Patient Rating:

4.5 out of 5

312 Patient Ratings
94 Patient Comments

Richard D. Sontheimer, M.D.

Clinical Details

Locations

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-2955 Dermatology & Laser Center
6095 South 300 East , Suite 270
Murray, UT 84107
(801) 581-2955 University Hospital
Dermatology, Clinic 28
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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Bio

Richard D. Sontheimer, MD, Professor of Dermatology has specialized expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of skin changes that occur in autoimmune rheumatic (arthritic) diseases like lupus, dermatomyositis, scleroderma, and vasculitis. He is Board certified in Internal Medicine, Dermatology and Dermatologic Immunology, and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology. Dr. Sontheimer's main focus is patient care, education, and patient-oriented translational clinical research.

Dr. Sontheimer is recognized internationally for his clinical expertise and research accomplishments relating to the skin problems experienced by lupus and dermatomyositis patients. He has been listed in Best Doctors of America and America's Top Doctors and has been elected to several prestigious medical and scientific research societies including the American Society of Clinical Investigation and Association of American Physicians.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Dermatology - Professor (Clinical)
Board Certification American Board of Dermatology (Dermatological Immunology/Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology)
American Board of Dermatology (Dermatology)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)

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
4.5
My confidence in doctor
4.5
Time doctor spent with me
4.4
Doctor spoke using clear language
4.7
Doctor's effort to include me in decisions
4.6
Doctor's concern for questions & worries
4.6
Doctor's explanation of condition/problem
4.6
Wait time at clinic
4.1
Doctor's friendliness and courtesy
4.7

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 28, 2014

If Dr. Sontheimer could be my primary care, I would do that. He's the best physician I've ever visited.

February 24, 2014

all good

January 30, 2014

Sorry that liquid oxygen not used; would have to make an appointment for special treatment.

January 29, 2014

good

January 27, 2014

Both the Dr. and the MA were very friendly and explained what was going on and what concers they had and answered my questions fully

January 25, 2014

Bit frustrated that the problem was not really taken care of. Feel like collecting copycats may be part of the motivation in taking time to simply take care of a wart!!!????

January 16, 2014

very good

January 13, 2014

his bedside manor is not the greatest, but i think he is probably a very good dr.

December 21, 2013

Of 5 derm appointments at U Healthcare, this was clearly the best!

December 16, 2013

Overall good experience.

December 13, 2013

Physician even asked me about my recovery from a previous skin issue and if I had any lingering concerns or questions in regards to that.

December 12, 2013

I'm new to Utah and needed to make a connection with a dermatologist. Dr. Sontheimer was very professional yet friendly and personable.

December 11, 2013

Appointment was short due that the rash had healed in the time. Bad timing for the flare up.

December 05, 2013

He is very nice

December 02, 2013

I really appreciated the doctor giving his recommendations but always leaving the decision up to me. It was very refreshing.

November 29, 2013

Dr. S. is always professional and kind. He is an excellent doctor.

November 21, 2013

Very knowledgeable doctor and staff.

November 19, 2013

Very satisfactory visit in every way.

November 11, 2013

Dr. Sontheimer is very thorough and caring. I don't feel rushed and he is willing to answer my questions.

November 04, 2013

this was for sandheimer

November 04, 2013

Dr. S. is so totally competent and kind to fully discuss all issues. he is the best!

October 31, 2013

Used the University Health Care MyChart to correspond with the physician re: a follow-up question. He is tracking down the answer, and I appreciate his responsiveness.

October 25, 2013

My confidence in the care provider is minimized only by the fact that my condition seems to be a mystery to the physicians - I do trust my physician.

October 19, 2013

The doctor treated the spot on my face with an empty bottle of nitrous oxide and quickly left the room. There was absolutely no affect on the spot on my face. By the time I left the office and realize nothing was going to happen, no red spot, swelling, no flaking of skin, nothing, I had to proceed to other obligations and could not return to the office . I also think that the place he sprayed my face was not the actual spot on which I had calmed to have treated.

October 15, 2013

Dr Sondhiem has always been an excellent physican in my expierence

October 07, 2013

I was misdiagnosed and on the follow up appointment the doctor said this. Also, very important to me, nobody (PA to the physician ) that saw me washed their hands or wore gloves!! The physician did not measure or photograph the reason I came in. There was no way to compare.

September 09, 2013

Doctor gave very good explanations of his treatment, scope of care he could provide, and what other resources were available if cosmetic procedures were wanted.

August 05, 2013

I appreciate coming to this facility and being treated like a human rather than a number, case study or disease. It is refreshing to have the doctor recognize me, recognize my situation, remember conversations that we had at our last appointment and be able to offer solutions to help with my condition. I have already reccomended this office to my friend who is also dealing with an unknow skin condition. I told her that I feel this doctor is genuinely concerned with my well-being and he wants to help me find a solution that will get me back to healthy.

August 03, 2013

I really like Dr. Sonntheimer & I will visit him again if I have dermatological concerns. He is caring and knowledgeable.

July 22, 2013

I love Dr. Sontheimer!! He always takes the time to answer my questions and make sure I understand everything.

July 15, 2013

good

July 03, 2013

Instantly knew unusual diagnosis, explained treatment and encouraged return for any other issues.

July 01, 2013

Dr. Sontheimer was wonderful! Very friendly and made me feel comfortable. He also seemed very knowledgeable and competent.

June 24, 2013

When I left I realized the Dr. did not look over my body for a thorough skin check. The trainee did but Dr. didn't. The assistant/trainee told the Dr. about my concerns but I felt when I left that it just wasn't that thorough. My past Dr. checked my entire body and my hair.

June 12, 2013

My provider doesn't seem confident in being able to treat my mild skin condition.I feel like experimentation with medicines are being done on my skin.Not very confident that I will continue with this provider.I also feel my insurance is being abused by this provider as well.

May 28, 2013

Dr. Sontheimer's professional insight and knowledge is superb. He was most courteous and helpful in answering my questions and attending to my needs.

May 21, 2013

My husband and I always enjoy Dr. Southmeier. We will always come back to him

May 20, 2013

very much like the dr at both his facilities

May 20, 2013

Dr Sonheimer seems clinically excellent, with a very comforting "bedside manner". Only concern is that he did not look in my chart while in the room, and seemed to not recall events of my previous visit w/him, ie seemed to rely on me to fill in info from past visit.

May 07, 2013

I felt really rushed at the end. I wanted to ask him some questions about acne, and he told me "next time," that he didnt have time during this appointment. I even asked the nurse if I could talk to him about the acne. That was a frusteration that I would have had to drive clear back there for another appointment just to ask him for some medication for my acne. And I wont...

May 06, 2013

Excellent physician and care. Worth waiting for.

April 28, 2013

dr. Sonthrimer is the best dr. I have ever had!! I feel complete trust in him.

April 11, 2013

Again, excellent experience - not common these days with doctor visits.

April 09, 2013

I have already recommended this care provider and both clinics have been exceptionally pleased and they are different ages and issues

April 08, 2013

Dr. Sontheimer was really comforting to me with his obvious knowledge of the issue but also with the empathy and the confidence he expressed to me regarding the outcome of the condition.

March 28, 2013

very good

March 02, 2013

Ever visit Dr. Sontheimer takes whatever time I need to answer question & explain what & how of my condition. He never rushes me but takes the time I need to explain things to me so I understand. He's Great!

March 01, 2013

good

February 11, 2013

very happy with Dr. Sontheimer

January 21, 2013

I have been to Dr. Sonheimer before and would certainly recommend him to anyone.

December 25, 2012

My condition is rare and the Doctor described my condition in the exact way I had been describing it. Very glad to have it diagnoses

December 03, 2012

Dr. Sontheimer is very caring. He has a wonderful bedside manner. He took time to listen to my concerns and answer my questions.

November 20, 2012

Wanted to be contacted by my cell number, but a message was left on my home answering machine. It was good news, biopsy was benign, but am still trying to get to talk to care provider about the details of the biopsy.

November 19, 2012

A little too touchy, more a salesman than provider

November 06, 2012

uncertain that provider is giving most up to date or expidient remedies

November 05, 2012

Great job by Dr. Sontheimer and his team.

October 29, 2012

Dr. Sontheimer was very friendly and respectful. I felt like he was present with me and focused on my questions and concerns. I was nervous about the biopsy, and he worked very well with the nurse to put me at ease and do the procedure very quickly and painlessly. I was very impressed with their teamwork and very relieved to have such an experienced and respectful doctor.

October 25, 2012

Good experience.

October 22, 2012

Very neutral experience, nothing to set it apart in a good or bad way. I do feel like I was given good information, but also felt like it was very routine for the care providers and while I understand that they see issues like this often, it's not a common occurrence to me.

October 20, 2012

I have already recommended this doctor to 2 people.

October 16, 2012

The provider looked me over in about 30 seconds, said they were very busy or overbooked or something and is making me come back a second time for a seemingly minor procedure (punch biopsy). I'm not too impressed.

October 15, 2012

Dr. Sontheimer is a very knowledgable physician and gave me quick and quality care during my appointment.

October 09, 2012

Appreciated the follow up call

October 08, 2012

Dr. Sontheimer is an excellent doctor who was very willing to address my many concerns during the visit.

September 28, 2012

Been long, drawn-out treatment with no solution obvious in sight. Although caregiver remains optimistic, patient remains sceptical.

September 27, 2012

Dr. S didn't really know who I was, even though he had seen me once previously.

September 26, 2012

Dr. Sontheimner acknowledged my pain, my concerns, and answers all questions. He told me what to expect and was active in searching out answers.

September 24, 2012

the doctor was kind of in and out he DID answer the questions i had for him and was patient with my questions.

September 24, 2012

VERY informative and helpful!

August 22, 2012

I feel I have finally found a physician that cares about me and what I am going through. I highly recommend him as an excellent caring physician that I can trust.

August 13, 2012

I would absolutely recommend this physician; I do not like dermatology visits but for the first time ever I felt comfortable with this visit.

August 07, 2012

Dr. Sontheimer was one of the friendliest doctors I've ever been too. He made me feel very comfortable and he was very good at letting me know what he was doing and describing his professional opinions/conclusions to me. I was very confident in the care I was getting.

July 26, 2012

Just a great Dr. Easy going and shows genuine concern.

July 26, 2012

very professional doc

July 23, 2012

Dr Sondheim was very professional and kind.

July 19, 2012

I would recommend this doctor to anyone needing dermatology care.

July 06, 2012

Provider listened to my concerns and addresses them all, didn't dismiss me or rush me.

July 06, 2012

Feel very good about appt

July 01, 2012

Everyone in the exam room was polite and thorough in their explanations to me.

June 29, 2012

I really like Dr. Sontheimer. He is extremely kind, patient, and courteous. I find him very easy to talk to and will definitely recommend him to my friends and family!!!

June 19, 2012

The doctor's visit was quick and to the point, concerning how to proceed with the treatment.

May 07, 2012

My care provider was great! He explained everything well, and helped me understand what he was doing while I was there and what I needed for follow-up care.

March 28, 2012

In regards to Dr. Sontheimer, I was very pleased. He didn't act as if he was rushed or had more important issues. He listened to my concerns and answered all of my questions thoroughly. He went into details about the things that were going on with my issue. I was really happy with how this visit went. If I ever have any other dermatological problems or a friend who needs a recommendation, I will definitely see Dr. Sontheimer again.

March 20, 2012

I felt very comfortable during the exam and was happy with the outcome. I would definitely see Dr. Sontheimer again and recommend him to others.

March 20, 2012

I think the doctor was fine. Seemed knowledgeable. He gave me a new option and appeared confident it would work. I guess he was somewhat open to questions, but by that point, I had pretty much resigned that I wouldn't be heard and just wanted to leave.

March 19, 2012

The Dr. seen me for a total of five minutes. He entered the room, asked a couple of questions, and then predicted he would not be the best to assist me with the issue. The Dr. told me a specialist would be better for this type of mole removal. He said he would have their people contact me to follow up. I still have not heard from anyone from the clinic. I was frustrated with the whole situation. I payed a co-pay of $50.00 for being told they couldnt help me. I felt like I gave as much information I could before the visit..They couldve told me to see the specailist from the start. The appt. was a total waste of time and money. The most frustrating item is that there has not been any follow up whats so ever.

March 12, 2012

It was a very positive experience.

March 12, 2012

Explained options for treatment clearly.

March 02, 2012

He was rude, accusatory, and did not physically examine me.

February 15, 2012

This doctor's "bedside manner" is better than some others I have seen in this clinic in the past. He was friendler and smiled and didn't act "rushed."

February 14, 2012

Very experienced, respectful and knowledgeable.

February 02, 2012

Both Dr. Sontheimer and the graduate student doctor were really great. It was a completely different experience than other dermatologists I have seen for this problem.

February 01, 2012

I had a very positive experience visiting Dr. Sontheimer. He made me feel comfortable and calm. He expressed real concern for my condition. He explained the treatment for my condition in clear and understandable language. He took his time with my visit and was willing to address another concern of mine, outside of the initial medical concern that brought me to the clinic. Dr. Sontheimer was just wonderful! I no longer have to worry about my dermatological needs, because I plan on visiting him if other issues occur! I most certainly would recommend Dr. Sontheimer to others looking for a dermatologist.

January 11, 2012

Doctor was very nice, professional, didn't act in a hurry, explained things well. I was very comfortable around him and would recommend him to others.

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Dermatology - Professor (Clinical)
Board Certification American Board of Dermatology (Dermatological Immunology/Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology)
American Board of Dermatology (Dermatology)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)

Academic Office Locations

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

Academic Bio

Dr. Richard D. Sontheimer is a Professor of Dermatology with a clinical practice focused on the diagnosis and treatment of skin changes that occur in autoimmune rheumatic diseases like lupus, dermatomyositis, scleroderma, and vasculitis.

Dr. Sontheimer is recognized internationally for his clinical expertise and research accomplishments relating to the skin problems experienced by lupus and dermatomyositis patients. He has been listed in Best Doctors of America and America's Top Doctors and has been elected to several prestigious medical and scientific research societies including the American Society of Clinical Investigation and Association of American Physicians. Dr. Sontheimer has authored or co-authored over 200 scientific papers, editorials, and book chapters in addition to editing several books about rheumatic diseases.

Prior to being recruited to the University of Utah, he served as a fulltime faculty member at the University of Oklahoma Department of Dermatology as its Vice-Chair, Director of Research, and Director of the Residency Training Program. He has edited several scientific journals and has held leadership roles with the American Academy of Dermatology, the Dermatology Foundation, and the Lupus Foundation of America. Dr. Sontheimer was the Founding President of the Medical Dermatology Society and the Founding Chairman of the American College of Rheumatology, Skin Disease Study Group.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Residency University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Dermatology
Resident
Research Fellow University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Research Fellow
Residency University of Utah School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Resident
Internship University of Utah School of Medicine
Medicine
Intern
Professional Medical University of Texas Southwestern
Medicine
M.D.
Undergraduate Tulane University
B.S.

Publications

Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Lowe G, Henderson CL, Grau RH, Hansen CB, Sontheimer R(2011)A systematic review of drug-induced subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus.  British Journal of Dermatology, 164(3),465-72
  2. Gerami P, Schope JM, McDonald L, Walling HW, Sontheimer R(2006)A systematic review of adult-onset clinically amyopathic dermatomyositis (dermatomyositis sine myositis): a missing link within the spectrum of the idiopathic inflammatory myopathies.  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 54(4),597-613
  3. Euwer RL, Sontheimer R(1991)Amyopathic dermatomyositis (dermatomyositis sine myositis). Presentation of six new cases and review of the literature.  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 24(6 Pt 1),959-66
  4. Sontheimer RD, Maddison PJ, Reichlin M, Jordon RE, Stastny P, Gilliam J(1982)Serologic and HLA associations in subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus, a clinical subset of lupus erythematosus.  Annals of Internal Medicine, 97(5),664-71
  5. Sontheimer RD, Thomas JR, Gilliam J(1979)Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus: a cutaneous marker for a distinct lupus erythematosus subset.  Archives of Dermatology, 115(12),1409-15

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