Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

448 Patient Ratings
29 Patient Comments

Christopher B. Dechet, M.D.



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Christopher Dechet, MD, is an associate professor in the Division of Urology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. His practice at the Huntsman Cancer Institute focuses on urologic oncology, laparoscopy and robotic surgery.

Dr. Dechet has a special interest in the surgical management of prostate, kidney, bladder, and testicular cancers. His particular interest is in the improvement of surgical outcomes for prostate cancer patients, and he has developed a comprehensive quality-of-life database for this purpose. Dr. Dechet also has extensive experience in advanced laparoscopic treatment of renal cancer and has further applied his laparoscopic skills to prostate cancer with the use of the DaVinci Prostatectomy robotic system. Dr. Dechet also specializes in complex partial nephrectomy and cystectomy with neobladder formation.

Dr. Dechet received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. He was the recipient of an American Heart Association research grant during his medical training. He completed a general surgery internship and urologic residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he received an achievement award from the Society for Laparoscopic Surgeons. Prior to joining Huntsman Cancer Institute, Dr. Dechet was the chair of the Division of Urology at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Urology

Patient Ratings

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Patient Comments

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June 23, 2012

I would describe the entire staff I encountered as very patient centered. I was highly impressed

June 22, 2012

nothing negative

June 18, 2012

It seems obvious that all the staff are doing their best to be helpful, thoughtful and very patient-focused in the good care being provided.

June 09, 2012

Outstanding experience, best service and care I have ever received from any health care professional and doctor

June 08, 2012

Dr. Dechet is a great doctor. It has been great getting to know him.

May 15, 2012


May 08, 2012

Dr Dechett is very good how do you thank a man who saved you husband life

May 08, 2012


May 03, 2012

You do a great job. It is very efficient yet you feel like you have all the time you need to ask questions and get very good answers.

May 01, 2012

I feel like Dr. Dechet knows me and is concerned for me personally. I have enjoyed his care and feel confident that I am receiving the very best care I can get for my condition. I have enjoyed working with the staff members as well although they seem to change quite often. Two of them that I find particularly effective and helpful Taylor and Amelia.

May 01, 2012

Dechet treats me like I was his only patient on the planet. Never hurried. Never rushed. Always is relaxed and takes the time to answer my questions no matter how dumb they are. He will ofter say, "That's a good question." He is careful. He is not afraid to take a minute and go back into the history, like a path report and re-read it. He is honest. No BS. I have total confidence in him. TOTAL. I would go no where else. He carries no arrogance or "better than thou". I feel like we are equals. Well, in most regards... he is young, good looking and has a prostate. Other than that, we're he has a bicycle. Maybe we are different.

April 13, 2012

very good

April 12, 2012


March 16, 2012

Always take all the time I need to adress my concerns.

March 16, 2012

this care center is the greates

March 06, 2012

I never felt rushed. He was very thorough. My interjections and questions didn't seem to distract him in any way. Very professional and straightforward at the same time. Provided me with additional information and useful comments for my decision making process and next steps.

March 06, 2012

Again, my only concern is wait time which is usually 45 min. to 90 min. each time.

March 02, 2012

Dr. Dechet is a superb physician. Competent, human, thorough, and someone who can be trusted to provide good care and a keen sense of patient welfare. He is an incredible asset to the Huntsman Institute.

February 14, 2012

Made sure that my wife understood everything also was very very good

February 14, 2012

Dr Decket as well as Penny made us feel important and didn't talk down to us we felt at all time that what ever time we needed they were concerned how we felt.

February 10, 2012


February 03, 2012

Excellent treatment

February 03, 2012

Thanks for making what is turning out to be a roller coaster, a little easier

January 20, 2012

everyone I met was very caring. I was impressed.

January 13, 2012

The care and communication I receive at HCI are always exceptional.

January 10, 2012

Dr. Dechet gave me a chance to live my life by surgery to remove the prostate. I can't thank him enough .

January 10, 2012

The doctor did not seemed rushed or pushed because of his schedule. He took all the time I needed to go over every thing and made me feel comfortable.

January 06, 2012


January 05, 2012

All of my experiences have been excellent

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Urology

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 587-4383 Huntsman Cancer Hospital
1950 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Christopher B Dechet, MD, FACS is an associate professor in the Division of Urology at the University of Utah. He is a board certified urologist whose practice at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital focuses on urologic oncology, specifically, the surgical management of prostate, kidney, bladder, adrenal and testicular cancers. He is skilled in open, laparoscopic and robotic procedures. He is currently one of the most experienced robotic surgeons in the Intermountain West.

Dr. Dechet received his undergraduate degree for Stanford University and earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He was the recipient of an American Heart Association research grant, which allowed him to pursue a year of basic science research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his general surgery and urologic training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. During this time, he received an achievement award from the Society for Laparoscopic Surgeons.

Dr. Dechet ‘s special academic interest is the improvement of the quality of life in patients treated for urologic cancers. He has developed a comprehensive quality of life database for patients treated with prostate cancer. This has yielded multiple studies comparing robotic and open techniques. He has also established a Utah Prostate Cancer Consortium looking to improve prostatectomy outcomes in the state of Utah as well as comparing quality of life outcomes nationally.

Dr. Dechet is a reviewer for the Journal of Urology and a member of multiple organizations including the Society of Urologic Oncology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He received the Teaching Award from the Division of Urology in 2012. In addition, Dr. Dechet has operated throughout the world. He has helped establish a cystectomy program in Mongolia and has been invited as a visiting surgeon in Europe. He is fluent in German and has lectured at various European meetings.


Education History

Type School Degree
Residency Mayo Clinic
Internship Mayo Clinic
Professional Medical University of Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Stanford University
German Literature
Undergraduate Albert Ludwigs University


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Heilbrun ME, Yu J, Smith KJ, Dechet CB, Zagoria RJ, Roberts M(2012)The cost-effectiveness of immediate treatment, percutaneous biopsy and active surveillance for the diagnosis of the small solid renal mass: evidence from a markov model.  Journal of Urology, 187(1),39-43
  2. Samlowski EE, Dechet CB, Weissman A, Samlowski W(2011)Large cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma masquerading as renal carcinoma with inferior vena cava thrombosis: a case report.  Journal of Medical Case Reports, 5(1),245
  3. Hadley DA, Stephenson RA, Samlowski WE, Dechet C(2010)Patterns of enlarged lymph nodes in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma.  Urologic Oncology,
  4. Hansen PA, Dechet CB, Porucznik CA, LaStayo P(2009)Comparing eccentric resistance exercise in prostate cancer survivors on and off hormone therapy: a pilot study.  PM&R, 1(11),1019-24
  5. Abel EJ, Masterson TA, Warner JN, Valentine K, Dechet C(2009)Nerve-sparing prostatectomy and urinary function: a prospective analysis using validated quality-of-life measures  Urology, 73(6),1336-1440
  6. Samlowski WE,Majer M,Boucher KM,Shrieve A,Dechet CB,Jensen RL,Shrieve D(2008)Multidisciplinary treatment of brain metasteses derived from clear cell renal cancer incorporating sterotactic radiosurgery (SRS)  Cancer, 113(9),2539-2548
  7. Anker CJ,Dechet CB,Issac JC,Akerley W,Shrieve D(2008)Small-Cell Carcinoma of the Prostate  Journal of Clinical Oncology, 26(7),1168-1171
  8. Dechet CB, Zincke H, Sebo TJ, King BF, LeRoy AJ, Farrow GM, Blute M(2003)Prospective analysis of computerized tomography and needle biopsy with permanent sectioning to determine the nature of solid renal masses in adults.  Journal of Urology, 169(1),71-4
  9. Dechet CB, Bostwick DG, Blute ML, Bryant SC, Zincke (1999)Renal oncocytoma: multifocality, bilateralism, metachronous tumor development and coexistent renal cell carcinoma.  Journal of Urology, 162(1),40-2
  10. Dechet CB, Sebo T, Farrow G, Blute ML, Engen DE, Zincke (1999)Prospective analysis of intraoperative frozen needle biopsy of solid renal masses in adults.  Journal of Urology, 162(4),1282-4; discussion 1284-5
  11. Dechet CB, Young MM, Segura J(1999)Laparoscopic transureteroureterostomy: demonstration of its feasibility in swine.  Journal of Endourology, 13(7),487-93
  12. Dechet CB, Weller S, Benowitz L, Rossitch (1994)Neurological and Histopathologic Outcome in a Highly Reproducible Model of Secondary Spinal Cord Injury in the Rat.  Owen H. Wangensteen Surgical Forum,

Book Chapter

  1. Dechet C(2012)Urethrectomy  ,
  2. Dechet CB, King B, Barrett (2000)Radiology of Prosthesis for Urinary Incontinence  ,

Case Report

  1. Greenlee JE, Clawson SA, Hill KE, Dechet CB, Carlson N(2010)Antineuronal autoantibodies in paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration associated with adenocarcinoma of the prostate.  Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 291(1-2),74-8


  1. Barabas A, Dechet C(2005)The use of the Lapara Ty to Reduce Warm Ischemic Times during Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy (video)  ,

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