Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

48 Patient Ratings
34 Patient Comments

Sean J. Mulvihill, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

48 Patient Ratings
34 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-7167
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Patient Care Center
2000 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Sean Mulvihill, MD has specialized expertise in the treatment of diseases of the liver, biliary tract, and pancreas. He is board certified in general surgery. His main clinical focus is in the management of patients with pancreatic tumors, such as pancreatic adenocarcinoma and neuroendocrine tumors. He has integrated a research program funded by the National Cancer Institute into his clinical practice, with the aim of determining the underlying cause of these cancers and identifying new treatment approaches. This knowledge is leading to improved diagnostic strategies, improved selection of treatment options, and improved outcomes.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Professor
Academic Divisions General Surgery
Board Certification American Board of Surgery (General Surgery)
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.

July 20, 2016

My interactions with both Dr. Cannon and Dr. Milvilhill were outstanding. Both doctors were very compassionate and gave me a clear understanding of my potential choices depending on many varying situations. I never felt rushed and all my questions were answered completely.

May 31, 2016

Needless to say, I was extremely impressed by the quality of service I received, which exceeded my expectations based on experiences elsewhere.

May 23, 2016

I have complete confidence that Dr. Mulvihill will keep us current with all pertinent information, and that he will proceed with the best plan for my health and well-being.

May 11, 2016

Dr. M. gave me the clearest explanation of the procedure, outcomes and what to expect after surgery. He actually listened to what I had to say about my symptoms and acted truly interested in my goals and what was important to me.

April 18, 2016

I feel I received the best possible care from all the staff, from the surgeon down to my hourly care, and am eternally greatful for the fine care I and my family received. Thank You.

April 05, 2016

Have a close friend coming on April 12th for his surgery and it was on his recommendation that I came. So I plan on paying it forward.

February 23, 2016

Dr. Mulvihill was well prepared to discuss my condition.

February 21, 2016

Dr. Mulvihill drew an example of my problem, but was not sure I understood just where my cancer was located. Later I called Brandie and she sent me an e mail that explain exactly where it was and I am very appreciative of he help.

December 08, 2015

I feel like I'm in the best possible hands; I feel secure and confident in my care and appreciate the concern shown me. Dr. Mulvihill is the best!

November 05, 2015

Dr. Mulvahill and his team are the best. I would recommend their services to everyone that I care for.

November 04, 2015

it is just excellent in all aspects

November 03, 2015

I have nothing but praise for the way I was treated.

October 20, 2015

This was an out of network second opinion about a potential surgery recommended by my in network doctor and surgeon and therefore expensive. I feel that the doctor should have been better informed of my particular circumstances which he could have been if he had spent more time reading the information provided before the appointment. I left more confused than when I arrived.

September 09, 2015

All of the staff spent a great deal of time with me and were exceedingly kind, caring and very helpful in working to ease my fears.

August 17, 2015

I have spent a lot of time at the Huntsman Center during the last several months. Everyone has been nothing less than angels and their care and assistance have exceeded my expectations.

July 21, 2015

I'm sorry that I was late for my appointment. I read the appointment card wrong. Was thankful that they still let me see the doctor.

December 12, 2014

No bad comments. He was good.

December 08, 2014

we were very impressed with Dr. Mulvihill and his expertise.

February 16, 2014

we feel very lucky to have met Dr Mulvihill and have him treating me

February 13, 2014

i would like to say that the doctor, staff , and all are very polite.

February 10, 2014

Encouraging and very clear.

November 27, 2013

all my questions were discussed and I left with a confident feeling that my next steps were to be

October 08, 2013

Dr. Mulvihill is a great doctor and is very pleasant to talk with as well. he was great on answering all our questions and concerns in terms which we understood . My experience with Dr. Mulvihill would be a 100% referral to anyone whom I know would need his assistance as well.

June 25, 2013

excellent and impressed with the knowledge level and with the terminology used for ease of understanding all issues talked about.

May 13, 2013

Extremely positive experience.

January 22, 2013

Came to Dr. Mulvihill by recommendation of a doctor i work for now. Also, he was the specialist that my origional surgeon was talking to. i knew i was in good hands before i arrived. Talking with Dr. Mulvihill in person confirmed that!

October 23, 2012

Always a good experience

June 15, 2012

I feel very confident that I am in good hands

May 12, 2012

All care providers I have met or been counseled by while at Huntsman have been extremely professional and very friendly

March 14, 2012

Dr. Mulvihill was excellent and we enjoyed learning from him and hearing his plan for my treatment. He was very professional, thorough, informative, positive, and kind.

February 18, 2012

Excellent in every respect. Profesional, informative, and personable.

February 11, 2012

My diagnosis was not clear. I hope it will be resolved quickly and given priority. I also wish to be informed of my situation as it progresses.

February 07, 2012

I was very well treated

February 04, 2012

I highly regard Dr. Mulvihill's expertise, mannerism and professionalism. I consider I have access to the best!

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Gastrointestinal Physiology
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Clinical Trials in Pancreatic Disease
  • Education, Professional, Retraining
  • Pancreatic cancer

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Professor
Academic Divisions General Surgery
Board Certification American Board of Surgery (General Surgery)
Cancer Center Programs Experimental Therapeutics

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-4896 Clinical Neurosciences Center
SVP for Health Sciences
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Dr. Sean Mulvihill is the Associate Vice President for Payer Strategy at the University of Utah. In this role, he is the University lead in strategic health insurance payer partnerships with the goal of transforming health care payment and delivery. In addition to this administrative role, he is a tenured professor and holds the Ross R. Anderson Presidential Endowed Chair in Surgery. He maintains an active clinical practice and an NIH-funded research laboratory.

Prior to assuming his current leadership role, Dr. Mulvihill served as CEO of the University of Utah Medical Group for four years, a key leadership position in our health care system. Prior to that, he served as Chair of the Department of Surgery for 12 years and, concurrently, Senior Director for Clinical Affairs in the Huntsman Cancer Institute for 10 years. He was recruited to the University of Utah from the University of California, San Francisco where he served as Chief of their Division of General Surgery.

Dr. Mulvihill's clinical expertise relates to diseases of the liver, pancreas, and bile ducts. He works to improve patient outcomes and to develop novel treatment strategies for diseases like pancreatic cancer and neuroendocrine tumors. As head of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Group at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, he was responsible for the successful development of a clinical research database containing detailed information on patients with pancreatic tumors, linked to a robust biospecimen bank of patient samples. This material is used to develop and validate biomarkers useful in early diagnosis, prediction of response to therapy, and in studies of the cell biology of pancreatic cancer. His research is funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Mulvihill is an editor of a major surgical textbook, Surgery: Basic Science and Clinical Evidence, and has authored nearly 200 scientific papers, editorials, and book chapters. He is past-president of the American Hepatopancreatobiliary Association and has served as an officer or board member of numerous other professional societies and community service organizations.

Dr. Mulvihill is particularly interested in navigating the challenges of health care reform by embracing the triple aim of improving each individual's experience of care, improving the health of the population we serve, and reducing the cost of care in University of Utah Health Care.


Education History

Type School Degree
Chief Resident University of California - Los Angeles
General Surgery
Chief Resident
Residency University of California - Los Angeles
General Surgery
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of California - Los Angeles
GI Research
Postdoctoral Fellow
Residency University of California - Los Angeles
General Surgery
Internship University of California - Los Angeles
Professional Medical University of Southern California
Undergraduate University of California - Davis


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Chari ST, Kelly K, Hollingsworth MA, Thayer SP, Ahlquist DA, Andersen DK, Batra SK, Brentnall TA, Canto M, Cleeter DF, Firpo MA, Gambhir SS, Go VL, Hines OJ, Kenner BJ, Klimstra DS, Lerch MM, Levy MJ, Maitra A, Mulvihill SJ, Petersen GM, Rhim AD, Simeone DM, Srivastava S, Tanaka M, Vinik AI, Wong D (2015). Early detection of sporadic pancreatic cancer: summative review. Pancreas, 44(5), 693-712.
  2. Gu Y, Shea J, Slattum G, Firpo MA, Alexander M, Mulvihill SJ, Golubovskaya VM, Rosenblatt J (2015). Defective apical extrusion signaling contributes to aggressive tumor hallmarks. Elife, 4, e04069.
  3. Kawamoto K, Martin CJ, Williams K, Tu MC, Park CG, Hunter C, Staes CJ, Bray BE, Deshmukh VG, Holbrook RA, Morris SJ, Fedderson MB, Sletta A, Turnbull J, Mulvihill SJ, Crabtree GL, Entwistle DE, McKenna QL, Strong MB, Pendleton RC, Lee VS (2015). Value Driven Outcomes (VDO): a pragmatic, modular, and extensible software framework for understanding and improving health care costs and outcomes. J Am Med Inform Assoc, 22(1), 223-35.
  4. Call TR, Pace NL, Thorup DB, Maxfield D, Chortkoff B, Christensen J, Mulvihill SJ (2015). Factors associated with improved survival after resection of pancreatic adenocarcinoma: a multivariable model. Anesthesiology, 122(2), 317-24.
  5. von Figura G, Fukuda A, Roy N, Liku ME, Morris Iv JP, Kim GE, Russ HA, Firpo MA, Mulvihill SJ, Dawson DW, Ferrer J, Mueller WF, Busch A, Hertel KJ, Hebrok M (2014). The chromatin regulator Brg1 suppresses formation of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Nat Cell Biol, 16(3), 255-67.
  6. Firpo MA, Boucher KM, Mulvihill SJ (2014). Prospects for developing an accurate diagnostic biomarker panel for low prevalence cancers. Theor Biol Med Model, 11, 34.
  7. Tempero MA, Malafa MP, Behrman SW, Benson AB 3rd, Casper ES, Chiorean EG, Chung V, Cohen SJ, Czito B, Engebretson A, Feng M, Hawkins WG, Herman J, Hoffman JP, Ko A, Komanduri S, Koong A, Lowy AM, Ma WW, Merchant NB, Mulvihill SJ, Muscarella P 2nd, Nakakura EK, Obando J, Pitman MB, Reddy S, Sasson AR, Thayer SP, Weekes CD, Wolff RA, Wolpin BM, Burns JL, Freedman-Cass DA (2014). Pancreatic adenocarcinoma, version 2.2014: featured updates to the NCCN guidelines. J Natl Compr Canc Netw, 12(8), 1083-93.
  8. Wang AS, Lodi A, Rivera LB, Izquierdo-Garcia JL, Firpo MA, Mulvihill SJ, Tempero MA, Bergers G, Ronen SM (2014). HR-MAS MRS of the pancreas reveals reduced lipid and elevated lactate and taurine associated with early pancreatic cancer. NMR Biomed, 27(11), 1361-70.
  9. Jackson KL, Glasgow RE, Mone MC, Sheng X, Mulvihill SJ, Scaife CL (2014). Does travel distance influence length of stay in elective pancreatic surgery? HPB (Oxford), 16(6), 543-9.
  10. Kendrick ZW, Firpo MA, Repko RC, Scaife CL, Adler DG, Boucher KM, Mulvihill SJ (2014). Serum IGFBP2 and MSLN as diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for pancreatic cancer. HPB (Oxford), 16(7), 670-6.
  11. Scaife CL, Hewitt KC, Mone MC, Hansen HJ, Nelson ET, Mulvihill SJ (2014). Comparison of intraoperative versus delayed enteral feeding tube placement in patients undergoing a Whipple procedure. HPB (Oxford), 16(1), 62-9.
  12. Scaife CL, Hartz A, Pappas L, Pelletier P, He T, Glasgow RE, Mulvihill SJ (2013). Association between postoperative complications and clinical cancer outcomes. Ann Surg Oncol, 20(13), 4063-6.
  13. Granger JH, Granger MC, Firpo MA, Mulvihill SJ, Porter MD (2013). Toward development of a surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based cancer diagnostic immunoassay panel. Analyst, 138(2), 410-6.
  14. Poruk KE, Gay DZ, Brown K, Mulvihill JD, Boucher KM, Scaife CL, Firpo MA, Mulvihill SJ (2013). The clinical utility of CA 19-9 in pancreatic adenocarcinoma: diagnostic and prognostic updates. Curr Mol Med, 13(3), 340-51.
  15. Poruk KE, Firpo MA, Scaife CL, Adler DG, Emerson LL, Boucher KM, Mulvihill SJ (2013). Serum osteopontin and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase 1 as diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Pancreas, 42(2), 193-7.
  16. Poruk KE, Firpo MA, Adler DG, Mulvihill SJ (2013). Screening for pancreatic cancer: why, how, and who? Ann Surg, 257(1), 17-26.
  17. Jennifer H Granger, Michael C Granger, Matthew A Firpo, Sean J Mulvihill and Marc D Porter (2012). Toward development of a surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based cancer diagnostic immunoassay panel. Analyst, 2013(138), 410-416.
  18. Hazard L, Jones K, Shaban A, Anker C, Scaife C, Weis J, Mulvihill S (2012). Prospective phase I study of capecitabine and oxaliplatin concurrent with radiation therapy for the treatment of locally advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma, and retrospective comparison to concurrent 5-fluorouracil/radiation and gemcitabine/radiation. J Gastrointest Cancer, 43(2), 258-66.
  19. Tempero MA, Arnoletti JP, Behrman SW, Ben-Josef E, Benson AB 3rd, Casper ES, Cohen SJ, Czito B, Ellenhorn JD, Hawkins WG, Herman J, Hoffman JP, Ko A, Komanduri S, Koong A, Ma WW, Malafa MP, Merchant NB, Mulvihill SJ, Muscarella P 2nd, Nakakura EK, Obando J, Pitman MB, Sasson AR, Tally A, Thayer SP, Whiting S, Wolff RA, Wolpin BM, Freedman-Cass DA, Shead DA (2012). Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma, version 2.2012: featured updates to the NCCN Guidelines. J Natl Compr Canc Netw, 10(6), 703-13.
  20. Pearson EG, Scaife CL, Mulvihill SJ, Glasgow RE (2012). Roux-en-Y drainage of a pancreatic fistula for disconnected pancreatic duct syndrome after acute necrotizing pancreatitis. HPB (Oxford), 14(1), 26-31.
  21. Fukuda A, Wang SC, Morris JP 4th, Folias AE, Liou A, Kim GE, Akira S, Boucher KM, Firpo MA, Mulvihill SJ, Hebrok M (2011). Stat3 and MMP7 contribute to pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma initiation and progression. Cancer Cell, 19(4), 441-55.
  22. Scaife CL, Shea J, Emerson L, Boucher K, Firpo MA, Beckerle MC, Mulvihill SJ (2010). Prognostic significance of PINCH signalling in human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. HPB (Oxford), 12(5), 352-8.
  23. Poruk KE, Firpo MA, Huerter LM, Scaife CL, Emerson LL, Boucher KM, Jones KA, Mulvihill SJ (2010). Serum platelet factor 4 is an independent predictor of survival and venous thromboembolism in patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 19(10), 2605-10.
  24. Deer EL, Gonzalez-Hernandez J, Coursen JD, Shea JE, Ngatia J, Scaife CL, Firpo MA, Mulvihill SJ (2010). Phenotype and genotype of pancreatic cancer cell lines. Pancreas, 39(4), 425-35.
  25. Shirts BH, Burt RW, Mulvihill SJ, Cannon-Albright LA (2010). A population-based description of familial clustering of pancreatic cancer. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol, 8(9), 812-6.
  26. Firpo MA, Gay DZ, Granger SR, Scaife CL, DiSario JA, Boucher KM, Mulvihill SJ (2009). Improved diagnosis of pancreatic adenocarcinoma using haptoglobin and serum amyloid A in a panel screen. World J Surg, 33(4), 716-22.
  27. Benson AB 3rd, Abrams TA, Ben-Josef E, Bloomston PM, Botha JF, Clary BM, Covey A, Curley SA, DAngelica MI, Davila R, Ensminger WD, Gibbs JF, Laheru D, Malafa MP, Marrero J, Meranze SG, Mulvihill SJ, Park JO, Posey JA, Sachdev J, Salem R, Sigurdson ER, Sofocleous C, Vauthey JN, Venook AP, Goff LW, Yen Y, Zhu AX (2009). NCCN clinical practice guidelines in oncology: hepatobiliary cancers. J Natl Compr Canc Netw, 7(4), 350-91.
  28. Pitt HA, Kilbane M, Strasberg SM, Pawlik TM, Dixon E, Zyromski NJ, Aloia TA, Henderson JM, Mulvihill SJ (2009). ACS-NSQIP has the potential to create an HPB-NSQIP option. HPB (Oxford), 11(5), 405-13.
  29. Torgenson MJ, Shea JE, Firpo MA, Dai Q, Mulvihill SJ, Scaife CL (2008). Natural history of pancreatic cancer recurrence following "curative" resection in athymic mice. J Surg Res, 149(1), 57-61.
  30. Glasgow RE, Jackson HH, Neumayer L, Schifftner TL, Khuri SF, Henderson WG, Mulvihill SJ (2007). Pancreatic resection in Veterans Affairs and selected university medical centers: results of the patient safety in surgery study. J Am Coll Surg, 204(6), 1252-60.
  31. Lightner AM, Glasgow RE, Jordan TH, Krassner AD, Way LW, Mulvihill SJ, Kirkwood KS (2004). Pancreatic resection in the elderly. J Am Coll Surg, 198(5), 697-706.
  32. Chapman WC, Abecassis M, Jarnagin W, Mulvihill S, Strasberg SM (2003). Bile duct injuries 12 years after the introduction of laparoscopic cholecystectomy. J Gastrointest Surg, 7(3), 412-6.
  33. Pullinger CR, Eng C, Salen G, Shefer S, Batta AK, Erickson SK, Verhagen A, Rivera CR, Mulvihill SJ, Malloy MJ, Kane JP (2002). Human cholesterol 7alpha-hydroxylase (CYP7A1) deficiency has a hypercholesterolemic phenotype. J Clin Invest, 110(1), 109-17.


  1. 1 Norton JA, Bollinger RA, Chang AE, Lowry SF, Mulvihill SJ, Pass HI, Thompson RW (2000). Surgery: Basic Science and Clinical Evidence. New York: Springer-Verlag, Inc.

Book Chapter

  1. Poruk KE, Firpo MA, Mulvihill SJ (2014). Screening for Pancreatic Cancer. In Cameron JL, Evers BM, Fong Y, Herndon D, Lillemoe K, Mannick JA, Yeo CJ (Eds.), Advances in Surgery (48, pp. 115-136). Elsevier.
  2. Scaife CL, Mulvihill SJ (2010). Open Surgical Approach to Islet Cell Tumors of the Pancreas. In In Ashbun H and Fuchshuber P (Eds.), ACS Multimedia Atlas of Pancreatic Surgery (2010, Pancreas Surgery Volume, pp. 131-142). Connecticut: Cine-Med, Inc.

Clinical Trials

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