Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

112 Patient Ratings
106 Patient Comments

Charles L. Saltzman, M.D.

Chair, Department of Orthopaedics

Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

112 Patient Ratings
106 Patient Comments



  • English

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 587-7109 University Orthopaedic Center
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108


Dr. Charles Saltzman is the Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah where he serves as the LS Peery Presidential Endowed Professor.

For over two decades, Dr. Saltzman has focused on improving physical function of patients with limited mobility. His primary interests include care of patients with ankle arthritis, sports injuries of the leg, ankle and foot, and those with tendon, ligament, cartilage or bone problems of their feet. He has helped develop new methods for treatment of ankle arthritis (ankle fusion & ankle replacement), midfoot arthritis, ankle/hindfoot arthroscopy and forefoot problems. He is a co-editor of the premier textbook in his field "Mann's Surgery of Foot and Ankle".

Dr Saltzman currently serves the field of Orthopaedics in the United States as a Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Past President of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and the Immediate Past Chairman of the Managerial Board of Foot and Ankle International, HIs international leadership positions include President of the International Federation of Foot and Ankle Societies and President of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Professor
Bioengineering - Adjunct Professor
Board Certification Federal Licensing Examination
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
My confidence in care provider
Time care provider spent with me
Care provider spoke using clear language
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
Wait time at clinic
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

August 24, 2015

I feel very confident in Dr. Saltzman's diagnosis and treatment plan. I feel that other options were considered carefully before ankle fusion. I feel that I was included and my concerns and questions were addressed professionally and in a manner I could understand. I would certainly recommend him to anyone in need.

August 01, 2015

all good

July 23, 2015

The doctor and his staff, talked in a language we could understand and was making sure I understood, very helpful,

July 18, 2015

Very good

July 12, 2015

Dr. Saltzman is professional and caring.

July 10, 2015

I have always been impressed by my care at the University, and this visit was no different.

July 02, 2015

Ya'll are the best...

July 01, 2015

He had a lot of other students in the room at the time and I felt that he was trying to teach them more than trying to help me understand the procedure. He was still understanding but I felt a lot of stuff relied on the students in the room. He's a very nice person though!

June 13, 2015

Dr. Saltzman and Dr. Barg both go out of their way to help me understand the problems and possible remedies. Both are generous with their time and careful in the explanations. Naomi, too, plays an important part in making sure I am clear on everything. Superb experts all.

May 25, 2015

Dr Saltzman is the man!

May 03, 2015

Dr. Saltzman and Naomi Laird are very professional, and excellent providers. I'm very thankful for their services.

March 27, 2015

Dr. Saltzman very attentive and good listerner

March 20, 2015

very impressed

March 09, 2015

Dr. Saltzman and his staff are always extremely professional and friendly.

March 05, 2015

Dr. Saltzman and his staff (Javon, Naomi, Piper) are always great to deal with.

February 28, 2015

Saltzman has great interpersonal skills. Problem solving was thorough and involved dialog with residents and associates. Good job!

February 23, 2015

I provided information (CT Scan). He read it, and advised of the way forward for injury treatment. Chatted for a couple of minutes. I was very satisfied with both the treatment and outcome. We agreed that patients not requiring surgery are the happiest patients. Thanks!

February 08, 2015

I was treated with the upmost respect. I was so nervous but everyone put me at ease. excellent facility and staff. Dr. Salzman is great.

January 25, 2015

He clearly knows his stuff and is bringing in a specialist in women's sports medicine to help ensure the right diagnosis.

January 25, 2015

Dr. Saltzman is always very honest and informative and shows a great deal of concern for his patients and their needs.

January 18, 2015

Drs. Barg, Saltzman and Wegner are fabulous. I have the upmost respect for them and confidence in them. They are clearly very caring about my situation and sensitive to my needs.

January 12, 2015

professional, personal, complete

December 31, 2014

Dr. Saltzman talked to my son and he undersood all of the technical things when I was last after "triple...."

December 30, 2014

I have always been very impressed with Dr. Saltzman and his associates.

December 28, 2014

My husband and I were very impressed with Dr. Saltzman. Not only would we recommend him to others, we will be happy to place my care in his hands.

November 13, 2014

really was the best care I have ever had and I have been through a lot of doctors and hospitals.

October 11, 2014

Dr Saltzman and his staff -- Naomi, Spence, Javon, etc -- are superb. Dr Saltzman, in particular, is amazing in his ability to explain what's going on in my ankle in a way that is clear and helpful. I can't say enough positive about my experience so far.

October 07, 2014

I don't know if there were just certain dynamics or things going on that added to my experience that I had the day I came in. I felt like Dr. Saltzman was very educated and knows his stuff, but wasn't very personable. I also felt like he wasn't really listening to the treatment/care I already had done on my foot. I feel like we did come to a consensus and a good plan of action was decided on. Although he wasn't very clear from his end of the plan after the MRI being done. I know a lot will be determined based off of that exam, but I didn't feel like he answered my questions about what to do until I do come back in (any precautions/etc).

October 06, 2014


October 01, 2014

I have not received a call from the office concerning my MRI to schedule the surgery. I do not know what procedure will be performed so therefore I cannot make any decisions on my treatment. Dr Saltzman was very thorough about what he may be able to do for my ankle.

August 04, 2014

I really appreciated being able to talk to Dr. Saltzman on the phone after he was able to see the MRI and x-rays and tell me what he will be able to do for me.

August 04, 2014

Dr. Saltzman has been great on both of the occasions which I have met with him. It was due to my own nervousness about being late to my next appointment that I failed to ask all that I should have.

June 14, 2014

I don't feel that all of my concerns were addressed but I also know that he needed more imaging. however he was one of the most open, honest, straightforward docs, I've encountered in a long time and I appreciate that. I also feel that I will be included in making decisions that will affect me the rest of my life. he was friendly and fairly good about explaining options in terms I could understand. I have confidence in my doc.

April 28, 2014

Dr Saltzman was very professional and informative with my situation about my lower leg/ankle.

April 03, 2014

Great doctor. Good rapport with my teenage daughter.

April 02, 2014

Good results and most friendly group I was with. this was a 17month check up on an ankle replacement

February 18, 2014

I enjoyed Dr. Saltzman but he had another doc in there with him and I felt he was speaking more to the doc than me when my xrays came up on the screen.

February 09, 2014


February 05, 2014

I left without really knowing what comes next. I still have questions regarding my situation.

January 25, 2014

I love Dr.Saltzman. He wants to figure out/fix my problem with my ankle and he is willing to do everything until we do. He's a great guy and I would recommend him to anybody!

January 25, 2014

Dr Saltzman is wonderful

January 24, 2014

It took two months to get an appointment and by that time the extreme pain I had in the foot had gotten better. I still have pain when I walk too much but guess this is something that I will just have to live with. No treatment was advised for me.

January 13, 2014

I was so very lucky to have two wonderful Doctors. Dr.Brooke and wonderful Dr. Saltzman who I feel saved my life, he will always have a place in my heart.

December 16, 2013

I appreciated the kindness of Dr. Saltzman and Dr.Haller.

December 14, 2013

Dr. Saltzman gave me verbal instructions for after my surgery which included removing the bandaging and messaging the foot. The written instructions I was given buy the surgical staff was completely different, including keep the bandaging and shoe on my foot and no weight on my foot until my 6 week appointment with Dr. Saltzman - and, since it was my right foot, I wasn't to drive for 3 months. I called the resident on call to clarify and he confirmed the written instructions. At my 2 week appointment with Naomi, I found out there were no restrictions on my driving, and trying to put weight on it. At my 6 week appointment, Dr. Salzman was disappointed with my range of motion and I found out I should have been messaging my foot and bending it. Of course, this is what he told me prior to the surgery, but the written instructions told me the complete opposite.

December 04, 2013

Several things struck me positively about Dr. Saltzman. One, he was clear and concise. Two, he was not trying to push ankle surgery on my. To the contrary, he made it clear that he thought I should wait until I felt I needed the surgery. In the meantime, he offered options to minimize pain. Third, he not only included me in the discussion, he also spent time making sure to answer any questions my wife, who accompanied me, had. I could not have been happier with my consultation with Dr. Saltzman.

November 11, 2013

There was one time I should have asked him more about what he meant but I didn't give it enough thought until after. I will do more asking at my next appointment.

November 05, 2013

Very pleased.

November 02, 2013

Actually, I have never been in a medical situation where I had more confidence in a Dr. and his staff.

October 14, 2013

Dr. Saltzman, as always, was excellent. His concern for excessive swelling in my surgically-repaired leg led to the diagnosis of a DVT and rapid initiation of therapy.

September 08, 2013

I had waited 2 years for an ankle replacement. The experience was nothing but great all through the process. From Lindsay setting up surgery and appointment, to Drs visits, to post surgery in the hospital it was all very positive. I have a great deal of confidence my results will be great!

August 19, 2013

The follow up care was confusing; I think I just have a rather depressing situation.

August 19, 2013

I would rank this care provider top in his class.

July 15, 2013

Everyone of the team worked well together..Great Job.

June 05, 2013

Ankle replacement very good. Sorry I have to have metal removed at a later date. But understand it will help me.

May 30, 2013

What an excellent and enhusiastic doctor!

May 13, 2013

I really appreciate the time that Dr. Saltzman took to tell me about the procedure and the risks involved. In addition to explaining the risks, he explained what procedures would be necessary if things "went wrong". I appreciated his concern for myself and I also appreciated the concern taken by the resident.

May 06, 2013

The doctor, the PA and the woman he had come in too were all great. Very nice and easy to talk to.

May 06, 2013

I feel that Dr Saltzman has lost interest in my problem. He spoke more to the resident following him around than he did to me. While I have confidence in his ability as a doctor, I am very dissatisfied with the way I have been left out of the loop.

April 22, 2013

Dr. Saltzman and his PA (I can't remember her name) were both very friendly and professional. They gave me the information I needed and we proceeded from there.

April 22, 2013

I had surgery 6 weeks prior to visit and still am not sure of the extent of work that was done. Dr. was in the room approx 5 minutes.

April 15, 2013

I came to see Dr. Saltzman because I was hoping to have a total ankle replacement. I had thought that if I was not a candidate for replacement but could only have an ankle fusion, I would have it done locally(we live in Wyoming). After consulting with Dr. Saltzman, my chances for a replacement are slim, yet I have such confidence in the doctor that I will be having the fusion done by him.

April 08, 2013


March 18, 2013

Perhaps a fuller picture of post op care could have been offered. the packet of information sent by mail however explained things well.

March 11, 2013

Dr. Saltzman is the BEST!!

March 03, 2013

My ankle still hurts my knee still hurst

February 18, 2013

wish that the communocation between the PA and MD was more efficient that my wait time could have been shortened. dr saltzman showed genuine concern and care about my feeling which meant alot to me.

February 12, 2013

Saltzman. On a 1 to 10 scale, he's 15.

February 04, 2013


January 28, 2013

Dr. Saltzman and Naomi are the best! I have already been recommending them to people. I am very pleased with the outcome of my foot surgery. THANK YOU!

January 28, 2013

Dr. Saltzman is superb. He somehow despite his many patients, students, responsibilities, brings warmth and friendship to his patients, a sense that if they are happy, he is happy.

January 24, 2013

Dr. Saltzman, as always is an excellent clinician and teacher. I always refer anyone who asks me (I am a physician) about serious foot/ankle problems or for a second opinion to him.

December 24, 2012

Dr. Salzman is "off the charts," absolutely goes above and beyond to inform, care and assist, awesome!

December 19, 2012

Information about returning to work was very confusing. I thought I'd be going back Monday, after surgery realized I would not be working for 2 weeks.

December 10, 2012

We have been dealing with an infection after surgery, and the care I received has been excellent. I always appreciate the doctors' opinions about the progress made each time I visit.

November 19, 2012

Really enjoyed the teaching experience with the fellows; it gave me an opportunity to understand exaactly what was going on with my feet

November 14, 2012

Dr. Saltzman is very good at making me understand the complexity of my condition, and willing to consider options other might not. I am very grateful for that.

October 29, 2012

You come to the University Orthopedic Center to receive the best possible care.

October 23, 2012

Very good.

October 15, 2012

dr saltzman listened to my questions and spent time with me.

October 15, 2012

Doctor was caring and concerned.

October 15, 2012

Dr. Saltzman always explains things in a manner which I can understand and remember. He is very personable and I would highly recommend him.

October 08, 2012

I was not sure if Dr. Saltzman would see me due to a negative experience with a colleague. However, this contact was positive.

September 09, 2012

Good experience

September 07, 2012

Dr Saltzman was very friendly and explained what the exrays showed and what was wrong with my ankle, in a way that I understood. I was very pleased with the kindness and concern the Dr. showed.

September 03, 2012

I could not have asked for a more thorough and caring experience at the clinic. Everyone was great!

September 03, 2012

I am frustrated with the way the doctor doesn't talk to me...his excuse is "this is a teaching institution." So I ask: without patients what are you going to teach your students? The PA does quite a bit better but is often so rushed I feel like I'm limited on the amount of time I can take. I have great confidence in the drs abilities but very frustrated with his attitude toward patients.

August 20, 2012

I'm very confident in Dr. Saltzman's ability to get me through this problem.

August 07, 2012

Dr. Saltzman is great!

August 06, 2012

I wish there was some award I could nominate Dr. Saltzman for that he has not already received! He is an excellent physician and teacher. I have referred anyone who asks me for a referral for foot/ankle pathology to Dr. Saltzman/University of Utah and that the trip is worth it. Dr. Saltzman is a brilliant, conservative orthopedic surgeon with cutting edge clinical skills coupled with the rare talent of also being an excellent teacher and role model for medical students, residents and fellows.

June 29, 2012

Dr Saltzman was very kind and caring. I am impressed with his compassion and understanding concerning my issues. Although, what he told me was not what I wanted to hear, I felt he was very warm and compassionate. I really appreciate Dr Saltzman and his professionalism. Thank you.

June 29, 2012

I was very glad that scientific findings influence the decision-making of my physician. He provided a copy of a recent RCT (in which he was lead author) and based his recommendation and discussion on its findings, which suggested that surgery might not necessarily be better than no surgery. This increased my confidence in his judgment and practice.

June 14, 2012

Very good experience

June 11, 2012

Dr. Saltzman is amazing. I've never been treated so well. The staff, including medical assistants, does not speak down to people, or use a lot of industry jargin that makes people feel uncomfortable. They truly understand how to treat people with courtesy, dignity, and respect.

June 05, 2012

I'm so grateful to have Dr. Saltman taking care of me.

June 04, 2012

Great skills could be friendlier

April 28, 2012

Overall I had an amazing experience at the clinic. I felt very taken care of and that there was thought and consideration to my injury.

April 26, 2012

I think Dr Saltzman is the best!! He takes the time needed to explain things so I can understand and answers any questions I might have. He let's me know he is availabe any time I have a concern which make me feel better because I know how very busy he is. Very sweet man!!!

April 06, 2012


March 08, 2012

thorough , greast overveiw

February 16, 2012

I was very glad I came to Utah for this concern.

February 16, 2012

Excellent appointment

February 16, 2012

As mentioned before, after the long wait, doctor spent less than 5 minutes with me. My sense is that he was too busy to spend any time discussing my concerns.

January 12, 2012

The amount of time spent with the doctor and the PA were close to equal, with a bit more time spent with the PA. The PA seemed would score "Good" or "Very Good" for the questions on this page while the doctor would score "Fair" to "Very Good"

January 12, 2012

Doctor Saltzman and his assistants were great; very thorough; very thoughtful; very insightful, and helpful.

January 05, 2012

Dr Saltzman took the time to explain everything to me as we were going along in the appointment and made sure I understood what he was explaining. He was very thorough and did not seem rushed even though he had a full clinic which I appreciated.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics of ankle replacement
  • Management of ankle arthritis
  • Neuroarthropathy

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Professor
Bioengineering - Adjunct Professor
Board Certification Federal Licensing Examination
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 587-5404 University Orthopaedic Center
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Charles L. Saltzman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah, where he holds the LS Peery Presidential Endowed Chair and an adjunct Professorship in the Department of Bioengineering. He attended Brown University, and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He completed his Orthopaedic Residency at the University of Michigan and a Foot and Ankle Fellowship under the guidance of Dr. Kenneth A. Johnson at the Mayo Clinic. He worked at the University of Iowa for 14 years eventually achieving the rank of Professor in three departments: Orthopaedics, Physical Therapy and Bioengineering. In 2005 he joined the orthopaedic faculty at Utah as the Professor and Chair, with an adjunct appointment in Bioengineering.

Dr. Saltzman has authored over 170 peer reviewed publications, 38 book chapters, and is co-editor of the textbook "Mann's Surgery of the Foot and Ankle". Dr. Saltzman currently serves as a Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, President of the International Federation of Foot and Ankle Societies, and President of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. He is a Past President of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, Immediate Past Chairman of the Managerial Board for Foot and Ankle International, and an Honorary Member of the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.

His current reserach interests are developing improved metheds for patient reported outcomes assessment, developing risk models for predicting outcomes of orthoapedic care, treatment of ankle arthritis, forefoot disorders, and improvement of mobility of amputees.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Mayo Clinic
Orthopedic Surgery
Residency University of Michigan
Orthopedic Surgery
Internship University of Michigan
Professional Medical University of North Carolina
Undergraduate Brown University
Premedical Sciences
Pre Med


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