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Sonja N. Van Hala
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Sonja N. Van Hala, MD, MPH, DipABLM, FAAFP

Languages spoken: English

Clinical Locations

Sugar House Health Center

Salt Lake City
801-581-2000
  • Sonja Van Hala, MD, MPH, FAAFP is a board-certified family medicine physician and board-certified lifestyle medicine physician who welcomes patients of all ages to her practice. She sees patients through virtual visits (telemedicine) only. She received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1998 and her family medicine residency training at the University of Utah in 2001. She completed a faculty development fellowship with a focus in teaching at the University of Utah in 2003 and earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Utah. Her professional interests include full spectrum family care in patients of all ages, in particular women's health, lifestyle medicine, and pediatrics. Her research interests are leadership skills, provider wellness, and quality improvement education in medical education. In her leisure time, Dr. Van Hala enjoys live music, cooking, yoga, trail-running with her dog, skiing, gardening and hanging out with her husband and two children.

    Board Certification

    American Board of Family Medicine
    American Board of Lifestyle Medicine

    Patient Rating

    4.9 /5
    ( out of 24 reviews )

    The patient rating score is an average of all responses on our patient experience survey. The rating averages scores for all questions about care from our providers.

    The scale on which responses are measured is 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

    Patient Comments

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    Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

    October 19, 2023
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    good care

    July 11, 2023
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    Dr. Van Hala was awesome. She was kind and personable; listened to me and was very patient and detailed in her explanation.

    May 20, 2023
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    It is always good to leave an appointment with great guidance & kindness.

    May 11, 2023
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    Excellent experience. Professional, caring and knowledgeable.

    May 11, 2023
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    This was the first encounter I had with Dr. Van Hala. She was extremely professional, thorough, helpful during my bout of Covid. I feel very fortunate to have been treated by her. The bottom line, I feel that I won the doctor lottery!

    May 09, 2023
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    Please feel free to use the comment I made in the beginning of the survey.

    May 03, 2023
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    Dr. Van Hala was listened to my concerns. She answered my questions and was kind and helpful.

    April 25, 2023
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    Very gracious, polite, knowledgable

    April 24, 2023
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    Good as always. So nice to be able to see her again so I dont have to re-explain everything every time

  • Sonja Van Hala, MD, MPH, FAAFP is a board-certified family medicine physician and board-certified lifestyle medicine physician who welcomes patients of all ages to her practice. She sees patients through virtual visits (telemedicine) only. She received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1998 and her family medicine residency training at the University of Utah in 2001. She completed a faculty development fellowship with a focus in teaching at the University of Utah in 2003 and earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Utah. Her professional interests include full spectrum family care in patients of all ages, in particular women's health, lifestyle medicine, and pediatrics. Her research interests are leadership skills, provider wellness, and quality improvement education in medical education. In her leisure time, Dr. Van Hala enjoys live music, cooking, yoga, trail-running with her dog, skiing, gardening and hanging out with her husband and two children.

    Board Certification and Academic Information

    Academic Departments Family & Preventive Medicine -Primary
    Academic Divisions Family Medicine
    Board Certification
    American Board of Family Medicine
    American Board of Lifestyle Medicine

    Education history

    Fellowship David Eccles School of Business, Health Science Leadership Development Program 2016 Mini-Fellowship
    National Institute for Program Director Development (NIPPD) Fellowship Fellow
    Fellowship Curriculum Development - University of Utah, Family & Preventive Medicine Academic Fellow
    Public Health - University of Utah M.P.H.
    Chief Resident Family Medicine - University of Utah, Family & Preventive Medicine Chief Resident
    Family Medicine - University of Utah, Family & Preventive Medicine Resident
    Internship Family Medicine - University of Utah, Family & Preventive Medicine Intern
    Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - University of Michigan, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Research Fellow
    Professional Medical Medicine - University of Michigan Medical School M.D.
    Biology - University of Michigan B.S.

    Selected Publications

    Journal Article

    1. Fortenberry KT, Cochella S, Stoesser K, Ose D, Taylor E, Frame K, Van Hala S (2022). Teaching Self-directed Learning Skills Through a Resident-Led Milestones Process. PRiMER, 6(40).
    2. Knox J, Fortenberry KT, Qeadan F, Tingey B, Holman A, Stoesser K, Van Hala S (2021). Implementing an Anonymous Closed-Loop Feedback Process and Associations With ACGME Annual Survey Scores in a Family Medicine Residency. Fam Med, 53(10), 878-881. (Read full article)
    3. Locke AB, Fortenberry KT, Sullivan E, Ose D, Tingey B, Qeadan F, Henson A, Van Hala S (2020). Use of a Feedback Survey as a Part of a Wellness Champions Program to Improve Academic Faculty Satisfaction and Burnout: Implications for Burnout in Academic Health Centers.. Glob Adv Health Med.
    4. Pohl SD, Van Hala S, Ose D, Tingey B, Leiser JP (2020). A Longitudinal Curriculum for Quality Improvement, Leadership Experience, and Scholarship in a Family Medicine Residency Program. Fam Med, 52(8), 570-575.
    5. Badarane D, Knox J, Camacho A, Magill MK, Van Hala S, Jones JL (2019). Increasing Chlamydia Testing Rates via Targeted Outreach. PRiMER. 2019 Jan 1;3:17. PRiMER Peer-Reviewed Reports in Medical Education Research, 3(17).
    6. Jones KB, Fortenberry K, Sanyer O, Knighton R, Van Hala S (2018). Creation of a Family Medicine Residency Blog. Int J Psychiatry Med, 53(5-6), 427-435.
    7. Van Hala S, Cochella S, Jaggi R, Frost C, Kiraly B, Pohl S, Gren L (2018). Development and Validation of the Foundational Healthcare Leadership Self-assessment. Fam Med, 50(4), 262-8.
    8. Fortenberry KT, Van Hala S, Frost CJ (2017). Establishing a Culture of Intentional Wellness: Lessons From a Family Medicine Resident Focus Group. DOI:10.22454/PRiMER.2017.597444. 1(12).
    9. Saffel-Shrier S, Gunning K, Van Hala S, Farrell T, Lehmann W, Egger M, Miniclier N (2012). Residency redesign to accommodate trends in geriatrics: an RC-FM variance to establish a patient-centered medical home in an assisted living facility. Fam Med, 44(2), 128-31. (Read full article)
    10. Joy EA, Van Hala S, Cooper L (2009). Health-related concerns of the female athlete: a lifespan approach. Am Fam Physician, 79(6), 489-95. (Read full article)
    11. Hobson WL, Avant-Mier R, Cochella S, Van Hala S, Stanford J, Alder SC, Croskell SE (2005). Caring for the Underserved: Using Patient and Physician Focus Groups to Inform Curriculum Development. Ambul Pediatr, 5(2), 90-5.
    12. Joy EA, Van Hala S, Marshall E (2004). Pregnancy as an opportunity for behavior change. Curr Sports Med Rep, 3(6), 327-9. (Read full article)
    13. Joy EA, Van Hala S (2004). Musculoskeletal curricula in medical education: filling in the missing pieces. Phys Sportsmed, 32(11), 42-8. (Read full article)
    14. Bahng SC, Van Hala S, Nelson VS, Hurvitz EA, Roloff DW, Grady LA, Lewis CC (1998). Parental report of pediatric tracheostomy care. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 79(11), 1367-9.
    15. Van Hala S, Nelson VS, Hurvitz EA, Panzi A, Bloom DA, Ward MJ (1997). Bladder management in patients with pediatric onset neurogenic bladders. J Spinal Cord Med, 20(4), 410-5. (Read full article)

    Letter

    1. Van Hala S, Cochella S, Frost C, Gren L (2018). Collaborative Skills Essential to Leadership [Letter to the editor]. Fam Med, 50(9), 712-3.
    2. Fortenberry K, Knox J, Van Hala S (2018). What do Residents Want for Burnout Prevention? … Time [Letter to the editor]. Acad Med, 93(3), 343-344.
    3. Jones KB, Sanyer O, Fortenberry K, Van Hala S (2017). Resident Education Through Blogging and Other Social Media Platforms. [Letter to the editor]. J Grad Med Educ, 9(2), 256-256.
    4. Van Hala S (2007). Maximizing workflow with an EHR. [Letter to the editor]. Fam Pract Manag, 14(6), 13. (Read full article)

    Other

    1. Van Hala S (2023). The Snowstorm. JAMA (329(20), p. 1742).
    2. Van Hala S (2023). The Snowstorm. Published online. As of 6/6/23: 7,025 views. JAMA.
    3. Van Hala S (2021). I Am Sorry, Honey. Voices From the Faculty: A Collection of Stories From University of Utah School of Medicine Faculty (2, p. 23). University of Utah Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine.
    4. Van Hala S (2010). The Autopsy (poem). Fam Med (6(42), p. 397).
    5. Van Hala S, Rowell K (1996). Partner Violence: How You Can Recognize and Intervene in Partner Abuse, A Guide for Health Care Providers (Handbook). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan American Medical Women's Association.

    Video/Film/CD/Web/Podcast

    1. Van Hala S (2019). Rose, Thorn, Bud [Web]. Salt Lake City, UT: Family Medicine Vital Signs: Utah Family Medicine Residency Blog.
    2. Stoesser K, Van Hala S (2019). VBAC (Vaginal birth after cesarean section) [Web]. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Family Medicine Residency Curriculum Resource.
    3. Van Hala S (2018). Tending to Transition [Web]. Salt Lake City: Family Medicine Vital Signs: Utah Family Medicine Residency Blog. Available: https://fammedvitalsigns.com/2018/07/03/tending-to-transition/.
    4. Fortenberry K, Knox J, Van Hala S (2018). What Do Residents Want For Burnout Prevention? Time [Web]. Family Medicine Vital Signs: Utah Family Medicine Residency Blog. Available: https://fammedvitalsigns.wordpress.com.
    5. Pohl S, Van Hala S, Ransco M, Leiser J (2018). How the University of Utah Prepares Family Medicine Residents to Lead Value Improvement Efforts [Web]. Available: https://catalyst.nejm.org/residents-lead-value-improvement-efforts/.
    6. Van Hala S (2017). Vulnerability in Leadership [Web]. Salt Lake City: Family Medicine Vital Signs Blog. Available: https://fammedvitalsigns.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/vulnerability-in-leadership/.
    7. Van Hala S (2016). Who is YOUR Doctor? [Web]. Salt Lake City: Family Medicine Vital Signs Blog: Utah Family Medicine Residency Blog. Available: https://fammedvitalsigns.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/who-is-your-doctor/.
    8. Van Hala S (2015). You Don't Have to Feel Overwhelmed with Your First Newborn [Podcast]. The Scope, University of Utah Health Sciences Radio. Available: http://healthcare.utah.edu/the-scope/shows.php?shows=0_c5l79l1q.
    9. Van Hala S (2015). Transparency in Wellness [Web]. Family Medicine Vital Signs: Utah Family Medicine Residency Blog. Available: https://fammedvitalsigns.wordpress.com.
    10. Van Hala S (2014). Tenets for Internship and Beyond [Web]. Salt Lake City: Family Medicine Vital Signs: Utah Family Medicine Residency Blog. Available: https://fammedvitalsigns.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/tenets-for-internship-and-beyond/.
    11. Kiraly B, Van Hala S (2014). Practice Management Curriculum: An Evolving Design [Web]. The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Family Medicine Digital Resource Library. Available: http://www.fmdrl.org/4795.
    12. Van Hala S, Leiser J, Kiraly B, Backman R, Jones K (2013). Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in a Family Medicine Residency Program: Leveraging Three Missions [Web]. The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Family Medicine Digital Resource Library. Available: www.fmdrl.org/4357.
    13. Leiser J, Van Hala S, Backman R, Kiraly B (2011). Order From Chaos: Improving Quality of Care in a Resident/Faculty Practice Through Integrated Team Meetings [Web]. The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Family Medicine Digital Resource Library. Available: www.fmdrl.org/3621.
    14. Van Hala S, Leiser J, Backman R (2008). Tools to Implement and Teach the "Care Team Model" in a Family [Web]. The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Family Medicine Digital Resource Library. Available: www.fmdrl.org/2027.