Patient Rating:

4.4 out of 5

263 Patient Ratings
214 Patient Comments

Don Coleman, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.4 out of 5

263 Patient Ratings
214 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 587-7109
University Orthopaedic Center
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108


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, endoscopic 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 Orthopaedic Surgery (Sub: Hand Surgery)
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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 22, 2017

would have liked a bit more post op instructions during 1st post op visit. I'll ask more questions at my next visit

January 15, 2017

I would never send anyone to Dr. Coleman ever. it was a horrible experience. All he wanted to do was preform surgery on a body part that was not in pain.

January 12, 2017

Excellent physician.

January 04, 2017

Dr. Coleman and his resident were very kind, and offered to take my case to a conference to seek out more opinions.

December 19, 2016

Dr. Matt Goodwin was very, very thorough, friendly and likable. I have been very frustrated with previous medical visits at other facilities (not U of U) and was pleasantly surprised to have Dr. Goodwin (resident) be so personable, and respectful. He has a very special and gifted, empathic nature. He did not seem rushed in any way and showed concern for my condition and wanted to make sure I had all my questions answered.In addition Dr. Coleman was equally, friendly, not rushed, thorough and expressed confidence that the surgery technique was the right one for me and since it was less complicated, and more conservative than had been previously suggested, I was almost jubilant.

December 14, 2016

I don't think we really talked much about follow up care. It was kinda left at the treatment should help, let me know if it doesn't

December 12, 2016

Always professional and kind.

December 10, 2016

Though briefly spoken, Dr Coleman inspires confidence.

November 28, 2016

There's should be an even higher rating option for Dr Coleman and his staff! They are beyond excellent!

October 28, 2016

Dr. Coleman spent about 30 seconds on the room with me. I took a day off work, spent 3 hours to get there and 3 hours to get back home for that?! He was in such a hurry to leave...That is disrespectful. I would never treat anyone lime that. if it wasn't for his highly-qualified reputation, I would go somewhere else.

October 26, 2016

seemed to be interested in my problem and was attentive to my concerns

October 26, 2016

Dr. Coleman spends very little time, seems isinterested and in a hurry to depart and does not make it easy to ask questions. a Dr. working with him (female, fellow, I forget her name) is much better.

October 23, 2016

I went to the U of California when I lived there to get the sameproblem fixed in my other hand. the service I received here was light night and day. In California, I waited HOURS to see the doctor. He was excellent but it was as though my time was of no importance. HOURS not a few minutes.

October 17, 2016

LOVE the care I receive from Dr. Coleman and the residents that work with him. Dr. Coleman takes time to explain everything, is very patient and understanding- and he has a great sense of humor. :)

October 09, 2016

The absolute worst experience I have ever had. The PA was fantastic, thorough and detailed. The utter lack of care from the provider was appallingl!

October 06, 2016

This was a follow to my surgery when speaking with the doctor about my pain level he did not address it at all and did not show any concern at for any of the questions I had regarding my recovery time

October 05, 2016


September 17, 2016

Dr. Coleman is FANTASTIC ! Very personable, knowledgable, patient, and made certain I understood the diagnosis and treatment. He is AMAZING!!

September 16, 2016

very good

September 05, 2016


September 05, 2016

Dr. Coleman came into the room quickly after I was taken into the exam room.

September 03, 2016

I had to wait so long to get an appointment and when I was not sure all my concerns were heard with my injury.

September 02, 2016

I guess I can better answer after I see how this sugery goes.

August 29, 2016

Dr. Coleman was very sick when he saw me. He was stumbling and could not bend over to examine my arm. I had to move in to him. Dr. Coleman should have been wearing a mask and he should have washed his hand before examining me. He was very groggy and seemed to be in a great hurry to get out of the room.

August 24, 2016

She really likes Dr. Coleman

August 22, 2016

very short visit. I think I have carpel tunnel but no explination of what that means or any possible treatment going forward. After quick exam of my hand was told to wear brace while sleeping and goodbye, see ya in a month. Meanwhile I am living with weakness in my left hand (am a lefty), with no idea if this is fixable or any possible treatment options.

August 06, 2016

Frank and to the point - did a quick procedure and I was done. as it should be!

August 01, 2016

Dr. Coleman spent very little time with me. He offered very little information in alternative therapies, and immediately told me I needed surgery. I plan to get a second opinion at another facility.

July 27, 2016

Dr. Coleman had very poor "bedside manners" and also missed a fracture on the Xray until I asked him to look at it again.

July 22, 2016

Again, the poor amount of time the provider spend with me was not his fault. It was a scheduling issue that forced his hand.

July 20, 2016

The PA saw me first and informed me that the doc will be in to see me in 1 min. Then I sat in the room for 15 min before the doc showed up. He was out of the room in 1 min. Very poor care provider.

July 13, 2016


July 08, 2016

several friends use the same Dr.

July 06, 2016


June 25, 2016

The physician seemed confused during my bisit about my diagnosis and xray findings. The therapist was very competent. I

June 22, 2016

Both Candy Turnbull and Dr. Alan Crandall were wonderful. Could not have had any better care. They are both simply the best doctor and assistant that I have ever experienced in the medical profession!

June 13, 2016

Obviously, #10 will depend on surgery outcomes, but I have every confidence in Dr. Coleman.

June 13, 2016

I was pleased with the visit, interaction with the physician and assistants

June 05, 2016

I have needed surgery on both hands a few times. I have always gone to Dr. Coleman, and I have recommended him to several friends.

May 11, 2016

The surgery was intended to remove a ganglion. The ganglion is still there, I'm told since my wrist is not hurting j should not worry about it.

April 16, 2016

Dr. Coleman is very caring, considerate and the best at his job!!

April 13, 2016

Did not address pain

April 10, 2016

I highly recommend the doctor but not the garbage that comes with him.

March 25, 2016

Great experience

March 25, 2016

Dr Coleman is great

March 20, 2016

My perception is that my comments concerning after effects of the surgery were partially dismissed and even denied as 'not possible'. My confidence is more concerned with interactions; overall confidence will be determined as the process continues.

February 21, 2016

Dr. Coleman is great!!! Spent adequate time reviewing my daughter's diagnosis and plan for treatment.

February 21, 2016

Dr. Coleman explained everything to me and let me select the best treatment option for me.

February 17, 2016

See previous comments - again Dr. Coleman was an expert, very direct and to the point - no time wasted.

February 05, 2016

This was the second time I met with Dr. Coleman for 'trigger thumb' - as before, he zeroed in on the problem immediately, and had the range of care options at his fingertips, explaining them to me clearly. Two thumbs up.

January 27, 2016

The doctor seemed rushed, and I felt pushed to leave.

January 25, 2016

I didn't feel like enough time was taken at each appointment I have had to appropriately evaluate the situation, discuss what may happen during recovery, and discuss when I should come back in vs. wait for a period of time. I had a hard time receiving any helpful information over the phone and was told I needed to come in. When I came in I was told I should have waited. This appointment could have been completely avoided if my follow-up appointment after surgery had been more thorough.

January 25, 2016

I only saw the provider for less than 5 minutes during which time I was given a steroid injection. He told me that he wanted to see me for a follow up in 4 weeks. I was told to cancel if my condition improved. I was then sent to a scheduler who informed me that I was beischeduled for surgery so I did not have the opportunity to ask any questions about surgery.

January 19, 2016

Dr. Coleman was so kind! He walked me over to hand therapy and made sure someone knew I was there and could help me!

January 13, 2016

The operation and recovery happened as advertised. It went like clockwork.

December 14, 2015

Took the time to explain the problem and what to do to resolve it.

December 14, 2015

I deeply appreciated Dr. Coleman's support of a second opinion, his effort to get that opinion from a colleague immediately, and to support the recommendation of the second opinion.

December 12, 2015

I know Dr. Coleman deals with carpal tunnel everyday, but I don't. I had questions but he seemed pretty busy that day and anxious to get moving on. I asked to possibly get my surgery completed before the end of the year and he said absolutely not. I understand he wants to take a week off during Christmas, and I respect that, but he never said when an open time would be, so I have no idea when (and if) I will be getting surgery. I also feel like he could have examined me more to make absolutely sure this is my problem as I have been diagnosed with three different diagnoses in the last three months. I went to Dr. Coleman because he was highly recommended and is known for doing the most carpal tunnel surgeries in the area, but he really does need to spend more time with his patients and talk about all options, possible outcomes, future appointments and etc. Overall, he is a very nice man and because I have heard such great things about him, I am giving him the benefit of the doubt. But if I had not heard anything about him, I would not be impressed by my visit with him.

December 12, 2015

He gave me a cortisom (sp?) shot, but it is not relieving the discomfort.

December 07, 2015

Dr. Coleman was very kind and helpful. Your hand physical therapists are awesome.

November 25, 2015

Very good experience

November 21, 2015

The physician assumed that since I had the procedure done once before, I knew what medications were being used.

November 13, 2015


October 12, 2015

Very very poor care for patient. I went to the hand clinic from Dr Coleman, where the lady told me that I don't need the gel pad for my wrist. That it wouldnt help. I knew that anyway. If the pain management was not in Dr Coleman's purview the worst part was that he did not tell me what to do next. He was there with me for less than 5 mins, asked me the same questions he had asked me a month back (that time also he spent less than 5mins with me) and asked me to do an EMG (which was scheduled 3 weeks later) and now when the reports came in he spent as less time as before and never told me what to do next. I have not had such a bad visit with any provider before.

October 02, 2015

The doctor rushed through the visit so fast I didn't even have time to ask questions. My PCP did a better exam on my hand. It made me very hesitant to return to this physician for my surgery. I hope he doesn't rush through surgeries like that.

September 30, 2015

This was just a preliminary so this visit was brief

September 27, 2015

disappointing appt, may have to look elsewhere

September 27, 2015

I really enjoy having Dr Coleman as my provider. He has always provided excellent care.

September 21, 2015

I would have liked to understood a little better about the brace.

September 21, 2015

Dr. Coleman was exceptional. Very professional. He answered all my questions with confidence and provided great suggestions and options for my care. I would definitely recommend him - and will most certainly request to see him again.

September 18, 2015

I had a horrible experience with Dr. Coleman, will recommend against seeing him to anyone I know, and will never schedule another appointment with him. He showed little regard for treating me like a human being. He did not explain his thoughts about my condition, and was only in my room for minutes at a time before prescribing tests or sending me on to therapy without any explanations about my condition, what he thought it could be, how long recovery would take, etc. He did not ask if I had any questions or provide me with any more insight into my condition than I had before coming to see him. It was not worth 2 hours of unpaid time off work, $45 for a co-pay, and however much the unnecessary x-rays will be to get zero answers about my condition. He didn't even think the x-rays were necessary, and was not surprised at all that they revealed no problems, yet he never explained to me why he thought they were necessary, what problems he was hoping to see, etc. I cannot afford repeated visits for second opinions and more unnecessary tests with zero results and zero explanations of why I'm taking the tests. At the end of my appointment, I asked Dr. Coleman if he knew what I had (since he hadn't shared any of his thoughts with me). He didn't know, and he didn't even try to explain what it could be. I asked he had any recommendations for me - if I should try to cut out certain activities, or try stretching more regularly. He told me he couldn't tell me, but that they could explain

September 16, 2015

I thought Dr. Coleman was thorough and caring. I could tell he was having a busy day, but he spent the time with me that I needed. He answered all questions I had without being annoyed.

September 08, 2015

Dr. Cole spent maybe 3 minutes with me, hardly explained anything about my condition other than to confirm my suspicion that it was tennis elbow. He then dumped me off in hand therapy saying they'd see me. I sat there for 15 minutes before someone asked why I was there, and then said that I would need to make an appointment for later in the week. Horrible experience.

September 05, 2015

This man is not only a gentle man but a gentleman and so kind and empathetic. Why aren't there more doctors like him????

August 28, 2015

dr. Coleman is really good at explaining exactly what the problem is and what the choices are, the prognosis and then involves the patient in the decision on treatment.

August 24, 2015

pleasant and professional

August 24, 2015

Dr. Coleman was gracious and professional. It was evident he was very busy - but once he was visiting with me, I felt he would take whatever time necessary to asses my condition and listened closely as I shared information about my pain.

August 22, 2015

Primary provider started the appt. by looking at old x-rays and needed the Resident to point out his error. But other then that, he was great.

August 17, 2015

everyone was very helpful I really appreciate the staff at University of Utah and would recommend it highly to everyone thank you again to the staff and the doctors

August 12, 2015

The doctor spent less than 5 minutes with me in total, which was surprising given the very long wait I had before he came to the exam room.

August 11, 2015

What a warm and wonderful gentleman and physician :)

August 10, 2015

Dr. Coleman was amazing! The 2nd person who saw me (after the nurse) hit the palm of my hand asking if it bothered me. It did not. The second Dr. Coleman came in and touched a spot on my wrists, I believed indeed I had Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, I felt it that second!

July 31, 2015

Exceptional physician. Dr. Coleman was knowledgeable, patient, and explained things well.

July 31, 2015

Dr. Coleman was awesome who referred me to Dr. Amy Powell for my shoulder - who was also AMAZING! Thank you Dr. Coleman!

July 11, 2015


June 22, 2015

He was friendly, informative, and I felt well taken care of. He explained everything about my wrist tendonitis and even came back into the room to sit with me while another staff member was explaining how to use a wrist splint. I was so impressed. Wonderful doctor!

June 13, 2015

Dr. Coleman was very quick to assess my hand and gave me a brace and told me to wear it for 4 weeks. Then he said come back and see me and we will see if it calms down the nerve and he was gone.

June 13, 2015

Very good experience all the way around with Dr.Coleman to the medical staff

May 19, 2015

very straight to the point and prompt. we really liked Dr. Coleman and the resident we saw before him she was great.

May 09, 2015

I have a little concern about a slight trembling in the physician's hands since the surgery to be performed is to be on a tiny area of the wrist.

April 24, 2015

My return visit was to discuss options other than surgery. I thought the provider had little interest in me after he found out I had cancelled the surgery.

April 21, 2015

Very friendly and explained everything perfectly so I could understand.

April 09, 2015

I felt very confident that Dr Coleman's advice and treatment was correct for my condition. His skill in administering a painful shot into my hand made me feel at ease. We discussed the possibility of surg and I was glad he is willing to solve two problems with one surgery.

April 02, 2015

Provider was unable to give diagnosis for Problem and referred my to others.

March 28, 2015

This was a return visit to Dr. Coleman after many years. He continues to be a doctor of choice. As mentioned previously, he put me at ease and invited me to return if further complications.

March 26, 2015

The care giver was unable to diagnose the condition. I felt the condition is not bone or connecting tissue the diagnosis is difficult. Not typical! no diagnosis!!!

March 11, 2015

A great MD.

January 31, 2015

Good experience.

January 24, 2015

The MD came in for 4-5 mins and walked out while I was still talking to him. Can't wait to see what office visit level he bills my insurance.

January 18, 2015

no instructions given for appropriate rehabilitation after surgery.

December 09, 2014

Dr. Coleman provided a great experience for me. The entire staff was exceptional as they accomplished their part in all of my visits.

December 05, 2014

Dr. Coleman was excellent, very personable and kind, good eye contact. I had and excellent surgical outcome.

November 28, 2014

I really enjoyed having Dr Coleman as my provider. He is an excellent surgeon.

November 21, 2014

I left this appointment with very little new information. It was a completely different visit compared with the 1st visit. I have a large bubble of skin on my hand, and I guess I just have to live with that...It wasn't mentioned in the prognosis. An explanation of my test results was left up to my primary care. This visit will be three weeks away.

November 17, 2014

Dr coleman is a very nice guy, enjoyed my visit.

November 13, 2014

Awesome doc..

October 23, 2014

I have a great deal of confidence in Dr. Coleman.

October 21, 2014

Dr Coleman explained and drew out what were my options.

October 11, 2014

Dr. Coleman is a very top notch doctor. I feel very fortunate to be in his care.

September 28, 2014

I enjoyed Dr coleman. Very nice, very professional.

September 23, 2014

When I complained about pain and other side effects, I was not suggesting change in my care. I just needed to be reassured that my fingers were not going to suffer permanent damage or that something was not going wrong with the healing process. Instead, a quick decision was made without my input or without knowing the options. I was sent home with no information on what to expect.

September 21, 2014

very through and informative

September 10, 2014

I was very impressed with the thoroughness of the exam and scheduled follow-up care and exams. And am very thankful for the outstanding level of care and concern. Thank you!!

August 17, 2014

My experience was excellent in all the above areas.

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.

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.

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

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

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 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


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


March 13, 2013


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


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

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.

October 09, 2012

All good

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

I already recommended Dr Coleman to friend

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 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

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

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.

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 Orthopaedic Surgery (Sub: Hand Surgery)
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 587-5453 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, endoscopic carpal tunnel releases, brachial plexus injuries, rheumatoid arthritis surgery, congenital anomalies surgery, and trauma reconstruction elbow to finger.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Duke University Medical Center
Orthopedic Surgery
Fellowship Princess Margaret Rose
Hand Surgery
Residency University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Orthopedic Surgery
Internship University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Orthopedic Surgery
Professional Medical University of Utah Hospital School of Medicine
Undergraduate University of Utah


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Coleman DA, Wiles JD, Nunn M, Smith MF (2005). Reliability of Sprint Test Indices in Well-Trained Cyclists. Int J Sports Med, 26(01724622).
  2. Wang AA, Whitaker E, Hutchinson DT, Coleman DA (2003). Pain levels after injection of corticosteroid to hand and elbow. Am J Orthop, 32(8), 383-5.
  3. Smith MF, Balmer J, Coleman DA, Bird SR, Davison RC (2002). Method of lactate elevation does not affect the determination of the lactate minimum. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 34(01959131).
  4. Coleman DA, Bird SR, Davison RCR (2002). The effect of prior cycling on the relationship between maximal test parameters and simulated hill climb performance. (Abstract). J Sports Sci, 20(02640414).
  5. Wang AA, Hutchinson DT, Coleman DA (2001). One-bone forearm fusion for pediatric supination contracture due to neurologic deficit. J Hand Surg [Am], 26(4), 611-6.

Global Impact

Global Impact

Education History

Type School Degree Country
Fellowship Princess Margaret Rose
Hand Surgery
Fellow United Kingdom

Clinical Trials

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