Patient Rating:

4.9 out of 5

240 Patient Ratings
208 Patient Comments

Saundra S. Buys, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.9 out of 5

240 Patient Ratings
208 Patient Comments

Specialties

Languages

  • English

Clinical Details

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 213-4269 Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Clinic 3A, Center for Breast Health
1950 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
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Bio

Saundra S. Buys, MD

Co-director, Family Cancer Assessment Clinic

Medical Director, High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic, Huntsman Cancer Institute

Professor, Department of Medicine

Saundra Buys, MD, is the medical director of Huntsman Cancer Institute's High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic (HRBCC) and a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She is a member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program. She has cared for patients with all types of cancer since 1982 and specializes in breast cancer.

Buys is the principal investigator on two large studies funded by the National Cancer Institute. The first, the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, Ovarian (PLCO) Screening Trial, is a nationwide study to determine the effectiveness of screening for these types of cancer. The other study, the Breast Cancer Family Registry, based in six international sites including Utah, is studying some of the genetic causes of breast cancer.

Buys received her MD from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Utah in 1984, she completed a clinical fellowship and research fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Professor
Academic Divisions Oncology
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Hematology)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Medical Oncology)
Cancer Center Programs Cancer Control & Population Sciences

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
4.8
Care provider spoke using clear language
4.9
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.9
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
4.9
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
4.9
Wait time at clinic
4.3
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.

August 25, 2014

I always have an excellent experience with Dr. Buys and her staff.

August 11, 2014

Dr. Buys spent a great deal of time addressing and answering my long list of questions. She is very reassuring, knowledgeable, but also pragmatic and realistic in her approach.

August 11, 2014

Dr. Buys is the best - so kind and patient. She takes as long as needed to outline and explain every aspect of treatment and all the options. I feel lke I am in the best possible hands.

August 10, 2014

Good experience

August 07, 2014

Saundra is the best. She is forthright, telling me the things I need to hear and not just the ones I want to hear. She doesn't let me feel sorry for myself. She is practical, and very helpful. I always leave smiling and realizing I can be more proactive in my treatment. She empowers me.

August 05, 2014

I recommend Dr Buys to anyone who does not already have their doctor chosen, and to some who do!

August 04, 2014

Dr. S. Buys called us the night before the actual appointment with her telling us about some of the report information.. It helped to relieve our anxiety a great deal.

August 03, 2014

Dr. Buys is compassionate and caring. She is also great about explaining things, in detail, in a way I can understand.

July 31, 2014

I could not say enough about the care I get there. I get written notes as the staff goes over everything.

July 29, 2014

I love Dr. Buys

July 23, 2014

Dr. Buys always shows that she cares and monitors my cancer very closely. I feel reassured by scheduling to see her every 3 months. I feel confident being in her care.

July 21, 2014

Dr. Buys takes plenty of time with each appointment and never gives the feeling of being rushed.

July 20, 2014

Dr. was running behind and normally I do not feel rushed, but this time I felt a little confused after she left. I do trust and appreciate her, but I hate feeling rushed through after I have driven 350 miles for the visit and want to feel like my questions are answered.

July 18, 2014

Dr Buys and her staff are the gold standard of medical care. They really DO care.

July 17, 2014

what a lovely person Dr. Buys is. She spent so much time explaining everything with me and my family.

July 16, 2014

Dr. Buys is a phenomenal physician. Her personal connection to me as a patient means so much. I truly have never had a provider with her qualities and expertise. She is one of a kind!

July 16, 2014

I appreciate both Chanteel Ballard and Dr. Buys taking time to explain the changes in my treatment plan.

July 07, 2014

Listen to me!!! Allow me to make my decisions. DO NOT push me through before I am prepared emotionally. I have needs that need to be taken care of before I start treatment. I still have to schedule things for work, kids & home before I was pushed & rushed into all this. Just listen. This is NOT an easy situation. I am NOT happy.

July 05, 2014

As you all know, Dr. Buys is amazing! Her "Breast Cancer 101" handout and her clarity in explaining each step to me was extremely helpful. I studied much of it on my own when I received my initial diagnosis; but her tutorial helped all the facts fall into place. My husband and I appreciated all the time she took with us.....explaining, examining, discussing my genetic family tree, and helping us understand future decisions and procedures. As a patient, I appreciated her sitting at my level on the stool, sitting knee-to-knee, eye-to-eye. Three cheers for a gracious, brilliant, approachable doctor!

July 05, 2014

Dr. Buys is quite simply remarkable in her expertise, the care she provides, and the concern she has for her patients. I feel very fortunate to have her as my oncologist.

July 04, 2014

Dr. Buys is one in a bazillion. There isn't a better oncologist out there--and believe me, I've looked (only when she forced me to get other opinions!)

July 01, 2014

I'm so thankful for Dr. Buys. I am 4 years past my cancer operation so I'm on the downhill slide of the magic 5 year mark. I have all the confidence in the world if (knock on wood) cancer ever comes back, Dr. Buys will take care of me.

June 25, 2014

I would recommend Dr. Buys to anyone diagnosed with cancer.

June 11, 2014

Dr Buys is an outstanding provider. Her personal interest and care are welcome and well given.

June 06, 2014

Dr. Buys is simply the very best.

May 30, 2014

I have referred several people to Dr.Buys and the Huntsman clinic over the years.

May 19, 2014

Dr Buys is always very compassionate and takes the time to help me understand.

May 18, 2014

Dr Buys is superior. Caring and generous with her time. I have never felt hurried.Her council is always understandable.

May 13, 2014

There isn't a better physician IN THE WORLD than Dr. Buys. Besides being a genius, she is hilarious, compassionate and always knows the "right" things to say and do. I am the luckiest person alive, because she has been my oncologist for 22 years and has saved my life innumerable times. I was able to see my children graduate from college and earn master's degrees. I was able to attend the birth of my first (second, third, fourth and soon, fifth) grandchild. I was able to help my husband die peacefully from Lou Gehrig's Disease, and guess who was there to help me and my five children, Dr. Buys. She is the kind of person who comes along, if you're super lucky, once in a lifetime. My greatest honor and privilege is being her patient. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I would have died 22 years ago had it not been for Dr. Buys. There aren't adequate words to express my gratitude. There's really no way to describe your hero. She is loved by everyone. She has made such a difference in the world.

May 11, 2014

Excellent care.

May 10, 2014

hate having cancer, but sure LOVE all the ladies in 3A who help make my treatments better

May 03, 2014

I am very pleased to have Dr. Buys as my oncologist.

April 24, 2014

I think Dr. Buys is a fabulous doctor. She is willing to spend the time to discuss concerns or therapies.

April 21, 2014

Dr. Buys is an example of the type of health care provider everyone should have the privilege of seeing. She is exceptionally patient and calming, but really knows what she is talking about. She is always aware of the latest studies and treatments and I am certain that I am seeing the best oncologist available.

April 14, 2014

I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Buys and Chanteel

April 11, 2014

dr. buys is amazing and has our total confidence

March 19, 2014

Are you kidding? There's NO ONE on earth like Dr. Buys. She is my hero. She has saved my life countless times. I was about to see each of my five children graduate from college and graduate study. I've been at the birth of my four grandchildren. Dr. Buys is one of those extremely rare individuals who, if you are lucky enough, you meet once in a lifetime. I am here only because of her. She is my hero.

March 17, 2014

Dr. Buys is always exceptional in her care and concern and ability to help me understand the treatment and other issues.

March 14, 2014

Both physicians I saw on this visit were personable and treated me with respect and kindness.

March 12, 2014

Dr. Buys is the BEST!!! She spent almost an hour with me listening and explaining, giving me options and accepting my decisions. I wish I had known about her when I had my chemotherapy. It would have been a completely different experience than the one I had.

March 04, 2014

We only met with a genetic counselor, no practitioner, but it was a positive, helpful experience.

February 19, 2014

dr buys and fellow are always very attentive and helpful. they have our utmost confidence

February 05, 2014

Dr. Buys is an angel. I don't think there is a better woman on the face of this earth.

February 03, 2014

explained things in great detail

February 01, 2014

Very impressed with the doctors.

January 31, 2014

I was perplexed as to why he was confused with my visit. Originally he thought I had a lump biopsied because I was worried about the lump, but that wasn't the case. I had the breast biopsy because I am participating in the Vitamin D study with Dr. Buys. There was ALOT of confusion in the clinic, so that made my appointment last longer than it needed to.

January 28, 2014

she was a very kind and informative person

January 25, 2014

Dr Buys was very thorough in explaining my issues and the recommended solution. She made me feel like more than just a number. I felt like she really cared, like she is in this profession for the right reason - to help people. She didnt make me feel rushed like most doctors do. She is the most caring and professional doctor I've ever been to.

January 22, 2014

tremendous support and concern for needs

January 21, 2014

Care providers were all very professional and compasionate.

January 03, 2014

Dr. Buys spent a lot of time answering my questions and dealing with my concerns. She never makes you feel like you are a time slot. She always gives you 100% of her attention and I have NEVER known a Dr. to have the qualities and skills, mixed with kindness and compassion. She is one of a kind and has forever make a difference in my life, both professionally and personally. Dr. Buys surrounds herself with high quality people around her. I couldn't even think of one thing to complain about or have improved. I love Dr. Buys and her staff.

December 31, 2013

dr. buys is an excellent doctor and a wonderful person.

December 30, 2013

Saundra made oncology what it is today. there's not a single soul out there who's better.

December 20, 2013

dr. buys is wonderful and has our utmost confidence and respect

December 09, 2013

I trust Dr. Buys with my care, treatments when/if the time comes/, and with my life if my cancer returns one day. I appreciate her style and thoroughness. I really feel she has my best interest at heart.

December 09, 2013

I can't say enough about how great Dr. Buys is.

December 06, 2013

Dr. Buys is one of the best care providers I've worked with

December 01, 2013

Dr. Buys is such excellent and compassionate physician.

November 25, 2013

love Dr buys! very willing to listen to me about anything

November 21, 2013

Dr. Buys is amazing. I really appreciate how she helps me feel empowered by allowing me to take an active role in the decision making and my care.

November 19, 2013

I love Dr. Buys

November 13, 2013

I love Dr Buys, she is an excellent doctor and a genuinely good, caring person and that definitely comes across to her patients. We know she truly cares about us.

November 04, 2013

Dr. Buys is the best!

October 28, 2013

dr buys always goes above and beyond to help us understand and support us in this medical condition. she even called to double check that Doris was fine and understood the changes. she has our utmost respect and confidence.

October 11, 2013

Very good on all counts, I feel the staff shows concern for both my mind and body, exceptional team.

October 08, 2013

Dr. Buys is wonderful. I'm lucky to have had her treat me.

September 29, 2013

Dr. Buys is willing to take time to take care of any issues. She is friendly and professional.

September 10, 2013

Dr. Buys is remarkable in her concern for patients, her ability to explain and the way she makes you feel like she has as much time as you need with her.

September 09, 2013

Dr. Buys is the best!!!!

September 09, 2013

Dr. Buys is one of the best doctors I have ever known. I have complete confidence in her as a doctor. I really appreciate her kindness and compassion. Those qualities make a big difference in the lives of cancer patients.

September 03, 2013

BOTH THE ASSISTANT AND DR. BUYS WERE EXCELLENT IN THEIR EXAM AND ANSWERING QUESTIONS. DR. BUYS WAS VERY THOROUGH IN HER EXPLANATION OF THE DISEASE, RESULTS, TYPE OF CANCER AND PROCEDURES PERFORMED

September 03, 2013

the staff in this clinic is outstanding

September 02, 2013

I have complete faith in my doctor even though I come only for a yearly checkup. She is extremely competent and appreciate the time she spends with me.

August 26, 2013

Dr. Buys is one in a trillion. There just aren't doctors like her out there. Because of her, I am alive. There's no way to express my gratitude.

August 20, 2013

The very BESt provider in the industry

August 06, 2013

Dr Buys is a warm and loving person and is truly the epitome of "caring excellent bedside manner"

August 05, 2013

I couldn't have asked for better treatment from everyone who attended to me and my needs

August 05, 2013

Dr. Buys has been wonderful throughout my entire treatment. I recommend her to everyone.

July 01, 2013

can not say enough good things about dr. Buys

July 01, 2013

Sandra Buys is a special person whom we love and admire. We owe her much and we have recommended her to a number of friends, all of whom have had the same experience that we had. No one could be better.

June 17, 2013

Dr. Buys is a wonderfully helpful and competent physician. I appreciate very much getting care from her.

June 17, 2013

There is not a better physician than Dr. Buys! She is compassionate, and sensitive to her patients needs.

June 10, 2013

coming into Huntsman from another excellent organization, we were impressed how throughly the records had been reviewed.

June 04, 2013

Dr. Buys is wonderful. She makes you feel like you are her only patient of the day. She is always genuinely concerned.

June 04, 2013

Dr Buys is a wonderful and caring physician.

May 28, 2013

Absolutely love Dr. Buys!!

May 20, 2013

Dr. Buys is the best. I so much appreciate how she has taken care of me, how she interacts with me, her knowledge and expertise, the way she helped for provided the help to get me through a dark time. She is empathetic, sympathetic and a wonderful person. God bless her for her service to her patients.

May 20, 2013

Like I said previously, I feel absolutely cared for and taken care of. I have I have lived with a bleak outlook for my future health. I had some information early on in this last cancer drama that I have lived with and thought about for the past 3 years. Both Dr. Buys and Dr. Colonna explained my situation thoroughly, honestly, and completely. I don't have a bleak future after all. I feel like the Eyeore cloud that has been over my head has lifted. I have a good future, I have a (hopefully) long life ahead and I am still doing mental cartwheels. Thank you!

May 13, 2013

Dr. Buys helped very greatly to assuage my anxieties

May 07, 2013

Dr Buys is an outstanding doctor. She is caring, articulate, and extremely knowledgeable. She has my greatest respect and appreciation for the way she has taken the time to heal me from cancer. I cannot thank her enough.

April 29, 2013

Dr. Buys is outstanding for her caring and compassion. she is very thorough and sincerely wants a better life for her patients.

April 29, 2013

Dr. Buys is wonderful. She explains what is going on. She cares. She takes the time to talk with me. She puts me at ease. She is empathetic to the family situation with my other two sisters.

April 25, 2013

Dr. Buys was straightforward, honest, and most pleasant in her explanations. I would most certainly recommend her to any patient.

April 23, 2013

Of course, I can't say enough about Dr. Buys. She's amazing. She's everything you want in a doctor: Kind, funny, sweet, caring... She's just so, so friendly and caring. Love her!!

April 23, 2013

I feel so comfortable when I'm at my appointments. Everyone gives me 100% attention and concern with my health and mental care. I couldn't ask for any better health care.

April 22, 2013

Dr. Buys took extra time to actually diagram out a complicated process for me. I am a visualy learner so this really helped me to understand. She also demonstrated great compassion towards me when I explained some of my anxieties. She didn't treat me like just another patient.

April 22, 2013

Dr. Buys is always so nice. She not only cares about my health but also about what is going on in my personal life.

April 10, 2013

Excellent care.

April 08, 2013

very good is the highest mark on the survey - I really felt the service was outstanding and very comforting

April 08, 2013

Chanteel & Dr. Buys couldn't be better. I feel blessed to have them on my side.

April 05, 2013

When my sisters were moving me up here from Texas, they called people that had worked with or been patients at Huntsman and asked who we should see. Everyone who responded said Dr. Buys, so I thought I probably wouldn't be able to get an appt., I don't know if I just got lucky but I had an appt on the week I got here. If anyone asked me who to see I would tell them Dr. Buys, she's awesome.

April 01, 2013

I don't know which one was the care provider

April 01, 2013

No problems

March 26, 2013

Love Dr. Buys

March 25, 2013

Dr.Buys is caring, compassionate and wise. I have been battling stage IV breast cancer for 4.5 years, and she goes above and beyond EVERYTIME I meet with her. When there is a difficult decision to make regarding treatment, she is always patient, and gives a full, easy to understand descripion of the options. I have asked her "how long do I have to live"? Dr. Buys always answers honestly and compassionately. If I could nominate her for Person of The Year and she could be on the cover of Time Magazine, I would.

March 20, 2013

I always feel as though I'm the only patient being seen. I never feel rushed- the doctor and med students are very good at gauging their flow of conversation to mine. If I'm no nonsense and want to get in and out, that's what they accomplish. If I need time to talk, they talk.

March 11, 2013

I am always comfortable with Dr. Buys but on this visit I did not feel comfortable with the medical intern working with her. I did not feel the warmth from her like I have with other doctors in training and did not feel she really listened to me. Not a good experience with her.

March 11, 2013

Absolutely outstanding.

March 11, 2013

I was impressed with the time spent explaining my type of cancer.

March 10, 2013

All good

March 05, 2013

It is always nice to meet with Dr. Buys and her staff. She is always in a great mood that spills over onto the other staff members and also to me. She is always interested in ME and what is going on in my life. I just lover her and everyone there....

March 04, 2013

Dr. Buys is awesome. I have recommended her to friends. She is never too busy to "read between the lines" and find out how I am doing as a person with my family concerns as well as my health issues. She is not afraid to give a much needed hug and show concern. She is not the norm for a Dr. now days.

March 04, 2013

Dr Buys is always amazing! I LOVE her dearly and have for over five years now. She is so kind and understanding and informative and thorough. I always look forward to seeing her no matter what issue I have to see her about. She makes me feel cared for and special.

February 27, 2013

I am grateful to have Dr Buys for my doctor and would highly recommend her to anyone in need of care.

February 26, 2013

Each staff member or caregiver who helped me was very considerate and compassionate.

February 19, 2013

Really liked the PA. Dr Buys is wonderful. She even took the time to talk to me about the actions my daughter should be taking. She made a recommendation for a Dr for my daughter.

February 04, 2013

Dr. Buys is an exceptional physician. Her personal manner is concerned and engaging while her medical expertise is always very evident. She is direct without being abrupt, explains things thoroughly, provides opportunities for me to ask questions or receive clarifications.

January 29, 2013

I have utmost confidence in Dr. Buys and enjoy her visit.

January 29, 2013

Dr. Buys is exceptional. She is always through, warm, friendly, and caring. She is the best part of my Cancer treatment.

January 28, 2013

Part of a good diagnosis is as good as the patient's describing the problem. I appreciate Doctor Buys patience and willingness to listen.

January 28, 2013

Saundra Buys and her staff where incredible. Very informational and explained everything. Couldn't be better.

January 22, 2013

i am so lucky to have the dr. i have, and the PA, and the nurses.

January 15, 2013

Dr. Buys, Lisa Gauchay, and Emily Ostrander are angels.

January 15, 2013

Have already encouraged others to visit Dr. Buys. Have the greatest confidence in her!!!

January 04, 2013

Thanks for the care and compassion. I felt like a person, not another patient.

January 02, 2013

Dr. Buys is the best doctor ever.

January 01, 2013

Couldn't ask for a better Dr./patient relationship. I totally trust and admire Dr. Buys professional opinions and treatments. In my opinion, it's Dr.'s like Dr. Buys and their teams that give the Huntsman Cancer Institute the great reputation that it has become.

December 10, 2012

Dr. Buys and her fellow receive an A+ from me. I left their clinic feeling totally satisfied with the explanations that were provided and with our joint decision regarding further care. Huntsman is lucky to have such excellent and professional staff. My overall experience through the entire process has been more than favorable. I will have a long life, but there are many who are much worse off than I, and I am sure they all receive the same excellent care.

December 03, 2012

Dr. Buys is absolutely excellent and I would highly recommend her to others. I met her NP (after meeting her a year ago) and she seemed nice and was informative too.

November 28, 2012

at the Huntsman Cancer Center I felt like I belonged and not just a number.

November 26, 2012

Dr. Buys is always very caring and knowledgeable.

November 20, 2012

I continue to love Dr. Buys support of my holistic approach to my health. It's been almost two years and I continue to feel so much healthier and stronger every day.

November 12, 2012

Dr. Buys is a wonderful physician.

November 12, 2012

Dr. Buys treated me like I was the only patient in the clinic. She is patient and totally involved. Maybe that approach is why my 9:10 a.m. appt was 45 minutes late. I would gladly wait to have that one-on-one time with her.

October 31, 2012

I have been a patient of Dr. Buys for nearly 7 years (I am age 67) and I have never known or been treated by a doctor as competent and compassionate as Dr. Buys. She listens to every complaint or question and takes the time to respond and is so very kind. No matter what the problem might be at the time, you can't help walking out of the examination room without a smile on your face. She is the best of the best!

October 30, 2012

I'm not typical patient and am not ill...so my comments will always be good

October 29, 2012

The clarity of Dr. Buys' explanations of my current status and of the options now available to me was unprecedented. I greatly appreciated all the time she spent with me and the hard copy materials I was given so that I could review all the information when I got home.

October 24, 2012

Saundra is so warm and comforting - a welcome relief in the scary world of cancer

October 23, 2012

I was most impressed with every person on the staff that I came in contact with. Have never had such a good experience with any other medical office.

October 23, 2012

"5" is not a big enough number to award Dr Buys. She goes far beyond the care and attention most doctors provide. She cares about the individual and goes well beyond the norm to listen, and to educate her patient. She also called me at 9 at night on a Friday to discuss a concern I had, and never made me feel out of place for invading her personal time with my issues. She is such a dedicated doctor and I am so lucky to have found her.

October 23, 2012

outstanding

October 22, 2012

The one-on-one experiences are the best part!!! I always leave feeling lighter, happier, and more connected than when I arrived.

October 22, 2012

I continue to be amazed by the care and concern shown by Dr. Buys and her team.

October 17, 2012

Superb care from Dr. Buys and all her staff.

October 16, 2012

Oh my gosh... Dr. Buys couldn't have been any kinder. She is awesome and I feel so blessed that she's my personal oncologist. I'd heard amazing things about her prior to actually meeting with her, and now I understand why she has the amazing reputation that she does. She and her 2 nurses who saw me were so, so kind and so sweet and just really made me feel like they wanted to help take care of my health. Each of them even gave me a hug at the end of my visit. I'll always remember that. They were all just so, so sweet.

October 16, 2012

I feel that adequate time was spent with me. Alot of questions were asked, adequate information was gathered.

October 01, 2012

Top-notch care; I feel I am in good hands.

September 25, 2012

Dr. Buys is fabulous

September 25, 2012

Dr. Buys and the Huntsman Center have saved my life!

September 24, 2012

Dr. Buys was wonderful!

September 24, 2012

Dr. Buys is always awesome

September 24, 2012

Excellent care from physician and from nurse. Thank you!

September 18, 2012

the very best!

September 17, 2012

Dr. Buys is a wonderful, caring, and professional doctor. I have the greatest respect for her.

September 11, 2012

Dr. Buys has saved my live many times over, and that's not an exaggeration. There's no better doctor on earth!

September 05, 2012

I was happy the Doctor was approachable and friendly. I felt like she had a good knowledge for my future care. I felt that if I had questions 'down the road' I would feel OK about calling her office for answers.

August 27, 2012

I love Dr. Buys. She is compassionate and intelligent and takes the time necessary to solve issues.

August 21, 2012

Dr. Buys is phenomenal. I feel very fortunate to be under her care.

August 14, 2012

I have been given attentive and personable care. My doctor and PA are very intelligent and show concern and competence.

August 13, 2012

The Physician's Assistant and Dr. Buys are always very considerate , take time for me and explain everything. I have complete confidence in them that they are giving me the best care possible.

August 07, 2012

Dr. Buys is awesome. She always makes me feel as though I am her only patient. She is very caring and gives me all the time I need.

August 06, 2012

Dr. Buys and Chanteel do such a great job of discussing everything with me and its obvious they truly care about me.

August 06, 2012

I loved Dr. Buys and the other doctor and nurse. I loved all of them. Dr. Buys sat down, listened to my concerns, and then wrote down her plan of action. Dr. Buys spoke directly to me and then gave me a hug. She patted my knee continuously and reassured me that everything would be fine.

August 04, 2012

Very good visit. Dr. Buys always answers all my concerns and worries.

July 30, 2012

Dr. Buys and those that work with her are amazing.

July 27, 2012

Dr Buys has been very very compassionate and kind with me at every visit. She is able to put me at ease with my concerns and anxiety. I appreciate so very much and appreciate your facility and the services it provides. Thank you.

July 24, 2012

I have a lot of trust in my care provider, in her background knowledge and skills. I am confident I am being taken very good care of. I would easily recommend her and her staff to others facing my situation and worst.

July 23, 2012

I usually bring a list of questions. The doctors read through that and made sure all my questions were answered.

July 15, 2012

The care has always been very good.

July 13, 2012

Dr. Buys is always knowledgable and compassionate. I have the utmost confidence in her.

July 12, 2012

Dr. Buys is the most caring, loving, and conscientious doctor I have ever known. As her patient, I know I will get the best care there is to be given!

July 05, 2012

Dr. Buys is the best ever!

July 02, 2012

Dr. Buys inspires the most confidence of any physician I know. I felt sure that her recommendations for my care five years ago were appropriate and when she recently released me after I completed 5 years on Arimidex, I feel confident that I'm in a very go

July 02, 2012

I was amazed at the time spent with me. The care and and compassion were wonderful.

June 26, 2012

Dr. Buys is awesome.

June 05, 2012

I had many concerns and questions and Dr. Buys spent a lot of time with me. I know some of the questions I have asked before, but Dr. Buys is always patient and willing to spend time to talk to me. This was the first time in a long time that Dr. Buys was not accompanied by a handful of resident/interns/visiting doctors and it was quite nice just to spend time with her alone.

June 04, 2012

Huntsman has a great staff of care providers, I love everyone of them.

May 18, 2012

I was so impressed by Dr. Buys. She clearly had extensive experience with my particular (and not common) condition. Additionally, her friendliness and compassion were sincere and apparent.

May 18, 2012

Dr. Buys took the time to write down notes for me as she explained my cancer, my options, and treatment. I have referred to them many times since the visit to help clarify any questions I have had. I was very impressed with the amount of time she spent with me and the direct phone calls she made to my mastectomy surgeons and radiologist. I was grateful to know that there were no missing links or disconnects with my cancer diagnosis and treatment, we were all on the same page. She obtained my medical reports and OncoType test to help her to make a personalized recommendation of treatment for me.

May 16, 2012

very good

May 16, 2012

I had a concern and even though it was late in the day I was provided a sonogram requiring people to stay late. It was very helpful to me to have the information from the test right away.

May 12, 2012

Dr. Buys is by far, the most thorough and kind doctor I have ever seen...and I have seen quite a few.

May 12, 2012

I love Dr. Buys!

May 12, 2012

I have already recommended several people to Dr. Buys. She treats you like a person,not just another patient that she has to see. She is top rate.

May 12, 2012

I like Dr. Buys a lot. I am happy to her as my oncologist.

May 09, 2012

I appreciate Dr. Buys empathy

May 09, 2012

Dr. Buys is the best. If there was a better than very good, she would definitely be off this chart!

May 04, 2012

I really like Dr. Buys but I did get the feeling she thought I was "pressing on the lump and making it inflamed" when in fact I had not. I only felt it 3 times in 2 weeks as I was in "denial mode." I only felt it enough to verify it was there. I think having a diagnosis of anxiety causes providers to treat me as if I am an overly anxious person when in fact it is well controlled.

April 28, 2012

My caregivers have always been pleasant and never in a hurry, I love the hugs I receive from many of the staff.

April 21, 2012

I wished I would have been notified of her concern when my blood test and ct scans concerned her earlier than this visit. Maybe we could have changed my medication earlier.

April 14, 2012

Dr. Buys' willingness to work with me on my wellness plan and concern over medication side effects has made all the difference in my health. I've been scared about taking Tamoxifen and, while it's still something I know is available, it has been huge incentive to address my overall health. The outcome has been not only improved health for me overall, but I've been an inspiration to others who are in my age group looking to prevent future health problems. A million thank you's to Dr. Buys!!

April 13, 2012

We were very impressed with Dr. Buys, and are feeling very comfortable about working with her. She was thorough, invested in making the best possible decisions for my care, and very easy to talk to. And, the hug she gave me at the end of the appointment meant a lot!!

April 11, 2012

I think Dr. Buys is the best.

March 31, 2012

EXcellent, Dr. Buys is a remarkable, rare doctor

March 14, 2012

All good

March 10, 2012

I LOVE Dr Buys and her nurses and would highly recommend them and Huntsman.

March 10, 2012

Dr. Buys is the best. She will listen to me, give me hugs and honestly shows that she loves and cares about me!!!

March 10, 2012

Dr. Buys is always happy to answer questions, clarify procdeures and discuss labs with me.

March 07, 2012

I would recommend Dr. Buys to anyone who needed this type of Doctor. She is very compassionate and makes you feel like family. She provides answers and reassurance regarding my condition in a way that brings me great comfort and support.

February 15, 2012

I cannot express in words my gratitude and confidence in Dr Buys. She not only is a good doctor, she is a nice person

February 15, 2012

DOCTOR BUYS IS VERY THOROUGH AND I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER TO ANYONE.

February 01, 2012

She is amazing. I have never felt so cared for in a Drs office.

January 21, 2012

I just love all of you guys! I feel like I am in great hands.

January 18, 2012

Dr.buys is very caring and spends a good amount of time wit me as necessary.

January 18, 2012

Dr Buys is wonderful

January 06, 2012

I am very picky about doctor's after calling on so many of the, and thisoffice was exceptional

January 04, 2012

Dr. Buys is the best! She takes time to listen, is concerned and caring about you and your health, and that makes all the difference! I've never seen another doctor show as much compassion as she does. And I have so much confidence in her knowledge and experience. She is wonderful!

January 04, 2012

Overall experience that day was frustrating. I wish I could get more information. May inquire about additional opinions.

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Professor
Academic Divisions Oncology
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Hematology)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Medical Oncology)
Cancer Center Programs Cancer Control & Population Sciences

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 585-0255 Huntsman Cancer Institute
Oncology
2000 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Saundra S. Buys, MD

Co-director, Family Cancer Assessment Clinic

Medical Director, High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic, Huntsman Cancer Institute

Professor, Department of Medicine

Saundra Buys, MD, is the medical director of Huntsman Cancer Institute's High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic (HRBCC) and a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She is a member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program. She has cared for patients with all types of cancer since 1982 and specializes in breast cancer.

Buys is the principal investigator on two large studies funded by the National Cancer Institute. The first, the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, Ovarian (PLCO) Screening Trial, is a nationwide study to determine the effectiveness of screening for these types of cancer. The other study, the Breast Cancer Family Registry, based in six international sites including Utah, is studying some of the genetic causes of breast cancer.

Buys received her MD from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Utah in 1984, she completed a clinical fellowship and research fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine
Hematology/Oncology
Fellow
Residency University of Utah School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Resident
Internship University of Utah School of Medicine
Intern
Professional Medical Tufts University
Medicine
M.D.
Undergraduate Northeastern University
B.S.
Undergraduate Utah State University
Pre-Medicine

Publications

Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Bancroft EK, Page EC, Castro E, Lilja H, Vickers A, Sjoberg D, Assel M, Foster CS, Mitchell G, Drew K, Maehle L, Axcrona K, Evans DG, Bulman B, Eccles D, McBride D, van Asperen C, Vasen H, Kiemeney LA, Ringelberg J, Cybulski C, Wokolorczyk D, Selkirk C, Hulick PJ, Bojesen A, Skytte AB, Lam J, Taylor L, Oldenburg R, Cremers R, Verhaegh G, van Zelst-Stams WA, Oosterwijk JC, Blanco I, Salinas M, Cook J, Rosario DJ, Buys S, Conner T, Ausems MG, Ong KR, Hoffman J, Domchek S, Powers J, Teixeira MR, Maia S, Foulkes WD, Taherian N, Ruijs M, den Enden AT, Izatt L, Davidson R, Adank MA, Walker L, Schmutzler R, Tucker K, Kirk J, Hodgson S, Harris M, Douglas F, Lindeman GJ, Zgajnar J, Tischkowitz M, Clowes VE, Susman R, Ramon Y Cajal T, Patcher N, Gadea N, Spigelman A, van Os T, Liljegren A, Side L, Brewer C, Brady AF, Donaldson A, Stefansdottir V, Friedman E, Chen-Shtoyerman R, Amor DJ, Copakova L, Barwell J, Giri VN, Murthy V, Nicolai N, Teo SH, Greenhalgh L, Strom S, Henderson A, McGrath J, Gallagher D, Aaronson N, Ardern-Jones A, Bangma C, Dearnaley D, Costello P, Eyfjord J, Rothwell J, Falconer A, Gronberg H, Hamdy FC, Johannsson O, Khoo V, Kote-Jarai Z, Lubinski J, Axcrona U, Melia J, McKinley J, Mitra AV, Moynihan C, Rennert G, Suri M, Wilson P, Killick E, Moss S, Eeles RA (2014). Targeted Prostate Cancer Screening in BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutation Carriers: Results from the Initial Screening Round of the IMPACT Study.LID - S0302-2838(14)00004-9 [pii]LID - 10.1016/j.eururo.2014.01.003 [doi]. Eur Urol.
  2. Park DJ, Tao K, Le Calvez-Kelm F, Nguyen-Dumont T, Robinot N, Hammet F, Odefrey F, Tsimiklis H, Teo ZL, Thingholm LB, Young EL, Voegele C, Lonie A, Pope BJ, Roane TC, Bell R, Hu H, Shankaracharya, Huff CD, Ellis J, Li J, Makunin IV, John EM, Andrulis IL, Terry MB, Daly M, Buys SS, Snyder C, Lynch HT, Devilee P, Giles GG, Hopper JL, Feng BJ, Lesueur F, Tavtigian SV, Southey MC, Goldgar DE (2014). Rare Mutations in RINT1 Predispose Carriers to Breast and Lynch Syndrome-Spectrum Cancers. Cancer Discov, 4(7), 804-15.
  3. Pinsky PF, Zhu C, Skates SJ, Black A, Partridge E, Buys SS, Berg CD (2013). Potential effect of the risk of ovarian cancer algorithm (ROCA) on the mortality outcome of the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian (PLCO) trial. Int J Cancer, 132(9), 2127-33.
  4. Fuhrman BJ, Schairer C, Gail MH, Boyd-Morin J, Xu X, Sue LY, Buys SS, Isaacs C, Keefer LK, Veenstra TD, Berg CD, Hoover RN, Ziegler RG (2012). Estrogen metabolism and risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. J Natl Cancer Inst, 104(4), 326-39.
  5. Siddiq A, Couch FJ, Chen GK, Lindstrom S, Eccles D, Millikan RC, Michailidou K, Stram DO, Beckmann L, Rhie SK, Ambrosone CB, Aittomaki K, Amiano P, Apicella C, Baglietto L, Bandera EV, Beckmann MW, Berg CD, Bernstein L, Blomqvist C, Brauch H, Brinton L, Bui QM, Buring JE, Buys SS, Campa D, Carpenter JE, Chasman DI, Chang-Claude J, Chen C, Clavel-Chapelon F, Cox A, Cross SS, Czene K, Deming SL, Diasio RB, Diver WR, Dunning AM, Durcan L, Ekici AB, Fasching PA, Feigelson HS, Fejerman L, Figueroa JD, Fletcher O, Flesch-Janys D, Gaudet MM, Gerty SM, Rodriguez-Gil JL, Giles GG, van Gils CH, Godwin AK, Graham N, Greco D, Hall P, Hankinson SE, Hartmann A, Hein R, Heinz J, Hoover RN, Hopper JL, Hu JJ, Huntsman S, Ingles SA, Irwanto A, Isaacs C, Jacobs KB, John EM, Justenhoven C, Kaaks R, Kolonel LN, Coetzee GA, Lathrop M, Le Marchand L, Lee AM, Lee IM, Lesnick T, Lichtner P, Liu J, Lund E, Makalic E, Martin NG, McLean CA, Meijers-Heijboer H, Meindl A, Miron P, Monroe KR, Montgomery GW, Muller-Myhsok B, Nickels S, Nyante SJ, Olswold C, Overvad K, Palli D, Park DJ, Palmer JR, Pathak H, Peto J, Pharoah P, Rahman N, Rivadeneira F, Schmidt DF, Schmutzler RK, Slager S, Southey MC, Stevens KN, Sinn HP, Press MF, Ross E, Riboli E, Ridker PM, Schumacher FR, Severi G, Dos Santos Silva I, Stone J, Sund M, Tapper WJ, Thun MJ, Travis RC, Turnbull C, Uitterlinden AG, Waisfisz Q, Wang X, Wang Z, Weaver J, Schulz-Wendtland R, Wilkens LR, Van Den Berg D, Zheng W, Ziegler RG, Ziv E, Nevanlinna H, Easton DF, Hunter DJ, Henderson BE, Chanock SJ, Garcia-Closas M, Kraft P, Haiman CA, Vachon CM (2012). A meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies of breast cancer identifies two novel susceptibility loci at 6q14 and 20q11. Hum Mol Genet, 21(24), 5373-84.
  6. Ding YC, McGuffog L, Healey S, Friedman E, Laitman Y, Paluch-Shimon S, Kaufman B, SWE-BRCA, Liljegren A, Lindblom A, Olsson H, Kristoffersson U, Stenmark-Askmalm M, Melin B, Domchek SM, Nathanson KL, Rebbeck TR, Jakubowska A, Lubinski J, Jaworska K, Durda K, Gronwald J, Huzarski T, Cybulski C, Bryski T, Osorio A, Cajal TR, Stavropoulou AV, Benitez J, Hamann U, HEBON, Rookus M, Aalfs CM, de Lange JL, Meijers-Heijboer HE, Oosterwijk JC, van Asperen CJ, Gomez Garcia EB, Hoogerbrugge N, Jager A, van der Luijt RB, EMBRACE, Easton DF, Peock S, Frost D, Ellis SD, Platte R, Fineberg E, Evans DG, Lalloo F, Izatt L, Eeles R, Adlard J, Davidson R, Eccles D, Cole T, Cook J, Brewer C, Tischkowitz M, Godwin AK, Pathak H, GEMO Study Collaborators, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Sinilnikova OM, Mazoyer S, Barjhoux L, Leone M, Gauthier-Villars M, Caux-Moncoutier V, de Pauw A, Hardouin A, Berthet P, Dreyfus H, Ferrer SF, Collonge-Rame MA, Sokolowska J, Buys SS, Daly M, Miron A, Terry MB, Chung W, John EM, Southey M, Goldgar D, Singer CF, Tea MK, Gschwantler-Kaulich D, Fink-Retter A, Hansen TV, Ejlertsen B, Johannsson OT, Offit K, Sarrel K, Gaudet MM, Vijai J, Robson M, Piedmonte MR, Andrews L, Cohn D, DeMars LR, DiSilvestro P, Rodriguez G, Toland AE, Montagna M, Agata S, Imyanitov E, Isaacs C, Janavicius R, Lazaro C, Blanco I, Ramus SJ, Sucheston L, Karlan BY, Gross J, Ganz PA, Beattie MS, Schmutzler RK, Wappenschmidt B, Meindl A, Arnold N, Niederacher D, Preisler-Adams S, Gadzicki D, Varon-Mateeva R, Deissler H, Gehrig A, Sutter C, Kast K, Nevanlinna H, Aittomaki K, Simard J, KConFab Investigators, Spurdle AB, Beesley J, Chen X, Tomlinson GE, Weitzel J, Garber JE, Olopade OI, Rubinstein WS, Tung N, Blum JL, Narod SA, Brummel S, Gillen DL, Lindor N, Fredericksen Z, Pankratz VS, Couch FJ, Radice P, Peterlongo P, Greene MH, Loud JT, Mai PL, Andrulis IL, Glendon G, Ozcelik H, OCGN, Gerdes AM, Thomassen M, Jensen UB, Skytte AB, Caligo MA, Lee A, Chenevix-Trench G, Antoniou AC, Neuhausen SL, Consortium of Investigators of Modifiers of BRCA12 CIMBA (2012). A non-synonymous polymorphism in IRS1 modifies risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers in BRCA1 and ovarian cancer in BRCA2 mutation carriers. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, Aug;21(8), 1362-70.
  7. Stevens KN, Wang X, Fredericksen Z, Pankratz VS, Greene MH, Andrulis IL, Thomassen M, Caligo M, Swedish Breast Cancer Study, Sweden SWE-BRCA, Nathanson KL, Jakubowska A, Osorio A, Hamann U, Godwin AK, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Southey M, Buys SS, Singer CF, Hansen TV, Arason A, Offit K, Piedmonte M, Montagna M, Imyanitov E, Tihomirova L, Sucheston L, Beattie M, Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Group Netherlands HEBON, German Consortium for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer GC-HBOC, Neuhausen SL, CONsorzio Studi ITaliani sui Tumori Ereditari Alla Mammella CONSIT Team, Szabo CI, kConFab, Simard J, Spurdle AB, Healey S, Chen X, Rebbeck TR, Easton DF, Chenevix-Trench G, Antoniou AC, Couch FJ (2012). Evaluation of chromosome 6p22 as a breast cancer risk modifier locus in follow-up study of BRCA2 mutation carriers. Breast Cancer Res Treat, Nov;136(1), 295-302.

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