Patient Rating:

4.9 out of 5

44 Patient Ratings
65 Patient Comments

Timothy W. Farrell, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.9 out of 5

44 Patient Ratings
65 Patient Comments



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Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-2628
University Hospital
Geriatrics, Clinic 1
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132



Timothy W. Farrell, MD, AGSF is a board-certified family physician who holds a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in geriatric medicine. He maintains a primary care geriatrics practice at the University of Utah.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Family and Preventive Medicine - Adjunct Associate Professor
Academic Divisions Family Medicine
Board Certification American Board of Family Practice (Sub: Geriatric Medicine)
American Board of Family Practice (Fam Prac)

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.

December 28, 2016

Dr. Farrell is a very caring and compassionate provider. My husband and myself feel very fortunate to be in his care.

December 12, 2016

Beyond expectations! Some interesting group thinking. I feel very confident and much more cheerful. Hey! they even noticed the substantial weight loss which came through seeing his recommended nutritionist. All this gives me a reason to get up in the morning. The sleep psychologist is doing her best and was another great recommendation. Good sound working advice beats pills every time!

October 14, 2016

Dr. Farrell is terrfic!

October 10, 2016

I had a team with a technician and nurse doing most of the work and the physician coming in the last ten minutes (as was appropriate given the nature of the exam).

September 27, 2016

Dr. Farrell covered all the issues, even though the clinic was quite busy. I especially appreciated the way he responded to my questions about prescriptions, and I feel confident that his recommendations make sense.

September 13, 2016

Sterling treatment yet again! Some of the news was concerning but we feel everything was well addressed and presented in the best manner for us.

August 21, 2016

I follow Dr. Farrell where ever he goes because he is so caring and I have great confidence in him.

June 24, 2016

Dr. Ferrell is amazing! I am answering these questions with him in mind.

May 24, 2016

doctor is incredibly kind and considerate. treats the whole person not just the physical

May 12, 2016

Try to clone the man.

April 15, 2016

Dr. Rachel Groencke [sp?] and Dr. Farrell worked well together as a team and both showed a willingness to listen and advise.

March 20, 2016

Dr Farrell and staff are very helpful. Glad he is my wife's doctor.

February 26, 2016

I deeply appreciate the warmth, patience and attention I have been given. I really feel like I've been heard. It gives me much more confidence going forward into what may be difficult times. I will be recommending Dr. Farrell in the best possible way. He is a credit to the University of Utah as he has built such an excellent team approach that really responds to the real needs of patients.

February 06, 2016

This doctor is simply sterling, enough good can'y be said! When he had a no show, instead of not mentioning it and going away, he spent the time with us doing further cognitive and other testing. The testing he ordered was comprehensive and showed deep insight into the problems of older people and of my husbands particular problems. Our thanks can't be said often enough! Highly recommend.

January 08, 2016

Dr. Farrell is the best!

November 18, 2015

One of the most concerned and helpful doctors I've had the privilege of dealing with. He treated me as a whole person, and took the time with me to help me understand clearly what is going on and what I should do to help myself.

November 10, 2015

I had an absolutely splendid visit with all the team.

August 21, 2015

Dr. Farrell is an absolutely top notch physician and clinician. His genuine concern, care, and kindness are palpable. One of a kind, in my experience.

July 27, 2015

I had a great experience!

July 19, 2015

I was advised by medical supply store that I need a prescription for the item recommended by Dr. Farrell but none was given. I will request one and have to return to pick it up.

July 06, 2015

Dr. Farrell was respectful, informative and responsive. He conveys competence. He provided great psycho education. We had a lot of questions and he had a lot of answers! He accompanied his many helpful suggestions with explanations of why he was making them. I cried briefly during our session and he neither pandered to nor ignored my behavior.

July 04, 2015

Dr. Farrell came highly recommended by Troy Anderson, Social Worker, and Dr. Shprecher, Neurologist

May 05, 2015

Terrific doctor

March 07, 2015

my confidence with Dr Farrell was and is great. I think he is caring compassionate and listens well. I did not connect well with the resident. my problem.

March 02, 2015

Dr. Farrell has spent much effort and time into researching possibilities concerning my husband's pain and researched many specialists and made arrangements for his care. We appreciate his expert assistance.

December 07, 2014

Dr.Farrell is a very knowledgeable and professional. He understands patients needs and is very supportive. During appointment with my mother I feel, that Dr. Farrell is really care about her. He helped us a lot and I recommend Dr. Farrell as a best geriatric specialist in U of U Hospital.

November 13, 2014

This was without a doubt the single best experience I have ever had with a doctor. He listened carefully and compassionately and was so thorough in clearly explaining everything to me. This is how health care should be done.

November 03, 2014

I am feeling overwhelmed with team care. More than I can handle right now.

October 04, 2014

Dr. Farrell, Michael, pharmacist, nutritionist are very concerned about the patient and call you if your tests are ok or if you have problems.

September 28, 2014

Dr. Farrell is very good about discussing patient's concerns. Susan Staffel Shrier appears to be eager to help and advise about diet concerns. However, even when patint follows advice closely blood sugar continues to accelerate. Need to find reasons for this and adjust treatment.

September 22, 2014

I always feel so special when I visit Dr. Farrell's office. This time someone came in to talk about my meds and nutrition. I left feeling well cared for.

September 20, 2014

Dr. Farrell was the first doctor I've seen who showed real interest in finding answers to my questions and concerns regarding my health. He seemed genuinely interested in getting to know me and finding out everything he could to arrive at a diagnosis.

August 10, 2014

My appointment was absolutely totally satisfying. I left feeling pleased and content with the time spent with me.

July 20, 2014

The care given me made me feel as if I was the only person being seen by my doctor.

July 11, 2014

This is the first time I've had in a medical institution where the consultation was not rushed. The staff and MD where excellent.

July 03, 2014

Dr. Farrell is an excellent doctor and very responsive

June 08, 2014

Dr. Farrell listens. Makes patient feel part of the treatment team.

May 29, 2014

Good visit

March 19, 2014

Always the very best of care.

February 15, 2014

Dr. Farrell took ample time, never seemed rushed, and answered all my concerns with good suggestions and made sure I had no further questions before ending the visit.

December 14, 2013

I have only good experience with this physician. I have already highlly recommended him to two or my friends as being the type of pysician we all hope to find. He listens!

November 19, 2013

I received superb care from Dr. Stephen Merrell and Dr, Timothy Farrell.

October 14, 2013

Dr. Farrel is by far the most caring and considerate physician I have ever met. I feel extremely confident in his ability and professionalism.

October 11, 2013

I was very impressed with Dr. Farrell's manner, friendliness, and careful explanations of his instructions. He also called me twice about two different lab results which needed to be worked on by me. He took plenty of time and made sure I had no unanswered questions before the appointment was ended.

September 27, 2013

Relating to question 7, Dr. Farrell sometimes doesn't talk loud enough and sometimes talks too fast.

September 25, 2013

We very much appreciate Dr. Farrell for all his professional care. We have full confidence in him at all times and very much appreciate his generosity and thoughtfulness to keep us informed.

September 09, 2013

I really feel comfortable around my Dr Farrell. He always listens and gives me all the time I need to get my point across. He makes me feel like I'm his only patient. I love the fact that he will call me at home to follow up on how I'm doing or to further explain to me something I need to know, and he always asks if I have any questions or concerns. I find Dr Farrell to be an exceptional doctor.

July 19, 2013

I would most definitely recommend Dr Farrell to my friends and family. I love the way he explains everything to me and takes whatever time is needed to make me understand and feel at ease.

May 28, 2013

Dr. Farrel and his team are very thoughtful and caring

May 27, 2013

Dr. Farrell always professionally addresses concerns promptly. Thank You.

April 18, 2013

we have never had any care provider spend the amount of time that Dr. Farrell does and follow up w/ phone calls. Also we are given a written summary of what was discussed which is very helpful.

February 04, 2013

It is a pleasure working with Dr. Farrell. He is always professional, courteous, and immediately communicates any concerns that need to be addressed answering all questions with care with all the necessary instructions for followup and monitoring progress. We would highly recommend Dr. Farrell and everyone at the Utah University Clinic. Thank You.

December 12, 2012

Dr. Farrell is the best doctor I've seen for taking care of my mother who is soon to be 92. He is genuinely concerned about her health and well-being and keeps us informed of everything possible to help her. He goes the extra mile in every way. I have already recommended him to several people.

November 28, 2012

Dr. Farrell is the most caring physician we have ever had. He calls with lab results and is interested in our problems. There was some problem with an Rx of my husbands while he was OOT and his explanation of the problem and what to do in the future allayed any fears my husband had that he didn't want him to have the medication. He is truly caring.

November 21, 2012

This is the best care I have every had and I have seen several doctors over many years. Dr. Farrell is the best Doctor on the planet. I don't know how I could be served better. I have the highest regard for Dr. Farrell .

November 20, 2012

I had been a little upset over some problem in getting some prescriptions refilled but Cr. Farrell not only explained what happened but bent over backwards to let me know it was a misunderstanding and would not happen again.

November 05, 2012

Dr. Farrell is amazing. It is not always easy to work with the elderly, but he won both my mother's and my confidence in his ability to help her as well as his consideration of her.

October 29, 2012

Dr. Farrell is an excellent care provider and would definitely highly recommend him to others.

September 10, 2012

We have never had a physician who spent the time and concern for us . There were a couple of other peeople w/ Dr. Farrell and their input into the problem I was presenting w/ was very helpful. We always receive a written summary of the visit which is most helpful to us Geriatric pts. But we have told people about Dr.Farrell and his knowledge and concern which is unusual to find in health care providers. Having been in Health Care for 40 years I know how difficult it is and I still run into former pts. who tell me they can find no one who cares like we did.

September 10, 2012

He takes unusual amount of time

August 13, 2012

Excellent work with Dr. Farrell! Susan and team.

June 13, 2012

Dr.Farrell carefully evaluates and considers the patients global condition.

March 26, 2012

We have told many people about our satisfaction with the care we receive and have recommended Dr. Farrell to a couple of people who we knew were not happy with their present care provider.

March 05, 2012

Avery good experience

February 28, 2012

I started with Dr. Farrell, after taking my mother-in-law to him for 2 years. I was so impressed with the care she received that now that I am turning 60 I enrolled. I have MS and diferentiating MS problems from aging is difficult. I have never witnessed care as good as in the U of U system

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Family and Preventive Medicine - Adjunct Associate Professor
Academic Divisions Family Medicine
Board Certification American Board of Family Practice (Sub: Geriatric Medicine)
American Board of Family Practice (Fam Prac)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-2628 School of Medicine
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Dr. Farrell's academic interests include transitions of care, primary care practice redesign, health literacy, medical ethics, geriatrics education, and interprofessional education (IPE). He is a previous recipient of a HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA) and currently serves as a co-investigator on the University of Utah Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), a Donald W. Reynolds Next Steps in Physicians' Training in Geriatrics grant, and an NIA GEMMSTAR grant. Dr. Farrell also serves as Co-Chair of the American Geriatrics (AGS) Society Care Transitions Special Interest Group, an advisory board member of the Utah-Intermountain West Partnership to Improve Surgical Care Transitions (U-IMPACT), a Fellow of the University of Utah Academy of Health Science Educators, and as a member of the AGS Ethics Committee. In 2016, Dr. Farrell was named Interim Director of University of Utah Health Sciences IPE. In this role, he is responsible for IPE activities involving health professions trainees from the Colleges Health, Nursing and Pharmacy and the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine, as well as students from the College of Social Work.


Education History

Type School Degree
Research Fellow Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital
Research Fellow
Fellowship Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital
Residency Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
Family Medicine
Internship Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
Family Medicine
Professional Medical University of Massachusetts Medical School
Undergraduate Dartmouth College


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Noonan EM and Farrell TW (5/1/16). Primary care of the prostate cancer survivor. Am Fam Physician, 93(9), 764-771.
  2. Farrell TW, Tomoaia-Cotisel A, Scammon D, Brunisholz K, Kim J, Day J, Gren L, Wallace S, Gunning K, Tabler J, Magill MK (2/8/15). Impact of an integrated transition management program in primary care on hospital readmissions. J Healthc Qual, 37(1), 81-92.
  3. Shield RR, Farrell TW, Campbell SE, Nanda A, Wetle T (10-7-14). Professional Development and Exposure to Geriatrics: Medical Student Perspectives From Narrative Journals. Gerontol Geriatr Educ, 36(2), 144-160.
  4. Tabler J, Scammon DL, Kim J, Farrell T, Tomoaia-Cotisel A (4/30/14). Patient care experiences and perceptions of the patient-provider relationship: a mixed method study. Patient Experience Journal, 1(1), 75-87.
  5. Scammon DL, Tomoaia-Cotisel A, Day RL, Day J, Kim J, Waitzman NJ, Farrell TW, Magill MK (2013). Connecting the dots and merging meaning: using mixed methods to study primary care delivery transformation. Health Serv Res, 48(6 Pt 2), 2181-2207.
  6. Scammon DL, Tabler J, Brunisholz K, Gren LH, Kim J, Tomoaia-Cotisel A, Day J, Farrell TW, Waitzman NJ, Magill MK (2014). Organizational culture associated with provider satisfaction. J Am Board Fam Med, 27(2), 219-228.
  7. Nanda A, Farrell TW, Shield R, Tomas M, Campbell SE, Wetle T (2013). Medical students' recognition and application of geriatrics principles in a new curriculum. J Am Geriatr Soc, 61(3), 434-439.
  8. Farrell TW, Shield RR, Wetle T, Nanda A, Campbell S (2013). Preparing to care for an aging population: medical student reflections on their clinical mentors within a new geriatrics curriculum. Gerontol Geriatr Educ, 34(4), 393-408.
  9. Shield RR, Farrell TW, Nanda A, Campbell SE, Wetle T (2012). Integrating geriatrics into medical school: student journaling as an innovative strategy for evaluating curriculum. Gerontologist, 52(1), 98-110.
  10. George P, Farrell TW, Griswold MF (2012). Hearing loss: help for the young and old. J Fam Pract, 61(5), 268-77.
  11. Saffel-Shrier S, Gunning K, Van Hala S, Farrell T, Lehmann W, Miniclier N (2012). Residency redesign to accomodate growing trends in geriatrics: an RC-FM variance to establish a patient-centered medical home in an assisted living facility. Fam Med, 44(2), 128-131.
  12. Farrell T, Tuya A (2008). Nutrition in the older adult. Med Health R I, 91(2), 65-66.
  13. Farrell TW, Campbell S, Nanda A, Shield R, Wetle T (2008). Evaluating geriatrics in the medical school curriculum: using student journals. Med Health R I, 91(12), 378-81.
  14. Durand M, Kolpak A, Farrell T, Elliot NA, Shao W, Brown M, Volkert MR (2007). The OXR domain defines a conserved family of eukaryotic oxidation resistance proteins. BMC Cell Biol, 28(8), 13.


  1. Farrell TW (2011). Review of "depression in the elderly - simulated patient small group activity". [Review]. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60(1), 142-144.
  2. Farrell TW (2011). Review of a geriatric health literacy workshop for medical students and residents. [Review]. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59(12), 2347-2349.


  1. Farrell TW (April 2, 2015). Transition to nowhere. Available at: AHRQ WebM&M: Morbidity & Mortality Rounds on the Web.
  2. Farrell TW, Ozbolt JA, Silvia J, George P (2013). Curbside consultation: caring for colleagues, VIPs, friends, and family members. Am Fam Physician, 87(11), 793-795.

Case Report

  1. Farrell TW, Dosa D (2007). The assessment and management of hypoactive delirium. Med Health R I, 90(12), 393-5.


  1. Farrell TW, Chandran R, Gramling R (2008). Understanding the role of shame in the clinical assessment of health literacy [Letter to the editor]. Fam Med, 40(4), 235-6.


  1. Farrell TW, Shield RR, Wetle T, Nanda A, Campbell S (2012). Preparing to care for an aging population: medical student reflections on their clinical mentors within a new geriatrics curriculum [Abstract]. J Am Geriatr Soc, 60(Supplement s4), 51.


  1. American Geriatrics Society Ethics Committee (4/22/15). American Geriatrics Society care of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults position statement. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (63, pp. 423-426).


  1. Farrell T, Brunker C (6/11/15). GT-OSVE: A Method to Teach Effective Interdisciplinary Team-Based Post-Hospital Transitional Care [Web]. MedEdPORTAL Publications. Available: Available from:​publication/​10129​10.15766/​mep_2374-8265.10129 - See more at:

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