Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

117 Patient Ratings
97 Patient Comments

Tracy M. Frech, M.D., M.S.

Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

117 Patient Ratings
97 Patient Comments

Specialties

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

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
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Specialties

Bio

Tracy M. Frech, M.D., M.S. completed a combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics internship and residency at the University of Utah in 2005. She then finished a two-year Rheumatology fellowship in 2007 and Master in Clinical Investigation in 2009. Upon completion of her fellowship she joined the faculty in the Division of Rheumatology, and is currently an assistant professor. She received a degree in Personalized Medicine in 2014.

She serves as the Director of the Systemic Sclerosis (SSc, scleroderma) Clinic at the University of Utah Hospital and the Director of Clinical Trials for the Division of Rheumatology. Her research interests include the vascular aspects of autoimmune disease, primarily vascular leak and SSc. She has participated in many single and multi-center trials and has published several articles in peer review journals. She provides mentorship to medical students, with a focus on improving their early research experiences.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Assistant Professor
Academic Divisions Rheumatology
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Rheumatology)

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
4.8
My confidence in care provider
4.9
Time care provider spent with me
4.7
Care provider spoke using clear language
4.8
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.8
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
4.8
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
4.8
Wait time at clinic
4.2
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.9

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.

October 25, 2014

I feel extremely comfortable with my provider especially her knowledge and expertise

October 13, 2014

Dr Frech is an outstanding and compassionate physician.

October 09, 2014

Even though she is very busy and appointments are short, she makes sure to fully explain things to me including her theories, medications she prescribes and refferal she makes for me and she always makes sure all of my questions are answered before my appointment is over. She genuinely cares about my health.

September 20, 2014

She is an excellent Dr who cares for her patients ... .really cares and treats them like human beings not animals.

September 04, 2014

I know that I was very fortunate to be seen by Dr. Frech for her opinion on my problem. She did an outstanding job of explaining everything in a professional yet very friendly manner. I had been told by the appointment scheduler and others that I would really like her, and I did/do.

September 01, 2014

Dr. Frech is awesome. She has all the qualities of a truly great doctor and a woman of great character. I feel blessed to be in her care.

July 16, 2014

I wish there were more doctors around as caring as doctor Frech. She is a wonderful doctor and is up on all the latest research. I would recommend her to anyone!

July 15, 2014

She gave me hope. :)

July 14, 2014

Dr Frech is very concerned about my health and is open to alternatives regarding my care

July 14, 2014

Tracy Frech is the best doctor I've ever seen, and I've seen allot of doctors. She always has a friendly disposition. She makes me feel important and cared for. She always address my needs, and talks to me like a person. Other doctors don't. I feel very comfortable and in good hands with her. She is great, I love her!

July 09, 2014

Dr. Tracy Frech has been my rheumatologist for about 8 years, she is an excellent physician and the consumate professional

July 06, 2014

Love My Chart. Appreciated quickness with which Drs office answered my My Chart request

June 19, 2014

I wish I had asked more questions but at the time I didn't think about things I would like to know. Mostly regarding the Scleroderma, particularly in my lower right leg. Will it be getting worse and more restrictive with pain increasing?

May 30, 2014

Even though I hate coming to the doctor, I honestly have enjoyed every visit thus far. Tracy is so informative and explains all my concerns and questions thoroughly and in ways that I fully understand.

May 25, 2014

I loved this dr....it was like we were friends

May 17, 2014

Dr. Frech really follow up all my concerns and needs. I really appreciate all her effort to help me to move forward my recovery.

May 16, 2014

Dr. Frech is an awesome provider; she truly cares and goes the extra mile. I recommend Dr. Frech to everyone I meet who needs a Rheumatologist!

May 13, 2014

Exceptional care in every way!

May 06, 2014

Dr. Frech is Amazing & has and continues to help me a lot!!!

April 26, 2014

Dr. French is amazing, she is my favorite doctor I have ever had, she is easy to talk to & friendly, and is willing to take the time to try & help me with my issues even though my issues most likely do not lie in her area of expertise

April 17, 2014

Dr Frech just needs to slow down a lil bit otherwise she is an excellent Dr. So is Dr Kunkel.

April 17, 2014

Dr. Frech is an exceptional rheumatologist. She is genuine and proactive. She takes the time to listen to my concerns and explain my symptoms and treatment options. She communicates regularly with my other doctors to ensure I am receiving the best care possible.

April 12, 2014

I could not be more pleased with Tracy.

March 28, 2014

just frustrated with my pain level and not much help on trying to fix it. (waiting for ENT apt thinking had answers but he didn't help any either.

March 25, 2014

I feel so fortunate to have Dr. Frech as my rheumatologist. She is warm, friendly, knowledgeable, and takes the time to explain things to me. She takes a genuine interest in my health, and communicates regularly with my other doctors to ensure I am receiving the best care and treatment possible.

March 23, 2014

Dr. Frech is always a pleasure to see. Not only is she extremely nice, but she is also extremely thorough, knowledgeable, and conscientious. Could not ask for a better physician!

March 05, 2014

I always look forward to my appointments with Dr. Freck. Her energy and focus is ruely refreshing. I have come to fully trust her thoughts and diagnoses.

February 11, 2014

Dr. Frech knew more about my diagnosis than I expected. She was very concerned and very helpful. I've been struggling for several years and in one visit i felt as if she understood what I've been going through. Again, she made me feel i was right where i needed to be and gave me hope that i will feel better in the near future. She made a lot of sense.

February 03, 2014

Dr. Frech was amazing! I loved her positive energy and communication skills. She was not arrogant, she listened and understood my conditions and was very knowledgeable about my conditions. Dr. Frech didn't dismiss my symptoms as depression and/or lack of sleep. I felt like she believed me and understood the suffering I have experience the last 10 yrs and was ready to help me. She was everything I needed from a doctor and more. I cried on my way home because I knew she was an answer to my prayers.

November 18, 2013

Dr Frech was rushed, but kind and wanted to make sure my questions were addressed. I appreciate that she gave me that focused and uninterrupted attentention, despite how busy she clearly is. I felt heard, understood, included in treatment, and HOPEFUL for once.

November 04, 2013

I have always liked coming to Dr. Frech. Knowledgable and friendly. rady to answer any questions I might have.

October 14, 2013

As always, excellent.

September 30, 2013

The Dr. & fellow were excellent & took lots of time explaining & consulting. They diagnosed several problems & when I left, I wished I had more detailed information in WRITING for reference when I couldn't remember so much new info.

September 25, 2013

My only hesitation recommending my provider to others is the lengthy wait time involved to get an appointment.

September 23, 2013

Dr Frech is Awesome.

September 23, 2013

I LOVE Dr. Frech!

September 23, 2013

Dr Frech cares about the whole package, not just your specific diagnosis.

September 02, 2013

I continue to come to the University Hospital because of the care provided to me by Dr. Frech. She is committed to patient care and has made a big difference in my quality of life.

August 23, 2013

Dr. Frech is a very smart & bubbly woman. I was pleased that she took the time to cover some of the basic areas (this was an initial consultation). She also communicated in a manner that was easy for all patients to understand what she was talking about. I am looking forward to my next appt & hopefully a clearer picture on my health.

August 22, 2013

Dr. Frech has been absolutely wonderful! She takes the time to explain things to me, listens to my concerns and answers my questions. She responds promptly to my emails. I appreciate that she advocates preventative care, and she is very supportive with the frustrating aspects of my condition.

August 19, 2013

Dr. Frech understands and respects that I, as her patient, consider her informed advice and then decide what I will do. She actually gets better compliance from me than my last rheumatologist because she helps me understand how the medications help me, as well as the risk factors involved with different treatment options, so that I can make an informed decision I feel good about. She doesn't spend a great deal of time with you, but somehow she packs those minutes in with a whole lot of information as well as genuine listening. I always feel like I've have my concerns addressed in a respectful manner.

July 25, 2013

I highly recommend Dr. Frech. She is kind, caring and highly competent.

July 22, 2013

Dr Frech is great!

July 22, 2013

I'm a difficult patient I am always a challenge

July 16, 2013

I see a number of medical providers. Dr. Frech is, by far, my favorite. She will always work to fit me in, if necessary, and instead of telling me what I need to do, she and I are a team on my medical treatment. She's wonderful.

July 05, 2013

this wa the best doctor appt I have had in a very long time. I went from hopeless to having hope!

July 04, 2013

What good is a great doctor if you can't make a timely appointment?

June 24, 2013

As always, Dr. Frech is great about talking to me about anything.

June 10, 2013

Dr Frech is top of the line. She is very proactive to insure she minimizes the possibility of being forced to have to treat to unnecessary complications.

May 21, 2013

I enjoy my visits with Dr. Frech. She does every thing she can for me and we even have a good laugh.

April 08, 2013

Over the last forty years I have seen several rheumatologists, Dr. Frech is the best. She is extremely knowledgeable, communicates information and medical options clearly.

March 04, 2013

I love Dr Frech she takes the time to answer all my questions without talking down to me and is truly concern about me and my concerns.

March 01, 2013

I felt as if my own doctor didn't really care much about me while getting this infusion.

February 20, 2013

i found the care providers very engaging and interested in helping me with my medical needs.

February 20, 2013

I was very happy with Dr. Frech. I feel like she will be the perfect doctor for me and it was the first time, since being treated by a previous doctor I had several years ago, that I felt my doctor knew what she was talking about with my particular disease. I have waited a long time to get the help I need.

February 11, 2013

Dr. Frech is always a class act. I have recommended her to numerous people. Very friendly, kind etc. Even though she is rushed, she always gives me her undivided attention. Kind of like I'm the only one that matters.

January 21, 2013

All good.

January 21, 2013

Dr. Frech is ALWAYS excellent in all areas!

January 17, 2013

I have recommended Dr. Frech and the clinic to many people.

November 23, 2012

Dr. Frech is the best. She makes sure you understand exactly what is happening in words you understand. She has great passion for her profession.

November 05, 2012

Dr. Frech truly cares and really listens to my questions.

November 02, 2012

Dr Frech is a class act!!! She gets right to business. Very busy, but I never feel rushed. She addresses my concerns and seems very interested in my health.

October 29, 2012

Dr. Frech is wonderful. She shows genuine concern and does anything in her power to help you.

October 29, 2012

Dr. Frech is so intelligent but takes the time to explain your care in everyday language. She is truly concerned with the patient's welfare.

October 29, 2012

Dr. Frech always goes the extra mile to take care of a patient.

October 26, 2012

I was very impressed with Dr. Frech

October 22, 2012

I get excellent care from Dr. Frech and her office staff.

October 11, 2012

Dr Frech is an excellent doctor and she is always very nice and friendly!

October 05, 2012

felt rushed

September 19, 2012

Dr. Frech is a very good rheumatologist, I have flourished under her care.

September 17, 2012

Love Dr. Frech can't wait for my next apt. to find out the results on the tests she performed.

September 17, 2012

I have used several rheumatologists, and Dr. Frech is by far the best! I love her personality, and she is very knowledgeable.

August 27, 2012

Love having both Dr Frech and Dr Hatton available for appointments and available to consult together regarding care for scleraderma and pulmonary hypertension. There are not many scleraderma specialty clinics across the country. We are very fortunate to have those resources here.

August 06, 2012

I love Dr. Frech. Because I have to drive down from Pocatello for my visits, there has been two times that I was late due to unexpected traffic and construction. Dr. Frech still saw me and spent as much time with me as if I had been on time.

July 30, 2012

Dr Frech is the very best. She is worth driving from utah county. She is great at listening and explaining to my situation. She makes going to the doctors enjoyable.

July 02, 2012

Dr Frech is fantastic. One of the best doctros I have ever seen.

June 26, 2012

Dr. Frech is always a class act!!! Very friendly. Takes the time to address my needs or questions. Tells me to send her questions through "MyChart" if needed, the list goes on.

June 25, 2012

I'd recommend Dr. Frech to anyone who was not in need of immediate care, despite the wait.

June 05, 2012

I love Dr. Frech!!!

April 26, 2012

April 20, 2012

great

April 20, 2012

I have felt very good about my care with Dr. Frech. However, she has seemed "rushed" when she is with me recently. Consequently, I forget some of my questions. I make a 75 minute drive to come there to see her, I was in and out so fast I felt somewhat unimportant.

April 20, 2012

Dr. Frech is an exceptional care giver, and I greatly appreciate having her as one of my physicians!

April 07, 2012

I am sending yet another patient to her!!! The one I already sent really appreciated my referral.

March 29, 2012

Dr Frech is always professional and courteous

March 21, 2012

Dr. Frech is exceptional!

March 21, 2012

want informed about side effects of drugs and what to look for when taking med

March 16, 2012

Dr French is a great dr I don't feel rushed and I feel she is listening to me when I have concerns about cost etc

March 16, 2012

Great doctor. She answers any questions that I have. She always shows concern over my medical issues. She has a very caring demeanor about her. She makes me feel like I am her only pt. I would recommend her to anyone.

March 09, 2012

I love Dr. Frech - she's knowledgeable, thorough, conscientious, and professional - it's obvious her patients' well-being is her top priority.

March 09, 2012

Dr. Frech is the excellent.

February 17, 2012

Dr. Frech is wonderful! She listens and always is very thorough, explaining everything in a way I can understand.

February 10, 2012

I feel very lucky to have Dr. Frech as my doctor. My problems are very frustrating, but I have every confidence in her concern, competency, and desire to improve my health and quality of life.

February 09, 2012

Dr. Frech has been fabulous to me

January 26, 2012

Dr Frech and Dr Hatton are very concerned with my health and well-being and both take time to find out if there is anything they can do to help me.

January 18, 2012

I am very pleased and satisfied with the care provided to me by Dr. Frech.

January 03, 2012

Dr Frech always takes the time to talk with me! Even after a year, I'm still learning about my RA and she is always more than willing to help me learn! And I have already recommended her to a co worker who has an appt next week!!

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Vascular Anomalies
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Vascular Diseases
  • Vascular Malformations
  • Progressive Systemic Sclerosis

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Assistant Professor
Academic Divisions Rheumatology
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Rheumatology)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-7724 School of Medicine
Rheumatology
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Tracy Frech, MD, MS, is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Director of the Systemic Sclerosis (SSc, scleroderma) Clinic, and Director of Clinical Trials for the Division of Rheumatology.

Rheumatic disease is characterized by inflammation and immune dysfunction. Dr. Frech’s research interest is the interplay of vascular dysfunction and inflammation in the pathogenesis in SSc. At the University of Utah SSc Clinic, she treats over 300 patients with this disease. She offers many clinical trials to provide patients with rheumatic disease treatment opportunities. She also participates in several national and international registries and consortia with the goal to improve early diagnosis, access to care, and standardization of testing in SSc. She is active in the Scleroderma Foundation and serves on its Medical Advisory Board.

She received her medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed her Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of Utah. She received a Master in Clinical Investigation from the University of Utah.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Other Training University of Utah
Personalized Health Care
Graduate Training University of Utah
Clinical Investigation
Master's
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine
Rheumatology
Fellow
Residency University of Utah School of Medicine
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Resident
Internship University of Utah School of Medicine
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Intern
Professional Medical Eastern Virginia Medical School
Medicine
M.D.
Graduate Training Universidad de Salamanca
Spanish
Undergraduate University of North Carolina
Biology
B.S.

Publications

Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Goldberg A, Geppert T, Schiopu E, Frech T, Hsu V, Simms RW, Peng SL, Yao Y, Elgeioushi N, Chang L, Wang B, Yoo S (2014). Dose-escalation of human anti-interferon-alpha receptor monoclonal antibody MEDI-546 in subjects with systemic sclerosis: a phase 1, multicenter, open label study. Arthritis Res Ther, 16(1), R57.
  2. Mayes MD, Bossini-Castillo L, Gorlova O, Martin JE, Zhou X, Chen WV, Assassi S, Ying J, Tan FK, Arnett FC, Reveille JD, Guerra S, Teruel M, Carmona FD, Gregersen PK, Lee AT, Lpez-Isac E, Ochoa E, Carreira P, Simen CP, Castellv I, Gonzlez-Gay M, Spanish Scleroderma Group, Zhernakova A, Padyukov L, Alarcn-Riquelme M, Wijmenga C, Brown M, Beretta L, Riemekasten G, Witte T, Hunzelmann N, Kreuter A, Distler JH, Voskuyl AE, Schuerwegh AJ, Hesselstrand R, Nordin A, Air P, Lunardi C, Shiels P, van Laar JM, Herrick A, Worthington J, Denton C, Wigley FM, Hummers LK, Varga J, Hinchcliff ME, Baron M, Hudson M, Pope JE, Furst DE, Khanna D, Phillips K, Schiopu E, Segal BM, Molitor JA, Silver RM, Steen VD, Simms RW, Lafyatis RA, Fessler BJ, Frech TM, Alkassab F, Docherty P, Kaminska E, Khalidi N, Jones HN, Markland J, Robinson D, Broen J, Radstake TR, Fonseca C, Koeleman BP, Martin J (02/15/2014). Immunochip analysis identifies multiple susceptibility loci for systemic sclerosis. Am J Hum Genet, 94(1), 47-61..
  3. Redd, D, Frech TM, Murtauigh MA, Rhiannon J, Zeng QT (10/2014). Informatics can identify systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients at risk for scleroderma renal crisis. Comput Biol Med, 53, 203-05..
  4. Frech T, De Domenico I, Murtaugh MA, Revelo MP, Li DY, Sawitzke AD, Drakos S (August 2013). Autophagy is a key feature in the pathogenesis of systemic sclerosis. Rheumatol Int.
  5. Khanna D, Nagaraja V, Gladue H, Chey W, Pimentel M, Frech T (nov. 2013). Measuring response in the gastrointestinal tract in systemic sclerosis. Curr Opin Rheumatol, 25(6), 700-6.
  6. Murtaugh MA, Frech TM (2013). Nutritional status and gastrointestinal symptoms in systemic sclerosis patients. Clin Nutr, 32(1), 130-5.
  7. Frech TM, Smith G, Reily M, Chamberlain J, Murtaugh MA, Penrod J, Battistone MJ, Stults BM (June 2013). Peripheral neuropathy: a complication of systemic sclerosis. Clin Rheumatol, 32(1), 885-8.
  8. Chung L, Domsic RT, Lingala B, Alkassab F, Bolster M, Csuka ME, Derk C, Fischer A, Frech T, Furst DE, Gomberg-Maitland M, Hinchcliff M, Hsu V, Hummers LK, Khanna D, Medsger TA Jr, Molitor JA, Preston IR, Schiopu E, Shapiro L, Silver R, Simms R, Varga J, Gordon JK, Steen VD (August 2013). Survival and predictors of mortality in systemic sclerosis associated pulmonary arterial hypertension: Outcomes from the PHAROS registry. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken).
  9. Frech TM, Shanmugam VK, Shah AA, Assassi S, Gordon JK, Hant FN, Hinchcliff ME, Steen V, Khanna D, Kayser C, Domsic RT (March 2013). Treatment of early diffuse systemic sclerosis skin disease. Clin Exp Rheumatol, 31, 166-71.
  10. Frech TM, Baron M (March 2013). Understanding itch in systemic sclerosis in order to improve patient quality of life. Clin Exp Rheumatol, 31, 81-8.
  11. Frech TM, Penrod J, Battistone MJ, Sawitzke AD, Stults BM (May 2012). The prevalence and clinical correlates of an auscultatory gap in systemic sclerosis patients. Int J Rheumatol.
  12. Frech T, Coffin C, Bohnsack JF, Prahalad S (2006). Concurrent occurrence of eosinophilic fasciitis and morphea in two children. Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal, 4(1).
  13. Frech T, Pimentel R, Mineau G, Penmetsa G, Sawitzke A, Wong J (In Press). Parental Influence on Systemic Sclerosis (SSc). Arthritis Care Res.

Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials

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