Patient Rating:

4.2 out of 5

209 Patient Ratings
100 Patient Comments

Don Coleman, M.D.

Clinical Details

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(801) 587-7109 University Orthopaedic Center
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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Bio

Dr. Donald Coleman, Associate Professor, trained at the University of Utah, completed his residency at the University of Iowa, a fellowship at the University of Edinburgh Arthritis Unit in Scotland, and a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at Duke University. His active clinical practice is exclusively restricted to upper extremity and microsurgical reconstruction and his special interests include compressive neuropathies, endocdopic carpal tunnel releases, brachial plexus injuries, rheumatoid arthritis surgery, congenital anomalies surgery, and trauma reconstruction elbow to finger.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Associate Professor
Board Certification American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (Sub: Hand Surg)

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
4.2
My confidence in care provider
4.3
Time care provider spent with me
3.9
Care provider spoke using clear language
4.5
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.2
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
4.2
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
4.1
Wait time at clinic
4.2
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.4

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.

July 18, 2014

The doctor was very abrupt with me, when I was concerned about future appointments with him and my working schedule and walked out of the room.

July 18, 2014

This was the worst experience I have ever had with a doctor. It was my first time seeing Dr Coleman and when he came in the room he didn't introduce himself, look at me or even shut the door. He simply looked at my wrist, said something inaudible and then left the room. He came back 10 minutes later and the next thing that I know, he was giving me an injection of some sort. I was in shock because I had no clue what he was doing. When I asked him he simply said it was a cortizone injection and if it didn't work then he would schedule surgery in four weeks. I tried to ask him what he was doing and about my wrist. He didn't answer one question. I have never felt so humiliated and made to feel so insignifigant. I will never recommend Dr Coleman or ever see him again.

June 27, 2014

The medical team seemed competent. I wasn't asked once how severe the pain was or how I was functioning in everyday tasks. I left feeling like they didn't understand the severity of the problem.

June 18, 2014

great experience

June 02, 2014

The doctor was in and out so fast I was a little cocnerned if he really had time to think it through. We did an xray and he did not even show it to me. it was a little too fast

May 25, 2014

Don, has been my hand surgeon for over 10+ years, I would not go to anyone else. I'm really going to miss him as I'm moving from Utah.

May 23, 2014

This may come from my frustration. I had an MRI which was not very comfortable, was not told the results. Was told lets try PT? I asked about PT 4 months ago. I was also given thumb splints for a different injury and I don't like wearing them and they dr. coleman I could stop wearing them because they don't help very much. So why did I pay for them and wear them?

May 11, 2014

I felt as though I was rushed through the office. I left without really having an understanding of what was going on.

May 06, 2014

It is pretty hard to evaluate the doctor until I know whether the treatment works. I am waiting the prescribed month to determine if the shot worked or I need surgery.

May 02, 2014

Provider provided quick assessment with no explanation of cause, prevention, or expectations.

April 20, 2014

The fellow introduced herself and spent about 30 seconds with me in the room doing the typical diagnostic exam for my issue. The surgeon did not introduce himself or tell me what he was injecting me with. Since I am a medical practitioner and had done my research beforehand, I knew what to expect at the visit and the steroid/anesthetic preparation most typically used but had I not been self informed, I would not know what he was doing or what I was consenting for! It would have been nice for this to be verified by the surgeon

April 13, 2014

I am an Engineer. I also took many Pharmacy pre-requisites in college. I would have loved to have a much more detailed description of treatment, such as what to watch for to know if the nerve was just bruised, the details of what would be done in the surgery, & what the nerve does after surgery. I was given information, but I like details, details, more details. :)

April 01, 2014

We had a good experience, we will see after the surgery how we feel.

March 26, 2014

no follow up Physical therapy discussed

March 25, 2014

Dr. Coleman was kind, but you could tell my ailment was not high on his priority list. Being told to take an anti-inflammatory regimen for 3 weeks, then come back for cortisone shots if that didn't help seems like a cop out of a treatment. I was not madly impressed with anyone at this clinic and I have been to the Ortho center MANY times with great experiences everywhere else.

March 01, 2014

Dr Coleman has done trigger finger releases on some of my other fingers. I wouldn't go to anyone else.

February 21, 2014

I was told the doctor would do the surgery, but I'm not sure if he did or not. I got the impression during the surgery that a resident might have done it.

February 16, 2014

Dr Coleman works fast, but is very skilled, professional yet pleasant. He did an outstanding job on the surgery and aftercare. His visits might be short, but he is simply to the point and will answer any question you ask. He comes in informed about your case and hence, takes less time in the room with you than average, but this does not influence the quality of care you get from him

February 03, 2014

not good had better things to do at work.

January 30, 2014

Good MD, very nice, but scheduled appt and actual time I saw him was a bit of a blur and rushed. I know doctors can be a bit rushed but it would be nice to have had a few extra minutes with him to discuss symptoms/problems especially since this isn't a basic well visit but an injury.

January 30, 2014

Dr. Coleman is a good doctor, but only spent about 1 minute with me. I had several questions.

January 27, 2014

I drove 4hrs, leaving early in the morning with a 1yr old to come see this Dr/Specialist. I brought my previous Dr's notes and a copy of my MRI. They didn't do an examination of my wrist just read through their notes and assumed what could be wrong. they didn't seem to listen to anything I was telling them, just said we will give you a brace got up and walked out. I had to ask the nurse if he could get the Dr and his gal that was there with him so I could find out what they saw on my MRI and when they wanted me back. they never came back to talk to me, just told the nurse to tell me that I should come back on a needed basis ( pretty hard when I live far away ) AND that they had problems viewing my MRI... that would have been nice to know... not just throw a brace on it and say bye... HORRIBLE PATIENT CARE ... I felt like I was just a burden to them and a quick pay-check. definitely not caring at all.

January 27, 2014

As mentioned before with regard to the professional care provider. Our time together amounted to less than 1 minute.

January 16, 2014

It felt too much like I must have been the "thousandeth" patient this physician had seen for the problem and it was a very rote treatment.

January 14, 2014

I will definately refer Dr Coleman to anyone. He seems like he really cares about his patients.

January 11, 2014

Dr. Coleman offered a more comfortable brace for my hand and hand therapy.

December 26, 2013

I have recommended highly this clinic.

December 11, 2013

The doctor seem rushed and unconcerned with problems I presented with. He did not communicate with me about the problems and showed no interest in treating me.

November 27, 2013

great experience

November 25, 2013

good

November 20, 2013

Best Ever!!!

November 11, 2013

Dr. Coleman is a great surgeon.

November 05, 2013

I love this doc!! He always makes me feel like family.

November 04, 2013

My primary provider (Dr Coleman was very good). It can be a little distracting to have a new resident every visit (3 visits, 3 different residents).

October 16, 2013

doesn't listen at all walks in room for 30 seconds then leaves

August 22, 2013

I have spent a lot of time in U clinics. The Ortho clinic is by far the most attentive, docs have great knowledge, and caring about my problems. The medical and check-in staff are also excellent.

August 13, 2013

all my visits are very good

August 12, 2013

Skip Coleman is great-personable and professional

August 06, 2013

at this time I didnt need any meds like any pain meds.

July 22, 2013

The first time I went in the Dr. saw me for about 1 min. He did not explain anything to me and just said to keep my splint on and it would heal. He did not look at the xrays before giving me a diagnosis and prognosis. I have never really had any questions to my answers about how my finger would heal.

July 02, 2013

Dr Colman is the best. he is very kind, knowledgable.

July 01, 2013

I think I'll have the specifics of the meds etc when I go in for the surgery

June 05, 2013

Chose Dr. Coleman because several years ago his father rebuilt my foot and I was very satisfied.

May 20, 2013

DR. Coleman and his staff are the most efficent and friendly of all the medical staffs i have been to.

May 07, 2013

I went to see Dr. Coleman about a broken finger that didn't seem to be healing properly and was still causing pain and impairment 5 months after I broke it. He spent approximately 4 minutes with me over the course of two visits. He clearly felt I was wasting his time with a trivial injury. He didn't take my concerns seriously, he ordered no x-rays or other tests to see if the finger had healed, he barely even examined me. He was completely dismissive, and both times I left his office feeling humiliated and upset. I also left those appointments still in pain and still concerned that my finger might never be restored to full functionality. Nothing Dr. Coleman said or did gave me any confidence in his ability -- or indeed, his desire -- to help me.

April 30, 2013

Very quick, thorough and gentle

April 22, 2013

The surgery went very well and my recovery is also progressing well.

April 17, 2013

Every one was very accommodating and very kind.

April 09, 2013

would have liked more detailed explanation and opportunity to ask questions

April 08, 2013

The doctor only spent a couple of minutes with me. He indicated that he wanted nerve tests done and said he would be right back. Next thing I know is the MA came in and said to follow her. Didn't ever see Dr. Coleman again. She took for to the other side of the clinic to schedule the EMG. The scheduler was the one to tell me I was done for the day. I was a little unhappy that more time wasn't spent with me and that I couldn't get the nerve test done that same day while I was already there.

March 26, 2013

Dr Coleman is the best. However, better explanations/answers to questions concerning the procedure, before and after, would be welcomed.

March 25, 2013

Dr. Coleman wasn't very concerned about my finger and only spent 2 minutes with me then sent me over to hand therapy which made my finger worse. I wasn't happy.

March 19, 2013

I like Dr. Coleman...I feel he is a very skilled surgeon. He doesn't say much, but he has been very kind to me.

March 19, 2013

Excellent

March 13, 2013

Great

March 11, 2013

The doctor could have spent a few more minutes with me

March 06, 2013

Dr. Coleman was very professional, friendly and understanding concerning my extensive discomfort.

February 11, 2013

I will not return

January 21, 2013

Dr Coleman and his staff were on time, friendly, and helpful. Even when he was giving me a painful injection he explained the procedure and told me how long the injection. "Only ten more seconds now and then it will be over." I really felt cared for in his practice.

January 15, 2013

I think Dr. Coleman is excellent. My only issue is I don't get a lot of time to talk to him. This last appointment he was only in the room about 30 seconds and never talked to me only to the assistant. Previous visits have been better, I just don't feel like I get to ask him all the questions I would like.

December 28, 2012

Dr Coleman is wonderful. I am confident in his expertise, he is friendly and helps you feel comfortable.

December 26, 2012

Seemed to think she was better then me, but she warmed up after I began with some common ground questions. She was more concerned about the opportunity she had to learn then about my injury. Dr. Coleman seemed to care more about who referred me then about my injury. I felt my appointment was a waste of time. I came to Coleman for a second opinion, but that didn't happen.

December 18, 2012

Dr. Coleman and the fellow working with him were very good.

December 03, 2012

I am in pain. And the soonest they could start testing is a month and a half away? I need this pain to go away. I am considering finding another Dr who can treat my problem sooner.

November 20, 2012

Good

November 19, 2012

Dr was hurried.

November 14, 2012

I was very disappointed in Dr. Coleman. He was brusque, hurried and uncaring. This is the only physician I have every regretted seeing at any University of Utah Health Care facility. I will not go back to see him again. I'm not sure at this point whether I should pick a different doctor at your center or go to another provider entirely.

October 23, 2012

The doctor did not explain things to me very well. He said very little and I had to ask lots of questions to understand what was wrong with my finger. The PT asked to have X-rays taken and the doctor did not explain them to me and simply stated I would probably need to fuse the joint together. He did not describe the X-rays or tell me what the problem was, just that it looked abnormal. The physcial therapist I visited with was very informative and helpful as was the nurse as well.

October 11, 2012

I felt that this was very unprofessional and showed his unwillingness to hear what I had to say. I dont like paying for a visit and having to take time from work, to be treated like this. I hope something is done to change this. Thank you!

October 09, 2012

All good

October 09, 2012

I was there because of post surgery. Two stitches removed and the doctor checked the area to see how well the healing was going. Everything was looking good. No other conversation or medical treatment was necessary. I then was released and I left.

September 20, 2012

Dr. Coleman very thourough, kind and caring. Knew exactly my issue and concern. Sooo glad I waited for him to return. Felt very confident under his care

September 12, 2012

Dr. Coleman is very brief, I would never visit him again.

July 09, 2012

The doctor assistant did a very good job. The doctor wasn't in the room two minutes. He glaced at the xray, briefly checked my hands and left. I guess sence I chose to try the brace I didn't warrant any other discussion.

July 02, 2012

As always, Dr. Coleman was fabulous.

June 25, 2012

I enjoy Dr. Colemans treatment. He is very personal and helpful when I question him about the care to my wrist.

May 18, 2012

the doctor stated that could do nothing for the new pains after the surgery but if they continue can give shots in 90 days. no explianation of why the delay

May 16, 2012

Dr. Coleman did not have have much so say. No further appt's were scheduled for now, but Dr. Coleman's office left it up to me if I'd like to come back at a later date if the persistant moderate pain and burning in my right hand gets much worse.

May 04, 2012

He realy needs to make his mind up on a care plan. and not change and then change brfor you leave your appt.

April 25, 2012

I have gone to Dr. Coleman for years for several things. I have a great deal of confidence in and respect for him.

April 25, 2012

this is a repeat procedure on the right hand - left hand done successfully one year ago - same doctor - need for much explanation was minimal

April 20, 2012

I came it with a pretty good sense of what my problem was, but the Physician and therapist didn't spend much time talking to me about it. I assume that this was because my assessment was correct, but more conversation about how they were assessing it and whether my own assessment was accurate would have been nice.

April 18, 2012

The doctor was clearly extremely talented in his field, and I trust him, but he was in the room so briefly, and I still feel confused about the diagnosis, the recommended treatment, or what to expect in the future.

April 18, 2012

I already recommended Dr Coleman to friend

April 06, 2012

I felt that my decision not to do a previous surgery, limited the care that I received for this new problem in the same region. I felt like I was not listened to or acknowledge but actually told, "you blew me off with your last problem"...This was one of the worst experience I ever have had with a physican. I left the appointment in tears (not that they noticed) went to the parking lot and called my previous Ortho. clinic in Park City (IHC) and I made an appointment for next week.

March 30, 2012

Dr. Coleman was great!

March 28, 2012

I feel like the doctor couldn't give less of a damn about me. I am a paying, insured, engineerin professional. I can't imagine why the doctor didn't even try to explain what whas going on. Yes he is a doctor, yes he probably has a lot of experience in the field, but I am a human being.

March 28, 2012

Great experience, as always.

March 23, 2012

Not really concerned about my level of pain and comfort and on the last visit he never even stepped foot in the exam room just peered in from the doorway while the nurse cut bandage off.

March 07, 2012

This is obviously a kind man who I believe is probably an excellent surgeon, but when I come for follow-up appointments he hardly has looked at me, especially this time. If I hadn't asked him to look at my hand he wasn't even going to. I was confused why I was even having a follow-up appointment. I don't want to complain because I was so grateful he fit me in for the surgery. The follow-up process has been disappointing and confusing other than the wonderful physical therapist, Stephanie.

March 07, 2012

I would recommend the doctor highly but would not want to have anyone I know have to deal with his front desk people.

February 29, 2012

Dr. Coleman's diagnosis and his explanation was thorough. He indicated the problem and injected the thumb. Pretty much a painless injection

February 29, 2012

Overall, I had a good experience, but I felt like my wrist pain wasn't common, so there wasn't a specific diagnosis/treatment plan for it. They went through the necessary tests (x-rays this appointment, MRI the following week) and diagnosed it as tendonitis and gave a cortisone shot for the treatment. I'll wait a few days to see if the cortisone treatment helped my wrist. If yes, then I'll follow-up with Dr. Coleman in 4 weeks. If no, I'll probably see a local doctor who's been trained to diagnose and treat these kind of UT split tears.

February 21, 2012

I had previously met with the doctor for only 10 min if that while he looked at my hands and then recommended I get a nerve test set up. I felt like I was just a number and that he was too busy. But I felt getting the nerve test would help me to see if I had CPS. He saw results and immediately wanted to do surgery and didn't even explain to me what I had or how we could treat it before resorting to surgery. I felt like I was a number again and he had no idea who I was. I left with wrist guards to wear. I canceled the next appointment which would have been 6 weeks after. I will come back but to a different doctor who I feel has better costumer service. Thanks.

February 15, 2012

Excellent Overall

February 08, 2012

Dr. Coleman is amazing in that he keeps to a schedule

January 25, 2012

Dr. Coleman was very precise and direct about what needs to be done in terms I could understand.

January 18, 2012

I just need to see my doctor

January 06, 2012

Dr colman was the worse physician I have ever seen. He did not seem to have any interest in patient. I felt I was a number to him .

January 03, 2012

Aside from my surgery, Dr. Coleman probably spent less than 5 minutes with over 3 visits. Unfortunately I would not recommend Dr. Coleman to anyone based on my experience. I definitely didn't get the care that I paid for.

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Associate Professor
Board Certification American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (Sub: Hand Surg)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 587-7100 University Orthopaedic Center
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Donald Coleman, Associate Professor, trained at the University of Utah, completed his residency at the University of Iowa, a fellowship at the University of Edinburgh Arthritis Unit in Scotland, and a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at Duke University. His active clinical practice is exclusively restricted to upper extremity and microsurgical reconstruction and his special interests include compressive neuropathies, endocdopic carpal tunnel releases, brachial plexus injuries, rheumatoid arthritis surgery, congenital anomalies surgery, and trauma reconstruction elbow to finger.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Duke University Medical Center
Orthopedic Surgery
Fellow
Fellowship Princess Margaret Rose
Hand Surgery
Fellow
Residency University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Orthopedic Surgery
Resident
Internship University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Orthopedic Surgery
Intern
Professional Medical University of Utah Hospital School of Medicine
Medicine
M.D.
Undergraduate University of Utah
Biology

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