Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

364 Patient Ratings
128 Patient Comments

Richard L. Backman, M.D.

Specialties

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Clinical Details

Locations

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 213-8846 Madsen Health Center
555 Foothill Blvd
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
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Bio

Richard L. Backman, M.D., is a board-certified family medicine physician who welcomes obstetric, pediatric, and family medicine patients to his practice. He received a bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, California and obtained his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Backman completed residency in family medicine at the University of Wisconsin, and has served as Medical Director of the Madsen Family Health Center at the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics since 2005. He is a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. His professional interests include obstetrics, pediatrics and quality and safety in healthcare. In his leisure time, he enjoys trail running, biking, skiing and tending chickens and bees with his wife, Sylvie. He is fluent in Spanish and French. Dr. Backman is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most insurance plans.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Family and Preventive Medicine - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Family Medicine/Medical Students
Board Certification American Board of Family Practice (Fam Prac)

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician 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 doctor
4.8
My confidence in doctor
4.8
Time doctor spent with me
4.8
Doctor spoke using clear language
4.9
Doctor's effort to include me in decisions
4.8
Doctor's concern for questions & worries
4.8
Doctor's explanation of condition/problem
4.8
Wait time at clinic
4.5
Doctor'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.

February 21, 2014

he was excellent

February 20, 2014

Dr Backman always show his concern and his always proffesional. His the Best DR ever!!!!

February 15, 2014

Dr. Backman had a few medical students observing our appointment and did not rush. He has a great sense of humor.

February 14, 2014

Good explanation of the problem (I was happy to get to the bottom of it) so I could easily understand the issue. Professional and courteous service. Doctor paid attention to details and took his time to address the problem.

January 31, 2014

Dr. Backman was friendly, approachable, knowledgeable, concerned and I felt informed.

January 31, 2014

I was especially touched that when asking about my family history, Dr. Backman asked what my Mother's and Father's names were and wrote them on the white board. I've never been asked that before. It made a lasting impression on me.

January 29, 2014

I was prescribed a dosage that was difficult to get. Dr Backman asked the PharmD but there were still some issues.

January 20, 2014

Very personable and understanding.

January 05, 2014

Excellent experience

December 28, 2013

Dr. Backman is awesome.

December 24, 2013

Dr. Richard L Backman is the most caring and professional doctor I have had in 69 years.

December 21, 2013

This doctor has the best bedside manner,wealth of knowledge, and presence out of any doctor I have ever met. We have nothing except complete trust and admiration for him.

December 20, 2013

Care provider is exceptionally good!

November 28, 2013

Outstanding initial visit. An altogether pleasurable experience.

November 21, 2013

Dr Blackman is outstanding and the medical students were very good.

November 05, 2013

Dr. Backman listened exceptionally well, understood my questions and concerns, and replied directly and responsively to them.

November 05, 2013

I recommend Dr. Backman to others on an ongoing basis.

November 04, 2013

The doctors at the madsen are amazing and Im always in great hands

October 29, 2013

I love how Dr. Backman spends a good amount of time with me and always gives me the opportunity to ask about any health issues/concerns. I never feel rushed.

October 22, 2013

Dr. Backman is the greatest!!

October 21, 2013

I wish Dr. Backman was nicer to his nurses/assistants

October 19, 2013

Even though my doctor was running very late, he did not rush my appointment. I really liked how before he even started his exam he asked what I wanted to cover during the appointment and wrote my responses on a white board so that he could verify we covered them all. By comparison to previous visits with this doctor, it seems as though he is more attentive to me when he is alone than when he has a student with him.

September 24, 2013

Dr. Backman is an exemplary physician who spends time and energy to analyze your symptoms and address your concerns.

September 24, 2013

Never had a bad experience, even recommended the Madsen clinic to my boss.

September 24, 2013

This was the first time ever that I didn't have to wait in the waiting room or exam room. Impressive! With other providers I've been to, I've had to wait anywhere from 20- 45 minutes.

September 24, 2013

Dr. Backman is one of the friendliest and courteous physicians I've ever had. He has a talent for putting one at ease while being very observant and concerned about my issues. He and his staff did not rush me in and out like all the physicians I've had experience with have done to me in the past.

September 09, 2013

Very pleasant experience with Dr. Backman as usual. I have referred him to several of my coworkers looking for a PCP.

September 03, 2013

I am very glad I was able to see this physician. He explained things very thoroughly. I love the white board.

September 02, 2013

everything was perfect. Questionnaire unnecessary.

August 26, 2013

Thank you for your compassionate care!

August 20, 2013

I LOVED Dr. Backman. He is super funny, and wore a cute bow tie. I instantly was comfortable and got along with him. He spent an appropriate amount of time with me to ensure that all my questions were answered. I will definitely be seeing him again.

August 02, 2013

It was nice to see my doctor after a year; as always he was very friendly and could feel the sincerety with which he treated me, and for that I am very grateful.

July 22, 2013

Dr. Backman is excellent. He asked about my family and seemed genuinely concerned. I just wish that he worked closer to my house.

July 22, 2013

best doctor, ever

July 20, 2013

I loved Dr. Backman and will now make him my primary care doc.

July 02, 2013

There was a PA student, a premed student and someone else (maybe a nurse?) in with Dr. Backman. It was fine with me for them to be in room as I understand this is a teaching hospital. It did get a little awkward at times when I felt the dr was giving more attention to "quizzing" the PA student than to me as a patient. I would have preferred for him to have spoken to me directly more, especially given this was the first time I was meeting him.

July 02, 2013

He listened and we agreed on the care. He was apologetic about the time lag but was very present for my visit. Appreciated him being able to see me on such short notice.

June 07, 2013

I like Dr. Backman. The appointment went well. However, after I left the clinic, looking through my paper work, I couldn't understand what I was to do about a couple of referrals. He had arranged it so that other providers would call me, but I hadn't understood that, so was trying to access them, myself.

June 07, 2013

Dr. Backman is the best and I'm pleased to have him for my primary care provider.

May 30, 2013

Always a good experience

May 29, 2013

Dr Backman is wonderful. He spends as much time with me as necessary, answers all of my questions and provides great explainations. I know Family physicians are extremely pressed for time so I feel lucky to have Dr. Backman as my provider.

May 28, 2013

I like Doctor Backman, he has been my doctor for a few years already but this time I think that because he was already running late with his appointments I didn't get the quality of time that I used to get from him.

May 19, 2013

Dr.Backman is the best doctor I could ask for and his assistance are always so helpful.

May 16, 2013

The relatively low "good" marks above are a result of the fact we are dealing with a virus that had gone on for nearly a month at point of consultation. There is a great deal of ambiguity in this situation. What do you do for a cold that drags on and on? I was feeling miserable. Difficult to comprehend anything. Dr. Backman was probably doing a better job than I could grasp.

May 13, 2013

I never felt rushed. Felt like he was genuinely concerned for my well being, etc. Good listener. I thought I'd be out of there in an hour and had another appointment to rush to so I actually felt like we didn't finish because of ME...

May 12, 2013

I would recommend Dr Backman to anyone I knew. He is a very caring and capable doctor.

May 06, 2013

I had a great experience with this doctor. He was a great listener and put me at ease

May 03, 2013

Dr. Backman is excellent!

May 01, 2013

Dr. Backman comes off as very arrogant and when I asked about my condition further he didn't really answer my question.

April 30, 2013

It's hard to believe that doctors like Dr. Backman actually exist. I was very encouraged by him to take my health into my own hands by continuing to eat right and commit to a more active lifestyle. I appreciate his commitment to preemptive medicene. He was very approachable.

April 30, 2013

Dr Backman was very good. He took the time to explain and examine me. I didn't feel like he was in a rush and that he was really paying attention to my concerns.

April 25, 2013

They spent over an hour with me and I got to discuss all my concerns and questions.

April 23, 2013

I wasn't feeling well and didn't ask enough questions. Dr. Backman recommended I take Mucinex after I had mentioned to him that I was taking Robitussin and a Sudafed-like product. He didn't say to quit the Robitussin and Sudafed. I got home and couldn't figure out why to change medications when they all had the same active ingredients. The Mucinex worked fine on its own. Everything OK.

April 16, 2013

Dr Backman and team provide first rate care.

April 16, 2013

I am recommending the MD to my adult son and his wife who are seeking a new primary care provider.

April 02, 2013

Best experience with an MD I have had since moving to UT 2 years ago. I felt very comfortable and cared about.

April 01, 2013

I liked that the doctor wrote on a white board pertaining to my questions...and answering them.

March 19, 2013

I have been seeing this doctor for several years now and am always pleased with the care and courtesy with which I am treated.

March 12, 2013

I always have a great experience at the Madsen Clinic and I love Dr. Backman and his team, great providers and everyone is always so friendly. I like that Dr. Backman always seems well prepared for the visit and usually gives some extra literature to take home.

February 25, 2013

Great, detailed time spent by Dr. Backman. Exemplifying care and concern for my condition. Very likeable and will make concerted effort to refer to him future patients.

February 25, 2013

Did a great job at answering all of my questions and making me fee comfortable.

January 22, 2013

good

January 14, 2013

Dr Backman took excellent care of me, as usual. I always enjoy my visits with him, even if the procedure is painful. He takes the extra time to make sure that I'm ok.

January 11, 2013

We love Dr. Backman! He is always so willing to give us answers to our questions in a way that is not only informative, but it makes me feel more comfortable and confident in the conclusion. I love that he is always in "teaching" mode. My 3year old looks up to him and talks about him at home and some days says he wants to be a doctor like him. I think that says volumes about the kind of person he is! Thank you dr. backman!

January 11, 2013

Had a great experience. I was seen by medical student he was wonderful too.

January 08, 2013

It was hard to get appointment with provider. Provider did not explain that fasting was needed for blood tests (or that any would be taken that day) and the testing will have to be done again. I get the feeling that I am a number and not a patient or person with this practice. Provider does use MyChart and I think that is a good thing for my care and good involvement, but I'd prefer more personal contact and less automation.

January 08, 2013

no problem

December 27, 2012

Dr.Backman is a phenomenal physician.

December 25, 2012

I was very happy with my visit with Dr. Backman

December 14, 2012

I have recommended Dr. Backman to numerous friends and family members and will continue to do so. He provides EXCEPTIONAL care, and always makes sure the patient leaves completely comfortable with issues addressed during the visit.

December 12, 2012

I LOVE Dr. Backman. I have been seeing Dr. Backman since 2007. Even though my insurance has changed and I have to pay at least $100 per visit to see him, I feel like it is worth every penny. He is about the best doctor I have ever had. I tell every one of my friends about him. He is always professional and courteous especially during sensitive situations. He is a wonderful doctor.

December 04, 2012

I coulndn't be more pleased with the time, care and interaction Dr. Backman showed during my visit.

December 03, 2012

When I told that Physician about the disease I am dealing with, a chronic condition, the physician said: "ya well that's life." He was super rude and tried to play it off. I was a little surprised.

November 26, 2012

1-10 I give 11

November 26, 2012

The physician I saw was very attentive, and friendly. He put me at ease right away. Again, usually I do not see male providers, but in this case, again, I felt very comfortable and listened to. His recommendation to treat my problem rather than depression (you did not really score high enough). was a good one and is working for me. He also recommended blood work and a bone density scan which at my age (65) was attention to my health that I very much appreciated.

November 26, 2012

Not only do I respect and appreciate the level of concern and compassion that Dr. Backman has shown me, but I have referred more than 5 family members and close friends over the last several years, because I trust him completely.

November 26, 2012

Doctor was friendly and explained everything clearly and concisely.

November 23, 2012

Wonderful experience with Mike (PA) and Dr. Backman

November 19, 2012

I recommend Dr. Backman to everyone.

November 19, 2012

Mike the PA was very thorough and Dr. Backman is always great!

November 15, 2012

Thank you Dr. Backman for always having a smile!

November 14, 2012

Our entire family has the highest opinion about the care and advice we receive from our family doctor at Madsen Clinic

November 13, 2012

I always recommend people visit this clinic.

November 06, 2012

I was so impressed and will definitely come again.

November 05, 2012

Dr Backman rules!

October 30, 2012

my visits to Madson clinic and Dr. Backman are always a pleasant experience

October 30, 2012

I have been seeing Dr Backman for over 10 years and have always felt very confident with him

October 29, 2012

Dr Backman was excellent. I like the whiteboard - I can see that what I am asking about was heard, understood, and written down till we addressed it and checked it off the list.

October 26, 2012

Dr Backman cares when you feel awful.

October 16, 2012

Great Experience!

October 12, 2012

Dr. backman has been very good to our family. He is very knowledgable and does seem concerned about my family and i's health. When we describe symptoms he can generally finish what we are describing.

October 09, 2012

Dr. Backman is great, he listens and his bed-side manner is excellent.

October 01, 2012

Dr. Backman is one of the best doctor's I've ever had. He has great rapport with patients, and he is very knowledgeable.

October 01, 2012

SHe said nothing. I asked about possible reaction and she said that it will be ok and not to worry.

August 27, 2012

I honestly have nothing to complain. This visit was 100 per cent.

August 27, 2012

I also received a follow-up letter that let me know what to do (considering some change had occurred) and that was very helpful.

August 20, 2012

Dr. Backmann is always so genuine and great to see when I come in alone or when I bring my daughter in. He is hilarious, intelligent, easy to address issues with and overall is an excellent provider - I am grateful we see him :)

August 20, 2012

Dr Bachman rocks

August 14, 2012

I was very satisfied with the friendliness and information I was given.

August 14, 2012

Dr. Backman is exceptional. He is kind and patient, never makes me feel dumb for not knowing things that probably I should. He is personable and makes me feel at ease. He is respectful of me and the staff. I feel motivated to take better care of my health after I see him.

August 13, 2012

Dr. Backman is an excellent physician and a very pleasant person. He is informative and kind.

August 13, 2012

Wonderful experience. My husband first saw Dr. Backman. We decided to have both of our boys, 12 and 13, see him because of the positive experience.

June 18, 2012

Sometimes I feel rushed and am hesitant to ask questions. That did not happen at all despite the fact that I was pretty anxious about a shortage of a med I need. A good visit

June 18, 2012

This physician is quite knowledgeable about pharmaceuticals, and I appreciate his not accepting samples in order to remain objective.

June 14, 2012

Dr. Backman was great! I finally found a great doctor.

June 08, 2012

Love the white board Dr Backman wrote on in the exam room.

May 08, 2012

Dr Backman was great addressing all of our concerns. Spent time with us. Felt his interest and concern in our problems.

May 05, 2012

Doctor Backman is a great doctor and very good person, i really like him.

May 05, 2012

I have never had anything less than an excellent experience with all staff at the Madsen Clinic

May 05, 2012

Dr. Backman was excellent.

May 01, 2012

Dr. Backman is an excellent and most caring physician. Thank you for having him at Madsen Clinic.

May 01, 2012

I waited over a month for NPV with Dr. Backman and it was worth it. I had heard so many good things about him from my family and other people at work in the U of U network. He prepares before your visit and makes you feel like you are a priority even though he probably has dozens of patients. He was very kind and spent a lot of time with me explaining and going over my medical past extensively.

April 28, 2012

Dr Backman is hard to get in to sometimes, but I don't mind waiting. As always he is the best! I enjoy my experience every time, even while getting a giant needle stuck in my shoulder.

April 24, 2012

Its so nice to have a doctor that my kids like so much, that they enjoy going to the doctor's office, even if it means getting a shot. They love the way Dr Backman interacts with them and makes it fun.

April 17, 2012

Very positive experience

April 10, 2012

Dr. Backman was very friendly, professional, and had a very down-to-earth personality.

March 29, 2012

Dr. Backman is terrific. He really listens to you and spends as much time as needed with you. Very grateful he is my doctor.

March 29, 2012

The doctor was great!

March 22, 2012

Dr. Backman is an awesome doctor. He took every effort to understand the problem and was so nice with the patient (Which I think is the most important quality for a family doctor apart from their knowledge). He listen to our suggestions and include if he thinks appropriate. Overall he is a great care-giver. He is a great asset to our health care team here in University of utah.

March 05, 2012

Dr. Backman is awesome! I never feel rushed- he spends as much time with you as you need. I also like how he writes notes on the dry erase board to work through each symptom/formulate a plan for care. He is prepared prior to seeing me for my visit- he already had some papers printed out for me to read and labs ordered.

March 01, 2012

A very good experience M.D. to solve my illness.

February 18, 2012

Dr. Backman took a great amount of time to get to know us. We are new to SLC. We are very impressed with the efficiency of the "U" system!!

February 16, 2012

Dr. Backman gave me great instruction on how to prevent from getting diabetes and to reschedule my A1C test in 6 months. He was quite courteous and empathetic with my situtation, yet he empowered me by informing he knew I could continue on with an exersise program. He is my all time favorite Dr. and I will always refer my friends to him.

February 14, 2012

Dr Backman is the best,he is my doctor for life.

February 07, 2012

Dr. Backman was great.

February 07, 2012

We really like and trust Dr. Backman and value his opinion

January 14, 2012

I am a patient of Dr. Backman for five years. I had a lot of health issues to address so I called the day before to let the staff know. Dr Backman took the time to find counseling resources that I could have done. He also wrote all my issues, on the message board, as we addressed them. This made the visit very efficient, & helped me by seeing what we had discussed.

January 05, 2012

I have been a patient of Dr. Backman's for over 3 years and place my complete trust in him. I had a troubling subject to share with him at this appointment and he took well over an hour with me to ensure that my concerns were addressed. I know I will always receive this level of care from him since he has done so previously with appointments for both myself and my daughter. I see a little wait from time to time as minor because he is hopefully helping his other patients as much as he helps my family! I did not select an answer for #5 since he did not prescribe any medications.

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Family and Preventive Medicine - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Family Medicine/Medical Students
Board Certification American Board of Family Practice (Fam Prac)

Academic Bio

Richard Backman, M.D. is a board-certified Family Medicine physician and Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, California in 1984, and obtained his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, in 1994. Dr. Backman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1997. He joined the faculty at the University of Utah School of Medicine as an Volunteer Clinical Instructor in 2/1/2001. On 7/1/2002 he changed to an Adjunct Instructor. On 4/1/2006 he changed to Clinical Track, and was promoted to Assistant Professor (Clinical) on 4/1/2006. He was appointed as Medical Director of the Madsen Family Health Center site 11/1/2005.

He is a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. His professional interests include medical practice redesign, electronic health records and educating future Family Medicine providers.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Residency University of Wisconsin
Family Medicine
Resident
Internship University of Wisconsin
Family Medicine
Intern
Professional Medical University of Texas Health Science Center
Medicine
M.D.
Undergraduate Pitzer College
B.A.

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