Patient Rating:

4.9 out of 5

44 Patient Ratings
92 Patient Comments

John D. Steffens, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.9 out of 5

44 Patient Ratings
92 Patient Comments



  • English

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 585-7575
Imaging and Neurosciences Center
729 Arapeen Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108


John Steffens, MD practices as a general neurologist with special and active clinical focus on multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular diseases, Parkinson’s disease, and other movement disorders. He is currently reducing his outpatient practice in order to focus on clinical resident education and acute neurology as a neurohospitalist. In addition, Dr. Steffens maintains a part-time private practice in Twin Falls, ID.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurology - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Diagnostic and Clinical Neurology
Board Certification American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Neurology)

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.

December 18, 2016

Dr. Steffens always treats me as if I were his only patient that day. He is focused on me and answers all my questions in a thorough and clear way.

December 17, 2016

Dr Stephans is the absolute BEST doctor.

December 17, 2016

Dr Steffens did not rush thru my appointment. I had some new symptoms and he took the extra time to check them out, explain what they were and lay out a game plan. I left the appointment feeling confident that I was taking the best course of action and grateful that I had a doctor who cared enough to take the time to work with me

December 15, 2016

I appreciate Dr. Steffens taking the opportunity teaching the next generation in his field.

December 12, 2016

I recommend Dr. Steffens to anyone who has migraines. He is the absolute best - always so friendly and understanding, and also very caring. I appreciate his honesty in helping me plan for future care and what is in my best interest.

December 10, 2016

Dr Steffens is an incredible doctor and so thorough. the office staff was cheery and talkative and very kind great experience

November 19, 2016

Dr. Steffens is truly an amazing care provider. I have never felt as though my questions or concerns go unaddressed. U of U healthcare should feel honored to have such a kind, caring, knowledgeable, and overall excellent physician working for them.

November 17, 2016

I love Dr Steffens

September 30, 2016

Dr. Steffens is the best .

September 30, 2016

Dr. Steffens is an amazing doctor.

September 05, 2016

Dr. John STEFFENS is professional, kind and compassionate.

September 04, 2016

He anticipates new problems that I should expect but also does not over burden me with information about my relentless disease progression. He certainly is skilled at giving me sufficient information but not an oppressive amount.

September 01, 2016

Dr. Steffens is the best doctor I have seen within and without the U OF U healthcare system.

July 14, 2016


June 17, 2016

Dr. Steffens is a very kind and caring physician. He truly listens to your concerns and answers you honestly. He works closely with you to meet your requests and desired outcomes.

May 31, 2016

Dr Steffens is excellent at communicating my progress, areas that may need to be addressed, and exactly what I do to check my progress and reach a goal he helps set for me. I leave the clinic with a full understanding of the most recent testing and what I need to do to achieve my goal. He looks at all the recent testing whether he ordered the testing or another physian order it and explains it it a way that it is fully understood.

May 27, 2016

These questions don't adequately describe Dr. Steffens. He is the most knowledgable, sincere, helpful, caring, and all around most wonderful doctor. I would be completely lost without he expertise in treating my disease! Not only doesn't Dr. Steffens have answers related to the disease of MS he treats me as human fighting each day of my life to have the best quality of life that modern medicine can offer! I am forever changed because of my association with Dr. John D. Steffens

May 06, 2016

Dr. Steffens has been treating my MS for many years. I know that regardless of how I feel when I walk in, I am going to walk out feeling a bit better. Here is an example of what I mean. On this visit I came in with a list of jumbled symptoms and when I looked up he said " I am listening". Thank you Dr. Steffens for taking the time and patience to parse out what the problems seem to be.

May 04, 2016

John Steffens MD is extraordinary physician in his professionalism and compassion.

May 02, 2016

good (only 2 choices given, good or bad)

May 02, 2016

John is a wonderful caring physician. He has enabled me to work an additional 8 years despite my disease. I have confidence in him as a doctor and appreciate his expertise, even when is tells me things that are hard to hear.

May 02, 2016

Dr. Steffens is a fantastic Dr. and I feel so fortunate to still be one of his patients.

March 29, 2016

I trust my doctor with my life. He is very straight to the point and very knowledgeable.

March 18, 2016

This provider found at least 3 things on my MRI that were not even mentioned and could have some impact on my care. He answered all of the questions that I had and made me feel at ease

March 07, 2016

The best experience I have ever had. All of the staff were fantastic!!! You are lucky to have them working for your clinic

March 05, 2016

There are not enough good words to say about Dr. Steffens. His concern for his patients is above the norm

January 06, 2016

Dr. Steffens is both professional and personable. We appreciate his expertise.

October 21, 2015

Very good doctor.

October 21, 2015

Dr. Steffens is an excellent physician--thorough, good listener, extremely knowleable, personable and makes sure you clearly understand the steps you need to take to improve.

October 20, 2015

great doctor very nice and concerned

September 29, 2015

Dr. Steffens is a caring man. His compassion is very much appreciated by me as a patient.

September 02, 2015

I feel so fortunate to be one of Dr. Steffens patients.

September 01, 2015

Dr. Steffens is the best doctor I have ever seen. He truly cares about his patients and takes the time to answer questions. Thanks!

September 01, 2015

He answers my questions and includes me in the decisions made for future treatments. I feel he cares about his patients and is an advocate for them when the insurance doesn't want to pay. He is always available come what may.

August 04, 2015

Dr. Steffens walked in the room with a firm handshake and a smile. He seemed genuinely concerned from the second I met him. I felt more like a friend than a patient. He explained everything in great detail and took the time to listen to a detailed history before coming up with his diagnosis and treatment plan. He let me ask questions and I was fully confident in his answers. I would recommend him to anyone who needs to see a neurologist. An exceptionally nice and knowledgable doctor.

July 13, 2015

Dr. Steffens is the BEST

May 11, 2015

Sometimes when you have a chronic disease you need a pep talk more than anything else to help lift you. For me Dr. Steffens excels in listening and helping me get back on track

May 09, 2015

I don't believe he is taking new patients. He is very special more like a good friend.

May 05, 2015

Dr. Steffens is not only a professional, a great doctor, he is a caring human being. Takes his time to listen and helps me to cope with a difficult time in my life. All attributes, often not found in the medical community. I appreciate him.

April 05, 2015

Dr. Steffens, Waited an extra 45 minutes for me since the MRI was late taking me. He gave up his lunch time to spend the time with me. He did not rush at all and answered all my question and concerns.

March 01, 2015

Dr. Steffans answered questions about the testing. He addressed any questions or concerns so that I clearly knew what was needed to maintain my health. His time and help are deeply appreciated.

February 24, 2015

Dr Steffens spent a lot of time talking to me and always shows great concern for my health.

January 12, 2015

Dr. Steffens showed much concern and was very helpful

January 06, 2015

Dr. Steffens is the best!

January 02, 2015

I have seen other neurologist and I must say Dr. Steffens is an amazing person. I say person because that is how I feel. I feel like I am speaking with a friend that has a genuine. concern for my health. It helps that he is a walking book of knowledge. The day he leaves medicine is going to be a sad day for me! I don't feel like I have adequatly expressed how amazing he is as physician but to be a great doctor you need to be a good person also!

December 31, 2014

One could not expect any better care are concern. The care given was outstanding. My son attended and he fully agreed with the forgoing statement.

November 06, 2014

Dr. Steffens is the best Dr. I have ever had. He always takes the time to answer all of my questions. I know I wouldn't be here today or at least I wouldn't be functioning as well as I am without his care and the care of his staff. I appreciate everything he has done for me. Thank you!!

October 08, 2014

When I was referred to Dr Steffens many years ago I had already been seen by one other doctor. I felt I was getting worse and I was definitely scared and confused about my diagnosis. On my first visit I will never forget what he said after he examined me: "What are we waiting for?" After that he took the time to carefully explain what was happening, the possibilities and my options. And although he is the one with the game plans he always lets me be the one calling calling the shots. I appreciate his attitude towards patients. Many many thanks!

October 07, 2014

My husband had the most comprehensive exam that he has ever had. The doctor spent a great deal of time examining, and plans of treatment.

August 13, 2014

I would go to the ends of the earth to have dr.steffens be my doctor. He has been seeing me fr ms fr 18 yrs. He is incredible caring informative

August 08, 2014

Dr. Steffens is awesome.

August 03, 2014

Dr. Steffans has superior "bedside manner"; he does an excellent job of working with me to help me navigate the uncertainty, my options, etc. He shows great respect and patience and this makes all the difference. There is so much material "out there" on PD; the key is to distill it down into a course of action, and Dr. Steffans helps me to do that. I highly recommend him!

May 11, 2014

Dr. Steffens is a gem. I wish for more physicians like him in all branches of medicine. Also, so far I been very impressed with the med students checking me out as well.

May 07, 2014

makes patient feel very at ease and comfortable. Always professional and we trust in his care.Listens to our concerns.

May 06, 2014


April 17, 2014

Dr. Steffens gives top notch care and I have total confidence in the care and advice he gives me. However, sometimes when I use MyChart for questions I wonder if I am misusing it or if questions asked or answers given are getting lost in translation. I use MyChart because it seems convenient and because to be honest it is too hard to get through to a nurse to ask a question (sorry about that). I know that everyone is busy and that he has many patients to take care of and MyChart is an excellent tool to help take care of them. But sometimes I worry that I am taking up too much of his time with all the emails when a quick phone call would do the trick. Overall, I am grateful for this valuable tool and very grateful for Dr. Steffens and his staff.

April 07, 2014

Again, Dr. Steffens an excellent physician. He explains the the blood test and other evaluations so that you understand them and helps you set up goals to improve the things you can control. He listens to your questions carefully and gives you clear and thoughtful answers.

April 01, 2014

very good

March 03, 2014

Dr. Steffens has always been concerned and helpful. He spends time and helps me find option to my care.

February 08, 2014

Dr. Steffens is one of the most helpful and concerned doctors I have ever worked worked with in trying to assist me with my problems.

February 03, 2014

I very much appreciate having Dr. Steffans as my Parkinson's doctor, as he is not only clearly very knowledgeable, he is also very patient in allowing me to explore my options without trying to pressure me into anything. I probably am not close to being the "average patient" in terms of attitude and outlook, and so I appreciate Dr. Steffans ability to understand my philosophy towards my Parkinson's and work with me to find the best option for me.

January 01, 2014

Dr Steffens is a very good, kind and wenderful dr.

December 29, 2013

dr. Steffens was sensational as always.

November 28, 2013

As always Dr Steffens gave me his full attention when he stepped into the room. I appreciate his ability to treat me as a patient but approach me as a person first. Not many doctors know how to do that.

October 24, 2013

Dr. Steffans does an excellent job and I have confidence in him and his recommendations.

August 08, 2013

Dr. Stephens has been the key to my ability to tolerate my disease and live with it. He not only has concern for my well-being but makes a conscious effort to change any medication for the side effects. He is educated in all new meds for my disease. I would go to no other doctor if I had the chance. Thank you so much doc.

August 07, 2013

After caring for me for more than 12 years, Steffens never embarrasses me when i ask repeat questions, particularly about medications. I trust him that he knows my short-term memory is getting gradually shorter, something i try to hide from others. I am thankful that he works beside me to manage PD--he seems to be full of grace and more than all, he cares about me...not just "seems" to care for me, but CARES for me. He is a gentle man and an absolutely superb physician. Too bad the medical world--any world--is not fully stocked with doctors like him. It's my pleasure and honor to be his patient.

August 06, 2013

I was about to give up. I was seen by two other neurologists and two ophthalmologist (prior Dr.Warner), between the four I was told nothing is wrong and nothing can be done. Dr. Steffens has given me a glimmer of hope. Many physicians should take a close look at the way Dr. Steffens conducts and handles an examination, especially when the diagnosis is one without a cure.

August 05, 2013

outstanding, could no have been better

June 27, 2013

Dr. Steffens is the best

May 06, 2013

Dr. Steffan is amazing. He is always so patient with Dale and we feel that he genuinely cares about him. That's why, in the past, we were willing to drive to Idaho to see him.

May 04, 2013

I have worked with Dr. Steffens for close to nine years, I trust him and find that he listens to my questions, concerns and ideas. He will research and follow up with me on any new information that I bring. I feel that I am part of the team that is working towards my better health.

May 03, 2013

Dr. Steffens is the BEST doctor. I always highly recommend him to others.

May 01, 2013

I really like the way Dr. Steffens handles our appointment time. He knows when to be serious but he also takes the time to get to know me and I think that can be an important assessment tool as well. It also allows me as the patient to get to know him so I can make my own assessment of him as well. Is he a doctor that I can trust and put my faith in? The answers are "yes" and "yes".

April 04, 2013

my doctor is great, would not change, drive from Idaho.

March 30, 2013

Dr. Steffens is a very caring compassionate doctor.

March 07, 2013

Dr. Steffens found a problem that was unforseen to myself and many others. This diagnosis may be life changing for me during this time. I was very impressed with his ability to take my symptoms and find the underlying problem

January 02, 2013

The Dr was great, but I dont know if I would recommend due to the 3 month out to schedule an appt.

November 26, 2012

A warm, gentle person, Dr. Steffens is first and foremost an excellent listener. Not only does he include me in my health management, he practically insists on it. Between our last two visits, I unilaterally stopped a drug that made me feel unwell. This drug happens to be a magic bullet for many other patients, and it's one that Steffens likes to prescribe. He agreed with my decision, though he warned me what to watch for. I appreciate that he treats me as a smart-enough patient to help decide what's best for me.

November 23, 2012

As caregiver I realize that I should keep more detailed records in order to determine the effects of the medications.

October 09, 2012

Dr. Steffens excels in personal communication and listening. He takes the time to actively listen so I feel that he has done his best to understand my concerns. I have total confidence in him.

October 08, 2012

It's always a good experience with Dr. Steffens. Even when the results may be discouraging.

October 08, 2012

Dr. Steffens is wonderful, a real professional. He makes me feel like I am his father instead of a patient. It is very evident that he cares about me and wants me to have the best treatment possible. He is a real expert in his field and he knows how imporant it is to stay current on Parkinson's and give his patients the newest and best treatiment and drugs as possible. He is the best doctor I have ever seen in my 70 years. We are both fortunate to have him as a doctor and as a friend.

October 01, 2012

Just wish he had some answers, but that has nothing to do with Dr Steffens, I feel that I am in the best hands to help me

September 25, 2012

Dr. Steffens is the best.

September 24, 2012

Dr. Steffens has a way of making a person feel comfortable in asking questions and is very specific in answering them. I never leave without knowing what to do and feel I can call him in between appointments, if necessary. That's uncommon, today.

August 25, 2012

Dr. Steffens, as always, is very consultative, friendly, knowledgeable, and caring. Plenty of time is spent so he can understand the problem. I feel well taken care of him as my physician.

April 19, 2012

it's all good.

April 05, 2012

Dr. Steffens always makes me feel like I am the priority when he is in my room. His manner is both professional and friendly. His questions reflect that he is really listening to my concerns.

March 16, 2012

very nice attitude and thorough

March 05, 2012

He is great. We appriciate him taking us on.

February 17, 2012

All the doctors at the clinic are smart, good, talented doctors , but Dr. Steffens has cared for me more than 10 years now so i'm partial to him. I'm glad he's putting hours back in the clinic where he belongs. All my visits to the clinic have been easy-going, nonthreatening, helpful. Never had a bad experience there.

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurology - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Diagnostic and Clinical Neurology
Board Certification American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Neurology)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 585-7575 Imaging & Neurosciences Center
729 Arapeen Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Steffens is an Idaho native, graduating with a B.S. In Zoology from the University of Idaho; received his medical degree from the University of Washington (as part of the WAMI program), then completed a transitonal year internship at the VAMC in Boise, Idaho. After three years on active duty withe the Marines in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (and points overseas) he relocated to Salt Lake City, Where he completed his Neurology training in 1997 serving as Chief resident in 1996-97, before completing a Fellowship in Neurophysiology (EMG) in 1998. He has been on Faculty at the University since that time eventually attaining status as Associate Professor (Clinical).

He has been recipient of the Teacher of the Year award from the graduating Neurology residents 6 times, been voted to 'Best Doctors" each year since 2005, and

regularly gives patient education seminars in Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

His focus is on General Neurology, and runs a busy practice with special clinical focus on multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular diseases, Parkinson’s disease, and other movement disorders. He is currently reducing his outpatient practice in order to focus on clinical resident education and acute neurology as a neurohospitalist. In addition, Dr. Steffens maintains a very busy part-time private practice in Twin Falls, ID.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine
Chief Resident University of Utah School of Medicine
Chief Resident
Residency University of Utah School of Medicine
Internship Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Professional Medical University of Washington
Undergraduate University of Idaho, College of Letters and Science


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Shprecher D, Frech T, Chin S, Eskandari R, Steffens J (2008). Progressive multifocal leucoencephalopathy associated with lupus and methotrexate overdose. Lupus, 17(11), 1029-32.
  2. Shprecher D, Smith SS, Steffens JD, Flanigan K (2008). Clinical and Diagnostic Features of Delayed Hypoxic leukoencephalopathy. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences.

Case Report

  1. Majersik JJ, Caravati EM, Steffens JD (2007). Severe neurotoxicity associated with exposure to the solvent 1-bromopropane (n-propyl bromide). Clin Toxicol (Phila), 45(3), 270-6.
  2. Greenlee JE, Steffens JD, Clawson SA, Hill K, Dalmau J (2002). Anti-Hu antibodies in Merkel cell carcinoma. Ann Neurol, 52(1), 111-5.


  1. Steffens, JD (2006). Parkinson's Disease Medications. National APDA Newsletter (Winter, 2006). New York: National chapter of the American Parkinson's Disease Association.


  1. Steffens J, Bromberg M (2001). Tick Paralysis. MedLink-Neurobase, Arbor Publishing Corp, 10393 San Diego Mission Road #120, San Diego, CA 92108-2134 [Video].


  1. Kareus, SA, Steffens, JD (2008). Choreoathetosis after Cardiopulmonary bypass, Cardiac Arrest and Hypothermia, in an Adult. Poster session presented at 12 International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, Chicago, Il.
  2. Hills WL, Warner JEA, Katz BJ, Chelune GJ, Foster NL, Steffens J, Thulin P, Chin S, Digre KB (2008). Neuro-Ophthalmic Findings that may Reliably differentiate Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Parkinson Disease. Poster session presented at NANOS.
  3. Majersik JJ, Steffens JD, Caravati EM (2004). Chronic Exposure to 1-Bromopropane Associated with Spastic Paraparesis and Distal Neuropathy: A Report of Six Foam Cushion Gluers. Poster session presented at ANA Meeting.
  4. Greenlee JE, Steffens JD, Clawson SA, Dalmau J (2001). Anti-Hu Antibodies Associated with Paraneoplastic Neuropathy and Encephalopathy in the Setting of Merkel Cell Carcinoma. Poster session presented at ANA Meeting.
  5. Rose J, Klein J, Steffens J, Foley J, Tsuruda J (2000). Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Normal Appearing White Matter in Patients with Clinically Suspected Multiple Sclerosis. Poster session presented at ANA Meeting.

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