr. was amazing, I would definitely refer him to friends and family. I felt like I mattered, he was understanding of my condition, very knowledgeable and my confidence in him is extremely high. He is very professional, and personable, something I feel is rare in some doctors.

April 18, 2014

I've recommended DR Hood to several of my compatriots in my industry that have similar back problems. He's the best there is.

April 14, 2014

Dr. Hood is at the top pf my list when it comes to a doctor and I really have some good ones.

April 07, 2014

Dr. is very precise in his explanations which probably means he is precise in his surgery. We were given excellent recommendations and have recommended him to others.

April 03, 2014

Fast and friendly service.

March 20, 2014

Understand that I am not the only patient but since I am in extreme pain would have liked faster followup. I am sure he is doing the best he can for me.

March 20, 2014

Dr Hood is outstanding.

March 14, 2014

Love Dr. Hood and the improvement in my life after my back surgery!

February 24, 2014

Dr. was excellent. I feel like I am bugging his nurse trying to get surgery scheduled.

February 18, 2014

Dr. Hood is the best!

February 18, 2014

Dr. Hood is the best!!!

February 18, 2014

Undivided attention from the physician; clear and detailed explanation of my back problems.

February 07, 2014

I have already referred many individuals to Dr. Hood. I came to Dr. Hood through a referral from one of his previous patients.

February 03, 2014

Recommended Dr. Hood to a number of people

January 16, 2014

I wish all physicians could express the kindness and communication skills of Dr. Hood and his staff.

December 22, 2013

as always satisfied completly with this doctor

December 19, 2013

dr hood is a god to me

December 11, 2013

Dr. Robert Hood is a wonderful doctor and his assistant, Marion is great with follow up and concern

December 08, 2013

Dr. Hood was excellent & took his time explaining things to me. He didn't at all make me feel like he had to hurry through & get to his next patient.

December 03, 2013

All the staff were courteous, friendly and efficient. Dr. Hood was especially helpful as he clearly explained options and procedures, looked directly at you and was very approachable. Definitely recommend to others

November 20, 2013

this is the third surgery that I have had with Dr. Hood I have the highest confidence in him

November 20, 2013

Dr. Hood was fantstic! Very personable and caring. very unusual for a surgeon, hate to say.

October 22, 2013

Dr Hood clearly explained the problems with my lower back, the reasons for the sciatic pain and what needed to be done surgically. he is GREAT!

October 21, 2013

Very impressed with Dr. Hood. He took time to explain exactly what my problem is, used the MRI and X-ray imaging to clearly show the location and extent of problem and used models to demonstrate the problem and the proposed procedure to address the problem.

October 14, 2013

Outstanding physician. He has my appreciation.

October 11, 2013

very impressed with Dr.

September 27, 2013


September 27, 2013

Very Good No medications were discussed at this time. first visit

September 04, 2013

I feel very confident in the surgery and healing of my back. I wish I had this done a few years sooner.

September 02, 2013


August 30, 2013

I went out of my insurance network to see Dr. Hood, One year ago I could hardly walk without pain, today I am pain free! Dr. Hood is the finest Dr./Surgeon I have ever known. I had other surgery 16 years ago by Dr. Hood that went equally well.

August 28, 2013


August 27, 2013

I would highly recommend Dr. Robert Hood to anyone in need of back surgery. He spent a lot of time with my husband and me discussing what needed to be done to correct the problem with my vertebrae which were out of alignment. The surgery and recovery went very well and I no longer suffer from painful sciatica. I'm very grateful!

August 19, 2013

Dr. Hood is THE BEST!

August 06, 2013

It was refreshing to have a doctor spend time and explain my problems.

August 05, 2013

Time spent with Dr. Hood was helpful in every way to help us understand the extent of back problems, the surgery required to correct the problems and to answer any and all our questions. He made us feel much better about the surgery, recovery time and rehabilitation after surgery.

July 30, 2013

All the staff were very good. Dr. Hood as usual was very good

July 12, 2013

Dr. Hood was wonderful! He was very down to earth and friendly. I was able to completely understand my issues and he resolved them perfectly! Thank you Dr. Hood!!

July 05, 2013

Have recommended Dr. Hood to many individuals.

July 02, 2013

I would highly recommend Dr. Hood to anyone!

June 10, 2013

Dr Hood was fabulous!! He spent plenty of time with me explaining everything. I am extremely disappointed in the office procedures/staff. No one ever returned my call although I called twice to try to schedule surgery. He is a very busy man so I would suggest to anyone wanting to get in to see him that they be willing to wait 6 - 8 weeks.

June 04, 2013

Good experience

May 03, 2013


April 25, 2013

I was made aware that others would be performing surgery

April 22, 2013

The explainations and time to discuss my issue was very positive and apprieciated.

April 19, 2013

I would recommend Dr Hood and his group over anyone I've come in contact with. Dr Hood came to me by a recommendation from a friend and I'm grateful!

April 08, 2013

All went well

March 26, 2013

Dr. Hood is the best. I feel very confident in his expertise.

March 20, 2013

Good explimations of my condition and what to do to keep in good healthy condition. I feel geat. THANKS

March 18, 2013

Dr. Hood is the best. I have already recommended him to others.

March 18, 2013

Dr Hood is awesome

March 17, 2013

I am just trying to figure out how to have Dr Hood cloned or to never retire.

March 13, 2013

Dr Hood is a excellant Doctor and person to visit with. He has help me and my family. Have recommended many patients to him. Best Doctor around

March 09, 2013

Dr. Hood and staff were great

March 06, 2013

Dr. Hood is the best and always worth the wait.

March 05, 2013

Dr. Hood was great I really appreciated the time he spent with us.

February 25, 2013

My condition is still undiagnosed so I'm hoping to talk briefly with Dr. Hood again today.

February 22, 2013

Dr. Hood and the staff are the best!

February 18, 2013

Dr. Hood is so good that he makes you feel better than you actually do.

February 11, 2013

Always fabulous

February 04, 2013

Dr. Hood is the best ever.

February 01, 2013

My confidence in Dr Hood is un-compromised. His personality can be difficult to navigate. I'm the patient and in pain. I don't want to have to 'work' to communicate my condition with him. He can try a little harder to just understand and be of help.

February 01, 2013

All good

January 28, 2013

Dr Hood spent a great deal of time discussing my situation

January 22, 2013

Dr. Hood is hands down the best neuro surgeon I have worked with.

January 14, 2013

Love Dr. Hood. Have and would recommend him to others

December 15, 2012

I am not bothered if there is a delay in seeing Dr. Hood. He is a compassionate, thorough doctor, and I know from my own experience with him that he is a skilled surgeon. I feel confident in his treatment of my degenerated spine. I feel fortunate to be one of his patients, and I trust him implicitly. It is an hour's drive to University Hospital, and my visits to the clinic are well worth the drive. "I am in good hands".

December 12, 2012

Instructions for after I went home were minimal. I felt there could have been 'more detailed' help in getting arould and fuctioning w/o hurting my back.

December 03, 2012

good experience

November 05, 2012

Dr. Hood is professional, he is the person who understands patients needs. I would recommend him to anyone.

October 22, 2012

Very good experience

September 30, 2012

The Dr. is,was , has been an excellent source. This visit only and after many in the past I felt a little rushed appt. wise and forgot to read my notes for reminder as to tell him about so I was not happy with the visit and next is one year from now. Not his fault but I still wanted to let him know my concerns. I guess I can call and let his assistant know and have him/her forward my concerns

September 28, 2012

I was very impressed that even though I have not seen this physician in 26 years, he remembered me and recalled by case. He is very caring and treats patients with great respect.

September 23, 2012

very good overall.

September 03, 2012

Dr. Hood went out of his way to listen and did not rush ua at all, felt very good when we left

August 25, 2012

I feel that Dr. Hood really cares about his patients.

August 07, 2012

Dr. Hood is very fine. He does not prescribe treatment when it is not needed, but is excellent when he can help.

August 01, 2012

Dr. Hood is the best

July 30, 2012

I have already recommended Dr. Hood to other patients. I have enjoyed my brief associations with Dr. Hood. Not only does he appear to be an excellent physician and surgeon, but a real person that cares about me and can relate to me.

July 27, 2012

Dr Hood has always shown a great deal of care and concern for my condition. He is dedicated to his profession and treats me like I am his only patient. My questions are never dumb or pointless and he finds the right words to explain and comfort.

July 27, 2012

I have had Dr. Hood before he came to U of U Hosp. He is well known and I tell people how good he is. Several friends have gone to him.

July 11, 2012

Love dr. Hood! Amazing surgeon and has wonderful bed side manner

June 11, 2012

Dr. Hood is always very good in working with me.

June 09, 2012

Dr. Hood is one of the best Drs. I have ever been to.

June 07, 2012

I have already referred others to this Doctor

May 18, 2012

Dr Hood is the BEST around for helping with back problems!!!

May 18, 2012

While Dr. Hood may have performed 10,000 micro-discectomies, I have not experienced even one, and it my spinal column and quality of life at stake. With this background, he was very patient in answering all of my questions, including the details of my degenerative condition, what I can expect in the future without surgery and how to care for myself, and details of the surgical procedure. I have already referred others to Dr. Hood. I appreciate him being pleasant, personable, competent, and willing to take the time to answer my questions and help me to understand. For me, the best antidote for fear is a sound understanding of the facts.

May 11, 2012

I recommend Dr. Hood all the time.

April 20, 2012

He told me what he would do next but I left not clear on what I should do next.

April 10, 2012

Outstanding Doctor.

April 03, 2012

Dr. Hood is excellent! My husband has had two surgerioes from him and I would recomend him to anyone! One of things I love about him is his bedside manner. He spends the time you need with him and answers all your questions throughly.

March 28, 2012

Dr. Hoods skills and ability's are well known in this state and surrounding area. I was delivering medical records to hospital and was walking out slowly with limp and in pain. A fellow patient as me if I had my operation yet, I responded no. He asked me who was my doctor and I responded Dr. Hood. He told me... you have the best, to which I responded I know. He also told me that the hospital and staff was excellant, and not to worry that I would be well taken care of.

March 27, 2012

This was a follow up appointment from my back surgery on 1/25/12. It was great since the pain in my left hip was alleviated. Dr. Hood gave me some exercises I can do now including walking.

March 27, 2012

Thank you, Dr. Hood.

March 13, 2012

We appreciate his expertise and the success of the outcome.

February 29, 2012

Dr Hood was the most outstanding surgeon I have ever encountered. His manner and professionalism are confidence inspiring.

February 14, 2012

What can I say, Dr Hood is the Best!!!

February 14, 2012

Dr. Hood was complete, kind, thoughtful and useful to my situation and diagnosis. He was also fun and delightful. He showed compitance and concern for me in a very individualized way.

February 07, 2012

Good experience

January 24, 2012

My experience with the process was excellent. Dr. Hood was very concerned about my spine and showed me the MRI and Xrays which reflected my conditions. He was very thorough in explaining the procedures that would accompany my surgery. This made me feel very comfortable with the surgery. Also, his nurse, Marion McMichael, was very generous with her phone time comforted greatly to my comfort about the procedure.

January 24, 2012

I like the doctors here they are very good, you just need to know to bring a book and expect they may be delayed.

January 20, 2012

Dr. Hood is wonderful, I have complete confidence in his decisions and appreciate his good care.

January 13, 2012

Very pleased and grateful for the care and skill of Dr. Hood. He has not only expertise but a professionally friendly manner.

January 13, 2012

I am well pleased with my care provider - I would not choose anothe.

January 11, 2012

I have used Dr Hood twice before. I think that the fact that knew him helped me get in to see him sooner than average.

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurosurgery - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Adult Neurosurgery
Board Certification American Board of Neurological Surgery (Neurosurg)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-6908 Clinical Neurosciences Center
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Academic Departments Neurosurgery - Assistant Professor (Clinical)

Academic Divisions Adult Neurosurgery

Board Certification American Board of Neurological Surgery (Neurosurg)

Education HistoryType School Degree

Residency University of Utah School of Medicine

Neurosurgery Resident

Residency St. Joseph Hospital

General Surgery Resident

Internship St. Joseph Hospital

Surgery Intern

Professional Medical University of Oklahoma

Medicine M.D.

Undergraduate University of Oklahoma



Education History

Type School Degree
Residency University of Utah School of Medicine
Residency St. Joseph Hospital
General Surgery
Internship St. Joseph Hospital
Professional Medical University of Oklahoma
Undergraduate University of Oklahoma


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