Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

282 Patient Ratings
232 Patient Comments

Richard D. Sontheimer, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

282 Patient Ratings
232 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-2955
Midvalley Health Center
243 East 6100 South
Murray, UT 84107
(801) 581-2955
University Hospital
Dermatology, Clinic 28
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132


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 (Dermatology)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American Board of Dermatology (Dermatological Immunology/Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology)

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 09, 2017

I have been to three different providers at the U of U hospital dermatology clinic and have had my best experience with him, including his friendliness, his demonstration of caring and his explanation of everything he was doing and was going to refer me to.

January 03, 2017

an excellent visit all around. excellent doc and nurse. couldn't have been better.

December 13, 2016

I had a great experience but wished that I was more informed on the cost of my medications. It turned out to be much more expensive than we had discussed.

December 04, 2016

Dr. was very kind and showed concern for my situation. He worked with me to make me comfortable with the procedure.

November 30, 2016

I tell everyone to never go to the u

November 29, 2016

He had the best manners of any doctor I have ever seen

November 21, 2016

excellent doctor

November 17, 2016

The doctor seemed very knowledgable. He was friendly, not cold and robotic.

November 12, 2016

Very impressed with doctor. Diagnosed my condition immediately and explained everything very well. I was very happy to find out what was happening in my body (something no other doctor had been able to do before), and to find out (after tests) that it was ultimately nothing I had to worry very much about. Very pleased with him overall. He is obviously an expert in his field.

November 11, 2016

Dr. Sontheimer is an outstanding practitioner!

November 11, 2016

Dr. Sontheimer answered all my concerns and provided excellent service. I'm very confident in the ongoing service I will need.

November 11, 2016

Dr. Sontheimer fixes the immediate problems and also educates me as to the life style issues that are relevant to my condition. Very informative and helpful.

November 10, 2016

best experience I have ever had

November 09, 2016

Our involvement with our care provider in every way was perfect and appreciated.

November 08, 2016

Quick and to the point but still personable and friendly. He dictated his notes so I heard every word going into the record and he took the time to explain what it all meant. A very thourough examination without any mystery. His reputation is well deserved.

November 06, 2016

let me finish my sentence...

November 05, 2016

Dr. Sonthheimer is always great !

November 05, 2016

Dr. Sontheimer was very good and showed great concern about my issue.

October 17, 2016

great experience altogether.

October 13, 2016

I wish I was givin the srtronger cream in the first visit. it was obviously not just dry skin the first time. for pt we pay 2x on the co-pay. I guess I could have called and asked for a different cream shortly after the first visit but I delayed

September 13, 2016

I had a very good experience.

August 05, 2016

Dr Sontheimer is 10/10

July 19, 2016

The physician answered questions well, gave clear explanations and evoked confidence in his assessment skills.

July 14, 2016

since the first appointment it has been a nightmare to get thru to the nurse on his results

July 09, 2016


June 30, 2016

good experience

June 14, 2016

Dr. Sontheimer truly cares about his patients. I recommend him all the time.

June 12, 2016

My concern is that the treatments have not worked. In fact, the problem has increased. Now he wants to try a 'more aggressive' treatment procedure and I am concerned that this will not only be unproductive but also create conflict with other existing medical conditions and treatments.

May 29, 2016

Dr. Sontheimer is excellent . He is very thorough and very caring. He takes time to explain everything

May 28, 2016

He was concerned with care I did or didn't receive from a prior provider and did his best to make sure that all bases are going to be covered. He listens attentively and is just all I would want in a provider. I met him one time and I trust him implicitly. He's an excellent doctor and that's obvious.

May 27, 2016

I have seen Dr. S. (don't want to misspell his name) for several years. I have the utmost confidence in his expertise and depth of knowledge. He is always professional and friendly. I trust his professional opinion implicitly. Whar a wonderful doctor and gentleman. Thank you, Dr. S. for keeping me healthy!

May 18, 2016

He listened to all my concerns and was very helpful in providing guidance on where to seek care for some of my conditions. He is a most compassionate physician.

May 14, 2016

Dr was very informative and helpful regarding all questions regardless if they where in his area or not

May 13, 2016

Dr. Sontheimer is an excellent physician. His demeanor and interaction with the patient is one of the best I've ever encountered. I would highly recommend him.

April 15, 2016

Dr. Richard was amazing, I was very nervous about the appointment but he was very good with me and very helpful.

April 10, 2016

I could not have had a better experience with the doctor. I had been to another "expert" who was not at all qualified with the problem prior to the University.

April 06, 2016

He is a good dermatologist. Sometimes he will use technical terminology that I don't understand, but he will clarify if I have a confused look on my face or ask a question.

April 02, 2016

My only complaint is that he wasn't very thorough.

March 11, 2016

I was very impressed with the whole experience!

March 09, 2016

Dr. Sontheimer could not have been more helpful, professional, informative, kind, and welcoming. I have come to rely greatly on his judgment and skills.

March 03, 2016

Dr. Sontheimer has always been an excellent doctor. Someone with great knowledge and very helpful to my needs during the time he has been my doctor. I have made amazing progress thanks to him.

March 01, 2016

MD didn't confirm my appt with pledge system, 2nd month in a row; delayed accutane dose and pick up from pharmacy

February 22, 2016

I was a little put off when he was short with his nurse. She was typing in my chart and asked a question and the doctor was very short and somewhat rude to her. He however was very kind to me and addressed all my concerns.

February 17, 2016


February 16, 2016

The dermatologists are my favorite doctors in the hospital ( I work here so I know a lot). Sontheimer, Eliason and Bezzant have all been so nice and show genuine concern for my minor problems.

January 29, 2016

Made sure to answer all my questions. Listened patiently. Addressed all my concerns.

January 27, 2016


January 23, 2016

Very pleasant, Very sweet.

January 12, 2016

I feel Dr. Sontheimer is an excellent doctor and have full confidence in him as my dermatologist.

January 11, 2016

I felt like all my concerns and options for treatment were explained very well and have me best opportunity to make a informed decision! Very happy with my care

January 10, 2016

Thorough evaluation, and great care. Able to facilitate a visit for me at opthalmology as well.

January 07, 2016

Dr Sontheimer is just the very best! He diagnosed a condition EVERYONE else missed, he continues to provide treatment options, he's helped me a great deal. He takes time and he answered ALL my questions.

December 13, 2015

Excellent physician. Very thorough to identify all possible problems.

November 26, 2015

The doctor explained my medical issues completely with clarity and patience. He was thorough and answered my questions and concerns completely. His caring professionalism was impressive.

November 16, 2015

Dr. Sontheimer was so much nicer than I was expecting. He explained the why behind recommendations, and he provided multiple options for my concerns, but didn't make me feel like I was pressured to pick a certain one. I felt he was genuinely interested in helping me.

November 14, 2015

I was very satisfied and relaxed. Doctor was not rushed and answered all of my questions.

November 05, 2015


October 23, 2015

I just got off the phone with my mom. She told me about a visit to her dermatologist (first time - she just moved to Utah), and it was the opposite of my experience. All these questions above would have been Very Poor for her. I recommended Dr. Sontheimer to her.

October 17, 2015

Dr Sonenheimer was great. He is so nice and I felt like he really cared.

October 15, 2015

Dr Sontheimer should be held up as a role model for his consistently excellent bed side manner to other ambulatory care physicians who provide repeat care to patients

October 09, 2015

I didn't exactly get a definite cause of the issue. Of course, nobody has been able to give me an exact cause ( I have seen 5 doctors for this same issue).

October 04, 2015

Thank you Dr. Sontheimer for always trying to find options for my condition. I appreciate you!

September 28, 2015

Dr. Sontheimer is highly experienced and extraordinary physician. I couldn't have asked for a more thorough or professional evaluation and explanation of my problem. He was knowledgeable, direct, and very articulate. He couldn't do much for me but he took more time than was probably necessary to make sure I understood my issues. Very helpful.

September 23, 2015

Had biopsy done on end of nose. 1 week later, office called me back and said Dr. Sontheimer didn't get enough sample and I have to go back to have the biopsy done again, this time deeper. I am very unhappy about this as I had to rearrange my schedule, my husband's schedule, and have my nose worked on again. I have been waiting all week to hear the results-only to get a call that I have to redo.

August 06, 2015

The doctor and staff were great!

August 06, 2015

fantastic Dr. wish all my Drs had his bedside manner and personality!

August 01, 2015

I would come back to see this doctor.

July 21, 2015

Dr Sonthimer is an amazing doctor. I feel honored to have him be my physician. He makes me feel very important and taken care of.

July 13, 2015

the Dr was excellent in explaining everything to me and agreed to let me come back for my biopsy after I return from my daughters wedding out of state.

July 10, 2015

I was so impressed with the time this doctor spent with me. He listened to all of my concerns and history and explained everything clearly. My husband needs to see a dermatologist and I will most certainly be sending him here!

July 07, 2015

First time seeing Dr. Sontheimer. Made me feel comfortable. Was teaching resident as he went also. Very informative for me. Felt comfortable with the resident.

June 10, 2015

Dr. Sontheimer is very wise, patient and caring. He always takes time to make sure you understand what is going and what he plans to do. He also offered me options while investigating what is the root of my problem. He is one amazing doctor.

June 10, 2015

Dr. Sontheimer did not remember previously meeting me and had no recollection of our last appointment. He also continually got my name wrong throughout the appointment even though I continuously corrected him. Neither are a reflection on his skills as a physician but I did not feel like a person to him I feel like just one more stop along in his day.

May 26, 2015

I very much appreciate the extra time which the doctor took in explaining some of the subtle items/issues related to skin conditions. He answered some nagging questions I had, and completely addressed the issues. Thank you!

May 24, 2015

A+++ care!

May 19, 2015

I already recommended this Doctor to my boyfriend, who has an appointment coming up, and will always recommend Dr. Sontheimer. Dr. Sontheimer always try to make sure to find out how to help me before recommending a procedure or medication. He is someone I feel I can trust and that is making sure I get the best outcome.

May 15, 2015

Dr. Sontheimer was concerned and gave good advice and did a biopsy to be sure his decisions were accurate. We are now waiting to get the results.

May 11, 2015

The previous doc had measured and taken pictures of all my larger moles for the record. She measures them each time. I told this doc about that record and he blew it off and said we didn't need it. I would prefer to take a few extra minutes to measure the moles to make sure they haven't grown than find out the hard way.

May 07, 2015

Dr. Sontheimer was great. Explained everything and didn't rush through the visit.

May 04, 2015

Dr. Sontheimer is a class act! Extremely competent and yet is down to earth and shows real concern.

May 01, 2015

good exam, as expected.

April 30, 2015

He seemed like he thought he was too important for my problem. He made it clear he was a "faculty" member and doesn't usually deal with trivial matters.

April 19, 2015

The care is great that is why we keep returning to the UofU

April 16, 2015


April 04, 2015

Dr. Sonthiemer is a very dedicated and caring physician.

March 24, 2015

Talked a little fast. Very intelligent. Room was a bit "unwelcoming". Dr. was a bit too "formal".

March 22, 2015

Great visit.

March 05, 2015

I have always had a great experience here, which is why I have kept coming back.

February 26, 2015

I have recommended this clinic to several people in Rock Springs and they were very satisfied as well.

February 23, 2015

Dr Sontheimer and David? (the resident) are excellent providers. They answered all my questions and concerns. Great job.

February 14, 2015

he is always concerned and very thorough

February 09, 2015

Dr. Sontheimer was very thorough and explained in plain detail my condition and was very accommodating and answered all my questions.

January 23, 2015

All my concerns were addressed.

January 19, 2015

excellent health care, above and beyond what I have received anywhere else.

January 18, 2015

I feel I am receiving the best care available. I'm very confident in Dr. Sontheimer and the staff at the Murry Clinic. I have referred two other people from Rock Springs to this clinic and they were pleased.

January 17, 2015

Good explanations and care

January 10, 2015

Dr. Sonthmier was informative and compassionate!

January 07, 2015

Excellent doctor - very kind and understanding

December 22, 2014

The best experence I have had.

December 15, 2014

very good

December 11, 2014

Dr Sontheimer is a wonderful physician whose patient care skills are perfect for me. I am very experienced in the derm clinic, and always appreciate the partnership approach he takes with me - thanks! for appreciating my experience & knowledge as a patient!

December 04, 2014

110% pleased. I would absolutely recommend him again. I received very clear instruction, the doctor was not rushed (or at least didn't act like it), and took the time to answer each of my questions. I came away absolutely trusting his guidance. THANK YOU.

November 15, 2014


November 13, 2014

Dr Sonthiemer is amazing and I love the kind and caring manner he shows to his patients. He is a favorite of mine. He showed concern and caring when my results were back and was willing to be available night and day by cell phone if I needed more questions answered. I'm so impressed

November 12, 2014

He was amazing and I felt liked he listened and was interested in helping me through my issue. I was very pleased with him and was very glad I found him. THANK YOU

November 05, 2014

Both, the intern and doctor, were calming and caring throughout the visit. They were thorough with the exam and explained the procedure to be done to eliminate the spot on my face.

October 31, 2014

Dr. Sontheimer is an excellent doctor and a gentleman. His skill, knowledge and concern for his patients is very apparent and of the highest level.

October 08, 2014

I LOVE this doctor!

October 05, 2014

I sincerely appreciated that cost / insurance coverage was reviewed regarding prescribed medications.

September 25, 2014

very good. nice doctor and took time to explain. wasn't a rush

September 24, 2014

My frustrations are in the fact that my disease seems to be somewhat mysterious to the two physicians I've seen about this. The doctor is great, but I'm just worried about my future health issues.

August 19, 2014

Dr. Sontheimer introduced himself to me, along with his role/title when he first came into the room. This made me feel he didn't remember me as an established patient, but not really a big deal.

August 08, 2014

Everyone that was involved with our appointment was extremely attentive, and we left there feeling like we had someone on our side who will be able to help when we need it. In the almos3 years of dealing with this condition, this was the first time we have been able to say that.

August 08, 2014

Dr Sondheimer has helped me many times and I always feel that he is great at what he does- He did 2 procedures on me that day and they were done quickly, without pain , and I am healing nicely

July 30, 2014

he is the best ever!! I know I have been to a lot of doctors and he is by far the best.

July 25, 2014

Saw me on spur of the moment while my regular doc was out of town. Showed concern and caring.

July 17, 2014


July 17, 2014

I would feel extremely comfortable recommending this doctor and clinic.

July 15, 2014

I'm sure it was I that needed to explain my condition better. But I felt like I was wasting my time and the dr.s.

June 14, 2014

Good experience with doctor. Yes I would recommend him.

June 06, 2014

i had a skin condition initially checked. The first diagnosis was that I had some skin infections and prescribed antibiotic ointment which did not work, I went to 2 podiatrist and told me they were not infections. I told Dr. Sothenheimer about it and that the antibiotic did not help. He was not sure what they were, but before seeing him, since I was concerned and wondering, I saw the same foot skin problems on web med that they are like warts. but i am not a doctor, so when I visited him, he did a painful biopsy and I had to deal with that pain in order to find out after all that they were indeed plantar warts. Is my case so hard to determine?

June 04, 2014

He is an awesome provider

May 25, 2014

I will happily recommend your service.

May 22, 2014

The only comment I can make is that the physician was on a very tight schedule and could not finish all the procedures in one visit. Thus, I feel the time alloted was not quite enough. Not the physician's fault.

May 18, 2014

Very good that's why we keep coming back.

May 14, 2014

I am very pleased with Dr Sontheimer and his entire staff!

May 11, 2014

good experience

May 01, 2014

I travel from Idaho to Salt Lake just to see Dr. Sontheimer because I really like him and have confidence in him as my provider!

April 24, 2014

Doctor S. Was very friendly, and great. I would recommend him to anyone needing skin help.

April 20, 2014

The treatment he recommended was pretty simple and I am seeing ok results so far.

April 15, 2014

I had no treatment. I wanted the doctor to look at some moles on my back. He said, I had nothing to worry about.

April 09, 2014

After four visits and expensive medication ($40 for one lotion) no positive change. Why should I keep going??

April 07, 2014

I really liked the Dr and his assistant. Much more so than the previous Dr, I had been working with. Dr. Sonthemimer is professional yet friendly and comforting in his mannerism.

March 30, 2014

great provider, he answered all my questions and was concerned and friendly.

March 22, 2014

My husband and I were impressed and grateful that Dr. Sontheimer, student Jared, and asst. Alex all spent so much time with us answering our questions and explaining in great detail the nature of my auto-immune disease and the arthritis that now accompanies it. It was well worth our trip from NM to have their counsel.

March 20, 2014

I have recommended Dr. Sondheimer to family members.

March 11, 2014

Although the provider was very professional, I developed an infection that was difficult to get treatment of being 4 hours away. Possible preventative care might have helped.

March 03, 2014

Very thoughtful and helpful.

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


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


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


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 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 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 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

Explained options for treatment clearly.

March 12, 2012

It was a very positive experience.

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 (Dermatology)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American Board of Dermatology (Dermatological Immunology/Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology)

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

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 History

Type School Degree
Residency University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Research Fellow University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Research Fellow
Residency University of Utah School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Internship University of Utah School of Medicine
Professional Medical University of Texas Southwestern
Undergraduate Tulane University


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Institution Description Country
Imperial College of London, Hammersmith Hospital Campus Research sabbatical with Marina Botto, M.D., Ph.D., Rheumatology Section, Division of Medicine United Kingdom

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