Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

498 Patient Ratings
209 Patient Comments

Christopher B. Dechet, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

498 Patient Ratings
209 Patient Comments



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Christopher Dechet, MD, FACS is an associate professor in the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery at the University of Utah. He currently serves as the Co-director of the Multidisciplinary Urologic Oncology Group at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Dr. Dechet specializes in the surgical care of patients with urologic cancers at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. His practice focuses on prostate, kidney, bladder, adrenal and testis cancer. His expertise encompasses robotic, laparoscopic, endoscopic, and open surgical approaches.

Dr. Dechet has been using Da Vinci robotic system since 2004 and is the most experienced robotic surgeon in the Intermountain West. He routinely performs robotic prostatectomy, robotic partial nephrectomy and robotic cystectomy. Dr. Dechet also has extensive laparoscopic expertise having been awarded an achievement award from the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons.

Dr. Dechet has developed a comprehensive quality of life database for the purpose of improving surgical outcomes for prostate cancer. He has also developed a robotic surgical approach for treating patients with high risk prostate cancer.

Besides prostatectomy, Dr. Dechet specializes in complex partial nephrectomies, renal cell with vena caval thrombus, post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection and cystectomy with neobladder formation.

Dr. Dechet received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and earned a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. He was the recipient of an American Heart Associate research grant during his medical training. He completed his surgery and urology training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Over the past 10 years, Dr. Dechet has been the recipient of multiple awards, including the Patient Choice Physician Award, Most Compassionate Doctor Award, Vitals Top 10 Doctor Award, Vitals Top 10 Specialist and Top Urologist Award. He regularly give presentations throughout the world and has been a visiting professor in Italy and Austria, where he has performed nerve-sparing prostatectomy, robotic cystectomy and partial nephrectomy.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Urology
Board Certification American Board of Urology

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.

April 23, 2016

Overall a very positive experience.

April 22, 2016

This was our third visit to the Huntsman Clinic and it was intended to be a pre-operation visit. We were not sure if we would see Dr. Dechet, our scheduled surgeon, but were very pleased when we were informed that he definitely wanted to visit with us. In a prior meeting with him there was some confusion and we did not get to visit very long. During this recent visit, he took as much time as we needed, was very reassuring, put us at ease, and gave us total confidence that we were in excellent care. We felt very good about the decision we made to go with Huntsman and with Dr. Dechet. We were told early on that it was important before surgery to have total confidence with those entrust to your care for you; upon leaving Hunstman after our last visit, we exuded confidence in Dr. Dechet and his staff. I also need to compliment the nurse that advised us on every aspect of care before and after surgery. She was very thorough, not rushed and gave me "hands on" practice of in all aspects of the using the catheter.

April 22, 2016

Top-flight service and help

April 21, 2016

Scott, whom I saw before Dr. Dechet, showed me my CT scan and explained what I was seeing, as well as pointing out the tumor on my kidney. Scott was very professional and caring and made me feel comfortable. Then, Dr. Dechet fully explained details about my tumor and why he was suggesting that I not opt for surgery now, but wait and do a follow up CT in 6 months to possibly learn more about the tumor. He assured me that there is little risk in waiting 6 months because of the small size of the tumor. I have confidence in Dr. Dechet.

April 19, 2016

Dr Dechert & team made me feel that my choice was the right one

April 19, 2016

They were very caring. They answered all the questions we had.

April 15, 2016

I was very happy with my U Med urologist, but he left and I was concerned the doc I was referred to would not meet expectations. This initial appt. went well and I'm looking forward to an ongoing positive relationship with Dr. Dechet.

April 14, 2016

I liked the fact that the Doctors discussed alternative treatments and the additional testing to narrow the options and included me in the discussion.

April 11, 2016

PA and Dr. Dechet were excellent. Very knowledgeable, helpful and caring. I felt much better about my situation after my visit.

April 06, 2016

The entire "team" of healthcare providers at Clinic 2B were excellent and I can confidently recommend them to anyone seeking similar treatment to mine. Dr. Dechett and Jeff Linton PA were exceptional healthcare providers in my opinion. Both spoke to me and my wife in easy to understand terms when explaining my options and thoroughly explained their opinions regarding my chosen procedure. They explained in detail what my treatment plan would consist of, what to expect and the outcomes they expected. I was very pleased with both HCP's and will confidently recommend them to other men seeking a surgical option to treat their prostate cancer.

April 05, 2016

All good, very dedicated folks, we have dealt with.

March 22, 2016

I have never felt shortchanged on time with Dr. Dechet, he gets a 10 for question #9.

March 21, 2016

Dr Dechet is an incredibly gifted surgeon and doctor. Simply amazing!

March 21, 2016

Dr Dechet & PA Jeff are excellent!

March 16, 2016

re provider did not check the surgery site on his follow-up visit.

March 11, 2016

Dr. Dechet is one of the finest doctors I have ever had. He was a wonderful surgeon on my prostate. He also did the scope of my bladder and was excellent and very professional. He has my highest rating and would not hesitate in recommending him to others.

March 10, 2016

Great confidence in Dr Dechet

March 08, 2016

I had very good experience at the Huntsman would recommend it to anyone who has the same medical condition I do

March 07, 2016

I feel like I am in excellent hands whenever I have care at Huntsman with any provider.

March 05, 2016

The time spent with the PA was very informative

March 01, 2016

Jamie has at all times been absolutely outstanding. Ditto Dr. Dechet and Jeff. Nothing to be critical of. They provide world class health care beyond all my expectations.

February 21, 2016

I am very pleased with ALL of my care at Huntsman Urology.

February 21, 2016

I have a recurrence and my care is being transferred to radiation oncology, but Dr. Dechet answer all our questions. I came back to Huntsman for my adjuvant care largely based on the kind of care I received initially and the experience and professionalism of everyone we have met. Top notch.

February 21, 2016

We are very impressed with Dr Dechet every time we meet him

February 16, 2016

So thankful that they took the time needed to answer all of our questions and concerns.

February 15, 2016

All good and as usual.

January 29, 2016

best hospital/clinic experience I have ever had.

January 27, 2016

from beginning to end this was a positive experience

January 26, 2016

Provider was very comfortable to talk to.

January 22, 2016

Thank You for the excellent care you have given me.

January 20, 2016

For a first biopsy at this facility, I would have liked a little more information about the biopsy process, its possible outcomes, and what further steps may be necessary depending upon outcomes of the biopsy. I do believe that the provider was on a very tight schedule that day, and that I was being worked in after being postponed from a prior appointment. This tight schedule could easily explain the briefness of the explanation.

January 19, 2016

Amazing amount of time spent answering all my questions. They really seam to care

January 19, 2016

Dr. Dechet is informative, caring, and really instills a sense of trust and confidence

January 14, 2016


January 13, 2016

Dr. Dechet and his team took great care of me

January 13, 2016

Superb quality of care.

December 21, 2015

I have already recommended, Dr Dechet and his staff.

December 20, 2015

all I can say is everyone was extremely knowledgeable and articulate and followed thru on anything that needed to be done.

December 08, 2015

Dr. Dechet is excellent and makes the procedure very easy.

December 07, 2015

Growing up with a medical background helped me ask pertinent questions and understand procedures so was pleased with the consultation

November 24, 2015


November 23, 2015

exceptionally good

November 22, 2015

Thank you

November 03, 2015

I'm so greatful to Huntsman and Dechter.

October 29, 2015

Would recommend this hospital,doctors, assistants, and any staff to everyone! This hospital and staff are absolutely amazing !!!!

October 20, 2015

Dr Dechet is wonderful. I have, and will continue to recommend him to others!

October 10, 2015

Dr. Dechet and his staff have always been caring informative, easy to talk to, and have always treated me with respect and personal interest. They are exceptional!

October 10, 2015

Doc is obviously very busy

October 02, 2015

We have every confidence in Dr, Dechet

October 01, 2015

I was comfortable and confident as She presented herself

September 25, 2015

Dr. Dechet and his team are treasure to HCI and the U of Utah. Competent, caring, straightforward. I trust them completely and ask the HCI and U to recognize them as world class health providers.

September 22, 2015

I particularly appreciate Dr. Dececht decision though I was difficult. I admire someone who can make decisions when needed.

September 06, 2015

Will recommend this hospital and staff to everyone!

September 01, 2015

Dr. Decher: still arrogant but good.

August 29, 2015

The nurse was friendly and answered a question and concern I had.

August 28, 2015

It is the best! There is no place like Huntsman - and no doctors like those working there. I feel Dr Dechet is a friend. He has cared for me for 14 years and I am surprised that he remembers me like he does. This is also true of Dr Randy Jensen and my other physicians. I have recommended Huntsman to others.

August 26, 2015

Lisa S. was careful to explain what was happening and how to follow up with proper treatment.

August 25, 2015

This visit went beyond my expectations I had two Dr.s who cared about me and took their time to get it right.

August 25, 2015

very good

August 24, 2015

everything about Dr Dechet and his team was excellent

August 18, 2015

Jamie, the P.A., and Dr. Dechet were exceptional in providing details about my most recent PSA test, what the results meant and did not mean, how we were going to follow up with additional tests, etc. Very thorough, very much appreciated.

August 16, 2015

The Intern was awesome and spent adequate time with me. Her in-depth discussion, recognizing my ability to understand technical concepts and vocabulary were very appreciated. The doctor was very good also.

August 11, 2015

The doctor was very good at explaining the treatment plan.

August 07, 2015

It was very good. Dr. D. let me talk and seemed to listen to my choices and questions.

July 27, 2015

We drive over 500 miles round trip to Huntsman, no aspect of this visit would give me any reason to not think it is totally worth the time off from work to come here. Everyone we have seen has been courteous and helpful, has answered our questions, and speaks in appropriate terminology.

July 27, 2015

My provider took all the time I needed to explain and answer any questions I had.

July 11, 2015

I tell everyone about the huntsman and so happy I choose the huntsman for my treatment

July 10, 2015

Jamie was very knowledgable and thorough. Never once did I feel she was rushing off to another appointment.

July 06, 2015

Dr. Dechet always tells us what to expect before every procedure. During the procedure, he explains what we are looking at and gives us detailed instructions on what to do.

July 06, 2015

Everyone was very professional and outstanding as usual.

July 01, 2015

Very professional and very good!

June 26, 2015

no complaints very good staff

June 15, 2015

I spent more time with the chief resident (who was very good) than with Dr. Dechet. I didn't even see Dr. Dechet when I went into surgery. While the care received was outstanding, it would have been nice to have been able to spend more time with the actual surgeon in discussion what was happening.

June 13, 2015

All good including the parking attendant.

June 13, 2015

I have the BEST urologist in the intermountain west!!!

June 11, 2015

I have noted the lack of jargon before and appreciate that people speak using words that make sense to me.

June 10, 2015

I was seen by both a PA, and by Dr. Dechet, so these answers refer to both. The depth of knowledge, concern, and listening to my thoughts, is extraordinary. I always leave the room smarter than before, and these guys clearly know their stuff and can explain it in a way even I can understand. Dr. Dechet seemed to be heading in one direction for my future care, then listened to me list my concerns and worries, then suggested a somewhat different direction, which took them into consideration. I felt acknowledged and understood as a patient by this attention. They both are up to date on the latest research, which also gives me confidence that the best course of action will be followed.

June 10, 2015

I would recommend care provider to family and friends. I all ready have recommend care provider to friends.

May 25, 2015

Doctor runs in and out leaving you with no time to absorb info.

May 19, 2015

I thought the physician was excellent at discussing options, pros and cons, and including my wife and myself in the discussion with terminology we both understood.

May 09, 2015

defently recommend Dr Deck

May 08, 2015

Dr. Dechet and his team work well together to answer questions.

May 05, 2015

Confidence? 150%. Recommend to others? Absolutely. Outstanding care.

May 03, 2015

Question 5 does not apply. My responses apply to both Jeff (PA) and Dr. Dechet--equally excellent and helpful. #4 is rated "good" only because we are only monitoring at this point; however, I was given very good information about the options that might--though we hope never--be necessary down the road.

April 25, 2015

Good Experience

April 13, 2015

I am so grateful to have Dr. Dechet care for me.

April 10, 2015

All doctors that i have seen here are very good at what they do and can make decisions based on the knowledge which is very good. there are no other doctor that i would go to for my problem and no one else that i would recommend but the huntsman staff.

April 06, 2015

Jaime Is AMAZING, knowledgeable, informative, and very pleasant to be around. I really appreciate her - she is a great addition to your staff ...

April 01, 2015


March 30, 2015

The doctor is very good but he doesnt seem to care about how long I have to wait for him. When I told him I had been waiting back in the treatment room for nearly 1.5 hours all he said was "thats your right". He never said sorry or told me why I had to wait so long

March 30, 2015

Dr. Dechet and his team are a credit to the U. Competent, caring, compassionate.

March 20, 2015

The only difficulty was absorbing all of the information that was given. The printed information was very helpful and essential.

March 20, 2015

Each time we have been there have felt everyone interested

March 13, 2015

A+ from start to finish, great experience. Dr Dechet and all staff never seemed rushed, patient with my questions, great pre op instructions, I knew what to expect. Great post op follow up, both doctor Summers and Dr. Dechet came up to my room to check in with me post surgery. Nursing staff was excellent as well. The facility also provides a nice atmosphere to recooperate.

March 02, 2015

The Dr. took time to answer questions and provide explanations in a very professional, yet personable manner.

March 02, 2015

Very Very good

February 21, 2015

professional and knowledgeable

February 16, 2015

Dr. Dechet is the best, and so was his nurse

February 13, 2015

She made me very comfortable and answered all of my questions- she was sincere!

February 11, 2015

I actually enjoyed interacting with all staff members, and I am especially pleased to have made the acquaintance of Dr. Dechet. As I stated to him more than once, I was happy to place my treatment in his very capable hands.

February 09, 2015

After the 7 minutes that the doctor spent with us, I knew I was going somewhere else. There was no consideration shown for my concern and desire for quick treatment. Basically, there was no urgency to treat me and I didn't even get the chance to say that I don't want the robotic surgery; I want good ol' fashioned retro pubic prostatectomy but he was too busy telling me I was high risk for robotic surgery to find that out.

January 19, 2015

Very Positive Experience

January 16, 2015

Dr. Dechet and his staff are the greatest. I always feel as if I am the only patient they have, they always give me the time and attention I need.

January 12, 2015

I was assisted by both Dr. Dechet and the PA; I am filling this out in terms of Dr. Dechet.

December 26, 2014

I have some developing medical problems NOT directly related to why I'm seeing Dr. Dechet. I was almost shocked by his attention to this other condition, even to the extent of his relating the experience of a family member of his to my condition, to help me make some decisions about some changes that may help greatly, my new condition. I'm very impressed with his taking the time, having the empathy to reveal what he did, to help me with my comorbid medical matters.

December 18, 2014

Everyone was outstanding to take care of our needs!!

December 18, 2014

Very personable

December 18, 2014

great service

December 18, 2014

doctor and staff were very friendly and caring. they seemed to be interested in me as a person and encouraging me with my treatment and my current life style

December 18, 2014

We have never felt rushed by any care provider. We have had a lot of misdiagnosis at other places and with other doctors. That's why we rely on Huntsman. Then we always know what's going on and what to do.

December 15, 2014

Excellent physician care and nurse care

December 15, 2014

Dr. Dechet was his usual very professional self and I enjoy talking to him as he is very straight forward and his explanations are clear and to the point.

December 13, 2014


December 13, 2014

As always, I feel Dr. Dechet takes time to explain everything to my Wife and I in clear, easy to understand language. He goes into detail about the current procedure and what we need to do as far as treatment and follow up procedures go. Jazmine always makes me feel comfortable and at ease during the procedure. I feel like Dr Dechet is truly concerned about my condition and he and his team are doing everything they can to help me.

December 11, 2014

I wouldn't reccomend cancer as a means to meet this staff, but if one has cancer this is the place!

December 09, 2014

Jeff, Jaime, and of course, Dr. Dechet have been wonderful to have as care providers. They answer any question I can come up with, even the embarrassing ones, without making me feel stupid or talked down to. I learn something every time I visit the clinic, and almost, almost, look forward to each occasion to talk with my doctor and PA's.

December 08, 2014

I'm satisfied with all the attention I have been received from all the staffs who served me.

December 03, 2014


December 02, 2014


November 28, 2014

Huntsman cancer hospital provides a different level of caring not seen before in Utah. We felt that right from our first visit thru this visit. The staff are exceptional in the health care field.

November 24, 2014

Good experience this time in the office!

November 21, 2014

The introduction to the team approach was good. After talking to several people, I'm not sure what the Doctor said about procedure to be done. I will call and talk to the team to get clarification. I think it would be a good idea to give the patient a list of those they talk to. I am a bit confused as to who was who and what they do.

November 13, 2014

Already got a new patient for you, and that lady was astonished at the higher degree of attention and care she got last week. My wife or I will give you a followup if you want.

November 08, 2014

I was told that Dr. Dechet had a very full schedule that day and that there was a possibility of delays because of it. I saw his resident first. When the doctor came in he was relaxed and informative and I didn't have the sense of being rushed; we took as long as we needed as he answered all questions and made recommendations to me for further care.

November 07, 2014

professional and concerned

November 07, 2014

Simply Outstanding

November 06, 2014

All favorable

October 31, 2014

Excellent PA!!!

October 26, 2014

It is sometimes hard to distinguish between the self confidence of a surgeon and ego. This Doctor seemed to be confident without being condescending or overbearing.

October 24, 2014


October 20, 2014

no improvement needed

October 18, 2014

Dr Decket is very good. My major need and old people like me is to remember all the concerns and have them responded to verbally (as they usually are) and in writing (by email) after the visit.

October 16, 2014

Dr. Dechet has been positive and realistic about my care and my prognosis. I have utmost confidence in him and I referred my brother to him because he too has an elevated PSA score.

October 13, 2014


October 12, 2014

very good

October 07, 2014

They always make me feel that I am important. They listen and discuss things easily. Huntsman Cancer Center is the "Ritz-Carlton" of the health care industry.

October 02, 2014

Dr. Dechet has been my physician for 10 years. He is competent, caring, straightforward, and is a major asset to the U if U.

September 28, 2014

Had a great experience with all HC providers involved - very courteous, concerned and helpful. Would definitely recommend to anyone who is in need of cancer diagnosis/treatment.

September 21, 2014

Dr. Dechet takes time to explain everything to my Wife and I. He always makes sure we are comfortable with everything before leaving.

September 12, 2014

By care provider I am assuming that you mean the doctor?My attending physician was Dr. Dechet -- And he was outstanding !!!Very pleased and very confident in his abilities.

September 11, 2014

this was my 3week follow up visit after surgery, therefore some of the question are not relevant. however, care and concern of personnel are excellent.

September 04, 2014

could not have been better

August 21, 2014

During the procedure, Dr. Dechet spotted a small tumor in my bladder. He explained in full detail what we had to do next.

August 21, 2014

all good

August 18, 2014

Compared to the first facility that we visited you are a 10 and they were a 3

August 17, 2014

No medications involved Dr. Dechet and his entire staff provide the best medical care I have ever experienced

August 16, 2014

Dr. Dechet, his PA's, and the nurses have been excellent. I have been on timeline with my treatment due to an upcoming move and everyone has been understanding and worked to make all my treatment as smooth as possible. I will definitely recommend Dr. Dechet and his staff to others.

August 08, 2014

Just awesome

August 07, 2014

there were no delays, every thing was good.

July 29, 2014


July 25, 2014

very confident with my care

July 21, 2014

Communication was fine for me, a physician, but it was also excellent for my wife.

July 21, 2014


July 20, 2014

I have always enjoyed and appreciated my care provider.

July 11, 2014

They did a good job

July 08, 2014

Dr. Dechet's PA (Jeff) was absolutely fantastic.

July 04, 2014

THE STAFF were outstanding. I am a retired PA and have practiced in hospitals all over the world and none would compare to the OUTSTANDING service i saw by all the staff.

June 29, 2014


June 27, 2014

My 1 minute (I timed it)I spent with him was productive and adequate after my visit and exam from the PA

June 25, 2014

I missed seeing the doctor as he was in surgery. he always makes me feel good about my progress.

June 19, 2014

All good

June 15, 2014

I ALWAYS refer everyone I know with prostrate problems to Dr. Dechet!!!

June 14, 2014


June 09, 2014

The doctor, nurse practitioner and PA were all helpful, courteous and answered all of my questions.

June 01, 2014

able to answer all my questions and very easy to talk too.Trust his insights.

May 21, 2014

My husband being the patient was impressed by the physician he saw and by the honesty that his questions were answered. My husband being a physician himself does fall under a different level when questions were answered. If I had any questions, they were answered for me in a layman's answer.

May 19, 2014

Great staff focused on patient care

May 18, 2014

Again there were issues with getting information due to new system.

May 14, 2014

Every thing went very well.

May 14, 2014

There were many instructions

May 12, 2014

Couldn't be better.

May 11, 2014

I would and have recommened your facility to many others...

May 06, 2014

all excellent

May 04, 2014

Dr Dechet is a star! Competent, caring, clear, thorough and works closely with his patients. He is a credit to the Huntsman Inst. and deserves your recognition.

April 10, 2014

As always, very good experience with my care provider

March 31, 2014

looking out for my best interest

March 30, 2014

Dr. Dechett is outstanding! He is very good at what he does. I knew and felt from the very first time that I met him that he was going to take very good care of me. I felt that this man is going to save my life. I know that Dr. Dechet has other patients, but he made me feel that I was his only patient. He is so well trained and made me feel that there is life without a prostate. Thank you God for Dr. Dechet, and for The Huntsman Cancer Institute.

March 24, 2014

The center was the best in all aspects that I have ever experienced.

March 15, 2014

Dr Dechet and his entire team are exceptional. They are very competitent in their field, and they care about the patient. I am a retired Aeronautical Engineer and a very detail oriented person. The entire staff were considerate of my questions and concerns....... They Care ! !

March 14, 2014

I would recommend this hospital to everyone. They were great and very helpful. There was no comparison as to the Doctor I was going to and Doctor Decket and his staff. They are unbelieveable.

June 23, 2012

I would describe the entire staff I encountered as very patient centered. I was highly impressed

June 22, 2012

nothing negative

June 18, 2012

It seems obvious that all the staff are doing their best to be helpful, thoughtful and very patient-focused in the good care being provided.

June 09, 2012

Outstanding experience, best service and care I have ever received from any health care professional and doctor

June 08, 2012

Dr. Dechet is a great doctor. It has been great getting to know him.

May 15, 2012


May 08, 2012


May 08, 2012

Dr Dechett is very good how do you thank a man who saved you husband life

May 03, 2012

You do a great job. It is very efficient yet you feel like you have all the time you need to ask questions and get very good answers.

May 01, 2012

I feel like Dr. Dechet knows me and is concerned for me personally. I have enjoyed his care and feel confident that I am receiving the very best care I can get for my condition. I have enjoyed working with the staff members as well although they seem to change quite often. Two of them that I find particularly effective and helpful Taylor and Amelia.

May 01, 2012

Dechet treats me like I was his only patient on the planet. Never hurried. Never rushed. Always is relaxed and takes the time to answer my questions no matter how dumb they are. He will ofter say, "That's a good question." He is careful. He is not afraid to take a minute and go back into the history, like a path report and re-read it. He is honest. No BS. I have total confidence in him. TOTAL. I would go no where else. He carries no arrogance or "better than thou". I feel like we are equals. Well, in most regards... he is young, good looking and has a prostate. Other than that, we're he has a bicycle. Maybe we are different.

April 13, 2012

very good

April 12, 2012


March 16, 2012

this care center is the greates

March 16, 2012

Always take all the time I need to adress my concerns.

March 06, 2012

Again, my only concern is wait time which is usually 45 min. to 90 min. each time.

March 06, 2012

I never felt rushed. He was very thorough. My interjections and questions didn't seem to distract him in any way. Very professional and straightforward at the same time. Provided me with additional information and useful comments for my decision making process and next steps.

March 02, 2012

Dr. Dechet is a superb physician. Competent, human, thorough, and someone who can be trusted to provide good care and a keen sense of patient welfare. He is an incredible asset to the Huntsman Institute.

February 14, 2012

Made sure that my wife understood everything also was very very good

February 14, 2012

Dr Decket as well as Penny made us feel important and didn't talk down to us we felt at all time that what ever time we needed they were concerned how we felt.

February 10, 2012


February 03, 2012

Thanks for making what is turning out to be a roller coaster, a little easier

February 03, 2012

Excellent treatment

January 20, 2012

everyone I met was very caring. I was impressed.

January 13, 2012

The care and communication I receive at HCI are always exceptional.

January 10, 2012

Dr. Dechet gave me a chance to live my life by surgery to remove the prostate. I can't thank him enough .

January 10, 2012

The doctor did not seemed rushed or pushed because of his schedule. He took all the time I needed to go over every thing and made me feel comfortable.

January 06, 2012


January 05, 2012

All of my experiences have been excellent

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Urology
Board Certification American Board of Urology

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 587-4383 Huntsman Cancer Hospital
1950 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Christopher B Dechet, MD, FACS is an associate professor in the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery at the University of Utah. He is currently Co-director of the Urologic Oncology Multidisciplinary Group at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. He is a board certified urologist whose practice at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital focuses on urologic oncology, specifically, the surgical management of prostate, kidney, bladder, adrenal and testicular cancers. He is skilled in open, laparoscopic and robotic procedures. He is currently the most experienced robotic surgeon in the Intermountain West, regularly performing robotic prostatectomy, robotic partial nephrectomy, robotic adrenalectomy, and robotic cystectomy.

Dr. Dechet received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He was the recipient of an American Heart Association research grant, which allowed him to pursue a year of basic science research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his general surgery and urologic training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. During this time, he received an achievement award from the Society for Laparoscopic Surgeons.

Dr. Dechet‘s special academic interest is the improvement of the quality of life in patients treated for urologic cancers. He has developed a comprehensive quality of life database for patients treated with prostate cancer. This has yielded multiple studies comparing robotic and open techniques. He has also established a Utah Prostate Cancer Consortium looking to improve prostatectomy outcomes in the state of Utah as well as comparing quality of life outcomes nationally. Dr. Dechet has also developed a robotic technique for treating locally advanced prostate cancer.

Dr. Dechet is a reviewer for multiple journals and a member of a large number of organizations including the Society of Urologic Oncology and the American College of Surgeons. He received the Teaching Award from the Division of Urology in 2012. Since 2005, Dr. Dechet has been the recipient of multiple other honors including the Patient Choice Award, Most Compassionate Doctor Award, Vitals Top 10 Doctor, Vitals Top Urologist and Top Specialist Award. Dr. Dechet is the past president of the Utah Urologic Society and the past president of an Austrian urologic meeting.

Dr. Dechet has lectured and operated throughout the world. He has been a visiting professor in Italy and Austria performing nerve sparing prostatectomy, partial nephrectomy and has performed one of the first robotic cystectomies ever done in Austria. In 2012 he accepted a 10 month sabbatical to help teach urologic oncology surgeries in Bolzano, Italy. Dr. Dechet has also helped establish a cystectomy program to treat invasive bladder cancer in Mongolia and taught laparoscopy in Thailand and Vietnam.


Education History

Type School Degree
Residency Mayo Clinic
Internship Mayo Clinic
Professional Medical University of Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Stanford University


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. ONeil BB, Presson A, Gannon J, Stephenson RA, Lowrance W, Dechet CB, Tward JD, Myers JB, Brant WO (2014). Climacturia after definitive treatment of prostate cancer. J Urol, 191(1), 159-63.
  2. Comploj E, Dechet CB, Mian M, Trenti E, Palermo S, Lodde M, Mian C, Ambrosini-Spaltro A, Horninger W, Pycha A (2014). Perforation during TUR of bladder tumours influences the natural history of superficial bladder cancer. World J Urol, 32(5), 1219-23.
  3. Mian C, Comploj E, Resnyak E, Trenti E, Palermo S, Lodde M, Pycha A, Ambrosini-Spaltro A, Dechet CB, Pycha A (2014). Long-term Follow-up of Intermediate-risk Non-muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer Sub-classified by Multi-coloured FISH. Anticancer Res, 34(6), 3067-71.
  4. Friedhelm, B, Berner, L, Dechet, C, Presson, A, Pycha, A (2013). Does the Surgeon have an Influence on Clinical Voiding Parametersand Postoperative Sexual Function after TURP? Aktuelle Urologie, 44(5), 370-374.
  5. Comploj E, Cassar W, Farina A, Gasparella P, Trenti E, Palermo S, Dechet CB, Caione P, Pycha A (2013). Conservative management of paediatric renal abscess. J Pediatr Urol, 9(6 Pt B), 1214-7.
  6. Samlowski EE, Dechet CB, Weissman A, Samlowski WE (07/01/2011). Large cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma masquerading as renal carcinoma with inferior vena cava thrombosis: a case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports, 5(1), 245.
  7. Hadley DA, Stephenson RA, Samlowski WE, Dechet CB (2011). Patterns of enlarged lymph nodes in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Urol Oncol, 29(6), 751-5.
  8. Hansen PA, Dechet CB, Porucznik CA, LaStayo PC (2009). Comparing eccentric resistance exercise in prostate cancer survivors on and off hormone therapy: a pilot study. PM R, 1(11), 1019-24.
  9. Abel EJ, Masterson TA, Warner JN, Valentine K, Dechet CB (2009). Nerve-sparing prostatectomy and urinary function: a prospective analysis using validated quality-of-life measures. Urology, 73(6), 1336-1440.
  10. Samlowski WE, Majer M, Boucher KM, Shrieve A, Dechet CB, Jensen RL, Shrieve DC (2008). Multidisciplinary treatment of brain metasteses derived from clear cell renal cancer incorporating sterotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Cancer, 113(9), 2539-2548.
  11. Anker CJ, Dechet CB, Issac JC, Akerley W, Shrieve DC (2008). Small-Cell Carcinoma of the Prostate. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 26(7), 1168-1171.
  12. Dechet CB, Zincke H, Sebo TJ, King BF, LeRoy AJ, Farrow GM, Blute ML (2003). Prospective analysis of computerized tomography and needle biopsy with permanent sectioning to determine the nature of solid renal masses in adults. J Urol, 169(1), 71-4.
  13. Lindor NM, Dechet CB, Greene MH, Jenkins RB, Zincke MT, Weaver AL, Wilson M, Zincke H, Liu W (2001). Papillary renal cell carcinoma: analysis of germline mutations in the MET proto-oncogene in a clinic-based population. Genet Test, 5(2), 101-6.
  14. Dechet CB, Bostwick DG, Blute ML, Bryant SC, Zincke H (1999). Renal oncocytoma: multifocality, bilateralism, metachronous tumor development and coexistent renal cell carcinoma. J Urol, 162(1), 40-2.
  15. Dechet CB, Sebo T, Farrow G, Blute ML, Engen DE, Zincke H (1999). Prospective analysis of intraoperative frozen needle biopsy of solid renal masses in adults. J Urol, 162(4), 1282-4; discussion 1284-5.
  16. Dechet CB, Young MM, Segura JW (1999). Laparoscopic transureteroureterostomy: demonstration of its feasibility in swine. J Endourol, 13(7), 487-93.
  17. Dechet CB, Weller S, Benowitz L, Rossitch E (1994). Neurological and Histopathologic Outcome in a Highly Reproducible Model of Secondary Spinal Cord Injury in the Rat. Surgical Forum.

Book Chapter

  1. Dechet CB (2012 August). Urethrectomy. In Frank Hinman's Atlas (Ed.), Hinman's Atlas of Urologic Surgery, 3rd Edition. Cleveland, Ohio: Hinman's Atlas of Urologic Surgery, 3rd Edition.
  2. Dechet CB, King B, Barrett D (2000). Radiology of Prosthesis for Urinary Incontinence. In Pollack and McClennan (Eds.), Clinical Urography (ed.2).

Case Report

  1. Greenlee JE, Clawson SA, Hill KE, Dechet CB, Carlson NG (2010). Antineuronal autoantibodies in paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration associated with adenocarcinoma of the prostate. J Neurol Sci, 291(1-2), 74-8.


  1. Barabas A, Dechet CB (2005). The use of the Lapara Ty to Reduce Warm Ischemic Times during Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy (video) [Video].

Clinical Trials

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