Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

227 Patient Ratings
146 Patient Comments

Jeff Pettey, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

227 Patient Ratings
146 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-2352
John A. Moran Eye Center
65 N Mario Capecchi
Salt Lake City, UT 84132


Jeff Pettey is the John Moran Eye Center Director of Education and an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Dr. Pettey specializes in complex cataract surgery and complex anterior segment surgery as with post-traumatic eye injuries. He performs all forms of cataract surgery including premium lens technologies. He has an interest in sports vision and is one of the official Utah Jazz Moran Doctors.

Dr. Pettey has an active interest in health policy and since 2012 has participated in capital hill visits to Utah’s congressional delegation in Washington D.C. He holds committee positions for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is the Chief of Ophthalmology at the Salt Lake City VA Hospital.

Dr. Pettey is active in local and international ophthalmology outreach and has lectured internationally on the topics of ophthalmic education and ophthalmology outreach. He has worked in Micronesia, Honduras, Guatemala, Republic of Georgia, Nepal, Trinidad, and Tanzania. He is a founder and medical director of Moran’s surgical outreach arm, Operation Sight.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Ophthalmology/Visual Sciences - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Board Certification American Board of Ophthalmology

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.

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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
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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.

April 20, 2016

I feel confidence in both Moran Eye Center and my provider.

April 10, 2016

The care I received at Moran has been excellent throughout several visits.

April 10, 2016

I like Dr Pettey and love working with the residents. Everyone is stimulated by their jobs and conveys their enthusiasm for getting the tests right so they can give me the best care possible. Dr. Pettey was very kind in giving me some bad news but in reality my glaucoma was caught very early and that makes the prognosis very good.

April 04, 2016

have already recommended Dr Pettey to a friend

March 11, 2016

I have been a long-term patient of Dr. Mifflin, and I was a little worried about seeing someone else, but I really like Dr. Pettey too. He was thorough, friendly, and professional. I will definitely keep him as my primary vision specialist, and I have already recommended him to a coworker.

March 05, 2016

Dr Pettey is great!

February 18, 2016

From start to finish, first with the technician, then the resident doctor and then the ophthalmologist I was extremely impressed with the knowledge, the good interaction between the staff and the care they exhibited about our situation. They let my husband and me who were both having exams, come into the same room to talk with the doctors and listen to the discussion. I loved Dr. Pettey's manner and his way of keeping the discussion moving, "Got it!" he would say, so we could all move on. He was amazing as was his resident. So glad I picked him on the basis of the patient's comments and that he is my ophthalmologist!

February 18, 2016

My situation is about as complex as a simple check for new prescriptions gets -- regular bifocal; special prescription for music reading and performance; slightly different bifocal for sunglasses -- no confusion, no problems.

February 15, 2016

I recommend Dr. Pettey to any of my friends contemplating cataract surgery. He has been excellent in providing care and concern during my visits and surgery with him.

February 12, 2016

I would have appreciated more conversation about the differences between current perscription and the new one given me in this visit, particualrly about changing lens in my other set of glasses. Perhaps I was not aggressive enough in engaging in that conversation.

January 29, 2016

I spent a great deal of time with Stein. However, it is my experience with Dr. Petty that I choose to evaluate on this page. I raised a few questions with Dr. Petty and he took a "don't worry" attitude which discouraged me from discussing my concerns. Also failed to give me feedback regarding the status of my cataracts and ptosis.

January 25, 2016

This was my first visit with Dr. Pettey, but I have a high level of confidence in him.

January 17, 2016

Everything was great

January 06, 2016

Dr. Smith is an excellent professional and a great guy.

December 17, 2015

I had the same eye doctor for many years. Because of concerns I had about the care I was receiving I ask friends and family for suggestions about where to go for a second opinion. The first name that came up was Dr. Jeff Pettey. I found hin the be very caring and knowledgeable, I'm very pleased with the care I received.

December 14, 2015

Dr Pettey remembered me from three years ago/

December 11, 2015

Excellent experience, the best ever. I received wonderful care and expert advice!

December 09, 2015

I had others concerns about the other eye and the doctor would not address them each time I asked went back to the I to do the possible surgery on he evaded any questions about the other eye. I left there very upset because I knew nothing about the right, only left,

December 07, 2015


November 16, 2015

I've been here with my wife for her check ups, I scheduled my app while her last visit and I had a great experience.

November 13, 2015

Dr. Pettey was kind and professional and I felt very confident in his medical abilities.

October 27, 2015

I was asked if I had questions, and given enough time to understand the response or rephrase the question.

October 26, 2015

Dr Pettey is always awesome and I'm always happy to see him.

October 16, 2015

My experience was good: Dr. Pettey gave clear explanations both before and during the procedure. He also told me only one eye would be dilated the next time, eliminating the need for a second driver.

October 04, 2015

The topic of medications did not come up. A follow-up in 6 months was suggested for concerns that came up during the exam; I intend to schedule this. My experience at Moran has been excellent.

September 07, 2015

Very good experience

September 06, 2015

Moran worked me in to see someone for the shingles around my eye. The examination was very thorough to be sure shingles had not penetrate the actual eye.

September 04, 2015

Dr. Pettie is an exceptional individual with excellent communication skills and very patient-oriented

September 04, 2015

I came in because of a possible connection between my migraines and my vision. I have never worn glasses and so didn⿿t know which questions to ask. I was given a prescription that did correct my near-sightedness in one eye, however I was never asked what I do. The prescription prevents me from wearing me glass while working at a computer, a major component of my job. The doctor should have asked and advised me to get ⿿progressive⿝ lens. After paying several hundred dollars I am stuck with a pair of glasses I can only use for 20% of a day and so which will not help reduce the eye-strain that may be related to the migraines.

September 01, 2015

Dr Pettey listens to my symptoms and concerns and gives me step by step attack on the problem. he is awesome!

August 31, 2015

Dr.'s Pettey & Swan were highly professional. I am extremely pleased with the eye exam and attention to detail.

August 11, 2015

I just did recommend, two days ago, Dr. Pettey to a friend for herself and her sister to have cataract surgery.

August 06, 2015

Dr. Pettey was very friendly and took the time to listen to why I was there. It was a five minuet visit with him for a two hour appointment, but I did have a lot of testing done as well.

July 22, 2015

good experience

July 20, 2015

I am very gifted to have Dr. petty as my ophthalmologist; he is thoughtful, caring, great at explaining, and he makes me a part of the decision processes. I trust his knowledge and his skill and I would recommend him to anyone for excellent eye care. Thank you.

July 17, 2015

I finally understood what was going on with my optic nerve and felt reassured about not having glaucoma. It has been an unanswered question for years with my previous opthamoligist.

June 10, 2015

I just came in for a routine annual eye check-up, and was surprised by the immediate discussion of cataract surgery. Although I had been told before that I have cataracts, the word was always "incipient before . This was the first time that the need for surgery was mentioned, and although the doctor said it was my decision, a lot of time and testing went into that issue. Since the testing showed that there was only a need for minor adjustment in my glasses, and I have not felt any problems with vision, I have decided not to do the surgery at this time.

May 29, 2015

Dr Petty is awesome!

May 24, 2015

Although I have been to the Moran many times, my previous provider has moved on. So this was my first visit with Dr. Petty. I found him to be engaged and confident.

May 10, 2015

Great experience all-around.

May 08, 2015

Dr. Pettey is always so great. He is genuinely caring about my concerns.

May 05, 2015

the technician, the Dr./intern and Dr. Petty were ALL terrific and professional and sensitive to my needs

May 04, 2015

very good!

May 04, 2015

Dr. Pettey is my hero :)

May 01, 2015

Dr. Pettey and his assistant were very courteous and thorough.

April 21, 2015

Everything went very smoothly

April 13, 2015

I was quite pleased in every way with the care and service.

April 04, 2015

being a medical provider, I appreciate the candor and quality of the visit and conversation. I knew I was the one responsiblet for thee ultimate decisions yet given the expertise and knowledge necessary

March 28, 2015

Dr. Petty was very informative and allowed me time to ask questions with great bed side manner!

March 27, 2015

I have a lot of respect for Dr.Pettey after our visit.

March 21, 2015


March 19, 2015

Dr. Pettey was great, he has an excellent bedside manner and is a great listener.

March 09, 2015

My experience was great, and I will always recommend Moran and Dr. Pettey to others.

March 01, 2015

Dr Pettey was very kind and solicitous

February 24, 2015

one prescription did not indicate how long to take the medication...situation was clarified over the phone

February 23, 2015

Outstanding professional service and really made me feel at ease being in a new office and seeing a new doctor.

February 23, 2015

I had cataracts removed in both eyes (two weeks apart) and both experiences were very good. Everyone answered all my questions, assured me and everything went smoothly.

February 09, 2015

Diane (in pre-op), the anesthesiologist and Dr. Pettey were all considerate, explained everything that was happening and made me feel comfortable about the surgery.

February 02, 2015

care provider called re follow up information and asked that I call him. I have since placed four calls over seven days and have yet to receive a call back from him

January 09, 2015

Fire alarm went off during visit. Time was short, no problem

December 15, 2014

I was extremely impressed with everyone I interacted with...every person was on thier "A" game. I felt like a V.I.P.!

December 13, 2014

Dr Pettey is very good, I appreciate the care and respect he shows for his patients.

December 09, 2014

Dr. Petty is a very friendly and caring person.

December 07, 2014

Dr Pettey was awesome and read my tests before I got in my car to leave the Moran

November 29, 2014

My fault, I guess, for not asking about the problem I came in for, which was cataracts. He was very friendly, and gave me good advice. I thought he seemed a bit hurried, but since I had waited 90 minutes to see him, I'm sure he was running way behind on others, too.

November 24, 2014

This was my first visit with this doctor, so I don't feel I have enough information to give a recommendation to others at this time. This was a vision check-up with no real problems to address, and overall I was quite satisfied with the experience.

November 18, 2014


November 15, 2014

Dr Pettey is an excellent doctor. Makes you feel very comfortable and I have confidence in him. Comfortable and confidence key words.

November 02, 2014

Dr. Pettey was very personable and most importantly he was very through with checking my eyes. He kindly explained the importance of me following up in 6 months (dilation & eye pressure). He explained without alarming me the need to get my pressure checked due to the shape of my eyes. He was patient and wasn't rushing to examine my eyes, very thorough.

October 31, 2014


October 30, 2014

very good experience

October 17, 2014

I would recommend the Moran Eye Center to anyone with eye problems.

October 16, 2014

Very happy with Dr Petty, as he explained many things of which I had been unaware in previous visits with other doctors.

September 13, 2014

I was seen by dr. Choi then by dr. Petey. The exam was very thorough and they both made sure there was no serious problem. They both explained the medical terms they used so that I can understand what was going on.

September 12, 2014

Always great experience.

September 01, 2014

All very good.

August 30, 2014

excellent experience

August 25, 2014

I always have a lot of questions, sometimes probably too many, but it's because I am very worried about my eyesight. Dr. Pettey has been very patient with me and he has always answered all my questions, and he has explained all the procedures, the risks, all the medical terms.

August 16, 2014

I was very impressed with Dr. Pettey.

August 14, 2014

Dr Pettey is the best ¦ he is efficient, friendly, kind and instructive.!!

August 13, 2014

Dr. Petty offered to do a laser treatment on a cataract lens that had clouded up through scar tissue after I told him how poor my night vision had become. This had been a problem since the lens was placed in my eye 8 years previously. He was the first eye doctor to suggest that he might be able to help me. (I have seen at least 10 other eye doctors about this problem). I was very nervous about the procedure because of past bad experiences, but he was very reassuring and calm and addressed every concern I had. I am so grateful that he could help me. I only wish it could have been sooner. Wouldn't it have been nice to be able to see better for the past 8 years and wouldn't it have been nice to have been able to see better before my huge vitreous detachment last year. I applaud him for his help.

August 12, 2014

he stayed he needed to speak with my doctor Judith Warner who would be back Friday but then they schedule me out 6 weeks. I cannot drive, I cannot see well enough to drive. and I cannot work with this, but he said here are some eye drops and see you in six weeks. in the meantime what do I do for work?

August 09, 2014


August 05, 2014

Dr Pettey is excellent.

July 31, 2014

Awesome care provider!

June 29, 2014

Outstanding in all regards!

June 21, 2014

I would not hesitate to recommend the Moran to anyone.

June 11, 2014

Excellent - I can't say enough good things. Dr. Pettey is wonderful.

May 22, 2014

He was great with my 8 year old son. Dr. Petty made him feel very comfortable, I would like my son to continue to see Dr. Petty

May 21, 2014

very thorough visit and attention

May 19, 2014

Dr. Pettey is absolutely awesome! I have never had a more complete experience with a physician and I can't thank him enough for his attentiveness and care. Because of Dr. Pettey, I have begun treatment for ailments I've had for about a decade.

May 10, 2014

Every one was very nice and considerate. I had a very good experence

April 26, 2014

I just didn't really feel that my ? was answered about the watering from my eyes especially the left one and what I might be able to do about it. other wise I was happy with the appt.

April 07, 2014

I was very pleased with all of the medical care i received.

March 28, 2014

Dr Pettey is the best!!! he is concerned and helpful also his staff follows his lead even the reception desk has great people to assist you with all that you need to do.

March 22, 2014

All was positive.

February 15, 2014

It was great to have the Nurse (who ever did the initial tests) and the Doctor be ready to accommodate me in the things "I" wanted. Also the sheet that they printed out as we left and made or next appointment was perfect. It contained my appointments, my medications and instructions which was so helpful.

February 08, 2014

I have already suggested to those who need eye care to Dr. Pettey and his staff

January 07, 2014

The only poor rating was because Dr. Pettey forgot to give me the prescription we discussed during my exam. It wasn't critical or urgent at the time, but I nevertheless need it.

December 29, 2013

would have liked some written care suggestions for dry eyes

December 02, 2013

Dr. Pettey and his resident were great. I liked them both.

November 25, 2013

Honestly, I think Dr. Pettey has the disposition that all health care providers should have. He REALLY listens. He cares about his patient's overall health and well-being. He asks lots of questions. He doesn't "lord" his expertise over his patients. He's approachable and friendly and he does his best to make his patients feel comfortable. Compared to other providers I've dealt with, I feel Dr. Pettey actually cares.

November 05, 2013

I appreciated him reviewing my records from a different provider.

October 31, 2013

Dr. Bettis was training an inter from the VA & asked if it was ok for her to look 2 my eye & be there during my evaluation.

October 31, 2013

Dr Pettey is awesome and provided me with the ability to relax as i knew i was in very good hands

October 28, 2013

Like I stated, the staff was exceptional!!!!!

October 24, 2013

I could tell that I was receiving the best care possible.

October 21, 2013

Informed step by step as to what was happening. Asked if I had any ??'s or concerns. Very thoughtful. In general I don't like doctors, but he was able to easy my anxiety.

October 15, 2013

About two years ago, I changed from a previous University of Utah physician and, after careful consideration of his background, training, and community care involvement, I chose to see Dr. Pettey. He is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and open. He provides excellent care and has great interpersonal skills. I have full confidence in his abilities and the care he has provided to me. Since most of us, including myself, are careful about the care of our eye and sight, I am pleased to have such a good physician. My thanks!

October 03, 2013


October 01, 2013

I like my care providers (ALL of them) to talk with me when they doing things to my eyes. What are they doing? Why? What are they finding? It's my body. I really don't like having someone look at my eyes or measure them and not talk about it. When they don't talk to me I'm left feeling like an object rather than a person. This is a comment about all of health care, not just the Moran. So, please pass that along.

September 24, 2013

I would have no problem recommending this facility or the doctors. Was treated very well.

September 23, 2013

I had a retina exam previous for a study and that was all that I had. When I went to my old doctor during the two exams at the Moran Center he told me I had Macular Degeneration. But with the two exams at the Moran Center both times they never saw that problem. That was a huge relief. Dr. Pettey took time to look at the previous exam at the Moran Center and was able to give me a better history in which it was a huge relief! Thanks for the good news and the new prescription and the great job that you did!

August 29, 2013

When he finally got there, the physician was professional, almost human. No gripes there, but no salutations either.

August 28, 2013

Dr. Pettey was great. He was very thourogh and personable.

August 13, 2013

Dr. Pettey is exceptional.

August 05, 2013

Dr. Pettey is super and I have strongly recommended him to my friends.

August 04, 2013

Dr. Pettey is patient, caring, and knowledgeable. Although he has many patients, he is never in a hurry. He explains things well and listens to questions.

July 22, 2013

Dr. Petty was very good and I really appreciate his sense of humor - that really works for me.

June 26, 2013

No real conclusions were come to about my problem. They ruled out several serious possibilities, like tumor, or eye pressure. Said my problem may be related to cataracts or dry eye. Since my visit, the recommended eye drops and heat applications haven't seemed to help.

June 24, 2013

It was ok wish there was more they could do for my vision since that is what the problem is

May 28, 2013

Seemed very caring and I had confidence he was being thorough, unlike previous providers. His explanations made sense, and have helped me understand and deal with my conditions.

May 23, 2013

The staff that I encountered in my visit,Bethany, Dr.Swan and Dr. Pettey were at all times reassuring and very sympathetic to my concerns and they all gave me applicable information that I could easily understand and apply once at home

May 13, 2013

competent and friendly doctor

April 19, 2013

I had a very good experience during my entire time at the facility

April 08, 2013

I have already recommended Dr. Pettey to others.

April 03, 2013

Great experience.

March 25, 2013

The ophthalmologist provided care on the extreme (good) end of a care spectrum, opposite of what had been provided by specialist seen previously at St. Mark's hospital. This provider addressed all issues and to depth, and demonstrated diagnostic expertise my wife had not experienced before in Utah. My thanks to Moran and University of Utah for care provided my wife.

March 19, 2013

I felt the doctor showed genuine care which made me feel more confortable that I was in good hands.

March 14, 2013

The physician was very helpful and informative.

March 04, 2013

Dr Pettey was very personable. I had several questions and felt that he had ample time to answer them and not have to rush out to the next patient.

February 22, 2013

I found the doctor and the resident completely open to discussion, and great listeners. They helped me determine the surgical options I had, and also helped me understand the choices I had for permanent replacement lenses.

February 20, 2013

very good

January 31, 2013

Dr. Pettey and Dr. Kinard were fantastic. They were both very thorough. Thanks!

January 31, 2013

The care staff made sure I was very comfortable and were very personable.

January 15, 2013

altogether a very nice visit!

January 03, 2013

Professional - Friendly - Good

December 21, 2012


December 20, 2012

Overall, a world-class operation. I saw a technician, a med student, two interns and the physician. Its what I expected at a teaching hospital. A slight increase in overall visit time, but well worth it. I feel confident I'm getting the right diagnosis and treatment at the Moran center.

December 06, 2012

Dr. Pettey was wonderful

December 05, 2012

Dr. Pettey was amazing!

November 19, 2012

I did not get written instructions, with specifics as to what medication was to be started first. I called in, with no response, and I went back in person to get directions. It was a critical piece of information, that was left out. I looked at My Chart, but there was nothing added for the appointment.

November 05, 2012

I saw Dr. Bell on Sunday 10/28/12. He was excellent. He got me in quickly and diagnosed my problem. He then gave me the number to call for the continuity clinic. I saw Dr. Petty 11/01/12. He did excellent work as well.

November 01, 2012

I had to ask questions about future course of my eye condition and its effects to get all the information I needed.

October 08, 2012

The doctor came at the end for 10 mins. or less.

October 08, 2012

He went the extra mile and found an otoscope so he could check my ear.

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Ophthalmology/Visual Sciences - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Board Certification American Board of Ophthalmology

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-2352 John A. Moran Eye Center
65 N Mario Capecchi
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Jeff Pettey is the John Moran Eye Center's Residency Program Director and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Utah Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Dr. Pettey specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology, complex cataracts and anterior segment surgery. Additionally, he coordinates the teaching and training of medical students, residents, international observers, and fellows.

Dr. Pettey was raised in Utah and received his B.A. in Russian from the University of Utah. During his undergraduate program, he received awards for his teaching efforts from the department of biology. Dr. Pettey went on to attend The Ohio State University College of Medicine. While at Ohio State he founded “MD Camp,” a summer camp dedicated to help groups which are underrepresented in medicine. This two-week camp exposes high school students to the value of medicine and medical training. The medical student- run camp continues to inspire future physicians and has graduated more than 10 classes!

Dr. Pettey continued his medical training at the University of Utah where he completed an internship in the department of internal medicine. He then completed ophthalmology residency training at the John A. Moran Eye Center. At the conclusion of his residency he was offered a fellowship position at the Moran to continue his education.

His fellowship encompassed three major areas of training: The first centered on academic ophthalmology with a focus on how physicians and surgeons are trained; the second was additional surgical training in complex cataract and anterior segment surgery; and the final arm of training was experience in international ophthalmology. His international interests include enhancing ophthalmology training in Ghana, Nepal, and the island of Trinidad.

Outside of his clinical and research interests he enjoys spending time with his wife Gretchen, son Taylor, and two daughters Savannah and Sophia. He loves taking advantage of Utah’s natural wonders through hiking, biking, climbing, skiing and others pursuits. He is a world-class soccer fan and an “entirely average soccer player!” Above all, he lives to find joy in life and the good in others.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Utah
Ophthalmology, Anterior Segment, Academic Ophthalmology
Residency University of Utah, Moran Eye Center
Internship University of Utah
Internal Medicine Preliminary Year
Professional Medical The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Undergraduate University of Utah


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