Patient Rating:

4.5 out of 5

301 Patient Ratings
227 Patient Comments

Paul R. Summers, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.5 out of 5

301 Patient Ratings
227 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 213-2995 Madsen Health Center
555 Foothill Blvd
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 213-2995 University Hospital
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Clinic 4
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132


Paul R. Summers, M.D., is a women's health provider, providing obstetrical and gynecologic care in the University of Utah Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Summers specializes in chronic yeast/bacterial infections, and genital skin disorders, but also provides general obstetrics and gynecology care. Dr. Summers received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Brigham Young University in 1970, and his Medical Degree from the University of Colorado in 1973. During that time, he was a Biology instructor at the Colorado Women’s College from 1971-1972. Dr. Summers joined the University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1991. He was a committee member for the Boy Scouts of America for several years and is also a member of the Institutional Review Board for Research with Human Subjects, which is a committee whose aim is to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Obstetrics/Gynecology - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions General OB/GYN
Board Certification American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

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 31, 2015

To me I had a very uncomfortable medical issue. The PA and Dr. Summers took the time to address the medical issue with comfort and ease in answering all my questions.

January 20, 2015

Excellent treatment

January 14, 2015

always a good experience

January 14, 2015

Dr. Summers is extremely knowledgeable in this area and I can tell he has done a lot of work/research/etc. I really very much appreciate his kindness in my situation and his concern that I am getting the correct medications that will not make the problem worse. I really appreciated his advice and all the information that he gave me.

January 11, 2015

Dr. Summers is an excellent doctor. I was referred to him for an on-going problem and he was able to efficaciously treat me and my symptoms for a condition that has been troublesome for sometime. I feel extremely fortunate to receive care and treatment from such knowledgeable and caring professional.

December 13, 2014

appeared to be very concerned regarding my health concerns.

December 12, 2014

Dr. Summers was amazing! I don't know if I have ever had a provider take so much time, attention and care. He was detailed in his explanations, took the time to make sure I had my questions answered and assured I had a thorough understanding of the issue I was seeing him for. He extended this same level of care and detail to the guest I had back with me during the visit.

December 12, 2014

I was concerned about a problem in which I told the doctor about when he came into the room. He did my annual exam and proceeded to leave so I had to remind that I had another problem that needed addressed. I felt like after he determined what the problem was, he didn't explain it very well to me. But he did explain the treatment well so that was good.

December 08, 2014

Dr. Summers is great! I always have complicated questions, and he takes the time to answer them clearly and thoroughly. I always feel like he understands my concerns and is willing to work collaboratively with me to find solutions.

November 27, 2014

The long wait was very uncomfortable on my body because I have legs that are hurting because of nerve damage and there weren't any comfortable chairs that I could sit on while waiting for the doctor.

November 20, 2014

I was very pleased with my visit. I have been to other offices and could not get answers. I felt like Dr. Summers and Linea were actually concerned with getting a correct answer. I will definitely be returning for any issues in the future.

November 19, 2014

dr summers is the first doctor to really care about the problems I'm having and to be confident that there's a solution. I was feeling very discouraged that id never feel better - then I went to dr summers and I'm feeling hopeful that I can get better.

November 15, 2014

This provider is very knowledgeable about complex gynecological problems.

November 14, 2014

all good

November 08, 2014

the PA was amazing. As well as the doctor. They made the experience very enjoyable.

November 07, 2014

I have now found my new obgyn

October 31, 2014

Dr. Summers and a student physician - I cannot recall her name - very good

October 08, 2014

He never asked about my history as to why I was there. I came to him after 7 months with other Dr failing to diagnose and he didn't listen to me at all

October 06, 2014

Dr summers was great!

October 06, 2014

Dr. Summers was, as always, pleasant and professional. He is the BEST gynecologist I have ever visited.

September 29, 2014

dr. summers is the best doctor at helping me keep my illness under control. he is very knowledgable.

September 29, 2014

At first I wasn't sure about Dr. Summers, but when he came back and explained more, I really felt sure he was the right person for me to see.

September 24, 2014

Did not really listen to my concerns. I had to ask several times to get answers to my questions.

September 14, 2014

I recommended my daughter and sister

September 08, 2014

Dr. Summers has exceptional skills and does an outstanding job of communicating information in a clear, thorough way! I appreciate him greatly!

September 02, 2014

Much better this time than last.

August 26, 2014

Dr Summers is the best doctor. He is kind and very up to date in the field.

August 21, 2014

I appreciate the time he took to listen to me and to talk with me. I was very impressed.

August 21, 2014

My visit with Dr. Summers was a very positive experience. He went out of his way to research and consider different treatment options before developing a plan for managing my somewhat complex health issues. He appears to be very knowledgeable and experienced and he was attentive, kind, and supportive.

August 18, 2014

Even though Dr. Summers was running behind he and his staff were sure to let me know that my visit was not to be rushed. He took his time with me and answered all of my questions.

August 11, 2014

I have complete confidence in Dr Summers.

August 08, 2014

The physician was very knowledgeable about my health issues. He listened carefully to my concerns and explained my treatment options in way that made sense and inspired confidence that my condition is manageable. He has a sensitive, caring manner that put me at ease.

August 05, 2014

Dr. Summers seems very sincere and honest!

August 04, 2014

Dr. Summers is always friendly and conscious of my feelings and is concerned for my reason for my visit. He thoroughly explains my situation and his findings and speaks in terms that I can understand, readily. Dr. Summers takes the time to answer my questions and sets me at ease with any concerns that I may have. I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Summers and have recommended his practice to others.

August 04, 2014

I don't fill out many surveys but Dr. Summers deserves so much praise! He is an extremely knowlegable provider who cared about me as a patient and a person. He spent a great deal of time talking in depth about my concerns and options for treatment. I felt very comfortable and he put me at ease. I am so greatful I saw Dr. Summers and would HIGHLY recommend him to others. I hope the University of Utah knows what a great resource and physician they employ.

July 18, 2014

Dr Summers and the staff are amazing people!

July 15, 2014

he was ok not a lot of words

July 14, 2014

the PA spent the majority of the time with me which was fine by me. The doctor seemed to be very bias about IUDs and only highlighted on the negatives about them.

July 09, 2014

Great experience

July 03, 2014

Dr. Summers is very concerned about making sure I understand my condition without being patronizing. I appreciate that.

July 02, 2014

My regular GYN is in maternity leave. Dr. Summers was kind, professional and informative.

June 27, 2014

I feel so. fortunate to have dr Summers as my Gyn.he is extremely sensitive to my medical issues, knowledgable and open to questions.

June 08, 2014

His bedside manner is very good. He explained my condition in very easy to understand terms, and let me know he cared about me and my medical needs.

June 03, 2014

Dr. Summers seemed confused about the purpose of my appointment. Following the instructions in the letter he sent based on my annual exam last year I came in for my annual exam a year later. He kept saying I was there for a repeat pap and then gave me instructions to come back in six months. When I told him that my last pap was normal and that he had instructed me to come in annually he seemed very confused as if he had not properly reviewed my chart before he saw me.

May 27, 2014

I appreciated Dr. Summers sitting down with me to explain all the various types of birth control.

May 23, 2014

I appreciated the time that Dr. Summers spent discussing my health, medications, etc.. He is very knowledgeable and seems eager to share and make sure the patient understands and is involved in her healthcare decisions.

May 17, 2014

The Medical student working with Dr. Summers spent more time w/me and showed more concern than Dr. Summers.

May 16, 2014

My visits are always a source of comfort to me as Dr. Summers and his staff are very kind and compassionate and aware of my privacy. I have recommended Dr. Summers to others and will continue to do so.

May 16, 2014

Dr. Summers was great! He was very professional and efficient, and he even took extra time at the end of the appointment to talk to me about a career in medicine, which I really appreciated. I would absolutely come back and see him

May 14, 2014

While knowledgeable, Dr. Summer lacks compassion and empathy for his pt's. He rarely made eye contact and was poor at reading body language and emotions. I was very upset after I left the clinic and visibly crying in the exam room and he did nothing to acknowledge it. I found him to be odd and lacking bed side manner. However, he is very knowledgeable and was able to formulate a plan of action for me.

May 10, 2014

Dr. Summers discussed my care with me in detail and I never felt rushed. In fact, he spent another 10-15 minutes after my appointment talking to me about the city I'm moving to because he used to live there. I've already recommended him to a friend, and she likes him too!

May 06, 2014

I felt like my provider listened to my concerns and addressed them all appropriately.

May 06, 2014

I appreciated that Dr Summers took the time to actually sit down and talk to me. This was just a follow up appointment on an ultrasound. We did not find a solution to the problem, but he walked me through the next possible steps. He also answered a question I was very concerned about unrelated to my current medical problem and I was very thankful that he was able to eliminate some of my worries. He gave me some urine sticks so that I can test myself at home, which was fantastic of him to do. Overall, I have been extremely happy with his care.

April 28, 2014

I was very happy that Dr Summres actually sat down and talked to me, explaining that there really isn't a diagnosis yet and what the next steps would be. I am grouping the visit of 4/22 and 4/28 in this review, because to me they belong together. He was nice enough to give me a few urine sticks so that I don't have to come in to get a urine sample done at the clinic. He was also happy to answer a question unrelated to my current problems. Not visit related: I would like to mention that I absolutely appreciated the letter I received from Dr Summers after giving him a bad review a few months back. That made a difference to me in my decision to switch healthcare provider or not. I am very glad he read and responded to me in a personal way. That made me continue care with him. So, thank you!

April 22, 2014

I dislike having to go to the doctor and when I do I appreciate being made feel at ease. I really do miss the padded stirrups in the exam room though.

April 21, 2014

Great experience .

April 18, 2014

all good

April 16, 2014

Dr. Summers is great, I appreciate his bedside manner and how informative he is.

April 10, 2014

so far so good

April 07, 2014

Dr. Summers takes the time to explain my condition and how to best care for myself.

April 07, 2014

Again care was great, but rushed. You can tell the staff and providers are competent, caring individuals. But there is such pressure to see people quickly and see LOTS of people that the environment is generally stressed and rushed.

April 07, 2014

I have recommended Paul Summers several times already to friends and family

March 23, 2014

the compounded medications that were prescribed seem to be working well...

March 22, 2014

I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Summers.

March 17, 2014

Obviously incredibly knowledgeable and kind. I am so pleased with my visit.

March 10, 2014

There had been a mix up with the dosage notation with the pharmacy and Dr. Summers corrected that for me so that I will now get better faster!

March 03, 2014

he had never heard of the birth control I was taking which was a bit concerning. you would think doctors study up on simple things like that. the am told me not to change yet so I can meet the doctor and he literally came on and asked if I needed refills and I said yes and then he told me to change...odd encounter. my old obgyn took time to take me back into the office for my first visit to ask me questions about myself such as my cycle and if it's regular irregular and asked me questions about myself and made me feel I was wanted as a patient. dr summers was trying to get me out of there because he is clearly overbooked. awkward doctor. not personable. I never felt like he was interested in me as a patient. I would have gone back to my old obgyn but my new insurance doesn't cover him but I would seriously consider paying full price for my visit to go back to him instead of summers.

February 20, 2014

Everything and everyone waa proffessional and courtious.

February 17, 2014

I appreciate how Dr. Summers always explains what is going on with my body. He took the time to explain to me what my body issues are and what can be done to correct these. I appreciate how he included me in the conversation about my condition.

February 14, 2014

Dr. Summers was recommended to me by another lady that had seen him in the past, so he came HIGHLY Recommended to me, I wish Doctor lived closed or at least practiced in the area where I live Once a Month, or even every two months, than I wouldn't have to travel so far to see him. 02/14/2014

February 13, 2014

Dr. Summers was great to work with. He listened to my concerns and we developed a plan together on how to proceed.

February 10, 2014

Dr. Summers is always very polite and caring. He respects my privacy while in treatment and examinations. He takes time to explain all phases of my visit and details the treatments that need to be done and follow-up. He is very courteous and caring. I would highly recommend Dr. Summers and the University of Utah facilities to anyone and have done so. I have much confidence in Dr. Summers and his understanding of my situation.

February 04, 2014

Dr.Summers is an excellent physician. I appreciate the time he took to explain my condition. Very kind and sensitive too.

January 30, 2014

Dr. Summers makes me feel very comfortable and shows a lot of concern for my well being. He seems to like to take the time to explain everything and answer my questions. He also made sure to make me feel calm and not worried about my situation.

January 29, 2014

I was very satisfied with my experience with Dr. Summers. I hope to see him again when necessary.

January 22, 2014

I did not wait for very long and this was the first time ever! It was nice to get in and not wait for an hour in the room

January 13, 2014

dr summers is very knowledgeable and is thorough. gives a lot of explanation.

January 06, 2014

The Doctor didn't even know why he was seeing me, even after a lengthy interview with the nurse, then I told him what my problem was and later in the conversation didn't remember the issue. He seemed more interested in the fact that I was from Hawaii than why I was there. This was the first time I was seeing him but disreguarded the recommendations of a doctor who has been seeing me for 17 years. I don't have any intention on returning to that clinic or doctor again

December 30, 2013

He was very behind and seemed distracted at this visit. I had an issue that was very sensitive and was feeling overwhelmed with it after the diagnosis and treatment.

December 24, 2013

Doctor Summers has given me hope that my problem can be solved, after running around to all different doctors with no results and quickness to treat conditions I did not have.

December 17, 2013

Felt like I was not cared for by physician. Felt like I was taking up time.

December 16, 2013

Dr. Summers is very knowledgeable, and seems to really care about you when you are in his examination room. No problem is abnormal to him, which makes you feel comfortable.

December 09, 2013

He explained options but doing so a little more slowly would allow it to better sink in and be understood.

December 09, 2013

The dr. seemed a bit condescending and used juvenile words and a "sing-songy" voice during my exam. It was uncomfortable.

December 02, 2013

Great doctor. I felt very comfortable asking questions and talking about things.

November 11, 2013

I had mentioned my areas of concern to the nurse/assistant and my Dr. didn't go over any of those with me. I got side tracked by my pelvic exam so I forgot to ask for what I came in for.

November 11, 2013

My doctor and PA were very kind. They answered my questions and eased my anxiety.

November 06, 2013

He was just amazing, I was misdiagnosed by previous dr for 3yrs, I felt hoffible, Dr Summers, knew just how to help be and walked me step by step. Left his office with Hope!

October 30, 2013

He spent quite a bit of time "educating" me about the history of progesterone, which he could have skipped if he had just asked what I already knew. I love this dr because he will prescribe any diagnostic tests that I ask for without trouble.

October 29, 2013

Dr. Summers was kind. Once I got to see him I had already gone through all my history stuff with the nurse and then the PA by the time the doctor came in - I was tired of repeating the same things over and over. I did enjoy everyone that took care of me during my appointment, I just got tired of saying the same things. I was happy that Dr. Summers answered a lot of my questions.

October 28, 2013

I couldn't be happier with this physician. He listens very well and his demeanor and expertise put me at ease.

October 24, 2013

Dr. Summers encouraged me to ask questions and was very patient in going over anything I did not understand. He gave me options and let me decide what I felt was best for me.

October 22, 2013

I have already recommended him.

October 21, 2013

Dr. Summers was very thorough in his explanation of my condition, but used some terminology that was a bit over my head. He was speaking very fast through his explanation, it kind of felt like he was just going through the motions. It was fine, but if I could give any feedback- a slower, condensed version would be a little better, with a greater focus on discussion of treatment rather than so much information on why the condition happens. I did appreciate that he took so much time with me, and that his treatment recommendations were actually helpful.

October 21, 2013

dr sommers is the most thorough and intelligent gynecologist I have met. he has the utmost professionalism and bedside manner. I am confident in his diagnoses and advice.

October 14, 2013

Doctor listened to my explanation of problem and showed concern.

October 08, 2013

I sincerely appreciate how calm and methodical my doctor can be. I know that he cares about me and my unborn son. He truly wants what is best for his patients. He is the best doctor I know.

October 01, 2013

I will come back to Dr. Summer rather than my usual Gyno.

October 01, 2013

The doctor was very nice, but he did not ask any questions about my overall health, exercise habits etc. It's ok...but at an annual physical exam, I usually expect to go over these things. Instead, he just talked about the pap and birth control. I also thought it was funny that my bmi was 17.6 and it didn't seem to concern him. I know my genetics, dietary habits, etc and I don't think there is any reason for concern...but since this was the first time he met me, it seems like it would have come up.

September 24, 2013


September 21, 2013

Have already referred someone to my provider

September 11, 2013

Dr. Summers is both professional and compassionate. His expertise gives me great confidence in my healthcare at the U.

September 10, 2013

He is a great doctor and makes me feel very comfortable

September 03, 2013

Gave me current recommendations on medication guidelines and current health care recommendations for routine care. It was very informative and helped me to understand what I need to do to give myself the best care I can.

August 27, 2013

very professional

August 27, 2013

I was very impressed with the care given

August 19, 2013

Dr Summer's was apologetic about my wait and our conversation was frank, comprehensive, but lackluster.

August 13, 2013

My hesitation on recommending has nothing to do with the provider it would have to do with the ability to get into and get appointment in a timely manner.

August 08, 2013

I really respect Dr. Summers opinion. The physicians assistant who performed my exam was very nice and thorough, but it was one of the most uncomfortable exams I've had. Dr. Summers had to step in, I understand it takes practice but it was unnecessarily painful.

August 07, 2013

No introduction. I caught on that he was the doctor but an introduction would have helped.

August 06, 2013

My doctor is a man of few words; not an easy-going talkative personality; that's fine. He has given me excellent care over the years, and I have recommended him to friends.

August 05, 2013

Best OB/GYN around. I completely trust him.

August 05, 2013

I am so very impressed with the level of care I got from Dr. Summers. He is very evidence-based and always answers questions thoughtfully, often pulling information and printing it for me. He not only addressed all of my completely but also discussed possible upcoming healthcare changes and how they affect me. I got completely personalized care.

July 29, 2013

Very impressed with Dr. Summer's and his PA..they were both very kind, professional, informative and friendly.

July 29, 2013

I have always appreciated Dr. Summers' thorough explanations and answers to questions.

July 18, 2013

I was pleased & satisfied with the care I received at the visit.

July 11, 2013

I would definitely recommend any of my friends to Dr. Summer's. Within 2 days of seeing him I was seeing the difference in my bodies response to the problems I was having. I am just so greatful that he is such a knowledgable proffessional!! I never knew what I had existed. Thank you Dr. Summer's!

July 05, 2013

He takes time to be sure I am comfortable with my situation. He does not rush to get me out of the office. He wants me to understand.

July 02, 2013

I had not seen Dr. Summers before. I was favorably impressed by his professionalism and willingness to spend time explaining things.

June 29, 2013

As I mentioned previously, I was very satisfied with how I was treated and listened to during this appointment.

June 27, 2013

Dr. Summers does an outstanding job. He is very thorough and informative. I appreciate his vast kmnowledge, and his warm perrsonality!

June 18, 2013

I am so happy that my primary care physician referred me to Dr. Summers. I am very satisfied with his skills and demeanor. Dr. Summers is the best! His staff, receptionists, aids, nurses and all top drawer!

June 11, 2013

I cannot say enough good things about Dr Summers or his staff. I travel 45 minutes to see him because he is not only smart, but he explains things to you in plain English. He makes me feel cared for and ALWAYS takes care of my concerns. They have fit me in when I have had an emergency. They always treat me with kindness. I had an issue just before a holiday weekend and Dr Summers let me know where he would be scheduled that weekend if I had ANY issues. He is amazing. I once went to my general care doctor for a bladder infection, which they said was not one, the next day I went into Dr Summers and he said it was one. I told him how the other doctor said it was not one and he brought the test strip in and showed me how it worked. He wrote me a prescription and 3 days later the first doctor called to say it WAS a bladder issue. Had I not gone to Dr Summers I would have spent a few extra days in pain. He is the best doctor that I have ever met and I wish all doctors were just like him. My only fear is that he will retire before I stop needing him.

May 30, 2013

I'm due to have my baby within the next five days. Needless to say, it's a frightening time, especially since she's my first. Dr. Summers, however, assuages any fears or concerns. I'm so grateful that he's my physician and am so grateful that I can benefit from the U's state-of-the-art facilities. I'm looking forward to being a mom!

May 28, 2013

Dr. Summers takes time to not only explain what is happening but also answers all my questions and never rushes me, he always takes time to listen.

May 21, 2013

I finally found out what my gynecological problem was and treatment was initiated. Dr Summers is a professional who cares for his patients and is truly an expert in his field.

May 21, 2013

dr.'s reputation renowned as totally capable, gave me "homework," but did not seem interested in my perception of problem or of his proposed solution. He gave me one vein of thought and action, but did not acknowledge other possibilities. His knowledge is unquestionably great, but did not seem to use it all in this visit..

May 21, 2013

The doctor takes the time to answer all of my questions with patience and understanding. He never rushes me or ignores my complaints. He is an exceptional medical practitioner.

May 17, 2013

Dr. Summers is truly a great physician. He showed concern that I had to wait for an issue that should have been resolved immediately. He truly cares about the patient and not office politics which is so refreshing. I'm so grateful to have a physician like him.

May 13, 2013

Dr. Summers is the best. I recently had to have an emergency c-section, and even though I was very nervous, I had complete confidence that everything would be okay, because of how well I had been treated by Dr. Summers throughout my pregnancy. I love the fact that I will always get a straight-forward answer from him. I hope that when I have another child in a few years, that he will still be practicing at the U, because I couldn't have asked for a better first-time mom experience.

May 13, 2013

Doctor Summers is remarkable. His bedside manner is delightful and he is extremely knowledgeable and attentive. He really seems to care. He is focused and I always feel I am getting his complete attention. I would highly recommend him.

May 07, 2013

Dr. Summers is always great. I had to have a less than desirable test done this visit and he was very kind during the entire process. Everyone in the Madsen Women's Clinic is kind and compassionate. I have never had a bad experience there and I have been seen countless times.

May 01, 2013

Dr. Summers is great. he is very compassionate and willing to work with me. he is very kind.

May 01, 2013

I've been battling severe pneumonia during the last few weeks of my pregnancy. Thanks to Dr. Summers, I was able to avoid preterm labor and/or any complications. He followed up, called me to inquire as to my progress, and saw me several more times to monitor my recovery. With pneumonia, this proves extremely important. It's obvious that Dr. Summers is an excellent physician, and it's obvious that he truly cares for his patients' welfare. I appreciate his concern and professionalism.

April 29, 2013

Dr Summers and his staff are a wonderful group. The wait time and scheduling is sometimes a bit of frustration, but overall, very good.

April 29, 2013

I had such a great experience with Dr. Summers. I have been seeing various doctors for two years for chronic pain, and I have never found a doctor so knowledgeable and helpful as Dr. Summers. He actually had a scientific basis for the treatment we decided on, rather than the clinical "this seems to work for some people" approach I've had with other doctors. He took time to answer my questions and help me understand. I would recommend Dr. Summers to any woman with chronic vulvar pain. Just make sure to keep asking questions until you understand!

April 22, 2013

Dr Summers spent a good amount of time with me talking with me, which I appreciate.

April 19, 2013

I had an incredible visit with Dr. Summers. initially my appointment was set for April 24, but itook a positive pregnancy test, called the office, and was in same day! (Monday morning April 15) Everyone from the office staff to the PA Dr Summers had with him to the care provider were wonderful!

April 17, 2013

The doctor is incredibly well-informed and patient. He is the first doctor I have trusted in a long time

April 15, 2013

Dr. Summers is very kind, and always answers my questions completely. He always asks "do you have any other questions or concerns" toward the end of the office visit and seems genuinely interested in my care and how I am doing.

April 09, 2013

I was impressed with Dr. Summers' knowledge of my problem. He shared what was wrong and even showed me a slide to illustrate his point, which I have never had a doctor do before. I appreciated that he educated me on what was going on with my body and what I could do to heal.

April 04, 2013

As always, I'm so glad that I chose Dr. Summers to guide me through my pregnancy. He's always willing to answer any questions that my husband and I have. He inspires confidence, and it really eases my mind about the birthing process.

April 03, 2013

I would recommend the Doctor because he is an excellent provider. But 75% of my visits have had a prolonged wait time that was not accounted for.

March 29, 2013

Dr. Summers and his Intern PA were fantastic.

March 27, 2013

I live in Riverton and drive all the way to the Madsen's Women Center to see Dr. Summers. There are many doctors closer to where I live but I feel it it well worth the long, out of the way drive to be his patient. He is excellent in his field and understands my body more than any other doctor I have ever been to! I have contact dermatitis and he understands what is good for it and even more, what is BAD for it.

March 26, 2013

My experience was quite good. I received very personal attention from all including the doctor and nurses.

March 26, 2013

Dr. Summers was very good at explaining the procedure and asking if I was okay with different parts of the procedure

March 25, 2013

As previously stated, I waited to see the Dr for 2 hours and 15 mins, and he never talked to me about the problem I came in for. I have to pay for this visit all on my own, and drive an hour to get here. I am very dissatisfied by my care. I have paid a great deal of money, to know less than when I started about a very real problem. As the supposed expert in this disorder, I had hoped for much better care, and more answers. I will not be going back. It was frustrating, and a complete waste of my time, and money. His nurses spoke of how much of a genius the dr was in this area, and how people from all over the country are coming to see him, and I have to admit, I don't know why. The only explanation I got was to slap some cream on it, which I have been doing for the past 5 years with no positive result. My problem, concerns, and health are not better answered, or relieved since coming in.

March 22, 2013

dr summers has been the only one to help me. he's great

March 06, 2013

Dr Summers is a wonderful provider and the staff really are great

February 28, 2013

Dr. Summers spent a great deal of time helping to understand my condition. He was able to provide a sound diagnosis in a gentle manner. I left the appointment feeling very optimistic and encouraged.

February 25, 2013

Dr. Summers was very friendly. Asked me specific questions on my comfort after my surgery/procedure. He even complimented me on my choice of clothing.

February 20, 2013

The Dr was great but because he is so busy and the wait time is so backed up I would think twice about referring someone to him.

February 19, 2013

the Doctor is great

February 15, 2013

I felt like my time wasn't important and that Dr. summers didn't really think my visit was worth his time because he just rushed through it and didn't even take the time to go over multiple options for birth control with me. I was really displeased with this visit.

February 05, 2013

Provider took the time to care for me and talk to me about my concerns. I had an excellent experience.

February 04, 2013

We switched from a physician at IMC to Dr. Summers. The difference is astounding. Dr. Summers really cares about people. We recommend him to everyone we know.

January 29, 2013

Had a great experience with Dr Summers. Addressed my problem and all of my concerns. Allowed me to reach him over the weekend with additional problems. Great physician!

January 28, 2013

His an amazing doctor

January 22, 2013

Dr Summers always takes time to explain every aspect of my disease and answers all my questions

January 22, 2013

Would recommend!!

January 15, 2013

I would maybe recommend the doc. He wasn't bad my situation was just complicated. I would definitely recommend the clinic.

January 11, 2013

Dr. Summers is very knowledgeable. He is a great doctor, I wouldn't prefer to go to anyone else.

January 07, 2013

I absolutely love seeing Dr. Summers. He is by far the best physician I have ever worked with! He is kind and understanding. He is professional and makes me feel like I've been heard. I have already recommended him to several friends!

December 24, 2012

I was treated with respect, urgency, and was provided the information and medication needed to treat my illness.

December 21, 2012

The doctor checked my situation and told me everything was fine. I didn't have any problems with him answeering my question. He was very clear in his language use.

December 13, 2012

Provider was very unorganized and tried to talk me out of my procedure. I got the feeling he just didn't want to deal with it. I understand that OB/Gyns get behind quite often but to be treated as though my appointment was not as important as someone elses I feel is unexcusable and will not continue with this provider.

December 12, 2012

Dr. Summers is the only ob gyn that I want to ever go to- please don't let him ever retire!!! Lol

December 11, 2012

Dr. Sommers was wonderful as was his PA.

December 03, 2012

I like Dr. Summers and trust him. He is clearly a very knowledgable doctor -- but something is missing on the "emotional" side of working with him. Most of my visits with him are a few minutes at most - he is great at explaining what he thinks I should think/do (flu shot vs. no flu shot, etc), but when it comes to conversation about baby, how I'm feeling (worried I'm not showing enough? Have I gained enough weight?), wellness and other concerns, these things go undiscussed. It's a lot of waiting around to pee in a cup and leave (frankly I feel like that's the only reason I go there for my appointments)

November 30, 2012

I felt the physician was more interested in getting done with my appointment than with giving me information about my health status; he only answered the 2 questions I had and then examined me for 2 minutes and then left. It was terrible... he also had a PA student that didn't introduced to me, she was just standing in the room. It was very ackward

November 29, 2012

Good experience all around

November 28, 2012

i love dr summers. he is a genius and such a compassionate person. he truly cares about his patients and he makes me feel well cared for and i know i am in good hands. it was right before the holiday weekend and he told me how to find him if my antibiotics were not working. this is a true caregiver.

November 26, 2012

I felt like because the care providers were extremely tired after surgery, their bed side manners weren't the best but it was understandable.

November 26, 2012

Dr. Summers is amazing and able to clear up an infection it took other docs months. He is top notch!

November 19, 2012

Dr. Summers was outstanding--both very kind and skilled. I am from Utah but have lived out of the country for the last 6 years so wasn't sure what sort of treatment to expect. The last clinics I've used in the US were never friendly. I was particularly impressed that Dr. Summers had taken time to find out about my payment since my insurance didn't cover the visit and then did everything in his power to sort out a problem I'd had regarding it.

November 12, 2012

I have recommended the doctor/clinic to two friends already

October 29, 2012

I liked Dr. Summers the best, although everyone in the practice was really above par, more so than I expected. Dr. Summers spent a lot of time answering my questions and made me feel very confident in his care. I appreciated his professional, calm demeanor. I had come to the clinic very worried, and left feeling that even if my situation was serious, I was in the right place. Thankfully, I appear to be pretty healthy, and the best part was that Dr. Summers called two days later to confirm this. He really gave me great peace of mind.

October 29, 2012

Dr. Summers demonstrated a high level of concern for my well-being and kept me in the loop every step of the process.

October 24, 2012

I wasn't a huge fan of a Dr. Sommers. He was ok. Maybe I was not having the greatest day but he could have been nicer. He has fair bedside manner but not great. The PA students were not bad, very seemed to have better bedside manner than Dr. Sommers did.

October 19, 2012

I think Dr. Summers is a genus and I was glad the nurse helped him explain some of the things in terms I could understand. I trust him but he does talk a lot of technical talk (which is a good thing)...but I think its brilliant how he and his nurse both work with the patient. Very comforting. She seems to fully support him.

October 15, 2012

It was a good experience once I was able to be examined. The doctor kept asking if I was all right. I endured the discomfort and was grateful that the doctor was concerned about my basic welfare during the uncomfortable exam.

October 09, 2012

Dr. Summers seems to be a caring person and always answers my questions.

October 08, 2012

He really listened to me and created an action plan to figure out what is wrong with me. I have been excited for days now because I feel like he is seeking a diagnosis rather than just treating the symptoms

September 27, 2012

Is a very professional and caring Physician.

September 24, 2012

I found Dr. Summers to be both knowledgable and approachable. His expertise and professionalism are outstanding.

September 24, 2012

I thought the doctor was very nice, and helpful.

September 19, 2012

I've been seeing Dr. Summers for years and have complete confidence in his ability to identify and treat any problems that may arise.

September 17, 2012


September 14, 2012

I'm really happy that I chose Dr. Summers for my pregnancy, as he seems genuinely concerned about me as a patient, and I feel like he wants this to be just as successful and easy as I do.

September 11, 2012

I appreciate and value the personal attention and explainations that Dr. Summers provides. Because of this I will continue to recommend Dr. Summers to others. He's worth the wait.

August 21, 2012

Even though I live in Sandy, driving to Salt Lake to see Dr. Summers proves worth it. My husband and I will soon be trying for a little one, and having Dr. Summers as my doctor gives me a sense of ease. At my recommendation, my sister will soon be seeing Dr. Summers. He's excellent and knowledgable.

August 14, 2012

I've always really liked Dr. Summers. He spends time with me and really explains things well. He is very knowledgable in his specialty.

August 11, 2012

Dr Summers didn't really tell me if or when I need to return. I would like better following up from my doctor.

August 06, 2012

Dr. Summers took extra time to explain test results to me. It was much appreciated.

August 06, 2012

Dr. Summers gave evidence based treatment options for my medical concerns. It seems like he stays very current with research and practice.

July 30, 2012

I would recommend this Doctor and this clinic.

July 30, 2012

Dr. Summers spoke with me about my diagnosis and his recommended treatment as if I could grasp concepts beyond the kindergarten level. I appreciated being addressed like an adult. Thank you. His treatment plan has also been amazing!

July 27, 2012

The doctor was a very good teacher, which I appreciated very much. He seemed a little uncomfortable around me, maybe because it was my first time there, or maybe that is just his personality. He was very nice and very smart, and I'm extremely glad I we

June 22, 2012

Dr. Summers is knowledgeable, efficient, and kind. He shows genuine concern and interest. My husband and I are looking forward to starting a family in the near future, and we are delighted that Dr. Summers will be my physician. We don't mind the extra drive from Sandy; Dr. Summers' expertise and kindness proves worth it!

June 12, 2012

He is the best Dr. that the University has. I always tell everyone about Dr. Summers!!!!

May 18, 2012

This experience with Dr. Summers was good. I would not recommend him to other people because of a previous bad experience with him.

May 11, 2012

It was hard to read him, I would ask a question and he would just stare at me for a minute, before giving a half answer or no answer

May 09, 2012

Definately the best health care interaction I've had in a while. Dr. Summers and his staff are very thourough and cover all aspects

April 30, 2012

Dr. Summers truly cares about his patients. I appreciate him taking the time to think of solutions for me as an individual. I have nothing but accolades for Dr. Summers.

April 26, 2012

Dr Summers and his PA took great time to explain to me the possible cause of health problem, told me the medicine they were giving me and explained why and then gave me a time for a follow to see how things were going. They were also kind enough to give me directions to the closest freeway. They were very informative and helpful. Here's hoping meds go well!

April 25, 2012

Dr. Summers is a wonderful physician. He made sure that i was part of the decision making process and gave me options. he spent a lot of time with me explaining my procedure and made sure i had no other questions before proceeding.

April 20, 2012

When my actuall doctor came in I was in the middle of explaining my situation to him and than he just left mid sentence of me talking. Very rude! I love the U of U but would like to change doctors if its not too late.

April 16, 2012

I really respect Dr.Sommers, he is an excellent physician whom I completely trust. I wouldn't want anyone else to deliver my son. I truly appreciate how careful and concerned he is with both my unborn child and myself. I reccomeded him to someone this week.

April 09, 2012

He was present for a few minutes, explained what his recommendations were with regard to determining the cause of my problem.

April 06, 2012

I am very pleased with Dr. Summers' clinical care and how he addresses my questions and concerns. We discuss future options each time I have an appointment. I feel like he takes the time he needs to answer my questions and does not rush out of the room.

March 23, 2012

Dr. Summers inspires confidence. He is kind and extremely knowledgeable and knew immediately how to treat my chronic infections. Thanks to him, I'm feeling better than ever!

March 22, 2012

The doctor was very nice and knowledgeable. He was ale to answer and explain my questions. However, he did not address some of the material I wrote about in my new patient paperwork.

March 16, 2012

Dr Summers was very good about telling me everything that was going on. He explained it all very well and I would recommend him to others.

March 12, 2012

Dr. Sommers is a fantastic physician. He is genuinely concerned about both me and the baby. I wouldn't want to be under anyone else's care. I love the U of U!

March 10, 2012

the PA and Dr. Summers were both great.

March 09, 2012

I have a few concerns about the medication (that I did not have until i had read the accompanying pamphlet), and I ws not told how long I needed to stay on them. that would have been helpful.

March 05, 2012

good work

March 03, 2012

Provider spent a total of 4 minutes with me. Did not even explain how medication should be applied (how much, when to stop using etc) Did not give explanation as to possible causes or preventative methods.

March 03, 2012

Dr. Summers was very patient with my partner and I to answer all of our questions and to address all of our concerns. We went into the appointment with uncertainty and lots of questions, but left satisfied that we had enough answers to feel at ease about the diagnoses and treatment plan along with a knowing that we were acknowledged as persons, not numbers. We are very grateful to Dr. Summers for the time a patience he had with with us.

March 02, 2012

Dr. Summers is the most kind and knowledgeable MD I've ever seen. He listens and addresses my concerns with patience and care. I would recommend him highly to family and friends.

March 02, 2012

I feel very comfortable with Dr Summers. He has always answered my questions and spent whatever time with me that I needed.

February 17, 2012

The MD spent a lot of time explaining my symptoms, cause, and treatments, which I appreciated, but I felt that it focused more on the immediate problem and did not necessarily address my concerns about managing my long term health and other personal concerns, for example, sexual activity.

February 10, 2012

I have profound respect for Dr.Sommers. I completely trust him and know that I am in the most capable hands possible.

January 31, 2012

As much as the exam is uncomfortable the Doctor and staff made me feel at ease, even with my humor.

January 23, 2012

Dr. Summers; Great Doctor!

January 06, 2012

Dr. Summers is a wonderful physician. I am very happy with him as a whole.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Genital Skin Disorders
  • Post-Menopausal Skin Disorders
  • Chronic Yeast/ Bacterial Infections

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Obstetrics/Gynecology - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions General OB/GYN
Board Certification American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-8995 School of Medicine
Obstetrics & Gynecology
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Paul R. Summers, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the University of Utah Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Summers received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Brigham Young University in 1970, and his Medical Degree from the University of Colorado in 1973. During that time, he was a Biology instructor at the Colorado Women’s College from 1971-1972. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center in 1974, focusing on Hematology. From 1974-1977, he completed his residency at Tulane Medical Center Hospital and Clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana. During the years from 1984-1990, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Summers joined the University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1991. He has received multiple Excellence in Teaching Awards, including the APGO Excellence in Teaching Award, from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics in both 1996 and 1998 and the Chiefs Award for Resident Teaching in 2006.


Education History

Type School Degree
Residency Tulane Medical Center Hosp & Clinic
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
Postdoctoral Fellow
Professional Medical University of Colorado
Undergraduate Brigham Young University


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Linhares IM, Summers PR, Larsen B, Giraldo PC, Witkin SS (2010). Contemporary perspectives on vaginal pH and lactobacilli. Am J Obstet Gynecol, 2010(203), xx-xx.
  2. Farage MA, Miller KW, Summers PR, Sobel JD, Ledger WJ (2010). Chronic Pain of the Vulva without Dermatologic Manifestations: Distinguishing among a Spectrum of Clinical Disorder. Clinical Medicine Insights: Women's Health, 3, 1-13.
  3. Bowen A, Florell S, Vester A, Sharp H, Summers P (2008). The role of skin biopsy in the evaluation of chronic vulvar pain. Am J Obstet Gynecol, 199(5), 467e1-467e6.
  4. Summers PR (2007). Chronic Genital Skin Disorders: 6 Challenging Conditions. OBG Management, 19(6), 44-54.
  5. Summers PR, Hunn J (2007). Unique Dermatologic Aspects of the Postmenopausal Vulva. Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, 50(3), 745-752.
  6. The Mircette Study Group (1998). An Open-Label, Multicenter, Non-comparative Safety and Efficacy Study of Mircette: A Low-dose Estrogen-Progesterone Oral Contraceptive. Am J Obstet Gynecol, 179, S2-8.
  7. Weisberg M, Summers PR (1996). Patient Self-Assessment of Vulvovaginal Candidiasis. Female Patient, 21(1), 61-3.
  8. Hillier SL, Nugent RP, Eschenbach DA, et al (1995). Association Between Bacterial Vaginosis and Preterm Delivery of a Low-Birth-Weight Infant. N Engl J Med, 333, 1737-42.
  9. Summers PR (1994). S. cerevisiae (Brewer's Yeast) as a Pathogen. Clinical Advances in the Treatment of Fungal Infections, 5(4), 13-6.
  10. Summers PR (1992). Prevention of Fungal Infection in Immunocompromised Patients. Clinical Advances in the Treatment of Infections, 3(3).
  11. Summers PR, Clawson J (1991). Resurgence of toxic strep syndrome. Clinical Advances in the Treatment of Infections, 5(3), 6-7.


  1. Sobel JD, Faro S, Force RW, Foxman B, Ledger WJ, Nyirjesy PR, Reed BD, Summers PR (1998). Vulvovaginal candidiasis: epidemiologic, diagnostic, and therapeutic considerations. [Review]. Am J Obstet Gynecol, 178(2), 203-11.
  2. Summers PR, Sharp HT (1993). The management of obscure or difficult cases of vulvovaginitis. [Review]. Clin Obstet Gynecol, 36(1), 206-14.

Book Chapter

  1. Summers PR (1998). Sexually Transmitted Diseases. In Knobil E, Neil JD (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Reproduction. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

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