Patrick Kendell, MD

Dr. Patrick Kendell, a family practice physician, has spent many years helping children with cancer and other illnesses live better lives.

He now brings that empathy and gentle touch to his family practice at Tanner Clinic Layton.

Dr. Kendell, a native of Kaysville, Utah, received his BA from Weber State University, Ogden. He remained in Utah to earn an MBA in Technology Management from Westminster College, a time in which he continued his medical research and published two peer-reviewed articles for scholarly journals.

Dr. Kendell earned his M.D. from the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he served as senior class president. He completed the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. There he was affiliated with St. Luke’s Jerome Medical Center in Jerome, Idaho, and St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho. He chose the rural-focused residency because of its heavy emphasis on procedures.

Volunteer work is important to Dr. Kendell, and he has spent countless hours serving at such venues as Camp Hobe for children with cancer and at Shriners Hospital for Children tutoring young Spanish-speaking patients. For more than six years, he undertook research on Prader-Willi syndrome, a genetic disorder, with pediatric geneticists at the U of U.

Dr. Kendell is married and the father of four children. In his spare time you’ll find him gardening, mountain biking and enjoying time with his family. He used to enjoy motorcycling, but he sold his motorcycle to fund his research trip to Ghana.

What Patients Say About Dr. Kendell

“I have seen countless doctors in multiple states over the years and Dr. Patrick Kendell is one of the most clear, friendly, and genuine doctors I have encountered. He even checked to see if the medications he was prescribing me had gluten in them (I have Celiac’s) — I’ve never had anyone do that before! Highly recommend.” – Mikayla, Google, December 2017

“I recently had my annual wellness exam with Dr. Kendell. He checked everything on the list and is the most thorough physician I have ever been to. He is prompt in calling in prescriptions, setting up screenings and other appointments. He is very knowledgable and precise in recommendations. His consultations are helpful and clear. I highly recommend him as one’s PCP.” – Steven, Google, 2017

“Understanding, open-minded and thorough. All around great doctor.” – Andrew, patient comment card, May 2015

“Dr. Kendell went out of his way to help my daughter. Thank you!” – Anonymous, patient comment card, April 2016

Selected Research
Doctor's Life Lesson: Don't Treat Patients as Diagnoses

Before medical school, Dr. Patrick Kendell planned on a career as a pediatric oncologist, helping children with cancer struggle toward a cure.

So he volunteered at Camp Hobe, a summer camp for children with cancer and their siblings. Seeing the sick kids, he remembers, was “a tough experience emotionally.”

There were children with leukemia, many of them Down syndrome because they are at higher risk for this type of cancer. Other children had undergone amputations, many had lost their hair from chemotherapy; still others were blind or had hearing loss. “I thought, if I can’t do a week of cancer camp, I can’t do pediatric oncology as a career,” he said.

Then, two months later, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. At that turning point, he gave himself a new treatment plan: He’d continue his education in medicine, and he’d remain at Camp Hobe working with children dealing with their own cancer.

Camp Hobe taught him a lesson that stays with him today as a family medicine doctor at Tanner Clinic: “Always treat people as people, not a diagnosis.”

Camp offers hope

Camp Hobe, based just south of Tooele, offers a day camp for children ages 3 to 5, a kids camp for ages 6 to 12 and a full-time teen camp.

“A lot of times,” said Dr. Kendell, “you’d think, ‘These are kids with cancer, you have to be gentle, you’ve got to be cautious.’” But he soon learned that’s the reaction these kids get all the time.

And all they really want, he said, is “a chance to be kids instead of patients.”
Dr. Kendell worked as a cabin and recreation counselor known to the kids as Nacho — no real names are allowed at the camp.
As a recreation counselor, he planned bounce house time, archery, crafts such as tie-dye shirts, geocaching, hiking, kick ball and other field games and target shooting with BB guns. After twilight, there were campfires and star shows. The final days ended with a carnival featuring a dunk tank and an evening dance.

Swimming lessons

For children who normally can’t go swimming because of implanted medical ports in their chests, the pool was irresistible. Medical staff on hand wrap up the port with bandages, he said. After swimming, the port is replaced to retain a clean environment.

In his seven years at the camp — he took a sabbatical for his residency in Idaho — he enjoyed friendships with children that were renewed summer after summer.

Dr. Kendell also volunteered for four years at Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City. There he tutored Spanish-speaking children who had come to the hospital from Latin America with bone deformities such as clubfoot and scoliosis.

Dr. Kendell, who started a family medicine practice at Tanner Clinic Layton in July 2014, hopes to renew his work at Camp Hobe.


In the Media

With his years of helping young cancer patients, Dr. Patrick Kendell speaks from the heart when discussing how to help children deal with cancer, as he did in an interview with the Standard Examiner newspaper. Click hear to read ‘Helping children understand and deal with cancer.’


Research into Uncommon Genetic Disorder

Dr. Patrick Kendell’s research has largely been into Prader-Willi syndrome, a congenital, genetic disorder.

He spent many years as a research project assistant working with pediatric geneticists at the University of Utah. He also produced two peer-reviewed articles for medical journals on the disorder, which results from the loss of gene function in a particular region of chromosome 15.

Patients with Prader-Willi syndrome are known for having insatiable appetites. “They never feel satisfied,” said Dr. Kendell. This leads to chronic overeating and obesity.

Characteristics include almond-shaped eyes, short stature and rapid weight gain.

These patients usually have learning disabilities, as well as poor growth, he said.

The syndrome occurs in an estimated 10,000 to 30,000 people worldwide.

— Tanner Clinic staff