Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

308 Patient Ratings
108 Patient Comments

Christopher B. Dechet, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

308 Patient Ratings
108 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

Patient Ratings

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Time care provider spent with me
Care provider spoke using clear language
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Care provider's concern for questions & worries
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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 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

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 18, 2014

Very personable

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

Everyone was outstanding to take care of our needs!!

December 18, 2014

great service

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

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 13, 2014


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

all good

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 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


July 21, 2014

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

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

There were many instructions

May 14, 2014

Every thing went very well.

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

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

May 08, 2012


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

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.

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.

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

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 14, 2012

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

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

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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Comploj E, Dechet CB, Mian M, Trenti E, Palermo S, Lodde M, Mian C, Ambrosini-Spaltro A, Horninger W, Pycha A (2013). Perforation during TUR of bladder tumours influences the natural history of superficial bladder cancer. World J Urol.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  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, 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.
  15. Dechet CB, Young MM, Segura JW (1999). Laparoscopic transureteroureterostomy: demonstration of its feasibility in swine. J Endourol, 13(7), 487-93.
  16. 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.
  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 (Ed.), 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].

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