Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

117 Patient Ratings
48 Patient Comments

Tibor Kovacsovics, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

117 Patient Ratings
48 Patient Comments



  • English

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 585-2626
Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Clinic 2C/BMT, Blood and Marrow Transplant
1950 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 585-2626
Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Hematology Clinic
1950 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112



Dr. Kovacsovics brings to the University of Utah extensive expertise in the clinical management of patients with hematologic malignancies, particularly acute leukemias. In his role at the University of Utah, Dr. Kovacsovics will serve as the Medical Director for the Inpatient Service of the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies. In his role as Associate Director of Hematologic Malignancy Clinical Research in the HCI Clinical Trials Office, he will establish a phase 1 program in hematologic malignancies, coordinate clinical research in the Division and develop a Clinical-translational Research Network suitable to carry out multicenter investigator-initiated studies in hematologic malignancies, with an emphasis on correlative science. He will also develop relationships with community practices to engage community practices in HCI-based clinical trials and increase the number of patients treated on clinical trials.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Hematology/BMT

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 02, 2017

Dr Kovacsovics explained carefully my situation and the process by which he came to decisions on treatment, in particular the meetings with other specialists and the interpretation of test results. Obviously a careful diagnosis. I have great confidence in the doctor and the process.

December 19, 2016

Dr K explained that more information and consultation with other specialists was needed for proper diagnosis and treatment, and arranged for the necessary follow-up. His plan seemed very reasonable, I came out feeling that I was in good hands.

October 24, 2016

Always knows my case and well organized.

October 05, 2016

Dr K is awesome

September 30, 2016

PA was apologetic about Dr being late, but was able to provide answers to most questions, was courteous and able to address concerns. Previously, Dr K was unwilling to answer questions, stating, "too many questions!, as well as, "how many times do I have to answer these questions?" (or) on several occasions, stated "we will address that when the time comes" On initial admittance, we were told to "ask as many questions as necessary, and if you dont feel confident in the answer, ask again". We felt that we were lost in the process, toward the end, when some of our scheduled appts were apparently lost. Staff was apologetic, we felt left out.

September 21, 2016

Dr. Kovascovics gave us such good service. He is very thorough, and knowledgeable. He explained things well to my NP daughter and to me in a way I could understand. His friendly, kind manner was very appreciated.

September 01, 2016

Dr Kovacsovics and Mary are a great team they keep me informed of my condition and are on top of any new treatments available. They are the best.

August 26, 2016

I was so frustrated by the time the physician saw me that I felt out of time to discuss my concerns adequately.

August 23, 2016

No problem

August 22, 2016

Very good experience, very caring and informative visit with Dr. K.

July 01, 2016

Cant say more!

June 26, 2016

No bad experiences. Greatly impressed with everyone and everything.

April 25, 2016

All providers were excellent

April 22, 2016

I know I am in the best hands around. I have full confidence in all my caregivers.

April 01, 2016

My only complaint was the hour plus that I had to wait for the doctor for my follow-up appointment after the bone-marrow biopsy the previous week.

March 28, 2016

excellent experience

February 26, 2016

They always make me feel good, knowing that there's people there who cares I mean there like family I have a real good Dr. He is the best Dr. K

December 03, 2015

We had a good experience with Dr. T. He was not in a hurry. He was relaxed and spent plenty of time to examine me and answer any questions.

October 27, 2015

when I was waiting for Dr to come to see me that I had been waiting for about 40 min Dr came into.

September 18, 2015

I am very happy Dr. Kovacsovics has agreed to take me as a patient and direct my care in conjunction with my hematologist-oncologist (Dr. KristieBobolis) in California, where I live.

September 03, 2015

Wish there was a 6 (excellent) I press it.

August 11, 2015

Dr. K was very apologetic concerning our last visit where we did not see him.... and he was on time and very informative during this visit. He also had good news to impart....

July 17, 2015

impressed with the doctors

July 13, 2015

Dr. K did a great job of explaining my labs and the option I had for my treatment. Great Doctor.

July 04, 2015

Dr K is a very good Dr.

June 22, 2015

All went very well the staf is very good and we know where we are at and what is going on

May 29, 2015

We do not have contemplates at all the staff is very good

May 05, 2015

My Dr is excellent. I feel like he explains things to me so I can understand. I can ask him any questions I have about treatment or meds. I trust his judgement and I feel he is on top of the treatment of Myeloma .

April 19, 2015

I really like Dr. K. he listens to my wants about my treatment and offers additional help if I want it.

January 16, 2015

Very, very good experience from access point, etc. I am getting tired, however, of being asked to do a survey at a minimum of once a week.

November 28, 2014

I like and respect Dr. Kovacsovics, his direct manner, and straightforward manner. I appreciated his comments about re-staging my disease and the tests that would entail. I look forward to being under his care.

November 04, 2014

We spent probably 20 minutes with the nurse and maybe 1 other person in the exam room before the Doctor came in. I realize he has a lot of people to see each day but he interrupted our comments often as we made statements to him that might better explain our concerns. When we are interrupted like that and that many times, it tells me he thinks his time is worth more than our time. Also, when we are coming to a place like Huntsman for the first time, everyone is not up to speed on everything discussed. In my case, I need it repeated certainly 2 or 3 times so I get the message. In this visit with this doctor, I felt I could not do that.

October 12, 2014

I have never been treated with such kindness and concern anywhere else. I felt especially well cared for and understood by the doctors. They didn't make me feel like they only had 5 minutes to give me and they made sure we understood everything and was comfortable with all decisions made. This was the most respectful visit with a doctor I have ever had

July 07, 2014

Dr. Nance and Dr. Kovascovics have been very informative regarding my condition. I feel at ease when they explain test results to me in a manner that I can understand. They are excellent doctors.

July 06, 2014

Better than the experience at LDS hospital

June 20, 2014

My bone marrow biopsy was a "pleasant" experience. Renee talked to me the entire time and made me feel at ease during the procedure.

May 28, 2014

I have the utmost respect for Dr. Kovacsovics. He never seems too busy when he is examining me and any questions or concerns I have regarding my condition, Dr. Kovacsovics always attentively listens then explains things to me in terms I can understand. He is the utmost professional.

May 20, 2014

I noticed that Dr Tibor J Kovacsovics was a little hurry from questions and some not understand - an inter peter had a little hard time to transferred from English to ASL so hopefully next visit and have Dr Kovacsovics be a little patience and take time.

May 11, 2014

They take the time to answer all of our questions and concerns. So far the communications about treatment drugs and side-effects have been very good. That helps a lot with this chemo stuff.

April 13, 2014

Was a good experience

April 08, 2014

Dr. Kovacsovics was very courteous and explained my results and further care options clearly. Since the results so far are quite positive, I have good confidence in his judement and care recommendations.

December 07, 2013


October 07, 2013

I have already recommended the Huntsman to others. I have been to several hospitals because of my cancer and I can honestly say that this is the first hospital where I feel at home. This is also one of the only hospitals where i have not felt like I had to be my own Doctor. I trust my team and know they are keeping close watch on me. This really takes a lot of stress off my shoulders.

October 05, 2013

Excellent doctor!

September 25, 2013

I appreciated the cautious approach rather than just jumping into Chemo. I'm glad there will be more tests done and evaluated before a diagnosis and treatment plan will be advised.

August 23, 2013

As an inpatient when I expressed concern on a certain issue to my treatment I was very impressed that they had a specialist from every possible area come talk to me about my options.

April 21, 2013


April 16, 2013

Dr K spoke to other people about choices in my treatment but I only know of the one choice that I was told, I would really like to try something less harmful to my body.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Hematology/BMT

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 213-5621 Huntsman Cancer Institute
Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies
2000 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Dr. Kovacsovics graduated from the University of Geneva Medical School, and was a Resident in Internal Medicine at the Clinique Médicale Thérapeutique at Geneva University Hospital, Switzerland, after which he became Chief Resident at the same institution. He also completed training as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Biochemistry at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He then became a Clinical and Research Fellow in Medicine, Hematology-Oncology, at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. This was followed by positions as “Chef de Clinique” and “Médecin Associé” in the Division of Hematology at Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland, where he set up the autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant program. In 2004 he was recruited to the Faculty at Oregon Health Science University, where he developed a program in acute leukemia, with a focus on innovative clinical trials and molecular diagnostics. Dr. Kovacsovics has served as both principal investigator and co-investigator on numerous clinical trials and grants. Many of his clinical trials focus on new agents for treatment of acute leukemias. He is a member of multiple professional societies, and was the chairman of the Swiss Leukemia Cooperative Group (SAKK) from 2002-2004. He has published over forty peer-reviewed manuscripts, and is a regular reviewer for many top Hematology journals, including Blood, American Journal of Cancer, Haematologica, and Leukemia.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Brigham and Women's Hospital
Clinical and Research Fellow in Medicine, Hematology-Oncology
Clinical Fellow
Fellowship Massachusetts General Hospital
Clinical and Research Fellow in Medicine, Hematology-Oncology
Clinical Fellow
Chief Resident Clinique Médicale Thérapeutique, Geneva University Hospital
Internal Medicine
Chief Resident
Residency Clinique Médicale Thérapeutique, Geneva University Hospital
Internal Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Lausanne
Research Assistant, Institute of Biochemistry
Postdoctoral Fellow
Professional Medical University of Geneva Medical School


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Lancet JE, Cortes JE, Hogge DE, Tallman MS, Kovacsovics TJ, Damon LE, Komrokji R, Solomon SR, Kolitz JE, Cooper M, Yeager AM, Louie AC, Feldman EJ (2014). Phase II, multicenter, randomized, open label trial of CPX-351 (cytarabine:daunorubicin) liposome injection versus cytarabine and daunorubicin in patients with untreated AML 60-75 years of age. Blood.
  2. Cogle CR, Goldman DC, Madlambayan GJ, Leon RP, Al Masri A, Clark HA, Asbaghi SA, Tyner JW, Dunlap J, Fan G, Kovacsovics T, Liu Q, Meacham A, Hamlin KL, Hromas RA, Scott EW, Fleming WH (2014). Functional integration of acute myeloid leukemia into the vascular niche. Leukemia, 28(10), 1978-87.
  3. Scott EC, Heitner SB, Dibb W, Meyers G, Smith SD, Abar F, Kovacsovics T, Perez-Avraham G, Stentz A, Frires R, Dibb J, Maziarz RT (2014). Induction bortezomib in Al amyloidosis followed by high dose melphalan and autologous stem cell transplantation: a single institution retrospective study. Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk, 14(5), 424-430.e1.
  4. Tyner JW, Yang WF, Bankhead A 3rd, Fan G, Fletcher LB, Bryant J, Glover JM, Chang BH, Spurgeon SE, Fleming WH, Kovacsovics T, Gotlib JR, Oh ST, Deininger MW, Zwaan CM, Den Boer ML, van den Heuvel-Eibrink MM, OHare T, Druker BJ, Loriaux MM (2013). Kinase pathway dependence in primary human leukemias determined by rapid inhibitor screening. Cancer Res, 73(1), 285-96.
  5. Claxton D, Erba HP, Faderl S, Arellano M, Lyons RM, Kovacsovics T, Gabrilove J, Huebner D, Gandhi PJ, Kantarjian H (2012). Outpatient consolidation treatment with clofarabine in a phase 2 study of older adult patients with previously untreated acute myelogenous leukemia. Leuk Lymphoma, 53(3), 435-40.
  6. Faderl S, Wetzler M, Rizzieri D, Schiller G, Jagasia M, Stuart R, Ganguly S, Avigan D, Craig M, Collins R, Maris M, Kovacsovics T, Goldberg S, Seiter K, Hari P, Greiner J, Vey N, Recher C, Ravandi F, Wang ES, Vasconcelles M, Huebner D, Kantarjian HM (2012). Clofarabine plus cytarabine compared with cytarabine alone in older patients with relapsed or refractory acute myelogenous leukemia: results from the CLASSIC I Trial. J Clin Oncol, 30(20), 2492-9.
  7. Dunlap J, Beadling C, Warrick A, Neff T, Fleming WH, Loriaux M, Heinrich MC, Kovacsovics T, Kelemen K, Leeborg N, Gatter K, Braziel RM, Press R, Corless CL, Fan G (2012). Multiplex high-throughput gene mutation analysis in acute myeloid leukemia. Hum Pathol, 43(12), 2167-76.

Case Report

  1. Kelemen K, Kovacsovics T, Braziel R, Corless C, Beadling C, Fan G (2012). RAS mutations in therapy-related acute myeloid leukemia after successful treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia. Leuk Lymphoma, 53(5), 999-1002.

Global Impact

Global Impact

Education History

Type School Degree Country
Chief Resident Clinique Médicale Thérapeutique, Geneva University Hospital
Internal Medicine
Chief Resident Switzerland
Residency Clinique Médicale Thérapeutique, Geneva University Hospital
Internal Medicine
Resident Switzerland
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Lausanne
Research Assistant, Institute of Biochemistry
Postdoctoral Fellow Switzerland
Professional Medical University of Geneva Medical School
M.D. Switzerland


Institution Description Country
Lausanne University Hospital, Division of Hematology Médecin Associé Switzerland
Lausanne University Hospital, Division of Hematology Chef de clinique Switzerland

Clinical Trials

Video & News