Dr. Joel Trachtenberg, MD

Dr. Joel Trachtenberg, MD

Infectious Disease MedicineMale

Infectious Disease Medicine

Dr. Joel Trachtenberg, MD is a Infectious Disease Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as St. Mark's Hospital and Lakeview Hospital. His office accepts new patients.

Locations

Utah Physician Care Center

Utah Physician Care Center1160 East 3900 South Ste 1200 Salt Lake City, UT 84124
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At a Glance

  • Practices at Top Hospital Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ See hospitals
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Dr. Trachtenberg's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Trachtenberg

2.4

Based on 36 ratings

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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1 Star
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When I had my appointment with him he walked in screaming and humiliating me in front of his medical assistant saying why didn’t I had done my labs, I felt humiliated and looked down on. I understand it was my fault for not getting my labs done prior but that’s no way to talk to your patients or any human being for that matter. Please do your research and find out who your future doctor is so this never happens to you.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • 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
1 person found this helpful
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Alex – Mar 16, 2022
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My Experience was Very Good
Well, I have to say after reading these other reviews, that my experience was very good. Not only was he knowledgeable, but he talked to us at my level and was never condescending. He answered all of our questions in a very personal, but professional way. He was very encouraging and optimistic. We felt like friends, and came recommended from a top-tier respected orthopedics group. We were not disappointed. His nurse was also, warm and personable.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • 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
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J.N. – Feb 10, 2022
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Jeremy Jensen
Hands down the worst doctor I have ever dealt with. Terrible communication skills, he talked down to me and could not give me clear answers to any of my basic questions. These are questions directly related to his "area of expertise", such as interpretation of lab results. I had 2 phone appointments where I called and he hadn't even seen my lab results that were taken by a home nurse. I was still charged for those "visits" even though he had absolutely nothing to offer or to say about the life threatening infection I was dealing with. On the 3rd visit he couldn't even tell me what any of the results meant. I was able to talk with retired nurses I know and they were able to tell me what each meant in terms of my health and my progress. This doctor offered literally nothing. Nothing but prescribing extremely expensive drugs that resulted in massive bills that were billed by his office. Obviously a conflict of interest there. I would give zero stars if I could. Avoid this doctor.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
4 people found this helpful
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Feb 08, 2022
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When I had a failed infusion treatment, I asked "Do I still have infection". He replied, "I don't care" and walked off! This guy would not even make a good vet. He would be bitten by every dog and scratched by every cat!! Advice: find a humane infectious disease doctor.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • 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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Mar 26, 2021
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Rude, arrogant, pushy. Absolute jerk of a human being; saw him once and will never see him again.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
What could be improved
  • 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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Mar 10, 2021
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He is very difficult to talk with. And a huge phone hog (bully). Sounds as if he is well versed in his field but lacks bed side manner, which is hard to take when treated so well by the rest of the staff, to include nurses , doctors, food and cleaning crew.
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May 26, 2020
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Sorry to say that this man is truly rude, arrogant not at all attentive to patient, even calls the patient a liar. Won't adjust antibotics without be pushed by others.He is non reactive to my concerns as a patient. if I stay with him I will die. he has a great infusion staff, however the front desk leaves a lot to be desired, as they can be rude and arguemenitve. This man can take a long walk off a short pier. How can one Dr have so many negative complaints that he dosen't change, from my perspective he gives other good doctors a bad name. I doubt that anything will be done to this joke of a man, but at least maybe others won't have to deal with suck arrogance, rudeness and lack caring or care.
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Nov 21, 2019
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It's interesting to see the other comments here - my experience was very similar. Such a waste of time and this guy was so rude and condescending. I was sent by my primary because of some lab work and Dr. Trachtenberg spoke to me like I was an idiot and proceeded to tell me that nothing was wrong with me. I finally told him he that we weren't getting anywhere and I wasn't going to be spoken to in that manner and left. Wish I hadn't spent $ on a copay for this guy.
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
4 people found this helpful
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Park City, UT – Sep 10, 2017
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Rude staff, terrible bedside manner, didn't seem educated in what we were talking about. The worst doctor I have ever seen. Period.
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
5 people found this helpful
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Brady in Salt Lake City, UT – Apr 04, 2017
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To be absolutely honest. This Dr. is a huge jerk. He is brash, arrogant, and rude. He has no compassion and doesn't seem like he should deal with people in general let alone as a physician. Go see Dr. Oliver his partner who is 100x better than this waste of a white coat.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
11 people found this helpful
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Jay in Salt Lake City, UT – Jul 15, 2016
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I was sent to Dr Trachtenjerk by my General Practitioner after receiving a positive result on a blood test. Dr. Trachtenjerk sat and told me that I was not having the symptoms I was having, and that the blood test didn't really verify anything. I was then really curious as to why I had to take time off from my job and waste half my day to deal with this guy. I didn't request to come see Dr. Trachtenjerk, I was sent after receiving my lab results. Ended up being cured by a real doctor.
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
13 people found this helpful
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Jack in Lehi, UT – Mar 15, 2016
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**WASTED 1-1.5 HRS OF MY LIFE!!** I was referred to him by my midwife because my labs showed positive as a carrier for Hep B. He kept me waiting in the room for half an hour, and than when he arrived...stated the last time he treated a PREGNANT woman with Hep B was 2 years ago. And for the next half hour spent the entire time on his LAPTOP, googling medical journals and giving me counsel and feedback off articles. The bill was $250!! I could have googled same stuff for FREE! joke.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
13 people found this helpful
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Maryann in Salt Lake City, UT – Jan 14, 2016
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Dr. Trachtenberg's conditions and procedures:

  • Bacterial Sepsis
  • Brain Abscess
  • Endocarditis
  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • Infection Management
  • Meningitis
  • Mycobacterial Lung Infection
  • Sepsis
  • Septic Embolism
  • Syphilis Infections
  • Tuberculosis

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(435) 254-5836

Dr. Trachtenberg accepts the following insurance:

AARP
Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Allegiance Health Plans
Altius Health Plans
Ameriben
American Heritage
American National
American Postal Workers Union Health Plan
American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
American Republic
Amerihealth
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Bankers Life and Casualty
Baptist Health Services Group
Beech Street (Multiplan)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross of Idaho
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Caremark Pharmacy
CHAMPVA
Cigna
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Cigna PPO
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Connecticare
Conseco
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Coventry Health Care
Deseret Mutual (DMBA)
EBMS
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Federal Employee Program (FEP)
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Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
GEHA
Group Health Incorporated (GHI)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Health Exchange
Health Utah
HealthPartners
HealthSmart
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Idaho Physicians Network (IPN)
Inter Valley Health Plan
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Kaiser Permanente
Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
Managed Care Administrators, Inc.
Marsh Affinity Group Services
MDwise
Medicaid
Meritain Health
Molina Healthcare
Molina
Monumental Life Insurance Company
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Mutual of Omaha
MVP Health Care
National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
Nationwide
New York Life
North America Administrators (NAA)
One Health
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PacificSource
Paramount
PEHP
PHCS
Physicians Mutual
Physicians' Care Network
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Principal Life
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United American Insurance Company
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Infectious Disease physicians have expertise in all areas of clinical infectious diseases. We treat viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections....Read more

Specialties

  • Infectious Disease Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine

Education

University of Utah
Fellowship Hospital
University Of New Mexico
Residency Hospital
Jefferson Medical College
Medical School

Languages

  • English

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Dr. Joel Trachtenberg, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Trachtenberg frequently treats Bacterial Sepsis, Brain Abscess, and Endocarditis. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Trachtenberg treats.

Where is Dr. Joel Trachtenberg, MD's office located?

Dr. Trachtenberg's office is located at 1160 East 3900 South Ste 1200, Salt Lake City, UT 84124. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Joel Trachtenberg, MD speak?

Dr. Trachtenberg speaks English and English. View profile to see all.

Does Dr. Joel Trachtenberg, MD offer telehealth services?

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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Trachtenberg is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

St. Mark's Hospital

Salt Lake City, UT

73% Patients that would definitely recommend, 3% higher than the national average

6 Awards Received

Lakeview Hospital

Bountiful, UT

69% Patients that would definitely recommend, 1% lower than the national average

4 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2022)

Lone Peak Hospital

Draper, UT

82% Patients that would definitely recommend, 12% higher than the national average

1 Award Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020)

Timpanogos Regional Hospital

Orem, UT

73% Patients that would definitely recommend, 3% higher than the national average

1 Award Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020)