Patient Rating:

4.9 out of 5

59 Patient Ratings
46 Patient Comments

John D. Steffens, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.9 out of 5

59 Patient Ratings
46 Patient Comments

Specialties

Languages

  • English

Clinical Details

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 585-7575 Imaging and Neurosciences Center
729 Arapeen Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Map

Bio

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
4.9
My confidence in care provider
5.0
Time care provider spent with me
5.0
Care provider spoke using clear language
5.0
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
4.7
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy
5.0

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.

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

Great

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

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 08, 2012

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

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) 585-9386 Imaging & Neurosciences Center
Neurology
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

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine
Neurophysiology
Fellow
Chief Resident University of Utah School of Medicine
Neurology
Chief Resident
Residency University of Utah School of Medicine
Neurology
Resident
Internship Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Medicine
Intern
Professional Medical University of Washington
Medicine
M.D.
Undergraduate University of Idaho, College of Letters and Science
Zoology
B.S.

Publications

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.

Other

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

Video/Film/CD/Web/Podcast

  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].

Poster

  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.

Clinical Trials

Video & News