Dr. J Speakman, MD

General SurgeryMaleAge 52

Dr. Speakman
1490 E Foremaster Dr Ste 200 Saint George, UT 84790

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(435) 628-1642

Dr. J Speakman, MD is a General Surgery Specialist in Saint George, UT and has over 24 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University Of Utah School Of Medicine medical school in 1997. He is affiliated with St. George Regional Hospital - River Road. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Speakman to book an appointment.

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Dr. Speakman is affiliated with St. George Regional Hospital - River Road St George, a highly rated hospital.

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Dr. Speakman's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Intestinal Obstruction
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Speakman treats Intestinal Obstruction more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Speakman treats this condition more than 96% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Colonic Volvulus
  • Intussusception
  • Paralytic Ileus
Ileus
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Speakman treats Ileus more than 85% of his peers

Dr. Speakman treats this condition more than 85% of his peers

Colectomy
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Speakman performs Colectomy more than 77% of his peers

Dr. Speakman performs this procedure more than 77% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • da Vinci® Colectomy
  • Hemicolectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy

Dr. Speakman's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acid Reflux Surgery
  • Acute Bowel Infarction
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anal Prolapse
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Appendicitis
  • Arteriovenostomy for Renal Dialysis
  • Arteriovenous Shunt Creation
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Colectomy
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cystotomy
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Duodenal Polypectomy
  • Embolectomy, Thrombectomy, or Vessel Exploration
  • Empyema
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Excision of Esophageal Lesion
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Fecal Impaction Removal
  • Femoral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gallstones
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastrotomy
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatectomy
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Ileus
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Ischemic Colitis
  • Laparoscopic Surgery for Achalasia
  • Laparotomy
  • Lipomas
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Megacolon
  • Mesenteric Lymphadenitis
  • Neoplasm of Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pancreatectomy (incl. Pancreas Transplant and Whipple Procedure)
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pelvic Abscess
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Pyloromyotomy
  • Removal of Arteriovenous Shunt for Renal Dialysis
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Renal Transplant and Nephrectomy
  • Repair of Anal and Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
  • Revision of Arteriovenous Shunt for Renal Dialysis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Robotic Heller Myotomy for the Treatment of Achalasia
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Thoracentesis
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
  • Wound Repair

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Dr. Speakman's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Speakman

3.4

Based on 16 ratings

5 Stars
56.25%
(9)
4 Stars
6.25%
(1)
3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
37.5%
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Dr. Speakman was pleasant and helpful in explaining my condition, how surgery could resolve the problem and in explaining risks. I felt comfortable and confident with his expertise. During my post-op visit, he took his time to review my status and explain how the healing was progressing. Hope I don't need future surgeries of any kind, but I'll certainly go to Dr. Speakman if I do.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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Howard – Nov 19, 2020
When I was a patient in the hospital, my first nurse said; "I would trust my life to Dr. Speakman but I don't want to tell him because I don't want his head to swell too much. I hope Dr. Speakman's head does swell, he is honest, straightforward and technically, a fantastic surgeon. I know because I am a surgeon.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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From Logan – Jul 18, 2019
I attended my mothers consultation with her last week regarding her surgery for melanoma on her right arm. When asked about returning to work he said she’d need a few days but if he had to remove lymph nodes she’d need light duty due to the nature of her job that requires repeated heavy lifting. Her surgery was yesterday, he removed a group of lymph nodes and refused to write her a note requiring light duty. She isn’t scheduled to get her stitches out for 2-3 weeks. It is of zero consequence to him if he writes a light duty condition for her. It just takes a few moments of his time to ensure that his patient has appropriate aftercare instructions and that includes associated documentation needed for their employers if it is needed. I wasn't there with her to press him in person on the issue and it is too early to call the office, but I will be in a few hours. She can rip her stitches out if she has to return to lifting up to 70lb bags on a repeated basis so soon after surgery.
1 person found this helpful
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May 08, 2019
I had surgery for a hiatal hernia. And also a g-tube installed, my condition was very serious, so much so Dr Speakman had to stop the first surgery attempt, and within three more days he was able to proceed and complete the surgery, I will share with you ,that because my disability and situation , he said my surgery was one of the most challenging and complex he has ever done! And thank God I'm alive and recovering now!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Paul in St George , UT – Oct 13, 2018
Very professional and knowledgeable
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Ron Broad in St. George, UT – May 23, 2018
From all I've heard and my own experience with him, Dr. Speakman is an excellent surgeon, but not so good at listening and talking to patients.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
3 people found this helpful
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St. George – Apr 24, 2018
Yes, he is arrogant, dismissive of what the patient has to say, etc. I also spent my career as an RN. I've seen the best and the worst. Dr. Speakman is neither, but certainly not the best. He took no notes about important things we discussed, then forgot them, resulting in mistakes that severely hurt my recovery. Then laughed it off saying if he took notes, he'd just forget his notes. Ha ha. Even if you want an arrogant comic for a surgeon, I'd not recommend him, he's not that funny.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
2 people found this helpful
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damn good nurse in local – Apr 21, 2018
I am a RN. I also work at DRMC. I am particular about who I let touch my family or me. Dr. Speakman saw me in the emergency room after I came in with severe chest pain. He performed gall bladder surgery with in 1.5 hours. I left the hospital that day! Some people may like for a doctor to sugar coat issues. I prefer someone to be straight up with me. Dr. Speakman was exactly that! I am very impressed with Dr. Speakman and would feel comfortable sending my friends & family to him. Kudos Doc!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Lois Munson in Saint Geoprge, UT – Mar 17, 2017
After unknown diagnosis by many doctors, Dr. Speakman knew exactly what was causing my abdominal pain and scheduled laparoscopic surgery to correct the internal hernia. Dr. Speakman was very friendly and always had my best interest in mind. He always explained everything in easy to understand terms. Thank you Dr. Speakman.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Aileen Theall in St George, UT – Feb 28, 2017
I would NEVER refer a family member or friend to Dr. Speakman. He was cold, rude and arrogant, as if his opinions were all that mattered. He didn't want to listen to what I needed as a patient. He did not care about my medical emergency. I am shocked that anyone would see him more than once!
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
3 people found this helpful
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St. George Utah – Dec 27, 2016
My mom went to see Dr Speak man. We were referred there by 3 doctors for immediate gallbladder surgery. Dr Speakman refused to take out my moms gallbladder because AND I QUOTE "I DONT WANT PEOPLE TO THINK BADLY OF ME FOR TAKING OUT GOOD GALLBLADDERS". Now, we have 3 doctors and countless tests that say it needs to go. Whoever gave this man a medical degree was an idiot. I hope people read this and think badly of him from now on.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
2 people found this helpful
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St George, UT – Oct 21, 2016
Spoke with Dr. Speakman on having surgery, I found him to be extremely arrogant , thinking he knows best of how you should be with out knowing anything else that is going on with you. I will not use this doctor, specially ones that think they know more than god.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
4 people found this helpful
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tbuzz in St George, UT – Aug 14, 2016

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Biography

Dr. J Speakman, MD is a General Surgery Specialist in Saint George, UT and has over 24 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University...Read more

Specialties

  • General Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

University Utah And Affil Hosps
Residency Hospital
University Utah
Internship Hospital
1997
University Of Utah School Of Medicine
Medical School

Awards

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Dr. Speakman frequently treats Intestinal Obstruction, Ileus, and Colectomy. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Speakman treats.

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Dr. Speakman's office is located at 1490 E Foremaster Dr Ste 200, Saint George, UT 84790. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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1490 E Foremaster Dr Ste 200 Saint George, UT 84790
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St. George Regional Hospital - River Road

St George, UT

82% Patient Experience Rating, 13% higher than the national average

11 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)