Patient Rating:

4.5 out of 5

76 Patient Ratings
60 Patient Comments

Richard D. King, M.D., Ph.D.

Patient Rating:

4.5 out of 5

76 Patient Ratings
60 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 585-7575
Imaging and Neurosciences Center
Cognitive Disorders Clinic
729 Arapeen Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108


Dr. Richard King sees patients in the Cognitive Disorders Clinic, a sub-specialty clinic of the University of Utah Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research (CACIR) in the Department of Neurology.

Dr. King’s clinical interests focus on early diagnosis and interventions for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders — especially dementia that is atypical, rapidly progressive, early-onset, focal, or familial.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurology - Assistant Professor
Bioengineering - Adjunct Assistant Professor
Academic Divisions Cognitive Neurology
Board Certification National Board of Medical Examiners
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Neurology)
United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry)

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.

January 31, 2017

Dr King was very gracious

January 27, 2017

felt like the doctor did not even review the medical information in file before coming into room. seems like he and we were rushed thru the appointment.

October 17, 2016

Appointment was basically a pat on the head to say we were doing just fine

October 01, 2016

Two words: Great experience

September 02, 2016

Dr. King is the best.

June 13, 2016

I don't think Dr. King was very friendly or understanding of my situation.

May 24, 2016

Excellent visit. Dr King really helped me understand my neurological issues. I also appreciate his expertise about current research, and that he's such a great resource to help me try to find future remedies that may become available.

May 23, 2016

The doctor was very knowledgeable...but spoke very fast and did not seem to really care what was going on with the patient. Gave no suggestions for treatment of any kind to this point. Waited kind of along time to even get in to see the physician. Wish the would have had us do a the MRI/required NEURO screening/lab work PRIOR to the appointment - since we had to wait so long any way to even get in. That way the physician would have the information in front of him at the appointment to begin to treat the problem. Now we have to do all the screening/MRI/labs etc and wait to see the physician again in 4 MONTHS. That is a very long time to wait for any kind of recommendation. We basically have no information to this point.

April 19, 2016

This was difficult to evaluate because the message was "I can't do anything for you because there is no cure."

April 19, 2016

Great bedside manner. Very professional.

March 09, 2016

I was very impressed with Dr. King, as I have been on previous appointments with him. He is easy to understand and is concerned with the problems that i have had.

March 07, 2016

Exceptional guy!

February 22, 2016

Doctor King did not update the records as we talked about. The check out sheet does not have the changes we discussed updated on the sheet.

February 22, 2016

Dr. King seemed distracted and impatient when we asked questions. Our visit consisted of him confirming the diagnosis made by Dr. Warner at Moran Eye Center and instructing us to return in six months to assess progression of the disease. No treatment or therapy was recommended.

January 29, 2016

Friendly and concerned care providers

January 24, 2016

Dr King is obviously very knowledgeable, but sometimes talks a little fast. I wasn't always sure my husband heard and understood what he was saying. We would appreciate the conversation being put in layman terms a little more.

January 20, 2016

your clinic is one of the most friendly I have ever been to

January 11, 2016

Especially liked the intern working with Dr. King.

January 10, 2016

I was very impressed with the care and amount of time the doctor spent with me.

December 07, 2015

Dr King was poorest doctor we encountered in our visits. Other doctors and practioners were very good and knew what they were doing. Dr Kings interview provided no new information that hadn't been dwelt with by the other doctors. No recommendations were made other than returning at a later date to evaluate whether the condition had deteriorate over time.

November 28, 2015

absolutely everything was a positive!

November 23, 2015

Discussion on medication was deferred until more information from studies to determine needs.

November 18, 2015

We are very satisfied.

November 16, 2015

Dr. King was OUTSTANDING. Roxanne felt so much confidence in how we were treated and the care Dr. King took to be sure everything was clear. She felt like a "weight" was lifted from her shoulders when we left. The attention and time was MUCH appreciated.

October 13, 2015


October 05, 2015

Very good first impression

September 28, 2015

I would recommend Dr. King to everyone. He was extremely polite, and very knowledgeable. He also knew everything about my mom BEFORE he walked in to talk with us. Great guy!

September 28, 2015

everyone answered my wife's questions and concerns. she had more questions and concerns than I and they handled her concerns with compassion which helped us a lot.

August 22, 2015

Good experience; proved my wife has better memory skills than I have. but she did not help me with any answers; I just could not remember what the answers were.

August 15, 2015

Our only comment is that Dr. King spoke quite fast at times and Carolyn had a hard time processing at that speed.

August 09, 2015

Dr. King is so caring and so kind. We have a lot of faith in him

July 31, 2015

It seems we have had a great deal of emphasis on diagnosis and not sure what I expected, but as far as I can see there has been no treatment.

July 15, 2015

everyone has been easy to talk with and I have been pleased with the care and concern

May 10, 2015

I am lucky to have the outstanding care.

May 04, 2015

The doctor listened well to what I had to say about my own condition. He has a calming effect when takling to you and about my condition.

January 24, 2015

Dr. King is so caring and wonderful to Bill and to the family. We are so glad that he is Bill's doctor.

December 19, 2014

Dr. King was outstanding; he took the time to explain some of the heavier items; he expressed the concern that I would expect from this doctor; he left nothing on the table. I had an excellent visit with him.

December 07, 2014

Felt very comfortable with the whole experience.

November 09, 2014

Dr. King is a very friendly doctor-I feel he is doing his very best to help me overcome my memory difficulties.

September 16, 2014

I was so impressed with Dr. King. I don't remember the names of the nurse and student doctor, but they were very kind and helpful. It was a good experience.

August 30, 2014

Again, Sue was extremely happy with Dr. King and the level of concern he showed.

August 22, 2014

Information about medications was provided by the doctor but additional info was given by the health education person/social worker which was also very important.

August 12, 2014

Dr King is great!

June 16, 2014


May 30, 2014

Dr King is a great physician. We would highly recommend him.

April 18, 2014

We (my husband and daughter were with me) were impressed with Dr. King's manner and professionalism. He normalized many things for me and gave me such confidence. I am so grateful for seasoned, compassionate, and "easy to talk to" doctors. It was a completely positive experience.

November 08, 2013

Dr. King has always made our 600 mile round trip drive extremely worthwhile.

September 06, 2013

Dr. King was friendly and caring, but seemed hurried. I still had concerns when he ended the visit.

September 05, 2013


August 24, 2013

We come to the U of U often and have always had a good experience this was the first time we have had to wait so long.

May 21, 2013

Dr King is wonderful, he is very easy to talk to. My mom was very apprehensive about her appointment with Dr King but after her meeting and examination, she said she felt like she had known him for a long time. Dr King really set her at ease.

May 16, 2013

Dr. King seemed a little hurried. This was not a bad thing, but noticeable.

May 05, 2013

Dr. King was forthcoming, professional, friendly, easy to talk to, seemed very knowledgeable,

April 24, 2013

I very much appreciated Dr. King's willingness to explain the plan of treatment and medications to both myself and my husband. We did not feel like he rushed through our appointment.

April 09, 2013

Dr. did not call our Dr. in PAYSON about meds. for my wife after aweek my Drs office call to you for med. info I DO NOT KNOW IF MY DR. TALK TO DR. KING OR NOT. VERY POOR FOLLOWUP.

March 15, 2013

Dr. King is so informative and very concerned for his patient.

March 08, 2013

Dr. King was patient and thorough.

February 22, 2013

very good experiece

April 17, 2012

Everyone was very kind and efficient. Dr. King took extra time with us at this visit and was very thorough.

February 28, 2012

Dr. King should introduce the visiting scholar. Why was she there? Simple professional courtesy to her as well as the patient.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Fractals
  • Quantitative MRI
  • Medical Diagnosis and Prognosis Using Biomarkers
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurology - Assistant Professor
Bioengineering - Adjunct Assistant Professor
Academic Divisions Cognitive Neurology
Board Certification National Board of Medical Examiners
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Neurology)
United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 585-6546 650 Komas
650 Komas Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Richard D. King, MD, PhD, joined the University of Utah in 2009 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology in the Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging and Research (CACIR), where he also directs the Alzheimer's Image Analysis Laboratory. Dr. King is board certified in Geriatric Neurology and Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry.

Dr. King received his PhD in Neuroscience and his MD from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. In 2002, he was honored with the First Annual Richard R. Dickason Outstanding Physician Scientist award from Baylor College of Medicine's Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed his neurology residency at Harvard Medical School, followed by a fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Dallas. In October 2008, Dr. King completed a six-week mini-fellowship in Cognitive Disorders at the University of Utah.

Before coming to Utah, Dr. King was Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he also served on the Institutional Review Board. He also was Visiting Assistant Professor of Cognition and Neuroscience at the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M.

Dr. King is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, Society for Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and National Medical Association. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a prestigious grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program and the Paul Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research for his work examining cortical complexity changes in normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease (NIA grant K23 AG03835). Dr. King has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, Utah Chapter since 2009 and serves as the Director of the Board’s Services Committee.

The lab of Richard D. King, MD, PhD uses advanced neuroimaging analysis tools to study morphometric changes in the brain associated with neurodegenerative diseases. One area of focus is applying a novel method of computing cerebral cortical complexity known as fractal analysis. This technique is applied to high-resolution, high-contrast MR images to quantitatively characterize changes in the shape of the cerebral cortex caused by atrophy. Such changes in cortical shape could be useful for early detection of Alzheimer’s and other neurologic diseases. These tools could be used as a surrogate biomarker for disease progression or as a metric for the success of therapeutic interventions. The lab is also looking to apply this technique to other common conditions such as epilepsy and traumatic brain injury. Dr. King’s work also involves integrating multiple imaging modalities (such as Positron Emission Tomography) together with quantitative cortical shape measures in order to improve the diagnostic utility of neuroimaging.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine
Cognitive Disorders
Fellowship University of Texas at Dallas
Behavioral Neurology/Cognitive Neuroscience
Residency Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital
Internship Baylor College of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Professional Medical Baylor College of Medicine
Doctoral Training Baylor College of Medicine
Undergraduate Texas A&M University


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Singh N, Fletcher PT, Preston JS, Ha L, King R, Marron JS, Wiener M, Joshi S (2010). Multivariate statistical analysis of deformation momenta relating anatomical shape to neuropsychological measures. Med Image Comput Comput Assist Interv, 13(Pt 3), 529-37.

Book Chapter

  1. Provenzale J, Foster NL, King RD (2009). Alzheimer Disease. In Osborn AG, Salzman KL, Barkovich J, et al. (Eds.), Diagnostic Imaging: Brain (Second Edition, pp. 74-77). Amirsys/Lippincott Wililams and Wilkins.

Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials

  • MK-8931 (EPOCH)
    Keywords: Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's disease, dementia, Merck 8931-017-03, Oral Medication, MK-8931 (EPOCH)
    Status: Not yet recruiting Principal Investigator: Richard King
  • Biogen BIIb037 (CLARITY)
    Keywords: Mild Cognitive Impairment, Mild Alzheimer's Disease, Memory Disturbance
    Status: Not yet recruiting Principal Investigator: Richard King

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