Patient Rating:

4.9 out of 5

88 Patient Ratings
95 Patient Comments

Randy L. Jensen, M.D., Ph.D.

Patient Rating:

4.9 out of 5

88 Patient Ratings
95 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 585-6065
Clinical Neurosciences Center
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
(801) 585-0260
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Patient Care Center
2000 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Dr. Randy Jensen specializes in Neurosurgery, Brain Tumors, Skull Base Surgery, Neuro Trauma and Neurocritical Care. He has a particular emphasis using preoperative imaging, intraoperative navigation, intraoperative cortical mapping and intraoperative MRI to maximize tumor resection and minimize surgical complications. He treats patients with malignant, benign, and metastatic brain tumors. He has many clinical trials for patients with brain tumors and has a laboratory effort examining brain tumor biology. He is also a member of the Brain Tumor Research Team at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurosurgery - Professor
Oncological Sciences - Adjunct Professor
Radiation Oncology - Adjunct Professor
Academic Divisions Adult Neurosurgery
Board Certification American Board of Neurological Surgery (Neurosurg)
American Board of Neurological Surgery (Neurosurg)
Cancer Center Programs Experimental Therapeutics

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 24, 2016

incredible teamDr Jensen and team spent over an hour reviewing scans and explaining radiology report

December 14, 2016

I really like and feel confident with Dr. Randy Jensen

September 17, 2016

please don't change a thing. thank you so much

August 29, 2016

I love Dr. Jensen. He is absolutely amazing.

August 27, 2016

Terrific care

August 27, 2016

Will definitely recommend. I would not want to go to anyone else.

July 09, 2016

Feel very blessed to be in the care I have received and know I will receive in the months ahead.

July 03, 2016

The whole staff in radiation is wonderful - caring and kind and compassionate and informative.

May 26, 2016

I felt respected and safe

May 23, 2016

excellent service

May 21, 2016

I couldn't get a better experience. I am so happy with my visit there

May 02, 2016

this was only a follow up visit with very few active issues to discuss.

April 29, 2016

Dr Jensen couldn't do better at addressing the problem at hand; we feel confidence in his expertise and in his ability to counsel regarding the status of the medical problem

April 27, 2016

Dr. Randy Jensen is fantastic.

April 26, 2016

we will and have told people to go to the Huntsman truly the best Hospital and staff ever

March 15, 2016

This is the greatest doctor ever he takes time to do anything he can for his patients!!!!

March 05, 2016

Very good

January 30, 2016

Even though the physician was unable to do anything further for my condition, he made sure other physicians were informed and appointments for that care were made without hesitstion and I was contacted regarding when and where they were.

January 30, 2016

I never felt rushed. Everything was explained to me very clearly.

January 10, 2016

Dr Jensen is awesome. He is most personable and competent Dr I have ever met. Definitely a keeper!!

January 06, 2016

I left with no answers and still don't have them! It's very discouraging

December 07, 2015

DR. Jensen reviewed my MRI and showed where the changes were and answered all of our questions. He was very approachable, knowledgeable and helpful.

November 20, 2015

I feel like Dr. Jenson and melody treat me as if they were treating one of their own family members!! I feel like they truly care and do there absolute best when helping me to understand my condition and medication I'm taking. I'm truly blessed to have a doctor like him, and nurse that I can call at any moment and never feel like an inconvenience. Thank you so much!!

November 14, 2015

I saw several doctors. They each answered my questions. I was impressed by the care they took to ensure I understood their answers.

October 27, 2015

Dr. Jensen, is a wonderful Dr. Very friendly and caring. He took extra time to talk to us about our daughter who just had brain surgery. We love how easy it is to talk to him! A big thank you to him and his great staff!

October 18, 2015

I know I had to wait a long time but I didn't feel like my time with the doctor got rushed in any way to catch up, which I appreciated.

October 14, 2015

A doctor that can make you smile inspite of your problems.

October 12, 2015


October 10, 2015

My greatest contact has been with a physician assistant and these answers are just for him. Otherwise it becomes an average.

September 09, 2015

love all care providers in this department

August 30, 2015

Dr. Jensen is just so approachable, compassionate, and friendly. He directed his conversation to my 17 year-old daughter right at the onset, and he made her feel so comfortable.

August 22, 2015

Both Dr.s Jensen & Coleman were very good about helping me explore all my options

June 27, 2015

I am putting me complete confidence in the Huntsman Team.

June 11, 2015

Dr. Jensen is so personable and makes you feel at ease the minute he steps into the exam room. He makes you feel as though you are the only one he is concerned about and it is easy to ask him any question you might have.

June 10, 2015

I was impressed with the amount of time Dr. Jensen spent with me. it was very reassuring.

June 02, 2015

Exceptional enter.

April 26, 2015

Dr. Jensen has been my doctor for many years. I came to Dr. Jensen after losing all confidence in the doctor in Idaho Falls, ID. I am very comfortable and confident in Dr. Jensen. For me that is half the battle.

March 12, 2015

Dr Jensen is always upfront and honest

March 10, 2015

I could not be more happy From our Head Mechanic (surgeon) Oncology all of the staff right down to and including the nice person who would come and cleanour room. Thankyou very much

February 14, 2015

Dr. Jensen is fantastic. I appreciate his down to earth nature and attention to my situation.

January 24, 2015

dr Jensen is brilliant, empethetiic and communicates medical info and choices in terms I understood

January 18, 2015

Had a meeting at the same time as my appt..felt a little rushed

January 11, 2015

Dr Jensen is always so positive and helpful. I actually look forward to seeing him every 2 years.

January 01, 2015

Dr. Jensen is expert yet humble. Friendly, humorous yet thorough and confident. I appreciate confidence.

December 26, 2014

I am at ease that Dr. Jensen and his Team have my best interests at heart.

December 05, 2014

very good experience

December 02, 2014

Dr. Jensen is so good to work with and wonderful to explain what might be going on at this time in my life. I feel as if his comments are honest and complete with what information he has been given. I so appreciate him and the staff and the help they have provided for me.

November 14, 2014

The care givers have been incredible! I am planning on bringing up ice cream next week for them to share. Thank you all!!

November 07, 2014

I've heard rave reviews about Huntsman. They're true!

November 01, 2014

I wanted Dr. Jensen's opinion on the problem I have been having. I trust his opinion because he gave my husband excellent care, as well as his concern for me and my family.

October 31, 2014

We were very impressed that the Dr. took the time to call us himself about the results of the team meeting.

October 14, 2014

Dr. Jensen always has a smile on his face. We think he's great!

September 10, 2014

Love Dr. Jensen and Melody. They make my visits not so intimidating.

August 29, 2014

excellent physician

August 16, 2014

Instead of Very Good everything was excellant.

July 24, 2014

We understand that there are often "wait" periods....however, we know that when it is our turn the same unrushed time will be given us to be sure we leave the visit with questions answered and assured that someone "is in our corner!"

July 19, 2014

we learned a lot that we didn't learn elsewhwere. we were very impressed by how knowledgeable the doctors and the physicians assistant were. Yet they took time with us and treated us like we were important. This was a wonderful experience.

July 15, 2014

As good of an experience as a person can have going through this.

July 13, 2014

Dr. Jensen is great, he is very attentive to what my concerns are and answers all my questions.

July 07, 2014

Everything was great, but I feel that more emphasis on the impact of the surgery would have helped.

June 13, 2014

Dr. Jensen was friendly and down-to-earth in this approach and willing to let me make decisions on my care.

May 19, 2014

We were/are extremely pleased with our experience. When a family is in such a situation having health care persons who care, who listen, who are helpful is critical, Dr Jensen and his staff provided that comfort to us. Having traveled a distance and not knowing anyone, this eased our minds greatly.

April 28, 2014

Dr was great. Answered all my questions and I do not need any medications. I left feeling very good about my visit.

April 05, 2014

I really like Dr.Jensen

March 21, 2014

I love Dr Jensen and will always see him for my tumor

March 16, 2014

Dr Jensen is very personable and makes my husband and I feel like I am his only patient!

February 15, 2014

Dr. Randy Jensen is so wonderful.He is so kind,thoughtful,and patient.I absolutely feel like he saved my life and I truly trust him with my medical care.

February 14, 2014

Always a good experience with Dr. Jensen

February 02, 2014

Dr Randy Jensen was excellent as were the other members of team that I dealt with during my visit

January 25, 2014

We really like Dr Randy Jensen. Besides being very knowledgeable, he is so friendly and caring.

January 06, 2014

Given the reason we were there our experience could not have been a better one based on the helpfulness of all the caregivers that we dealt with

January 02, 2014

Loved the doctor (neurosurgeon)

December 21, 2013

Dr, Jensen seems to remember me even though I come every two years.

November 08, 2013

We love Dr Jensen. He is very understanding and takes all the time we need to understand. He explains things so we understand them. He is understanding and sensitive to the stress of our situation.

September 23, 2013

Wonderful and caring treatment and attention to detail. Great confidence booster.

September 09, 2013

The were great.

August 12, 2013

He was very personable and friendly.

August 02, 2013

I actually have referred a friend to dr Jensen and they also loved him!

July 04, 2013

There were many positive connections that we could use to support confidence.

June 19, 2013

Dr. Jensen is one of the kindest, most professional, knowledgeable, caring, comforting, and downright pleasant physicians with whom I have ever interacted. He is an excellent physician technically and delightful personally.

June 10, 2013

Dr. Jensen is a jedi master. Total confidence in him

June 03, 2013

Love Dr Jensen. So friendly and engaging. Knowledgeable. Caring.

June 03, 2013

The doctor was caring and personable.

February 25, 2013

Dr. Randy Jensen is always so kind and caring to me and my situation. I have nothing but wonderful things to write about him and his staff. I feel like he actually saved my life. Because of him and his expertise in the neurological field , he has changed my life and my health. My family and I am so grateful to him for this gift.

February 18, 2013

I appreciate Dr. Jensen always being so forthright with me.

December 17, 2012

They all seemed very helpful and concerned.

December 09, 2012

Dr. Jensen has been very helpful in addressing my concerns about ongoing migraines. His considerate attitude is exceptional.

October 03, 2012

Doctor Jensen treated our son with kindness and answered all of his questions as well as ours, and we had a lot of them (questions). He has the best bedside manner and such a comforting smile, we feel very fortunate to have him as our son surgeon.

September 10, 2012

Thank you to all who are involved

September 03, 2012

Incredible. Dr. Jensen is not only extremely knowledgeable, but friendly and funny - what a wonderful combination:-)

August 13, 2012

Randy is the best he makes sure I understand what is going on and is very quick to reply to phone calls, emails, and makes me feel like a person not just a client with a specific number

August 07, 2012

My wife and I love Dr. Jensen. From the start after first learning about my wife's brain tumor we felt the utmost confidence in his abilities and he has been very compassionate and caring throughout the diagnosis, surgery and follow up. In our last visit I wish we could have spent a little more time with him as it was really short and we left kind of feeling like "that's it?" This has been a life altering experience for us and we worry and wonder a lot about the future and would have liked to have had a little more time with him but I understand that he is very busy and I think that the outcome of my wife's surgery has been so good in his eyes that maybe he felt like she was doing so good that there wasn't much else to tell us. Regardless, he is a very good man and we feel fortunate to have had him as our neurosurgeon.

July 29, 2012

Dr Jensen was very thorough and gave me every option I could choose for treatment without forcing me in any way.

March 22, 2012

All elements in this group of questions were very good, and these are the most important questions.

February 10, 2012

They underestimated the time to get the pathology report which kept us on pins and needles for a few extra days, so would have preferred to have it more accurate, but this was a small thing overall

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Stereotactic radiosurgery versus surgery for single brain metastasis
  • Gliasite
  • Hypoxia, Brain
  • Cox-2
  • Phase II 131-I
  • Diphtheria toxin-conjugated monoclonal antibody
  • Calcium Channel Antagonists
  • IL-13 receptors
  • Hypoxia Inducible Factor-1

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurosurgery - Professor
Oncological Sciences - Adjunct Professor
Radiation Oncology - Adjunct Professor
Academic Divisions Adult Neurosurgery
Board Certification American Board of Neurological Surgery (Neurosurg)
American Board of Neurological Surgery (Neurosurg)
Cancer Center Programs Experimental Therapeutics

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-6908 School of Medicine
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Dr Randy Jensen is a neurosurgeon with a clinical practice focused on treating patients with brain tumors. He has extensive experience utilizing novel surgical methods to maximize tumor removal and minimize surgical complications. He is an expert on the use of preoperative planning and imaging to remove tumors from eloquent areas of the brain. He routinely performs awake craniotomy with intraoperative cortical mapping to avoid motor or speech injury during removal of tumors near these areas of the brain. He has instituted an intraoperative MRI program, the only one available in the Intermountain West. He also co-directs the Stereotactic Radiosurgery program which utilizes the Brain Lab Novalis Frameless Shaped Beam System for precise delivery of radiation for treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors. He and Dr Dennis Shrieve have treated over 1000 patients using these techniques.

Dr Jensen is Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology and Oncological Sciences. He is a member of both the Experimental Therapeutics and the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation programs. He has served at a national level for various Neurosurgical Societies and was recently President of the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgery Society. He is the Associate Program Director for the Neurosurgery Residency program and Clerkship Director for medical students rotating on the Neurosurgery Service.

He is a Cancer Research Investigator at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and has a laboratory focused on animal models of meningioma and radiation necrosis. His laboratory studies brain tumor hypoxia and angiogenesis. He is the author of over 100 papers most on topics of brain tumor biology and patient outcome after brain tumor treatment.

He has been the principal investigator of many brain tumor clinical trials and continues to offer cutting edge treatments for patients with brain tumors.


Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training Loyola University Medical Center
Residency Loyola University of Chicago
Professional Medical University of Utah Hospital School of Medicine
Undergraduate University of Utah
Undergraduate University of Utah
Graduate Training University of Illinois, Chicago
Graduate Training University of Illinois


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Karsy M, Hoang N, Barth T, Burt L, Dunson W, Gillespie DL, Jensen RL (2016). Combined Hydroxyurea and Verapamil in the Clinical Treatment of Refractory Meningioma: Human and Orthotopic Xenograft Studies. World Neurosurg, 86, 210-9.
  2. Karsy M, Guan J, Jensen RL, Huang LW, Colman H (2016). The impact of hypoxia and mesenchymal transistion on glioblastoma patholgenesis and cancer stem cell regulation. World Neurosurg, 88, 222-236.
  3. Lloyd IE, Clement PW, Salzman KL, Jensen RL, Salama ME, Palmer CA (2015). An unusual and challenging case of HIV-associated primary CNS Lymphoma with Hodgkin-like morphology and HIV encephalitis. Diagnostic Pathology, 10(1), 152.
  4. Jensen RL (2015). Predicting Outcomes After Glioma Surgery: Model Behavior. World Neurosurg, 84(4), 894-6.
  5. Karsy M, Sivakumar W, Neil J, Guan J, Moy F, Jensen RL (2015). Meta-analysis of the effect of isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 and 2 mutation on glioblastoma prognosis. Contemp Neurosurg, 37(5), 1-6.
  6. Schuster J, Lai RK, Recht LD, Reardon Da, Paleologos N, Grove M, Mrugala M, Jensen RL, Baehring J, Sloan A, Davis T, Archer G, Cruickshank S, Greem K, Heimberger A, Sampson J (2015). A phase II, multicenter trial of rindopepimut (CDX-110) in newly diagnosed glioblastoma. Neuro Oncol.
  7. Chen R, Ravindra VM, Cohen AL, Jensen RL, Salzman KL, Prescot AP, Colman H (2015). Molecular features assisting in diagnosis, surgery, and treatment decision making in low-grade gliomas. Neurosurg Focus, 38(3), E2.
  8. Karsy M, Neil JA, Guan J, Mark MA, Colman H, Jensen RL (2015). A practical review of prognostic correlations of molecular biomarkers in glioblastoma. Neurosurg Focus, 38(3), E4.
  9. Ly D, Bagshaw HP, Anker CJ, Tward JD, Grossmann KF, Jensen RL, Shrieve DC (2015). Local control after stereotactic radiosurgery for brain metastases in patients with melanoma with and without BRAF mutation and treatment. J Neurosurg, 123(2), 395-401.
  10. Mazur MD, Neil JA, Agarwal C, Jensen RL, Couldwell WT (2015). Surgical management of a transosseous meningioma with invasion of torcula, superior sagittal sinus, transverse sinus, calvaria, and scalp. Surg Neurol Int, 6, 40.
  11. Ravindra VM, Braca JA 3rd, Jensen RL, Duckworth EA (2015). Management of intracranial pathology during pregnancy: Case example and review of management strategies. Surg Neurol Int, 6, 43.
  12. Choi H, Gillespie DL, Berg S, Rice C, Couldwell S, Gu J, Colman H, Jensen RL, Huang LE (2015). Intermittent induction of HIF-1alpha produces lasting effects on malignant progression independent of its continued expression. PLoS One, 10(4), e0125125.
  13. de Souza PC, Balasubramanian K, Njoku C, Smith N, Gillespie DL, Schwager A, Abdullah O, Ritchey JW, Fung KM, Saunders D, Jensen RL, Towner RA (2015). OKN-007 decreases tumor necrosis and tumor cell proliferation and increases apoptosis in a preclinical F98 rat glioma model. J Magn Reson Imaging, 42(6), 1582-91.
  14. Gillespie DL, Arce-Larreta MT, Ravichandran S, Leishman LL, Berrondo C, Gamboa J, Wang L, Wang X, Lu Z-R, Jensen RL (2015). RNA interference targeting HIF-1a via a novel multifunctional surfactant attenuates glioma growth in an intracranial mouse model. J Neurosurg, 122(2), 331-341.
  15. Kent T, Jensen RL (2014). Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Neurosurgery: Part II -- Brain Shift, Perioperative Complications, and Costs. Contemp Neurosurg, 36(23).
  16. Kent T, Jensen RL (2014). Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Neurosurgery: Part 1 -- A Review of History, Use, and Outcomes. Contemp Neurosurg, 36(23).
  17. Jensen RL (2014). Educating our residents for the alphabet soup of PQRS and HCAHPS. AANS Neurosurgeon, 23(4).
  18. Wagner AE, Chen A, Jensen RL, Shrieve DC (2014). Stereotactic radiosurgery for solitary brain metastases: Factors impacting control. J Radiosurg SBRT, 3(2), 111-121.
  19. Ghia A, Jensen RL, Sherieve A, Hu N, Li X, Shrieve D (2014). Radiosurgery for melanoma brain metastases: the impact of hemorrhage on local control. Journal of Radiosurgery, (3), 43-50.
  20. Terakedis BE, Jensen RL, Shrieve DC (2014). Tumor Control and incidence of radiation necrosis after reirradiation with stereotactic radiosurgery for bran metastases. Journal of Radiosurgery, (3), 21-28.
  21. Womeldorff M, Gillespie D, Jensen RL (2014). Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 and associated upstream and downstream proteins in the pathophysiology and management of glioblastoma. Neurosurg Focus, 37(6), E8.
  22. Jensen RL, Mumert ML, Gillespie DL, Kinney AY, Schabel MC, Salzman KL (2014). Preoperative dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI correlates with molecular markers of hypoxia and vascularity in specific areas of intratumoral microenvironment and is predictive of patient outcome. Neuro Oncol, 16(2), 280-91.


  1. Karsy M, Guan J, Cohen A, Colman H, Jensen RL (2016). Medical Management of Meningiomas: Current Status, Failed Treatments, and Promising Horizons. [Review]. Neurosurg Clin N Am, 27(2), 249-60.

Edited Book

  1. Zada G, Jensen RL (Eds.) (April 2016). Neurosurgery Clinics of North America.
  2. G Zada, RL Jensen (Eds.) (2015). Neurosurgery Clinics of North America.

Book Chapter

  1. Jensen RL (In Press). Commentary on Patchell et al. In Bendok B, Ghogawala Z, El Tecle N, Ragel B, Asthagiri A, Resnick D (Eds.), CNS Essential Papers in Neurosurgery. CNS.
  2. Abou Al-Shaar H, Jensen RL, Couldwell WT (In Press). Primary central nervous system lymphoma. In Nader R, Sabbagh A (Eds.), Neurosurgery Case Review. New York: Thieme.
  3. Weaver BD, Jensen RL (In Press). Hemangiopericytoma. In Lonser R, Elder B (Eds.), Cases in Surgical Neuro-oncology. New York: Oxford University Press.


  1. Zada G, Jensen RL (2016). Meningiomas: An Update on Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approaches. Neurosurg Clin N Am, 27(2), xiii.
  2. Jensen RL (2014). Navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation: another tool for preoperative planning for patients with motor-eloquent brain tumors. Neuro Oncol, 16(10), 1299-300.

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