Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

139 Patient Ratings
100 Patient Comments

Robert S. Hood, M.D.

Specialties

Languages

  • English

Clinical Details

Locations

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 585-6065 Clinical Neurosciences Center
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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Bio

Robert S. Hood, MD is the second-ever resident of the Department of Neurosurgery and has since returned as faculty in September 2010. Prior to joining the department, Dr. Hood built a reputable career in private practice and was well-known for his skill in minimally invasive spine surgery and overall patient care. Dr. Hood also developed a surgical procedure to treat far lateral lumbar herniated discs in the 1980s.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurosurgery - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Adult Neurosurgery
Board Certification American Board of Neurological Surgery (Neurosurg)

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
4.9
My confidence in doctor
4.9
Time doctor spent with me
4.8
Doctor spoke using clear language
4.9
Doctor's effort to include me in decisions
4.8
Doctor's concern for questions & worries
4.8
Doctor's explanation of condition/problem
4.9
Wait time at clinic
3.8
Doctor's friendliness and courtesy
4.9

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.

March 20, 2014

Understand that I am not the only patient but since I am in extreme pain would have liked faster followup. I am sure he is doing the best he can for me.

March 20, 2014

Dr Hood is outstanding.

March 14, 2014

Love Dr. Hood and the improvement in my life after my back surgery!

February 24, 2014

Dr. was excellent. I feel like I am bugging his nurse trying to get surgery scheduled.

February 18, 2014

Undivided attention from the physician; clear and detailed explanation of my back problems.

February 18, 2014

Dr. Hood is the best!!!

February 18, 2014

Dr. Hood is the best!

February 07, 2014

I have already referred many individuals to Dr. Hood. I came to Dr. Hood through a referral from one of his previous patients.

February 03, 2014

Recommended Dr. Hood to a number of people

January 16, 2014

I wish all physicians could express the kindness and communication skills of Dr. Hood and his staff.

December 22, 2013

as always satisfied completly with this doctor

December 19, 2013

dr hood is a god to me

December 11, 2013

Dr. Robert Hood is a wonderful doctor and his assistant, Marion is great with follow up and concern

December 08, 2013

Dr. Hood was excellent & took his time explaining things to me. He didn't at all make me feel like he had to hurry through & get to his next patient.

December 03, 2013

All the staff were courteous, friendly and efficient. Dr. Hood was especially helpful as he clearly explained options and procedures, looked directly at you and was very approachable. Definitely recommend to others

November 20, 2013

Dr. Hood was fantstic! Very personable and caring. very unusual for a surgeon, hate to say.

November 20, 2013

this is the third surgery that I have had with Dr. Hood I have the highest confidence in him

October 22, 2013

Dr Hood clearly explained the problems with my lower back, the reasons for the sciatic pain and what needed to be done surgically. he is GREAT!

October 21, 2013

Very impressed with Dr. Hood. He took time to explain exactly what my problem is, used the MRI and X-ray imaging to clearly show the location and extent of problem and used models to demonstrate the problem and the proposed procedure to address the problem.

October 14, 2013

Outstanding physician. He has my appreciation.

October 11, 2013

very impressed with Dr.

September 27, 2013

Very Good No medications were discussed at this time. first visit

September 27, 2013

Excellent

September 04, 2013

I feel very confident in the surgery and healing of my back. I wish I had this done a few years sooner.

September 02, 2013

DR.HOOD IS AWSOME

August 30, 2013

I went out of my insurance network to see Dr. Hood, One year ago I could hardly walk without pain, today I am pain free! Dr. Hood is the finest Dr./Surgeon I have ever known. I had other surgery 16 years ago by Dr. Hood that went equally well.

August 28, 2013

DR. HOOD IS THE MOST PATIENT ORIENTED PHYSICIAN THAT I HAVE EVER MET !!

August 27, 2013

I would highly recommend Dr. Robert Hood to anyone in need of back surgery. He spent a lot of time with my husband and me discussing what needed to be done to correct the problem with my vertebrae which were out of alignment. The surgery and recovery went very well and I no longer suffer from painful sciatica. I'm very grateful!

August 19, 2013

Dr. Hood is THE BEST!

August 06, 2013

It was refreshing to have a doctor spend time and explain my problems.

August 05, 2013

Time spent with Dr. Hood was helpful in every way to help us understand the extent of back problems, the surgery required to correct the problems and to answer any and all our questions. He made us feel much better about the surgery, recovery time and rehabilitation after surgery.

July 30, 2013

All the staff were very good. Dr. Hood as usual was very good

July 12, 2013

Dr. Hood was wonderful! He was very down to earth and friendly. I was able to completely understand my issues and he resolved them perfectly! Thank you Dr. Hood!!

July 05, 2013

Have recommended Dr. Hood to many individuals.

July 02, 2013

I would highly recommend Dr. Hood to anyone!

June 10, 2013

Dr Hood was fabulous!! He spent plenty of time with me explaining everything. I am extremely disappointed in the office procedures/staff. No one ever returned my call although I called twice to try to schedule surgery. He is a very busy man so I would suggest to anyone wanting to get in to see him that they be willing to wait 6 - 8 weeks.

June 04, 2013

Good experience

May 03, 2013

excellent

April 25, 2013

I was made aware that others would be performing surgery

April 22, 2013

The explainations and time to discuss my issue was very positive and apprieciated.

April 19, 2013

I would recommend Dr Hood and his group over anyone I've come in contact with. Dr Hood came to me by a recommendation from a friend and I'm grateful!

April 08, 2013

All went well

March 26, 2013

Dr. Hood is the best. I feel very confident in his expertise.

March 20, 2013

Good explimations of my condition and what to do to keep in good healthy condition. I feel geat. THANKS

March 18, 2013

Dr. Hood is the best. I have already recommended him to others.

March 18, 2013

Dr Hood is awesome

March 17, 2013

I am just trying to figure out how to have Dr Hood cloned or to never retire.

March 13, 2013

Dr Hood is a excellant Doctor and person to visit with. He has help me and my family. Have recommended many patients to him. Best Doctor around

March 09, 2013

Dr. Hood and staff were great

March 06, 2013

Dr. Hood is the best and always worth the wait.

March 05, 2013

Dr. Hood was great I really appreciated the time he spent with us.

February 25, 2013

My condition is still undiagnosed so I'm hoping to talk briefly with Dr. Hood again today.

February 22, 2013

Dr. Hood and the staff are the best!

February 18, 2013

Dr. Hood is so good that he makes you feel better than you actually do.

February 11, 2013

Always fabulous

February 04, 2013

Dr. Hood is the best ever.

February 01, 2013

My confidence in Dr Hood is un-compromised. His personality can be difficult to navigate. I'm the patient and in pain. I don't want to have to 'work' to communicate my condition with him. He can try a little harder to just understand and be of help.

February 01, 2013

All good

January 28, 2013

Dr Hood spent a great deal of time discussing my situation

January 22, 2013

Dr. Hood is hands down the best neuro surgeon I have worked with.

January 14, 2013

Love Dr. Hood. Have and would recommend him to others

December 15, 2012

I am not bothered if there is a delay in seeing Dr. Hood. He is a compassionate, thorough doctor, and I know from my own experience with him that he is a skilled surgeon. I feel confident in his treatment of my degenerated spine. I feel fortunate to be one of his patients, and I trust him implicitly. It is an hour's drive to University Hospital, and my visits to the clinic are well worth the drive. "I am in good hands".

December 12, 2012

Instructions for after I went home were minimal. I felt there could have been 'more detailed' help in getting arould and fuctioning w/o hurting my back.

December 03, 2012

good experience

November 05, 2012

Dr. Hood is professional, he is the person who understands patients needs. I would recommend him to anyone.

October 22, 2012

Very good experience

September 30, 2012

The Dr. is,was , has been an excellent source. This visit only and after many in the past I felt a little rushed appt. wise and forgot to read my notes for reminder as to tell him about so I was not happy with the visit and next is one year from now. Not his fault but I still wanted to let him know my concerns. I guess I can call and let his assistant know and have him/her forward my concerns

September 28, 2012

I was very impressed that even though I have not seen this physician in 26 years, he remembered me and recalled by case. He is very caring and treats patients with great respect.

September 23, 2012

very good overall.

September 03, 2012

Dr. Hood went out of his way to listen and did not rush ua at all, felt very good when we left

August 25, 2012

I feel that Dr. Hood really cares about his patients.

August 07, 2012

Dr. Hood is very fine. He does not prescribe treatment when it is not needed, but is excellent when he can help.

August 01, 2012

Dr. Hood is the best

July 30, 2012

I have already recommended Dr. Hood to other patients. I have enjoyed my brief associations with Dr. Hood. Not only does he appear to be an excellent physician and surgeon, but a real person that cares about me and can relate to me.

July 27, 2012

Dr Hood has always shown a great deal of care and concern for my condition. He is dedicated to his profession and treats me like I am his only patient. My questions are never dumb or pointless and he finds the right words to explain and comfort.

July 27, 2012

I have had Dr. Hood before he came to U of U Hosp. He is well known and I tell people how good he is. Several friends have gone to him.

July 11, 2012

Love dr. Hood! Amazing surgeon and has wonderful bed side manner

June 11, 2012

Dr. Hood is always very good in working with me.

June 09, 2012

Dr. Hood is one of the best Drs. I have ever been to.

June 07, 2012

I have already referred others to this Doctor

May 18, 2012

Dr Hood is the BEST around for helping with back problems!!!

May 18, 2012

While Dr. Hood may have performed 10,000 micro-discectomies, I have not experienced even one, and it my spinal column and quality of life at stake. With this background, he was very patient in answering all of my questions, including the details of my degenerative condition, what I can expect in the future without surgery and how to care for myself, and details of the surgical procedure. I have already referred others to Dr. Hood. I appreciate him being pleasant, personable, competent, and willing to take the time to answer my questions and help me to understand. For me, the best antidote for fear is a sound understanding of the facts.

May 11, 2012

I recommend Dr. Hood all the time.

April 20, 2012

He told me what he would do next but I left not clear on what I should do next.

April 10, 2012

Outstanding Doctor.

April 03, 2012

Dr. Hood is excellent! My husband has had two surgerioes from him and I would recomend him to anyone! One of things I love about him is his bedside manner. He spends the time you need with him and answers all your questions throughly.

March 28, 2012

Dr. Hoods skills and ability's are well known in this state and surrounding area. I was delivering medical records to hospital and was walking out slowly with limp and in pain. A fellow patient as me if I had my operation yet, I responded no. He asked me who was my doctor and I responded Dr. Hood. He told me... you have the best, to which I responded I know. He also told me that the hospital and staff was excellant, and not to worry that I would be well taken care of.

March 27, 2012

This was a follow up appointment from my back surgery on 1/25/12. It was great since the pain in my left hip was alleviated. Dr. Hood gave me some exercises I can do now including walking.

March 27, 2012

Thank you, Dr. Hood.

March 13, 2012

We appreciate his expertise and the success of the outcome.

February 29, 2012

Dr Hood was the most outstanding surgeon I have ever encountered. His manner and professionalism are confidence inspiring.

February 14, 2012

Dr. Hood was complete, kind, thoughtful and useful to my situation and diagnosis. He was also fun and delightful. He showed compitance and concern for me in a very individualized way.

February 14, 2012

What can I say, Dr Hood is the Best!!!

February 07, 2012

Good experience

January 24, 2012

I like the doctors here they are very good, you just need to know to bring a book and expect they may be delayed.

January 24, 2012

My experience with the process was excellent. Dr. Hood was very concerned about my spine and showed me the MRI and Xrays which reflected my conditions. He was very thorough in explaining the procedures that would accompany my surgery. This made me feel very comfortable with the surgery. Also, his nurse, Marion McMichael, was very generous with her phone time comforted greatly to my comfort about the procedure.

January 20, 2012

Dr. Hood is wonderful, I have complete confidence in his decisions and appreciate his good care.

January 13, 2012

Very pleased and grateful for the care and skill of Dr. Hood. He has not only expertise but a professionally friendly manner.

January 13, 2012

I am well pleased with my care provider - I would not choose anothe.

January 11, 2012

I have used Dr Hood twice before. I think that the fact that knew him helped me get in to see him sooner than average.

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurosurgery - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Adult Neurosurgery
Board Certification American Board of Neurological Surgery (Neurosurg)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-6908 Clinical Neurosciences Center
Neurosurgery
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Academic Departments Neurosurgery - Assistant Professor (Clinical)

Academic Divisions Adult Neurosurgery

Board Certification American Board of Neurological Surgery (Neurosurg)

Education HistoryType School Degree

Residency University of Utah School of Medicine

Neurosurgery Resident

Residency St. Joseph Hospital

General Surgery Resident

Internship St. Joseph Hospital

Surgery Intern

Professional Medical University of Oklahoma

Medicine M.D.

Undergraduate University of Oklahoma

B.A.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Residency University of Utah School of Medicine
Neurosurgery
Resident
Residency St. Joseph Hospital
General Surgery
Resident
Internship St. Joseph Hospital
Surgery
Intern
Professional Medical University of Oklahoma
Medicine
M.D.
Undergraduate University of Oklahoma
B.A.

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