Patient Rating:

4.9 out of 5

113 Patient Ratings
98 Patient Comments

Gary A. Kunkel, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.9 out of 5

113 Patient Ratings
98 Patient Comments



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Clinical Details

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-7724 University Hospital
Rheumatology, Clinic 2
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132



Dr.Kunkel received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and completed his internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowships at the University of Utah. Dr. Kunkel joined the faculty in 2004 in the Division of Rheumatology and is currently an assistant professor of medicine. He is seeing patients at both the University Hospital and VA Medical Center, and has a clinical and research interest in the causes of, detection of (in particular with the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound), and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

Dr.Kunkel has published several articles in the peer reviewed medical literature, and is a member of the American College of Rheumatology and the Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Rheumatology
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Rheumatology)
National Board of Medical Examiners

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.

January 27, 2015

I have great respect for Dr. Kunkel and have always felt he is very thorough and explains everything about my problems clearly and what he recommends. I really appreciate the way he follows up on my appt. telling me to call him if it improves or if I need to see him again soon.

January 02, 2015

It was again an excellent experience. Dr. Kunkle is very caring. He listens to my concerns and answers all of my questions. We discuss possible treatment plans together, and agree upon a course of action. I never feel that he is needing or wanting to be somewhere else- he gives me all of the time that I need.

December 31, 2014

Dr. Kunkle is awesome. He does his best to help me when ever I need him. He does a great job for me.

December 24, 2014

Dr Kunkel couldn't have been more empathetic and concerned about the pain I was in. he went tour if his way to ask Dr Miller if I could restart prednisone right away rather than waiting a few days for next appt. He's a keeper!

December 24, 2014

Dr. Kunkel is one the best physicians I've ever interacted with.

December 12, 2014

he is hard to get an appointment with. that would be dr. Kruger

December 12, 2014

Excellent care by Dr. Kunkel

December 08, 2014

I have recommended De. Kunkel to multiple people - I hope he never retires!

November 24, 2014

Dr Kunkel and his staff do a great job.

November 14, 2014

I have already recommended Gary Kunkel to others.

October 21, 2014

Dr. Kunkel is by far the best I have ever been treated by!!

September 11, 2014

Dr Kunkel is fantastic. I feel fortunate to have him as my doctor.

September 08, 2014

Dr. Kunkel is one of the best physicians I have ever had!

August 29, 2014

Dr Kunkel is always kind and very thorough in his time with me. He listens to my comments and addresses them to my satisfaction

August 28, 2014

I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Kunkel. I would recommend him to anyone and feel honored that he is my physician!

August 19, 2014

great. thanks

July 19, 2014

I felt like I was listened to and treated as part of the team for my healing. We both made agreements that will help me from falling through the cracks in the communication system.

July 02, 2014

Kunkle is Primo

June 16, 2014

there is no better rheumatologist in the western us.

May 19, 2014

Dr Kunkle is a wonderful Dr, I have full confidence in him, he is the kind of Dr that people always wish they could have! A kind and caring bedside manner with the patients best interest as number 1.

May 19, 2014

Dr. Kunkel is always very caring and professional.

April 28, 2014

Dr. Morgan did the first ultrasound and Dr. Kunkel did the rest. I only can give Very Good ratings to both of them.

April 26, 2014

Dr. Kunkel immediately went to work taking care of my over-swollen left knee. He was great taking care that I was feeling as comfortable as possible during the draining and injecting my left knee. It was a great experience considering how uncomfortable my knee was. Thanks Dr. Kunkel...

April 26, 2014

Dr. Kunkel is an excellent doctor have been coming to see him for years

April 20, 2014

Dr. Kunkel is so professional and personable - I love that he can explain my conditions to me without being condescending. He definitely shows that he understands how I feel and he validates my feelings.

April 01, 2014

It was my first encounter with Dr. Kunkle. Very animated and exuberant about his work and teaching and supervising the resident that provided the treatment.

March 29, 2014

We need to multiple him -- not enuff of "hims" to go around to all who need his good care.

March 15, 2014


February 24, 2014

Excellent. Dr. Kunkel is wonderful.

February 19, 2014

Dr. Kunlel sent me to the ER for a possible blood clot in my lungs. I didn't get a chance to ask him some questions and have him review my bone scan, he said he would get back to me on that.

February 03, 2014

I love Dr Kunkel!

February 01, 2014

Dr. Kunkel is always very professional, caring, thorough, and punctual. He is one of the best doctors I have ever had.

January 12, 2014


December 22, 2013

Dr. Kunkel has cut back on clinic time to enjoy being with his young son; I applaud that decision. He is a great doctor who cares about his patients, who takes time to answer questions, and who I feel fortunate to have directing the care of my RA.

December 16, 2013

it's all good with Dr. Kunkle!

November 26, 2013

Though Dr. Kunkel's schedule had been thrown off by an emergency, he took his time with me and answered everyone of our questions with deliberation, depth, and courtesy.

November 17, 2013

I have already recommended Gary Kunkel to others in Teton Valley, Idaho.

October 28, 2013

Dr Kunkel is a great provider and very caring too

October 15, 2013

I like Dr. Kunkel. He is thorough, helpful and spends time addressing problems and concerns. Our only problem is it is difficult getting messages to and from the doctor. The injection did not help so the next step is to see an orthopedic surgeon for my right wrist and I do not know who to contact. 10/15, still waiting for a return call.

October 07, 2013

my visits are always informative and the most concrn is always shown

September 24, 2013

What can I say - Dr. Kunkel is the best!!!!

August 26, 2013

Even though Dr. Kunkel is always extremely busy - he never rushes him time with me and makes sure to discuss and address any of my concerns.

August 20, 2013

Dr. Konkel is terrific, wish all my other Dr's took the time to be informative. (Not at the "U")

August 19, 2013

I've already recommended Dr. Kunkel to others.

August 09, 2013

Dr. Kunkel was excellent as always.

August 08, 2013

DR. Kunlel is well prepared for my visit, having reviewed my file prior to seeing me.

July 23, 2013

Every thing was very good

July 22, 2013

the md talked me through the whole procedure, it was very comforting and prof to be able to ask questions real time. only less likely to recommend bc of wait time for procedure

July 01, 2013

It is always very professional.

July 01, 2013

It was an excellent experience. Though there is not yet a diagnosis and plan for treatment, I understand the steps in getting there and anticipate that I will hear from Dr. Kunkel soon regarding the next step.

June 24, 2013

Dr. Kunkel is great. I have had to come as a private pay pt. the last 2 visits because of a change in my insurance, but refused to change to an IHC doctor. Because of my confidence in Dr. Kunkel. I will be Medicare age in October and plan to continue seeing him.

June 14, 2013

Gary is wonderful! He always has been.

April 29, 2013

As always both Dr. Kunkel and the nurse were marvelous, concerned and friendly

April 22, 2013


April 16, 2013

Dr Kunkel is very nice and seemed as if he enjoyed his job. He answered my questions and talked to me gas if we had known each other a long time. The interesting part is that this was the first time I had been seen by him.

April 08, 2013

Dr. Kunkell was ill making a thorough exam impossible, as he didn't want to spread hs illness. he also had a visiting medical student observing which also was a bit of a deterent. I am sure my next scheduled appt. will be up to par. it wasn't a bad appointment just average as far as my experience allows observation.

March 30, 2013

The ultra sound computer had problems. Very slow - even thought doc would have to get another one from up stairs. Finally, it all turned out okay.

March 12, 2013

Dr. Kunkle is the BEST doctor!

March 06, 2013

I always have an great experience with Dr Kunkel. He is extremely knowledgable, patient and caring. I have full confidence in Dr Kunkel and would/do highly recommend him to others.

January 29, 2013

Excellent attention from Fellow and Dr Kunkel

January 25, 2013

I continue to recommend Dr. Kunkel to others.

January 14, 2013

Dr Kunkel is the best. I appreciate him so much.

January 14, 2013

Dr. Kunkel is excellent.

January 06, 2013

Definitely would like to keep this provider and would recommend him to anyone without reservation.

December 31, 2012

Dr. Kunkel was outstanding taking all the time needed (even after his regular patients that late aft. to help me and give me treatment.)

December 23, 2012

Dr. Kunkel is the epitome of what a patient hopes to find in a caregiver. He does not mention time, he listens and answers questions, he stays current with my treatment. He manages to stay on schedule without ever giving the feeling that the time with him is rushed. He always treats me with respect. I rate him highly as a physician and as a person. He is an overall good guy!!

December 21, 2012

It's always nice to see Dr. Kunkel. He doesn't make you feel rushed-always takes his time with me. Very informative and patient. I feel lucky to have him helping me.

December 11, 2012

No follow up. Doctor was very good at looking for a problem but with me none was found, extra testing was done but no follow up as to what I should do next.

November 20, 2012

The only complaint I have is that I was told they would call me with the results of my labs and x-rays within a week and I have yet to receive a call. I will be calling in tomorrow.

October 19, 2012

Dr. Kunkel is always very professional and helpful.

September 24, 2012

Dr. Kunkel is a great doctor and always shows concern and genuine care. I have seen enough doctors to know the difference between doctors going through the motions and those who truly caring about their patients. Dr. Kunkel cares - or is a very good actor.

September 22, 2012

Dr. Kunkel is an extraordinary physician and care provider. I had a friend bring me to one of my appointments. She kept commenting during and after about what a wonderful doctor he is and how much care and concern he showed for my well-being. I had had two mini-strokes (TIAs) which are not his area of care for me; nevertheless, he took time to get the whole picture and even sent e-mails to other of my caregivers who had left me with questions. He talks with my internist and other doctors to be sure that all are working in tandem concerning my health. He is a great doctor; all should follow his example.

September 18, 2012

Very kind and considerate, always takes his time with me and doesn't make me feel he is rushed.

September 17, 2012

Dr kunkel was great!

September 14, 2012

Dr. Kunkel is a wonderful doctor!

September 14, 2012

Excellent doctor!

August 29, 2012

excellent experience

August 27, 2012

I really appreciate Dr Kunkel. He has done more for my pain level, than any doctor in years past.

August 18, 2012

Dr. Kunkle is awesome!

August 06, 2012

He is always great to work with!

July 23, 2012

Dr. Gary Kunkel was and is a great doc. He was very helpful speaking about specific concerns we had about medications. He explained to my husband and myself and listened to all questions and problems addressed with knowledge and no concern for his tim

July 20, 2012

Dr. Kunkel is always excellent in every way during my visits. He is currently the best specialist that I see.

July 19, 2012

Dr. Kunkel is an excellent doctor.

July 16, 2012

Dr. Krunkel provided a direct phone number for me to bypass the Nurses Station if I needed to call if another flair up.

July 03, 2012

I have been a patient of Dr. Kunkel for over 9 years. He is a wonderful doctor and I have recommended him to my family and friends. He was even responsible for saving my grandpa's life a couple of years ago. I am very happy with my doctor. I trust him com

July 02, 2012

I especially like the ability I have to communicate between visits with Dr. Kunkel via email and the My Chart website. Thanks again.

June 22, 2012


May 08, 2012

Dr. Kunkel has always been very friendly, thoughtful in dealing with me, and I trust him implicitly.

May 03, 2012

Dr Kunkle Rocks! He is always willing to take as much time as needed to work through any issues and is always a joy to meet with.

April 19, 2012

Hate that due to my lack of available transportation I have to take his last appt. of the day, cause he's always in a rush and we don't really have time to pursue issues we probably should.

March 15, 2012

Waiting for an hour was long but after meeting Dr. Kunkle I felt very confident in his ability to figure out my problem and treat it. He was so nice and seemed very concerned and willing to help.

March 13, 2012

Love Dr. Kunkel! Always concerned, expertly informed and always makes me feel we are working as a team in treating my illness.

February 15, 2012

My provider was great.

February 14, 2012

I am very happy with Dr. Kunkel, I like that I can contact him and he returns my calls, he always listens to what I have to say, couldn't be happier.

February 09, 2012

Gary is Great! He always takes the time to listen to my concerns and we always talk through our plans.

February 06, 2012

I would like more time with my doctor, especially since we only see each other twice a year typically. It seems to be a fast and sometimes rushed process, which is probably due to the amount of other patients scheduled. But when my condition is particularly bad and I really need help, I wish we had more time to really sit, collect our thoughts and come up with something that would be suitable for MY needs, rather than a generic treatment plan.

January 26, 2012

I have been seeing Dr. Kunkel for years now--he continues to thoroughly evaluate me each and every time that I come to clinic. He always does a very thorough exam. I have the best doctor ever, and know that I have the best care that I could receive. He explains things very well. He always gives me the time that I need. I know that I can count on him to provide me with the care that I need to continue on in my life. I feel that he has my best interest at heart!

January 09, 2012

Dr Kunkle is wonderful. He shows interest and understanding when I come in. He is good to look back and see where we were last time or other prior visits. I get concerned about meds at my age and he is very reassuring. I appreciate his care and feel very confident he is recommending the right thing.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Arthritis, Gouty

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Rheumatology
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Rheumatology)
National Board of Medical Examiners

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-4333 School of Medicine
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Gary Kunkel, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Kunkel’s research interest is largely in improving our understanding of the pathogenesis, diagnostic testing, and management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). He is involved in original research on the role of gene-environment interactions in the pathogenesis of RA, and in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in the diagnosis of RA. He has taught musculoskeletal ultrasound use in the Division of Rheumatology fellowship program, as well as in regional and national courses. He has been an investigator in several clinical trials of RA treatments, including the VAMC Cooperative Studies Program RA Combined Active Therapy (RACAT) trial, as well as trials of other rheumatologic conditions such as osteoarthritis and scleroderma.

Dr. Kunkel also maintains a research interest in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound for the diagnosis of gout, and in the role of hyperuricemia in the development of hypertension. He is active in resident education and is clinically caring for rheumatology patients at both the University and VA Hospitals, and has received faculty teaching awards in 2010 and 2011 from the Department of Medicine.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine
Residency University of Utah School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Internship University of Utah School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Professional Medical University of Texas Southwestern
Undergraduate University of Texas at Austin


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