Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

163 Patient Ratings
97 Patient Comments

Leigh A. Neumayer, M.D.

Vice-Chair Academic Affairs, Department of Surgery

Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

163 Patient Ratings
97 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 587-4241 Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Clinic 3A, Center for Breast Health
1950 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS, professor of surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine, is Co-Director of the multidisciplinary team treating breast cancer at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She holds a Jon and Karen Huntsman Presidential Professorship in Cancer Research. She has long been an advocate for women's health both at the University of Utah and the Salt Lake City VAMC.

Dr. Neumayer has an elective practice limited to diseases of the breast, in particular breast cancer. She offers vast experience in all surgical treatments of breast cancer including breast conservation surgery with oncoloplastic reconstructions, mastectomies of all types including total skin sparing mastectomy. She works closely with reconstructive surgeons to ensure access to the latest reconstructive techniques. She is experienced in sentinel lymph node biopsies. Dr. Neumayer provides an educational video on line for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and with Dr. Jay Agarwal has written a book about the treatment of breast cancer called "Meet Virginia: Biography of a Breast" that is given to every new breast cancer patient she sees.

Dr. Neumayer is an expert in clinical trial design and implementation. She has participated in many national trials and recently implemented a local trial (POWER PIINC) to determine the effect of a week of hormone blocking therapy on breast cancer cells. She has served as principal investigator on a large randomized multicenter trial evaluating hernia repair. In addition, she is co-investigator on two other large multicenter trials. She also has a strong interest in educational research and mentoring.

Dr. Neumayer received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1985. She trained in general surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Arizona in Tucson. She received a master's degree in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan. She joined the faculty of the University of Utah in 1992.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Professor
Obstetrics/Gynecology - Adjunct Associate Professor
Academic Divisions General OB/GYN
General Surgery
Board Certification American Board of Surgery (General Surgery)
American Board of Surgery (Sub: Surg Critical Care)
Cancer Center Programs Experimental Therapeutics

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.

June 27, 2014

always seems to be very busy didn't feel at ease asking questions

June 15, 2014

LOVE Leigh. Going to miss her.

May 26, 2014

very confident with Dr Neumeyer

May 19, 2014

We would send any friend to the Huntsman Cancer Clinic

May 11, 2014

Dr. Neumayer is amazing! I hate to see her go.

May 10, 2014

They always have an answer to my questions

May 02, 2014

Dr. Neumayer took extra steps to have a 3rd radiologist give her opinion about the need for (or not) a biopsy. Especially took time to explain about follow-up.

April 29, 2014

I met with Jill the nurse and Dr. Evans (who had assisted in the lumpectomy - but I didn't have memory of his being involved prior. Then met with Dr. Neumayer joining them. They were all professional, knowledgeably and kind. I feel my lumpectomy was such a success because of Dr. Neumayer. She is amazing.

April 27, 2014

Dr. Neumayer is very professional with an effort to be congenial and shows genuine concern. She was able to help me relax!

April 13, 2014

she was compassionate and very helpful

March 24, 2014

We considered our greatest blessing to have our treatment there and by those who assisted us.

March 17, 2014

Dr. Neumayer is a great surgeon. I would highly recommend her care to those that need it.

March 16, 2014

What a wonderful group of physicians. Can't say enough about how knowledgable, courteous, respectful, and kind they are.

March 15, 2014

I was given every opportunity to express concerns and ask questions.

March 13, 2014

Best ever. She remembered where I was living, what I was doing, etc. etc. ...Very accommodating.

February 27, 2014

Everyone was very helpful and kind. They made us as comfortable as they could...

February 20, 2014

Already have made recommendations. She is amazingly talented. While she talks fast...I am able to follow her. I appreciate that she explains without condescending. She is very personable.

February 17, 2014

I told her about my sister recently passing away from breast cancer, and she showed concern and compassion and asked if I need, offered, grief counseling.

February 15, 2014

Dr. tried to establish my level of understanding pretty early on so she could give me an in depth explanation that would satisfy my questions.

January 29, 2014

I have always had great experiences with Dr. Neumayer, and this time was no different. The only thing I'm sad about is that I won't get to see her any more since I just passed the three-year anniversary of my surgery . . . and I have been "booted!" ;-) Thank you for a wonderful three years, Dr. Neumayer!

January 27, 2014

Dr. Beck is absolutely wonderful. I would recommend her to everyone.

December 22, 2013

Leigh Neumeyer is always a delight and I wouldn't mind waiting for her because I know the reason she'd be late is because she was helping another patient.

December 01, 2013

Concern shown by all the staff was very genuine, and caring. Dr Neumeyer is very warm, straight forward, easy to talk to.

November 26, 2013

Dr. Neumayer was really great. She was efficient and helpful, and I felt really comfortable with her and asking her questions. I would definitely recommend her to anyone seeking treatment at the clinic.

November 21, 2013

Dr. Newmauyer is a very poor care provider. She made it seem as though I was wasting her time yet she only spent about 15 minutes with me. She was not considerate at all, and she made me feel very uncomfortable about my procedures in the future. I would not recommend her to anyone as she extremely disregards her patients feelings as well as makes us feel as though we are wasting her time. I was extremely offended by some of the things she said to me.

November 15, 2013

I felt very confident in Dr. Neumayer and appreciated her care and concern. She made sure all my questions were answered.

November 11, 2013

trust in follow up visits has been an important component and confidence to make sure we are on the right track before leaving gives me more security that all voices have been heard - so far it has been very good

November 08, 2013

Please remember that patients can hear hallway conversations. Being in the clinic is an emotional experience. Otherwise, the entire team was great, and follow up has been tremendous, thorough, and supportive.

October 02, 2013

Friendly, caring, and helpful

September 30, 2013

Feel that I am getting the best care possible.

September 30, 2013

Dr. Neumayer came highly recommended by a friend of mine. I can see why she was so impressed with her.

September 23, 2013


August 26, 2013

I appreciate feeling like my team knows/remembers me from visit to visit. But it seems like they're in such a big hurry; I know they're listening, but it felt rushed.

August 19, 2013

My husband and I can't say enough good things about our visit with Dr. Leigh Neumayer. She made the follow up call personally. We now feel much more hopeful and confident in our decisions and am glad she is willing to help me through this difficult time.

August 05, 2013

Dr. Neumayer is an expert in her field. I could have not been in better hands.

August 05, 2013

I would wait as long as I would have to to see Dr Neumeyer She is wonderful. Victoria (NP)is equally the same.

July 23, 2013


July 10, 2013

My experience has been excellent. The only area I am a little unclear about is exercising my arm after surgery. The booklet says how important it is but wait for your Dr.'s approval. When I called to check on this (I do have a blood clot in my breast), I was told to use my arm normal only to the point it start to hurt. This is something I will check on to see if I am exercising properly.

June 28, 2013

the Huntsman Cancer is tops in my book and I spread the word every chance I get.

June 17, 2013

Dr. Neumayer has a very busy schedule, but I never feel rushed and can take as long or as short a time as I want.

June 05, 2013

GREAT JOB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 04, 2013

I was a little concerned about the hard lump forming from my scar, so I appreciated Dr. Neumayer running the tests, just to make sure everything was OK.

May 30, 2013

Great experience

May 09, 2013

I have to admit I was a little disapointed when Dr. Newmyr said she did not want to do surgery, but I totaly understand.

April 04, 2013

Dr Neumeyer and Dr Edwards were very professional and understanding about my concerns.

April 01, 2013

Love Dr. Neumayer and her staff. They are very attentive and all have a great sense of humor. Help put me at ease.

March 29, 2013

Dr. Neumayer and all who work with her are always outstanding. thanks so much.

March 18, 2013

I had been referred to this facility by my doctor and a few friends, all of whom highly praised the level of care found here. My experience exceeded my expectations.

March 13, 2013

Both Dr. Neumayer and Victoria Serpico are not just brilliant--but warm, overtly caring, and concerned about my concerns and worries. I'm prone to some pretty high maintenance fretting. Now we all have a good laugh when I come in!

March 05, 2013

Professional opinions, answered all my questions, and corrected me on the discrepencies I had in my history. I always feel very nurtured when I come.

February 25, 2013

I was so well taken care of that I will return for future care. I really appreciate the excellent care I was given. Thank you so very much.

February 22, 2013

very caring, and communicative Dr. and staff. My Mom is quite old, and she was treated with respect and concern, also very much included in the discussion of best treatment etc.

January 29, 2013

Victoria and Dr. Nuemeyer were amazing as usual!!!!! Wouldn't expect anything less from this clinic!

January 28, 2013

Dr. Neumeyer is the best! She is great at answering questions, and I know she cares about me and my well-being. I'm SO glad I came to her because cancer is a scary beast to tackle, and I feel confident in the care she has provided.

January 28, 2013

Love Dr Neumayer and crew. You couldn't be in better hands.

January 14, 2013

I came away feeling very good about my treatment. I am way impressed with the Dr. and her staff.

January 14, 2013

I feel very fortunate to be at Huntsman and to be cared for by Dr. Neumayer and Victoria.

January 11, 2013

Dr. Neumayer and Victoria Serpico have been generous with their time and information. I feel extremely fortunate for their care.

January 08, 2013

This was my annual checkup with Dr. Neumeyer, and her PA found something suspicious under my right arm. She wanted me to have an ultra-sound, which scared me a lot. They both tried to reassure me that it was probably nothing (and it wasn't), but it still gave me a jolt, and made me realize the possibility of the cancer returning is always there.

January 07, 2013

I very much enjoyed the doctor's knowledgable and informal demeanor - from being seated below the examining table, answering ALL my questions, allowing my husband to be with me through the exam, to recommending favorite restaurants since we were from out of town. A totally positive experience!

November 27, 2012

Feel that I am getting the best possible care!

November 26, 2012

We (my husband and I) couldn't be happier with the care we received from our doctor and her staff. We feel confident in her assessment of my situation.

November 21, 2012

Dr. Neumayer was so good in explaining things to me and answering our questions. We really appreciate the time she took with us.

November 19, 2012

I adore Dr. Neumayer. She is wonderful! Jill is great also. I forgot to mention earlier that Dr. Stein was extremely helpful to me on the day of my surgery. (the wire)

November 19, 2012


November 06, 2012

I love Dr. Neumayer, NP Victoria Serpico, and her staff.

November 05, 2012

Very good experience.

October 29, 2012

Dr. Neumeyer was optimistic, friendly and wickedly smart. I felt totally at ease that my cancer would be approached in the most advantageous method. I was given choices when there were choices, and direction when I needed it.

October 15, 2012

I have the best there is, according to all those who referred the physician or Huntsman. I had all of my questions answered in layman language. Our fears of the worst have been calmed. Dr. Neumeyer took a great amount of time explaining what was going on and what she would do to solve the problem, if there is a problem to solve.

October 01, 2012

first visit with this doctor...great at explaining problems and professional.

September 14, 2012

The Best and I have comparisons

September 11, 2012

She has been so good about answering all our questions and listening to our concerns.

August 27, 2012

Wish that I had some sort of handout with instructions for 'when your doctor lets you go'.

August 13, 2012

Two health care providers talked with me at separate times in this visit: nurse practitioner and physician. Both provided excellent care and answered my questions.

August 13, 2012

She shared a lot of information with me; I was glad for some time to process it while I was have other tests done (labs and ultra-sound).

July 26, 2012

I respect and adore Dr Neumeyer

July 23, 2012

Excellent staff - all my questions were answered

July 16, 2012

I have the ultimate respect for and confidence in Dr. Neumayer and her professional skills, but I am also completely delighted and grateful for her personal interactions with me. I have never been to see her without being made to feel that she has all the

July 09, 2012

Dr. Neumayer is always excellent, so is the rest of her staff and the receptionists.

July 02, 2012

I already have. Dr. Neumeyer was great at my surgery. She was holding my hand and telling me all would be well when I went under the anesthesia. No one has EVER done that before. You can't imagine how comforting that was to me, as I was so frightened

May 04, 2012

considering I was given bad news that I had cancer again, the staff at Huntsmans has always been exemplary

May 03, 2012

Dr. Neumyer is wonderful

May 03, 2012

I appreciated Dr. Neumeyer taking the time to talk with me and giving me her professional opinion.

May 02, 2012

I have extreme anxiety about the condition I have and was not impressed by the sarcastic introduction of provider, "You are good at growing lumps".

April 13, 2012

Both the nurse and Doctor was very caring

April 12, 2012

I have the greatest confidence in both Dr. Neumayer and Victoria; they always spend time with me to assure that I know the status of my exam and that I am OK with everything that is discussed. They also want me to exercise . . . which gives me added incentive. ;-) Thanks!

April 12, 2012

The surgeon was attentive and this was my first meeting w/her and I felt confident about the procedure. the surgeon was also teaching the others (interns/residents?) so sometimes her explanations were for me & them, her manner put me at ease

April 11, 2012

Both the doctor and PA were SO personable it brought my anxiety level back into a normal range :)

April 06, 2012

It's always a warm feeling whenever I meet with the doctor.

March 29, 2012

It's always a good experience

March 16, 2012

Dr.Neumeyer and team have been the most proactive with the breast infection. I was loosing confidence in the medical field due to poor response and lack of communication. When Dr. Neumeyer and team took on my case. Although I am still skeptical about the outcome its not because of anything they have or have not done. This has been a stressful time for me and I have become quite frustrated with this ongoing infection. Dr. Neumeyer and team have been respectful of this, they have communicated with me all the way. At one point I asked a hard question and I am sure the doctor was unsure how to respond, however I feel she responded honestly and respectfully. I appreciate Dr. neumeyer for her compassion, energy and willingness not to resign when a problem persists. I feel I could not be in better hands and I am thankful that they were willing to take me on as a patient.

February 23, 2012

I am always seen by both Dr. Neumayer and her PA Victoria Serpico. I adore them both. No matter what my diagnosis is, I know I could not be in more loving and healing hands.

January 27, 2012

You should offer a not applicable column.

January 27, 2012

I saw first Victoria, then Dr. Neumyer, and each showed genuine warmth, friendliness, concern, and professionalism/expertise, that I appreciate so much.

January 27, 2012

Everyone was so friendly and informative!

January 25, 2012

Very comfortable everyone put me at ease was a pleasure to be seen in the clinic

January 05, 2012

I could not be in better hands. The skill, knowledge and warmth of Dr. Neumayer is incredible.

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Professor
Obstetrics/Gynecology - Adjunct Associate Professor
Academic Divisions General OB/GYN
General Surgery
Board Certification American Board of Surgery (General Surgery)
American Board of Surgery (Sub: Surg Critical Care)
Cancer Center Programs Experimental Therapeutics

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 584-1239 Salt Lake City VAMC
Veterans Admin Med Center
Salt Lake City, UT 84148
(801) 587-7214 Huntsman Cancer Hospital
1950 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 581-2431 School of Medicine
General Surgery
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS, Professor of Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine, is a member of the multidisciplinary team treating breast cancer at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She is also a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program and Chair of the Clinical Cancer Investigations Committee. She holds a Jon and Karen Huntsman Presidential Professorship in Cancer Research. She is an experienced breast surgeon offering all types of surgery for diseases of the breast including total skin sparing mastectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy.

Neumayer is an expert in clinical trial design and implementation. She participated in the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) sentinel node trial and currently participates in the partial breast irradiation trial. She served as principal investigator on a large randomized multicenter trial evaluating hernia repair (published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2004).She also has a strong interest in educational research and mentoring.

Neumayer received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1985. She trained in general surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Arizona in Tucson. She received a master's degree in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan. She joined the faculty of the University of Utah in 1992. She is past president of the Association of Women Surgeons, the Association of VA Surgeons and the Association for Surgical Eduation. She was a Director of the American Board of Surgery from 2005 to 2011, and is a Regent of the American College of Surgeons.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Drexel College of Medicine
Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine
Graduate Training University of Michigan
Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis
Chief Resident University of Arizona Health Science Center
General Surgery
Chief Resident
Residency University of Arizona
General Surgery
Internship/Residency University of California at San Francisco
General Surgery
Professional Medical Baylor College of Medicine
Undergraduate Colorado State University
Biomedical Engineering


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Agarwal S, Pappas L, Neumayer L, Kokeny K, Agarwal J (2014). Effect of breast conservation therapy vs mastectomy on disease-specific survival for early-stage breast cancer. JAMA Surg, 149(3), 267-74.
  2. Glasgow RE, Hawn MT, Hosokawa PW, Henderson WG, Min SJ, Richman JS, Tomeh MG, Campbell D, Neumayer LA (2014). Comparison of Prospective Risk Estimates for Postoperative Complications: Human vs Computer Model. J Am Coll Surg, 218(2), 237-245.e4.
  3. Agarwal S, Agarwal S, Neumayer L, Agarwal JP (2014). Therapeutic nipple-sparing mastectomy: trends based on a national cancer database.LID - S0002-9610(14)00022-1 [pii]LID - 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2013.09.030 [doi]. Am J Surg.
  4. Luther SL, Neumayer L, Henderson WG, Foulis P, Richardson M, Haun J, Mikelonis M, Rosen A (2013). The use of breast-conserving surgery for women treated for breast cancer in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Am J Surg, 206(1), 72-9.
  5. Payne A, Todd N, Minalga E, Wang Y, Diakite M, Hadley R, Merrill R, Factor R, Neumayer L, Parker DL (2013). In vivo evaluation of a breast-specific magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound system in a goat udder model. Med Phys, 40(7), 073302.
  6. Matsen CB, Neumayer LA (2013). Breast cancer: a review for the general surgeon. JAMA Surg, 148(10), 971-9.
  7. Cochran A, Elder WB, Crandall M, Brasel K, Hauschild T, Neumayer L (2013). Barriers to advancement in academic surgery: views of senior residents and early career faculty. Am J Surg, 206(5), 661-6.
  8. Payne A, Merrill R, Minalga E, Vyas U, de Bever J, Todd N, Hadley R, Dumont E, Neumayer L, Christensen D, Roemer R, Parker D (2012). Design and characterization of a laterally mounted phased-array transducer breast-specific MRgHIFU device with integrated 11-channel receiver array. Med Phys, 39(3), 1552-60.
  9. Agarwal J, Agarwal S, Pappas L, Neumayer L (2012). A population-based study of breast cancer-specific survival following mastectomy and immediate or early-delayed breast reconstruction. Breast J, 18(3), 226-32.
  10. Agarwal S, Pappas L, Neumayer L, Agarwal J (2011). An analysis of immediate postmastectomy breast reconstruction frequency using the surveillance, epidemiology, and end results database. Breast J, 17(4), 352-8.
  11. Doyle TE, Factor RE, Ellefson CL, Sorensen KM, Ambrose BJ, Goodrich JB, Hart VP, Jensen SC, Patel H, Neumayer LA (2011). High-frequency ultrasound for intraoperative margin assessments in breast conservation surgery: a feasibility study. BMC Cancer, 11, 444.
  12. Reuben BC, Manwaring J, Neumayer LA (2009). Recent trends and predictors in immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy in the United States. Am J Surg, 198(2), 237-43.
  13. Neumayer L, Schifftner TL, Henderson WG, Khuri SF, El-Tamer M (2007). Breast cancer surgery in Veterans Affairs and selected university medical centers: results of the patient safety in surgery study. J Am Coll Surg, 204(6), 1235-41.
  14. Fitzgibbons RJ Jr, Giobbie-Hurder A, Gibbs JO, Dunlop DD, Reda DJ, McCarthy M Jr, Neumayer LA, Barkun JS, Hoehn JL, Murphy JT, Sarosi GA Jr, Syme WC, Thompson JS, Wang J, Jonasson O (2006). Watchful waiting vs repair of inguinal hernia in minimally symptomatic men: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA, 295(3), 285-92.
  15. Hawn MT, Itani KM, Giobbie-Hurder A, McCarthy M Jr, Jonasson O, Neumayer LA (2006). Patient-reported outcomes after inguinal herniorrhaphy. Surgery, 140(2), 198-205.
  16. Kaafarani HM, Itani KM, Giobbie-Hurder A, Gleysteen JJ, McCarthy M Jr, Gibbs J, Neumayer L (2005). Does surgeon frustration and satisfaction with the operation predict outcomes of open or laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair? J Am Coll Surg, 200(5), 677-83.
  17. McCarthy M Jr, Jonasson O, Chang CH, Pickard AS, Giobbie-Hurder A, Gibbs J, Edelman P, Fitzgibbons R, Neumayer L (2005). Assessment of patient functional status after surgery. J Am Coll Surg, 201(2), 171-8.
  18. Neumayer L, Giobbie-Hurder A, Jonasson O, Fitzgibbons R Jr, Dunlop D, Gibbs J, Reda D, Henderson W (2004). Open mesh versus laparoscopic mesh repair of inguinal hernia. N Engl J Med, 350(18), 1819-27.
  19. Neumayer L (2004). Design and conduct issues in surgical clinical trials. Am J Surg, 188(6A Suppl), 17S-21S.
  20. Itani KM, Neumayer L, Reda D, Kim L, Anthony T (2004). Repair of ventral incisional hernia: the design of a randomized trial to compare open and laparoscopic surgical techniques. Am J Surg, 188(6A Suppl), 22S-29S.

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