Patient Rating:

4.9 out of 5

62 Patient Ratings
43 Patient Comments

David A. Wada, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.9 out of 5

62 Patient Ratings
43 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-2955
Huntsman Cancer Hospital
1950 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 581-2955
University Hospital
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132


David Wada, MD is a dermatologist who specializes in cutaneous oncology. His clinical focus is centered on the diagnosis and treatment of cutaneous lymphoma, lymphomatoid disorders (skin conditions that resemble lymphoma), and melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. He is involved in clinical trials associated with the treatment of cutaneous lymphoma at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. He is board-certified/board eligible in dermatology, dermatopathology, and anatomic and clinical pathology. As a practicing dermatopathologist, Dr. Wada also specializes in the interpretation of skin biopsies to help ensure that an accurate diagnosis of skin cancer is obtained and he has a particular interest in the pathology of skin lymphoma and related diseases.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Dermatology - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Board Certification National Board of Medical Examiners
American Board of Pathology (Sub: Anatomic Path)
American Board of Pathology (Sub: Chemical Path)
American Board of Pathology (Sub: Dermatopathology)
American Board of Dermatology

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.

September 24, 2015

My doctor is very thorough. When I leave, I know exactly what I am to do in my treatment etc.

August 03, 2015

Dr Wada and his staff are the best

August 03, 2015

Dr. Wada and his entire team were exceptionally professional, informative and caring. couldn't ask for better care!

April 28, 2015

Dr. Wada is fantastic. He speaks to me as if I was a friend or peer, not a patient. He explains things in a clear manner in which I can understand and is willing to listen, even to my bad jokes.

March 30, 2015

Dr Wada is the greatest

March 09, 2015

very good.

December 22, 2014

We tell everyone Huntsman is the very best.

December 15, 2014

Amazing experience.

November 17, 2014

I always understand what the doctor wants me to do etc. I feel that he is very caring.

November 10, 2014

Doctor Wada and his staff are informative, proffesional, work in harmony with each other. I get great medical care.

November 03, 2014

Always very good, Excellent.

October 05, 2014

This is the first time since being given the cancer diagnosis that I didn't feel like I was on my own.

August 25, 2014

Everything is always explained completely and I know exactly what I am to do until my next visit or I can call if questions arise or something changes.

August 24, 2014

I always tell everyone how great the Huntsman is and what great doctors they have

August 17, 2014

Dr. Wada's team is the best, My wife and I feel that we are truly getting help from this team and that they actually care what is happening and are willing to spend teh time we need to help us understand. Kudos specifically to Dr Wada, PA MArk, and Autumn

July 13, 2014

Dr Wada asked at least 5 times if I had any questions. Very comforting he was committed to my health concerns. Mark Hyde reminded me he was available should we have questions concerns or needs.

May 25, 2014

My doctor always explains my treatment and goes over it with me so that I know exactly what I am to do until my next visit. They also always stress that I can call if I have questions.

March 17, 2014

Dr. Wada , HIs PA and nurse were awesome. I cannot say at this point that I am confident in their ability to treat my illness but they were amazing at treating me.

March 16, 2014


February 28, 2014

They are awesome!!!

February 23, 2014

Dr wada and his team were great. Thank you

February 17, 2014

the PA was nothing more than a all around good provider

February 03, 2014

Dr. Wada and his team were very nice and funny. They treat the myself as if I had known them for a while. Great team

January 26, 2014

Dr. Wada and his staff are outstanding representatives of the care and professionalism found at Huntsman. Everyone we came in contact with, took the time to answer our questions and made the effort to help us through our visits. Dr. Wada, specifically, took the time to answer my questions and explain the nature of my condition and possible treatment options. His ability to translate complex medical terms and information so the layman could understand was critical for me.

January 12, 2014

Dr. Wada goes over everything so well with me that I leave knowing exactly what I am to do until my next appointment.

December 23, 2013


December 20, 2013

Wonderful Experience

December 08, 2013

I will be back for treatment. I did not run the other direction.

October 29, 2013

Dr. Wada always makes sure that I understand my care, what I am to do in my treatment care, and never rushes or makes me feel that he is in a hurry. I am very pleased with his care of me.

October 14, 2013

I believe the doctor was knowledgeable but I felt a little rushed and felt the visit was cursory, the exam not thorough.

October 01, 2013

I have already recommended Dr. Wada to 5 other people. And they have all seen him. He and his staff are wonderful caring people.

September 30, 2013

Great doctor.

September 30, 2013

I would like to see a little more instruction on how to use the medication and what to expect during use and other things we can do to help with discomfort

August 26, 2013

Excellent job.

August 26, 2013

Dr. Wada explains things in detail to me. I have complete confidence in him and I tell everybody how great I think Huntsman is.

July 29, 2013

Dr. Wada is wonderful! He is very knowledgeable and compassionate. Great doctor!

July 02, 2013

Already recommended to a co-worker

June 22, 2013

I always recommend Huntsman.

May 28, 2013

Dr. Wada was great! I really appreciated his professionalism and concern for the reason I was there that day. He is an excellent doctor!

May 20, 2013

Dr Wada totally puts you at ease while he is taking care of you. Very compassionate and good doctor

April 29, 2013


April 25, 2013


March 20, 2013

I have seen several dermatologists over the years and there are so many that won't take the time to talk with you and your concerns. Dr. Wada was just the opposite. He was extremely nice and he made me feel comfortable and confident he was good at what he did.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Malignancy
  • Cutaneous Lymphoma
  • Cutaneous Manifestations of Myeloid Disorders
  • Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers
  • Lymphomatoid Disorders
  • Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Dermatology - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Board Certification National Board of Medical Examiners
American Board of Pathology (Sub: Anatomic Path)
American Board of Pathology (Sub: Chemical Path)
American Board of Pathology (Sub: Dermatopathology)
American Board of Dermatology

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-6465 School of Medicine
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

David Wada MD is an assistant professor of Dermatology at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center and Huntsman Cancer Institute. He is a member of the Cutaneous Lymphoma program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Dr. Wada’s clinical and research interests are focused on cutaneous lymphoma and related disorders. Having trained in dermatology, dermatopathology, and anatomic/clinical pathology, he has had the opportunity to clinically evaluate and study numerous lymphoma patients over the past 10 years and has published his findings in major peer-reviewed journals with multiple presentations at national meetings. He is also experienced in the evaluation of lymphomatoid diseases, skin conditions associated with systemic lymphoproliferative and myeloid disorders, and melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.

Dr. Wada is specifically interested in clinical and translational investigation related to the discovery of specific markers in cutaneous lymphoma with diagnostic and therapeutic potential. In a recent study, he was able to validate the specificity of a novel marker in primary cutaneous anaplastic T-cell lymphoma. He is collaborating with faculty from various departments to continue to pursue research in cutaneous T- and B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma with the goal of obtaining and applying scientific data that will serve to improve the accuracy of diagnosis/classification and enhance therapeutic outcomes of patients with this unique and challenging group of diseases.


Education History

Type School Degree
Residency Mayo Clinic
Fellowship Mayo Clinic
Fellowship Mayo Clinic
Residency University of Utah Health Sciences Center
Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
Internship Exempla St. Joseph’s Hospital
Internal Medicine
Professional Medical University of Hawaii School of Medicine
Graduate Training University of Hawaii
Biomedical Sciences, Cell, Molecular, & Neuroscience Interdisciplinary Program
Undergraduate University of Hawaii
Biology, with Distinction


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Podjasek JO, Wetter DA, Pittelkow MR, Wada DA (2012). Cutaneous small-vessel vasculitis associated with solid organ malignancies: the Mayo Clinic experience, 1996 to 2009. J Am Acad Dermatol, 66(2), e55-65.
  2. Hocker TL, Wada DA, El-Azhary R, Gibson LE (2012). Expression of T-cell receptor-gammadelta in normal human skin, inflammatory dermatoses and mycosis fungoides. J Cutan Pathol, 39(4), 419-24.
  3. Wada DA, Law ME, Hsi ED, Dicaudo DJ, Ma L, Lim MS, Souza Ad, Comfere NI, Weenig RH, Macon WR, Erickson LA, Ozsan N, Ansell SM, Dogan A, Feldman AL (2011). Specificity of IRF4 translocations for primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma: a multicenter study of 204 skin biopsies. Mod Pathol, 24(4), 596-605.
  4. Wada DA, Wilcox RA, Harrington SM, Kwon ED, Ansell SM, Comfere NI (2011). Programmed death 1 is expressed in cutaneous infiltrates of mycosis fungoides and Sezary syndrome. Am J Hematol, 86(3), 325-7.
  5. Hendi A, Wada DA, Jacobs MA, Crook JE, Kortuem KR, Weed BR, Otley CC, Gibson LE (2011). Melanocytes in nonlesional sun-exposed skin: a multicenter comparative study. J Am Acad Dermatol, 65(6), 1186-93.
  6. Wada DA, Wilcox RA, Weenig RH, Gibson LE (2010). Paucity of intraepidermal FoxP3-positive T cells in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma in contrast with spongiotic and lichenoid dermatitis. J Cutan Pathol, 37(5), 535-41.
  7. de Souza A, Camilleri MJ, Wada DA, Appert DL, Gibson LE, el-Azhary RA (2009). Clinical, histopathologic, and immunophenotypic features of lymphomatoid papulosis with CD8 predominance in 14 pediatric patients. J Am Acad Dermatol, 61(6), 993-1000.
  8. Wilcox RA, Wada DA, Ziesmer SC, Elsawa SF, Comfere NI, Dietz AB, Novak AJ, Witzig TE, Feldman AL, Pittelkow MR, Ansell SM (2009). Monocytes promote tumor cell survival in T-cell lymphoproliferative disorders and are impaired in their ability to differentiate into mature dendritic cells. Blood, 114(14), 2936-44.
  9. Wada DA, Perkins SL, Tripp S, Coffin CM, Florell SR (2007). Human herpesvirus 8 and iron staining are useful in differentiating Kaposi sarcoma from interstitial granuloma annulare. Am J Clin Pathol, 127(2), 263-70.

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