Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

378 Patient Ratings
142 Patient Comments

Robert A. Stephenson, M.D.

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  • English

Clinical Details

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(801) 587-4381 Huntsman Cancer Hospital
1950 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
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Bio

Robert Stephenson, MD, is a professor in the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, at the University of Utah, School of Medicine and an Investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute. He holds the Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Endowed Chair in Urologic Oncology. He leads the Genito-Urinary Multidisciplinary Disease Group at Huntsman Cancer Hospital.

Dr. Stephenson specializes in the treatment of urologic cancers, including prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, testis cancer, adrenal cancer and penile cancer, with the goal of achieving the best possible cancer outcomes and improving overall quality of life for his patients. He has extensive experience in laparoscopic prostate surgery using the robot-assisted DaVinci system.

Dr. Stephenson received his medical degree from the University of Utah in 1978. He completed an internship at the University of California, Los Angeles; a residence at Stanford University and a fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Following his specialty training, Dr. Stephenson was Director of Urologic Oncology at Tufts University School of Medicine. From there, he went to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Dr. Stephenson joined the faculty of the University of Utah, School of Medicine in 1991.

Dr. Stephenson has published numerous articles regarding urological oncology, most notably carcinoma of the prostate. He is recognized for the development of animal models for human prostate cancer and for devising surgical methods to improve treatment of high-risk prostate cancer. He has done research using high-technology surgical and radiation therapies to treat prostate and kidney tumors and investigates prostate cancer treatment outcomes in national population-based databases. Dr. Stephenson is also involved in the study of prostate cancer genetic risk factors and prostate cancer tumor marker research.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Professor
Academic Divisions Urology
Board Certification American Board of Urology

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
4.9
My confidence in care provider
4.9
Time care provider spent with me
4.7
Care provider spoke using clear language
4.8
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.8
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
4.8
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
4.8
Wait time at clinic
4.2
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.9

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 19, 2014

Great explanations to my questions

May 24, 2014

The staff are always nice.

May 06, 2014

I have recommended several of my friends to this Doctor.

April 14, 2014

excellent

April 08, 2014

the staff and physicians were very helpful and informative

April 06, 2014

When you have a cancer problem--go to the best which is what I did!

April 05, 2014

Dr Stephenson is the best. I wouldn't be alive without his care and dedication

March 21, 2014

They were all wonderful

March 17, 2014

Excellent Service

March 09, 2014

I feel I am being well-cared for.

March 04, 2014

Dr. Stephenson is always professional, concerned, calming. I feel completely at ease with him and have complete confidence in him. Thank you for all you do!

February 22, 2014

I guess I expected better bed side manner. and he didn't know I didn't know I didn't have any previous tests. it was like he assumed other tests had been taken. almost felt like he wasn't sure about me. he then scheduled a bone scan and a CT scan

February 22, 2014

we drove 400 miles to spend 5 minutes with the doctor to be told we have to come back for surgery ...something that could have been handled over the phone !

February 21, 2014

I WAS NOT HAPPY AT ALL WITH THE FACT THAT MY WIFE AND I MADE A 10 HOUR ROUND TRIP TO SEE THE DOCTOR FOR LESS THAT 15 MINUTES, WHEN THE SAME INFORMATION COULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN ME OVER THE PHONE, AND SAVED ME A HUGE EXPENSE.....I TRAVELED 563 MILES, HAD A HOTEL AND FOOD BILL, AND OTHER EXPENSES THAT WERE NOT NECESSARY.....THE INFORMATION I RECEIVED, WHICH WAS THAT I COULD NOT START MY "BCG" TREATEMENTS FOR 5 OR 6 WEEKS, IN MY MIND, SHOULD HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED WITH A SIMPLE 15 MINUTE PHONE CALL.......OTHER THAN THAT, I AM QUITE SATISFIED...

February 11, 2014

Dr. Stephenson is a wonderful physician!

February 02, 2014

This doctor is the best ever and have the utmost confidence in him.

February 01, 2014

DID NOT HAVE A BAD EXPERIENCE

January 18, 2014

couldn't ask for better

January 16, 2014

Jamie Burnett, PA, examined me. She was friendly, professional and efficient. It was a good experience.

January 16, 2014

Dr Stephenson and staff have been outstanding.

December 12, 2013

visit with lab tech only

December 08, 2013

Thanks

December 02, 2013

Rge care provider was very professional.

November 21, 2013

Exceptional Individual caring and communicates clearly and is helpful in every way

November 12, 2013

the Dr was excellent and inspired confidence when I finally got to talk.

November 11, 2013

I am reluctant to recommend providers, knowing so little about the specific needs of a patient and the match with the specific skills of the provider. So with me, "good" is as good as it gets on item 10.

November 06, 2013

all very helpful and satisfactory

November 06, 2013

Super!

November 04, 2013

I was dissapointed that my case was not referenced with information on things I might do to help improove my condition via diet, exercise, supplements and other efforts. These modalities are concidered helpful by Cancer Centers of America, and Mayo Clinic.

November 04, 2013

Appreciate everyone at the clinic

November 04, 2013

Good experience.

November 04, 2013

Very helpful and reassuring

October 28, 2013

Providers were very concerned and attentive.

October 25, 2013

I have recommended this care provider to a co-worker and they are currently seeing my current doctor.

October 15, 2013

I've recommended the Huntsman Cancer Center several times

October 14, 2013

Excellent in every way, as in the past.

September 20, 2013

One of the best doctors I have visited.

September 10, 2013

Dr. Stephenson performs cystoscopy thoroughly, and by far with the least discomfort compared to several previous doctors.

August 26, 2013

I didn't get info re: follow up when and how in a timely manner.

August 18, 2013

Dr. Stephenson does a superb job!

August 06, 2013

Dr. Stephenson is the epitome of professionalism and competence. He is reassuring while, at the same time, open and honest about what is happening. I have changed my lifestyle as a result of conversations I have had with him. Without reservations I would recommend him to my family and friends.

August 05, 2013

Dr. Stephenson is the best and makes you feel so comfortable and assured about your health.

July 30, 2013

I had always expected to see the doctor. The PA was never mentioned before our appointment. I was surprised to be talking to someone else instead.

July 22, 2013

Dr. Stevenson saved my life! I can't thank him enough.

July 12, 2013

I have already recommended my care provider to a friend.

July 08, 2013

again very impressed with professional care

July 03, 2013

Would like to here more about clear side effect %s with my MD's surgeries. Would like to here more about MRI analysis. Would like to here more about other treatment besides surgery.

July 03, 2013

Dr. Stephenson is outstanding, not only was he professional, his concern and compassion for me and my situation was appreciated. He answered all of my questions, did not rush me, he made me feel that my situation, and me personally, were important to him. I don't remember the name of his PA, but the same comments about Dr. Stephenson apply to him. I don't know if they realize how much their caring attitude means to patients, especially when facing the health issues which bring them to the Huntsman.

July 02, 2013

very informative visit regarding my health profile and instructions to follow for future positive outlook

July 02, 2013

Always helpful and caring.

July 01, 2013

We have full confidence in and respect for Dr. Stephenson. In all of my medical problems, I have never encountered a doctor who is better in every way.

June 24, 2013

Very good.

June 18, 2013

good

June 14, 2013

My experience at Huntsman is nothing short of amazing.

June 04, 2013

We have full confidence and trust in Dr. Stephenson. He is, by far, the best physician we have ever had.

June 03, 2013

Always helpful, friendly, and not in a hurry nor wasting time

June 03, 2013

Dr. Stephenson was wonderful: warm, engaged with me as a human being, and both helpful and empathetic in addressing my health concerns. He is the most confidence-inspiring doctor I have ever had.

May 20, 2013

absoutlely certain that I will recommend this care provider to others.

May 17, 2013

GREAT

May 08, 2013

Information was not clearing explained. Also, wait time to speak with Dr. Stephenson was about 35-40 minutes.

April 29, 2013

I have been a patient at Huntsman Cancer Center for over ten years. I couldn't be more pleased than I am for the excellent treatment I have received. I feel very fortunate to be a patient of Dr. Robert Stephenson and his great staff.

April 28, 2013

Experience was very good.

April 22, 2013

The care provider (PA) was very thorough and took a great deal of time explaining everything. I felt very confident in his experience.

April 17, 2013

Everyone was wonderful. The whole process was done quickly and comfortably

April 11, 2013

great group of people at the center.

April 09, 2013

I am pleasantly amazed at the amount of time all the professional staff took in answering my questions. I feel like they care and are concerned for me.

April 08, 2013

hard to imagine how care could be better in all these respects!

April 03, 2013

All of the people I had contact with were great.

March 31, 2013

The services received and time spent could not have better. Huntsman is a very professional institute. I'm pleased. Dr. Stephenson said I would be taken care and he was really talking to me, not at me, or around me. Thank-you all.

March 29, 2013

Dr.Stevenson is the best Dr. Stevenson is the best! !

March 26, 2013

We were "squeezed in" so the doctor was very busy already, accounting for not getting full information about the "mass" found or what to expect.

March 15, 2013

Currently I have been waiting for 1 week for prior authorization for a perscription that Dr. Stephenson gave and I am getting alot of run around from the pre-auth person. The nurse in Dr.Stevenson's office Racheal has been great.

March 07, 2013

There was a very small wait between Doctors, other than that I had a great experience. Thanks..

March 04, 2013

I can not wait until NEXT YEAR!!!! ;-)

March 04, 2013

Bob Stephenson's the best.

February 26, 2013

encouraging, caring, and have a great of confidence in the care and treatment from Dr Stephenson

February 18, 2013

Would have like to talk to Doc. after the surgery but realize how busy he is and understand why he did not come by.

February 18, 2013

I've always felt as if I were the most important patient.

February 12, 2013

I can't praise Dr. Stephenson enough. I feel that I am in the best hands possible. Because of his taking the extra time to talk about how nutrition can affect health I have made significant changes in my diet. He is patient, concerned, and has a way of explaining things in a way I can understand. I feel most grateful to have the HCI as a resource and Dr. Stephenson as a physician.

February 05, 2013

Doctor Stephenson is perhaps the best physician I have ever been treated by in terms of his manner, demeanor, and the confidence he inspires.

February 04, 2013

I didn't feel like the doctor was rushing me. He took time with me and explained in detail options and procedures. He answered all my questions

February 04, 2013

every thing was great!

January 28, 2013

good

January 15, 2013

Excellent physician care - Robert Stephenson, M.D.

January 01, 2013

have already had a brother that went through the prostrate cancer DaVinci procedure with Dr. Stephenson and have recommended to several other priends and family.

December 24, 2012

it is always a pleasure to deal with HCH

December 22, 2012

I was comfortable with each person I saw and everyone gave me more confidence than I had when I first came to the clinic.

December 18, 2012

Could not have had a better experience

December 11, 2012

Dr. Stephenson's explanation of how surgery would proceed was very clear. He explained I will probably need to do followup radiation and he gave me hope associated with the loss of control issue. I felt much better after talking to Dr. Stephenson than I did in my conversations with the two doctors I saw outside of the Huntsman Hospital.

December 11, 2012

OK, so they's all "5's", but when you're with Dr. Stephenson it's as if you're his only patient. He is a credit to his profession, and to the Huntsman Institute.

December 10, 2012

Always concerned and helpful.

December 03, 2012

I say several Doctors and staff over three days and two producers . This is my overall view. All are the best there is.

November 20, 2012

Gentle and good humored. Went through my tests.

November 14, 2012

Dr. Stephenson and his staff have always been well above the average - the best as far as we are concerned.

November 12, 2012

Everything went "very good."

November 12, 2012

I have a difficult health issue, but I was extremely pleased with the courtesy, compassion, and concern shown to me.

November 12, 2012

My questions and concerns were answered in detail.

November 08, 2012

Dr. Stephenson's warmth and great expertise are appreciated!

November 07, 2012

Outstanding medical professional

November 05, 2012

I'm not in the habit of handing out "all 5's" so these ratings are genuine, heartfelt, and much appreciated. I have never been treated by any health care professional with as much genuine concern and respect for my feelings and my dignity.

October 29, 2012

I always recommend the Huntsman Center

October 23, 2012

Even though the appointment was at the end of the day we did not feel rushed by anyone and everyone seemed very vested in us and my issues.

October 15, 2012

Always a pleasure to talk to Dr Stephenson

October 15, 2012

I am running out of superlatives to describe my experience. It was very good.

October 15, 2012

Enjoyed the interaction with staff and Dr.

September 24, 2012

Everything went very well. All gave a feeling of competence.

September 04, 2012

Dr. Stephenson was great. His expertise has allowed me to have a normal life, when many men facing the prostate cancer have side effects that are difficult for a man to endure, loss of control, impotence, ect. His concern for my quality of life after surgery is much appreciated. I did not grasp the effects that surgery may cause & what many men are faced with prostate cancer. He can almost walk on water in my book. thank you is no where close to how I really feel towards Dr. Stephenson & the Huntsman clinic.

September 03, 2012

Excellent care and follow-through with Robert Stephenson, M.D.

September 03, 2012

PA and Dr. Stephenson explained very well what their recommendations were. I was concerned about the long wait until my husband could get his surgery, one month.

September 03, 2012

Always excellent. The personal attention is wonderful.

September 02, 2012

good exerperience

August 21, 2012

Dr. Stephenson is an expert on how to treat people. So kind and courteous and thorough. You'll not find a better doctor in the nation.

July 17, 2012

could not be better...very comforting

July 12, 2012

everything went very well. I was treated supper by everyone. I was well satisfied with my visit.

July 10, 2012

We love my doctor and his staff

July 10, 2012

Dr. Stephenson took all time necessary to explain the procedure and answered all questions I could think of.He listened to all my concerns and situation that brought me there.

June 25, 2012

Everthing excellent

June 13, 2012

All was exceptional

June 11, 2012

Excellent throughout

June 05, 2012

Both the PA and MD are great to work with.

May 10, 2012

Unfortunately we were not well prepared for the urinary complications that could/did occur as a result of the surgery.

May 10, 2012

Dr. S was terrific as usual. The new nurse practitioner, a lady, seemed to suggest a sling for me yet, clearly it is too early to suggest that procedure. For some reason, I was intimidated and not trusting of her.

May 03, 2012

Outstanding care giver , very caring and informative

May 02, 2012

All my expereiences with the hospital and personnel have been excellent.

April 28, 2012

Dr. Stephenson is the best. A great doctor and a real person to share concerns with.

April 11, 2012

He is a good doctor and I have confidence in him, but the inconvenience of waiting so long (pretty much every visit is like this!) may cause me to seek care elsewhere.

April 07, 2012

excellent in all cases

March 31, 2012

In all the care we have received during the long duration of my husband's problems, Dr. Stephenson is the finest doctor and person we have ever had the privilege of meeting.

March 24, 2012

Excellent care!

March 22, 2012

My entire visit was fast, professional and informative

March 15, 2012

Dr Stephenson and his PA went above and beyond to address my concerns

March 03, 2012

The MD answered all questions and gave strong encouragement

February 29, 2012

Robert Stephenson, M.D., excellent care and concern

February 16, 2012

good

February 09, 2012

Dr. Stevenson is teriffic.

January 28, 2012

All were very good and answered the question with out hurry(took the time we needed)

January 12, 2012

Their comments were regarding my status were reassuring.

January 12, 2012

The physicians,nurse,social worker were excellent. I am just not satisfied with the whole process.

January 07, 2012

We had an appt. right after Christmas to find out if they were able to get all the cancer, but 3 days BEFORE Christmas, they called to let us know, THE DR. WAS ABLE TO GET ALL THE CANCER. It turned out to be the most blessed Christmas we have ever had. Thanks to that phone call that didn't need to be made.

January 07, 2012

My doctor was excellent and provided very good care.

January 04, 2012

I have complete confidence in all the staff.

January 04, 2012

Dr. Stephenson and his assistant spent a great deal of time with me and addressed all of my concerns and questions. I felt that they would have stayed with me all day if that's what it took to answer my questions.

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Professor
Academic Divisions Urology
Board Certification American Board of Urology

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 587-4381 Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Urologic Oncology
1950 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Robert Stephenson, MD, is a professor in the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, at the University of Utah, School of Medicine and an investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute. He holds the Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Endowed Chair in Urologic Oncology. He leads the Genito-Urinary Multidisciplinary Disease Group at Huntsman Cancer Hospital.

Dr. Stephenson has published numerous articles regarding urological oncology, most notably carcinoma of the prostate. He is rcognized for the development of animal models for human prostate cancer and for devising surgical methods to improve treatment of high-risk prostate cancer. He has done research using high-technology surgical and radiation therapies to treat prostate and kidney tumors and investigates prostate cancer treatment outcomes in national population-based databases. Dr. Stephenson is also involved in the study of prostate cancer genetic risk factors and prostate cancer tumor marker research.

Dr. Stephenson specializes in the treatment of urologic cancers, including prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, testis cancer, adrenal cancer and penile cancer, with the goal of achieving the best possible cancer outcomes and improving overall quality of life for his patients. He has extensive experience in laparoscopic prostate surgery using the robot-assisted DaVinci system.

Dr. Stephenson received his medical degree from the University of Utah in 1978. He completed an intership at the University of California, Los Angeles; a residency at Stanford University; and a fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Following his specialty training, Dr. Stephenson was Director of Urologic Oncology at Tufts University School of Medicine. From there he went to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Dr. Stephenson joined the faculty of the University of Utah, School of Medicine in 1991.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Urology
Fellow
Chief Resident Stanford University Medical Center
General Surgery
Chief Resident
Residency Stanford University Medical Center
General Surgery
Resident
Internship UCLA Medical Center
General Surgery
Intern
Professional Medical University of Utah
Medicine
M.D.
Undergraduate University of Utah
Medical Biology
B.S.
Undergraduate University of Utah
Computer Science (Honors)
B.S.

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