Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

312 Patient Ratings
201 Patient Comments

Florian Nickisch, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

312 Patient Ratings
201 Patient Comments



  • English
  • French
  • German

Clinical Details

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


Dr. Florian Nickisch, Associate Professor specializes in the care of the foot and ankle and traumatic injuries to the lower extremity. Dr. Nickisch’s clinical interests include acute and subacute traumatic injuries to the foot and ankle (Achilles Tendon ruptures, calcaneus fractures, talus fractures midfoot fractures and fracture dislocations), reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle, and sports injuries of the foot and ankle. Dr. Nickisch received his medical degree at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich Germany. Dr. Nickisch completed his orthopaedic residency at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed fellowships in Orthopaedic Trauma at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgery at the OL Miller Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition he was a visiting fellow at the Sigvart T. Hansen Foot & Ankle Institute at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. His research interests include the anatomy of complex foot and ankle deformities, post-traumatic arthritis of the foot and ankle and surgical outcomes research.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Associate Professor
Board Certification 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.

January 22, 2015

very impressed with Lindsey on scheduling and explaining the procedure for surgery!

January 20, 2015

Dr. Nickish is great.

January 14, 2015

Dr. Nickisch has been great, and especially accessible beyond our visits via email, which I really appreciate.

January 12, 2015

Best visit ever

January 09, 2015

would not hesitate recommending Dr. Nickisch to anyone

January 07, 2015

Dr. Nickisch took time to be sure I knew my status. In addition I had another problem come up w my shoulder that was the result of NWB. he listened and made a recommendation for coordinating recovery from foot surgery and for treating my shoulder. He cares about all of me. Not just "his part.".

December 30, 2014

Excellent experience w/dr. nickish & his resident (?). Very good information provided to me in a way I could understand. Helped me understand consequences of alternate procedures.

December 24, 2014

Dr Nickisch took the time to answer several questions I had. we discussed medications bred fined by my GP to make sure I was taking the right dosage for my pain. The surgical fellow (sorry I don't remember his name!) helped prompt me to discuss issues with Dr Nickisch that came up in our initial discussion, and also made a suggestion about making my scheded surgery more efficient.

December 11, 2014

Dr Nickish has an excellent manner and is clear in his instructions. He doesn't seem hurried. he is very pleasant and I enjoyed my interaction with him

December 11, 2014

this appointment was for a better explanation of treatment than a podiatrist gave me. I was heard and given great info.

December 08, 2014

the Doctor was very busy but with the time he had to work with he was more than gracious

December 08, 2014

He didn't spend a lot of time with me but I think he could tell I was in a hurry as I had an apt with my boss, and needed to get back to work.

December 04, 2014

Dr. Nickisch was wonderful. I'm grateful that our paths crossed at this time. He couldn't have taken any better care of me. I will recommend him without reservation.

November 30, 2014

Good experience.

November 22, 2014

My husband's company is changing insurance and we are willing to pay additional premiums for the next 12 months so we can continue seeing Dr. Nickisch. I think that says a lot about our confidence in him.

November 17, 2014

Dr. Nickisch is a great physician and surgeon. My concerns and needs are always a part of his evaluation and treatment.

November 17, 2014

I absolutely trust Dr. Nickish, and have recommended him to others.

November 11, 2014

my questions NEVER go unanswered. I trust Dr. Nickisch with whatever recommended plan of treatment he chooses.

November 02, 2014

Very pleased with my experience.

October 30, 2014

I have recommended him to a few people already

October 25, 2014

I had an excellent experience.

October 13, 2014

see comment on prior page. Was given no direction on scheduling w/a physical therapist. The doctor explained cause for my help pain but I still don't understand why the ball of the foot is sore.

October 11, 2014

top notch

October 10, 2014

Great in every way.

September 29, 2014

I actually spent more time with the resident working with Dr. N. I like them both.

September 29, 2014

Complete trust in him particularly his knowledgeable assessment of my problem, course of treatment and skill as a surgeon. Having a great personality was a bonus. His comments were honest and direct. He spent a lot of time with me and he never seemed rushed. He was truly amazing!

September 25, 2014

Great experience

September 23, 2014

good experience

September 22, 2014

Dr. Nickisch has been excellent in every way...helpful, competent, thorough, interested, compassionate, going the extra mile to assist in my recovery of a comprehensive surgery.

September 13, 2014

Dr. Nickash was good and communicating but this was a first appointment and I am coming back for an MRI so questions 5 and 6 are really "NA".

September 11, 2014

Just left feeling absolutely hopeless about situation,supposed to come back in 3 months when problem has had 3 months to progress but I have no idea why. Felt like I wasted my time and the providers.

September 07, 2014

Excellent experience

September 03, 2014

Dr. Nickish is wonderful! My foot operation was extremely successful in my opinion. No pain and no problems at all. It's fantastic to finally be without pain in my foot

August 21, 2014

At 58, I was hoping for an outcome post-surgery that would allow me another, at least, five years of figure skating actively as a master's level competitor and enthusiast. My injury has healed so spectacularly that I may be adding, well, several more years to my conservative estimate. Thank you, thank you, Dr. Nickisch for your expertise and your care.

August 21, 2014

I have been recommending people. The surgery went wonderfully. I was not sick upon waking up from being put out like I have been sometimes. My foot never had any pain, and it healed well.

August 10, 2014

Dr Nickish is a great Dr and he is kind and honest. he dosent make small talk but is gentle and has great compassion. I have been so nervous and he has been very reassuring!

August 09, 2014

One comment really concerned me

August 07, 2014

The doctor and staff NEVER rush you or make you feel like you are a number. REAL time is spent with me and I appreciate that.

August 07, 2014

Dr. Nickish is fantastic. I never have to wait to see him

August 05, 2014

all in all i was treated very well and everything was explained to me in a proffesional manner.

July 29, 2014

Dr. Nickisch did an excellent job of explaining my problem and options. He was personable and showed great expertise.

July 21, 2014

Felt like there wasn't much of a plan for conservative management other than get imaging

July 21, 2014

I am very frustrated w my ankle. I was not at my best for explaining my needs. Dr. Nickisch was patient and believed he understood what I wanted.

June 21, 2014

I had a good experience. Thank you.

June 12, 2014

Really like Dr. N. Explained things well and had a real concern about my ankle.

June 11, 2014

Dr. Nickesh is very great he has made it possible for me to walk on my foot. I really appreciate his talent and skill to help reconstruct both my husband and my feet.

June 05, 2014

Very pleased with the knowledge, thoroughness, & patience of Dr Nickisch.

May 22, 2014

Dr. Nickisch never seems rushed. He answers all our questions. When he doesn't know he gives us the information he has and describes the uncertainty of it.

May 10, 2014

felt like doctor didn't care much about me as a patient. concerns were correct when the doctor didn't come out following surgery, nor did he call me to answer any questions after. very disappointed, I wish I had picked another facility for my surgery. will not recommend.

May 08, 2014

Always very good.

May 06, 2014

Thank you for working with me on this unknown discovery into the world of plantar plate repair...I am very hopeful...together...and that "together" makes a big, big difference!

April 29, 2014

Sometimes I feel like my concerns about my case a viewed as emotional and are brushed aside because that wasn't part of the surgery. Mostly as time progressed.

April 25, 2014

I came in. with the intention of finding out why my ankle continues to hurt daily the Dr did x Ray and basically made me feel as if I made this up The pain still r persist and need to be seen again hopefully with more answers

April 19, 2014


April 10, 2014

I have complete confidence in Dr. Nickish. He consistently displays concern as to my well-being.

April 10, 2014

Dr Nickisch was very professional, friendly, and addressed my problems.

April 09, 2014

Dr. Nickisch seems to communicate efficiently - I don't feel like he explains things in much detail, but when I ask follow up questions the answer is generally exactly what I thought based on what he already said. He is very respectful of our questions and willing to take whatever time necessary to address them.

April 05, 2014

A ++++++++++++++++ All around for this medical episode in my life, thank you all.

March 29, 2014

I have been very pleased with Dr Nickish from the operation through all the following checkups. I would certainly recommend him and look forward to him doing my other foot in nine months or so.

March 27, 2014

it became clear on this last visit the Dr. Nickisch made no attempt to remember my specific patient needs. I am a dance major, so ankle mobility and optimum healing are a top priority. He did not go over options with me. He left treatment options up to me not because he thought I was competent (his mannerisms and speech connotations suggested otherwise) but because he didn't care to make the effort. I left the appointment frustrated and wishing I'd selected a doctor who actually cared about his patients.

March 18, 2014

More information will be given after the MRI/results

March 18, 2014

very good and productive appointment ..

March 11, 2014

dr Nickish is wonderful

March 06, 2014

THANK YOU for all your interest & kind help !!!!!!!!!

March 04, 2014


March 04, 2014

Everyone was GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 26, 2014

very good experience

February 20, 2014

The prescription for therapy and whatever else was not brought into the room before we left. We didn't remember to ask for it.

February 18, 2014

Dr. Nickish spent significant amount of time and concern for issues. He's always careful to repeat certain instructions or details to ensure complete understanding of treatment.

February 12, 2014

Dr. Nickisch and his staff were professional and thorough, as previous patients reported, but also personable, that is, "person-able": I felt seen, heard, respected, and cared for by a team for whom I was not just another case history, but an individual finding herself in an unexpected situation, apprehensive and yes, a bit frightened. Impressive and comforting experience.

February 11, 2014

Only issue I had with my visit was that I had to drive 2 hours total for a visit in which I spent 5 minutes approx. with the provider. I would have rather made different plans like having my regular provider seeing me at Stansbury for a followup visit rather than driving to SLC. Please consider this next time and I will also be more proactive in getting the appointment as I described above.

February 05, 2014

Very impressed with Dr. Nickish, very nice and good about explaining how things are progressing.

February 03, 2014


January 23, 2014

Dr. Nickish is awesome

January 22, 2014

Dr. Nickisch was amazing. I was really impressed in his bedside manner and I would recommend him to anyone. I felt completely comfortable with him from the time he walked in the room.

January 22, 2014

Dr. Nickisch is a super doctor and very helpful in my recovery. I would recommend and have recommended him many times. thank you doc.

January 16, 2014

Dr Nickisch is great

January 13, 2014

wonderful care

January 09, 2014


January 07, 2014

he's a really good Dr. I would send family to him

January 07, 2014

Dr. Nickish is very thorough and always professional. Appears to have done thorough research on my case prior to each visit.

December 26, 2013

Dr. Nikisch has been caring concerned and conservative. I have been grateful for his willingness to take the time to wait to close my case.

December 20, 2013


December 18, 2013

My neighbor switched doctors to Dr. Nickisch to have his follow-up surgery on his damaged ankle from a car accident. His experience has been very similar to mine--more than outstanding, very personal, very professional, very compassionate, and very successful. Similar surgery is scheduled for my right foot, and I am very confident, and I feel very peaceful about the long term prognosis of my feet and my quality of life. I am truly grateful for the care I am receiving from Dr. Nickisch and the great staff that surrounds him at the Orthopaedic Center.

December 14, 2013

I thought the waiting time was very long. I think that somebody could have come back to me and tell me that the Dr. was busy and that he would see me when he could. I think that customer service skills could be better.

December 02, 2013

Very positive experience

November 28, 2013

great experience overall

November 12, 2013

Dr Nickisch seemed hurried and even pained while answering my questions. After I left I regretted that I left without having asked all of my questions, or even getting satisfactory answers to the questions I did pose.

November 11, 2013

great physician, very competent and caring

October 28, 2013

I have already recommended Dr. Nichish already

October 24, 2013

I have had two major surgeries with Dr Nickish. The facility is so much nicer and run than a regular hospital. When you receive the care and they know how to care for , as they know what to expect us to feel and the care after surgery and follow up for me was A+. I have not had many Dr that really took that good of care of me before. I have had 7 surgeries on my foot.

October 21, 2013

Thank You for making sure I will heal well. Thank You for your care & kindness !!!!

October 16, 2013

Very informative. He was able to explain what was going on and how it could affect my daily life. He was helpful in determining what steps to take in recovery.

October 11, 2013

Dr. Nickisch did an excellent job restoring both sides of my ankle to normal. He's also personable and caring.

October 11, 2013

I recommend Dr. Nickisch to all my friends and family.

October 11, 2013

I had an ankle surgery a year ago and I have some ongoing pain. Dr. Nickisch explained very well and in detail. This was not totally unexpected but still it's been difficult. I understand what is going on and it helps a great deal. Excellent Doctor and I would recommend him very highly.

September 23, 2013


September 19, 2013

Dr. Nickisch was very polite and explained everything to me. There was no way that I could contribute to my care except to understand what he said and to follow it.

September 19, 2013

It goes so far beyond simple confidence in my Doctor. Almost 3 months to the day from my surgery, I'm walking normally, and without pain in my left foot. I had been in increasing pain for more than six years, and my feet reached the point of taking me out of even the most simple activities that I so enjoyed doing with my family. I can't more clearly and sincerely thank my Doctor and his Staff for restoring my quality of life. I know that surgery awaits my right foot, and now I have no fear. I know your healing hands, and the amazing care provided by your Staff will make me forever grateful.

September 10, 2013

Dr. Nickisch is friendly and gives good, thoughtful assesments of my problems and the possibility of remediation. Although I selected him as my doctor simply on the basis of when he (as compared to others in the department) was available to see me and operate, I would unreservedly recommend him to friends with similar ortho problems.

September 03, 2013

I have already recommended this care provider to friends because I had such a pleasant experience.

August 21, 2013

I am truly grateful. Nobody wants to hurt, or be hurt. The quality of care I am receiving has given me so much hope for a better quality of life in my future. My recovery so far has been right spot on to the details and expectations of this great Doctor. Dr. Nickisch is a skilled and gifted healer for patients whose lives may have been forever changed by disease or injury like myself, and his mark in our lives and by his hands will always have a place in my prayers.

August 15, 2013

Positive all around

August 14, 2013

I appreciated Nikisch including his resident (Dr Holt) in the process. Very good!

August 07, 2013

I've had several surgeries for the same problem, and I still didn't get any type of answer. I realize I'm trickly. I feel that if he didn't have the answer he might have sent me a referral to another doctor for the unknown tumors and cysts that keep coming back in my foot and ankle. Maybe an onocologist?

August 05, 2013

Nickisch was great to talk to and seemed very qualified and confident

July 22, 2013

I was a little disconcerted when dr. said the peroneal tendons were pretty well destroyed and I mentioned that was what he had operated on last summer. He said, no he had done ligaments. Thought I was confused but verified with staff that the peroneal tendons had been worked on. I figure they were probably too damaged so the surgery hadn't stopped their deterioration. Not dr. fault but would have preferred he double checked when I noted that I thought he had operated on them. The rest of our conversation would have been more productive and informative if we had been on the same page.

July 01, 2013

Dr. Nickisch is a good man, a great doctor, and a respected leader among his staff who work in support of him, and others who professionally work with him, and those who study under his mentoring hand. Worried as I've been about this surgery, I trust him, and once recovered, I will be grateful and prepared for him to perform similar surgery on my other foot.

June 28, 2013

My fracture is moderately severe and with my underlying medical characteristics this doctor was one of only two who could start to resolve my injury in a timely manner. I am very grateful for the skills they have acquired to help me.

June 19, 2013

Very good experience

May 31, 2013

Thorough, attentive, and made me feel very comfortable about the procedure, days before and just prior to the surgery. Couldn't ask for a better experience.

May 28, 2013

the Dr. himself was great, the support team was not, talked about persoan things in hallway loudly and could hear it all. too laid back and unprofessional

May 21, 2013

I like Dr. Nickish, but I am experiencing a great deal of pain. He talked to me for >5 minutes and then referred me to another specialist. I did not get any treatment or help. I would like to have some options.

May 17, 2013

I was extremely impressed with the doctor.

May 01, 2013

one of the best doc's I have had

April 25, 2013

I left the office to go get blood work done to see if there were some other conditions that may be causing my pain. That was 2-1/2 weeks ago. I've tried twice to request a follow-up and have not received any response. Good thing my PCP gave me the results of my bloodwork, or I'd still be wondering if I have a serious medical condition. I still do not know what the plan is to treat my injury/mysterious pain.

April 23, 2013

The doc and the resident were excellent!

April 23, 2013

Dr. Nikish was very caring and concerned.

April 17, 2013

Have always been treated very well.

April 12, 2013

Dr. Nickish never seems in a rush to have us gone, and takes time to answer all our questions, even when we call back with more.

April 09, 2013

Dr. Nickisch is always very helpful and understanding. he has done a wonderful job repairing my foot. He has changed my future. I trust his opinion.

April 07, 2013

Everything was very good. I felt more explanation could be given on what will happen following surgery as part of the recovery process, but I assume this will come later.

April 05, 2013

Dr. Nickisch is the man. He really knows what he's talking about, and he's super polite.

April 03, 2013

made our decision very easy to have dr nickisch do my surgery

March 22, 2013

After a 45 minute wait, the doctor spent less than 5 minutes with me.

March 12, 2013


March 05, 2013

Love Dr. Nickish. He is always so nice and shows concern. He listens to my concerns and suggestions on what I can do to help myself.

March 05, 2013

Dr. Nickisch is a fantastic md I really appreciate him and the skill he has. I hope you can know how fantastic he is.

March 01, 2013

Dr Nickish seems very concerned and not rushed with his visits. Seems to care about the patient more than others I have seen.

February 15, 2013

Dr. Nickisch and his staff are wonderful. He always takes the time to ask if I have any questions or concerns and has always give me an answer. This last time he took the time to explain to me exactly what he did when he operated on my ankle and I really appreciated it.

February 08, 2013

I have complete confidence in Dr. Nickisch and his staff and would like them to know that. Thank you.

January 22, 2013

I love this doctor. He described each step we would take to fix my injury, if the least-intrusive first step failed.. He's receptive, concerned, a good listener. I'm worried that we're moving toward worst-case scenario, but I trust him to help me through it.

January 20, 2013

Dr Nickish is top notch and has a great team.

January 18, 2013

Everyone did an excellent job

January 16, 2013

I had a little confusion about when I was supposed to return

January 01, 2013

How lucky was I to accidentally find such an excellent doc at such an improbable time of year? I intended to replace that provider later if necessary. But no, I'll be keeping him.

December 26, 2012

Dr.Nickish is always friendly, kind and thorough in giving attention and care to me as a patient.He answers all questions carefully and completely and is never dismissive. I like that he gives good explanations and uses the x-rays and anything else he needs to demonstrate the answers to my questions and concerns. He is also very sympathetic and encouraging in moving me forward in my recovery. I would definitely recommend Dr. Nickish to anyone needing orthopedic care. I have seen many doctors concerning my ankle since my initial injury in 1996 and have had several surgeries on it as well, and Dr. Nickish has by far, been the best!

December 21, 2012

I cannot speak highly enough of my experience. All involded were quick, friendly, and accomdating. I feel like I recieved great care.

December 14, 2012

Everyone on the staff, medical & office are wonderful. Having surgery, the pain and just going through it all is difficult and the staff there really helps make it easier to deal with. Dr. Florian Nickisch is absolutely wonderful and really put me at ease with the surgery and what to expect. I would highly recommend his services.

December 13, 2012

I just like the atmoshere of the office and the relationship of each other as well as the patients they are seeing throughout the time of my being there. More relaxed than other offices I've been in. Even I hear and can see just how busy they all are. They are all respectful to each other as well.

December 12, 2012

I appreciated the Dr. recognizing the emotional impact of the ankle surgery on me now and in what I want to enjoy in life coming up. He gave me a sense of hope even though my ankle's recovery process has been unexpectantly slow and long.

December 10, 2012

I had an excellent experience!

December 07, 2012

They give me great confidence in the treatment being used for my case

December 05, 2012

I was unclear about what my limitations continued to be now that I was out of the cast and into a boot. I knew I was to have PT, but I'm still not clear on what my limitations continue to be and for how long.

December 05, 2012

The work done is excellent. The time it takes is unreasonable.

December 03, 2012

it was a very good experience

November 30, 2012

Each step in the process was excellent and all staff members were very attentive to my concerns and their work.

November 20, 2012

Dr Nickish is FABULOUS!!

November 20, 2012

Dr. Nickisch has always been very caring and helpful. I appreciate all he has done to try and fix my ankle problems. I would and have recommended him and his practice. He is very professional and has a great bedside manner and personality. He is great and his staff is very good also.

November 12, 2012

Dr nickisch is a great surgeon. I have recommended him to several people. he cares about helping you with your concerns.

November 12, 2012

Once again very pleased with the staff and the Doctors care plan,

November 06, 2012

Dr. Nickish was great. He provided me with good information and I felt like I had his full attention, and that he was not rushing to get to his next patient.

November 04, 2012


October 23, 2012

wish I could see him for my knee too. he is great

October 12, 2012

Dr. Nickisch and JaNae are wonderful and I would highly recommend them to anyone I know who might need something done with their feet.

October 06, 2012

Dr.Nickish was awesome in his listening to me, and with a total game plan.

September 27, 2012

Very professional. Surgery outcome was excellent. One of the best doctors I have gone to as he was always attentive to my concerns. Questions were answered so they were easily understood and I felt comfortable at all times. Interns were introduced and information regarding my condition was shared with them. I was included in this process.

September 25, 2012

Overall, an excellent experience

September 24, 2012


September 11, 2012

I didn't feel that Dr Nickisch really cared about me and I feel like I have more problems than before the surgery.

September 05, 2012

Dr Nickisch is patient, professional, and took care to educate my husband and me about the procedure and options and address any concerns.

September 04, 2012

I would highly recommend Dr. Nickisch and the staff. Dr. Nickisch was very detailed in his explanations of what is going on in my ankle.

August 31, 2012

I would not only recommend Dr. Nickisch, I would seek out his opinion and possible use this facility when and if I need my knee replaced.

August 31, 2012

Thank You for listening to my concerns .... And calling me at home !!!!!

August 23, 2012

It seemed rushed. I would have liked to discuss options more. I didn't feel like he really was looking at my symtoms as an individual.

August 17, 2012

Dr. Nickerish, his PA and all the assistants who helped make splints, fit appliances/braces were all so kind and helpful as they cared for my son. I appreciate their compassion as much as their professional skills. Thanks for making a tough situation easier!

August 09, 2012

appreciate the thoughtful approach to all possibilities for surgery and other procedures

August 03, 2012

I would recommend Dr. Nickisch for his skill and clear communication, but will warn them about the long wait.

August 03, 2012

Dr. Nickisch has been wonderful through this whole experience. He always explains the process and makes sure our concerns and questions have been addressed.

July 25, 2012

My wife really liked how he was concerned to find out what he could do to help me with the problem I was having.

July 24, 2012

I had a good experience.

July 18, 2012

He is the BEST Doctor ever !!!!!

July 11, 2012

Dr. Nickisch is brilliant. I feel fortunate he was my surgeon, you are lucky to have a doctor of this quality on your staff.

July 06, 2012

Dr. Nickisch is the best. I am very glad I came to him to have my surgery.

July 06, 2012

Dr nickisch is a great doctor and great man ,

July 03, 2012

Dr Nickisch is the best, always answere all questions and helps with any concerns.

June 16, 2012

Dr. Nickish is one of the best doctors we have ever dealt with. I like him more and more every visit. I have a lot of confidence in him. He is very friendly and seem to care how India's foot (leg) is progressing.

June 08, 2012

I have already highly recommended you to others. We were very impressed with Dr Nickish. He is a fabulous surgeon and we received just the results were have been looking for

June 04, 2012

I have told a lot of folks about my positive experience with your clinic and group. Very Positive.

May 15, 2012

Keep on keeping on.

May 15, 2012

I would highly recommend dr. Nickisch to anyone

May 12, 2012

Dr. Nickish is really wonderful. He is so smart, kind, and really treats me like an individual human being with a life and feelings. I really appreciate all the thought and time he put into deciding how to help me best.

May 12, 2012

The doctors were very helpful, I would absolutely recommend them to anyone.

May 08, 2012

Dr. Nickish is the best. I would highly recommend him and have done so.

May 08, 2012

I had a good experience.

May 01, 2012

Dr Nickisch is awesome!

May 01, 2012


April 17, 2012


April 07, 2012

In comparison to others having similar surgeries performed in other areas, my outcome is much better overall

March 06, 2012

Always treated very well.

February 25, 2012

I am very glad that I got Dr. Nickish - I had no clue when I selected him - it was simply based (back in 12/09) on which foot surgeon had an available appt.

February 25, 2012

I have never felt a time pressure with Dr Nickish or others in his office. I feel sincere concern and know the doctor and his staff will take the needed time to answer my questions and insure that I am comfortable with the diagnosis and planned treatments.

February 14, 2012

Yes, he talked to me in words i could understand, yet he did not talk down to me. He treated me with respect.

February 14, 2012

The Dr. hardly spent any time with me. My problem is worse when I am walking and he never even bothered to watch me walk. I felt like there could have been more ways of treating the problem I cam in for then to "take an aspirin" when it hurts. It hurts whenever I walk. That is not a solution.

February 14, 2012

Time with Dr. Nickish was good, but felt somewhat rushed.

February 07, 2012

I was provided information about my condition that was somewhat stressful. I wish I had thought of the questions I had after leaving the office and been provided with a method to ask those questions at some later point following the appointment. I made no attempt to follow up with the office via telephone to try and speak with the care provider about my remaining questions, that may have been successful.

January 28, 2012


January 24, 2012

He recomended I get a MRI. I am waiting on that..... Nicish was very friendly and welcoming.

January 10, 2012

All my questions were answered politely, and they gave me a copy of the x-rays! Thanks!

January 07, 2012

I felt like Dr. Nikisch was very rushed at this appointment and left feeling like some of my questions weren't answered fully and not sure how I can get these questions answered.

January 07, 2012

Dr. Nikkisch has provided excellent care, and I appreciate it.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Ankle and Hindfoot Arthroscopy
  • Osteochondral Defects of the Talus (OCD)
  • Arthrodesis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Calcaneus Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Ankle Arthroplasty
  • Lisfranc Injury
  • Biomechanics of ankle replacement
  • Achilles Tendon
  • Hallux Valgus
  • Foot and Ankle Deformity Correction
  • Ankle Ligament Injuries
  • Talus Fracture

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Associate Professor
Board Certification American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 587-7445 University Orthopaedic Center
Foot & Ankle
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Nickisch received his medical degree at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich Germany. Dr. Nickisch completed his orthopaedic residency at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed fellowships in Orthopaedic Trauma at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgery at the OL Miller Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition he was a visiting fellow at the Sigvart T. Hansen Foot & Ankle Institute at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. His research interests include the anatomy of complex foot and ankle deformities, post-traumatic arthritis of the foot and ankle and surgical outcomes research.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship O.L. Miller Foot and Ankle Institute OrthoCarolina
Orthopedic Foot & Ankle
Fellowship Brown University School of Medicine
Orthopedic Trauma
Fellowship Sigvard T. Hansen Foot & Ankle Institute
Orthopedic Foot & Ankle
Visiting Fellow
Chief Resident Rhode Island Hospital
Orthopedic Surgery
Chief Resident
Residency Brown University School of Medicine
Orthopedic Surgery
Internship Brown University School of Medicine
General Surgery
Professional Medical Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet Muenchen


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Nickisch F, Barg A, Saltzman CL, Beals TC, Bonasia DE, Phisitkul P, Femino JE, Amendola A (08/08/2012). Posterior Ankle and Hindfoot Arthroscopy. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2(3), 1-14.
  2. Hung M, Nickisch F, Beals T, Greene T, Clegg D, Saltzman C (08/01/2012). A New Paradigm for Patient-reported outcomes assessment in Foot & Ankle research: computerized Adaptive Testing, Paper #: FAI-2012-005173. Foot Ankle Int, 33(August 201), 621-626.
  3. Nickisch F, Barg A, Saltzman CL, Beals TC, Bonasia DE, Phisitkul P, Femino JE, Amendola A (2012). Postoperative complications of posterior ankle and hindfoot arthroscopy. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 94(5), 439-46.
  4. Banerjee R, Chao J, Sadeghi C, Taylor R, Nickisch F (2011). Fractures of the calcaneal tuberosity treated with suture fixation through bone tunnels. J Orthop Trauma, 25(11), 685-90.
  5. Crim JR, Beals TC, Nickisch F, Schannen A, Saltzman CL (2011). Deltoid ligament abnormalities in chronic lateral ankle instability. Foot Ankle Int, 32(9), 873-8.
  6. Beals TC, Junko JT, Amendola A, Nickisch F, Saltzman CL (04/01/2011). A minimally invasive distraction technique for prone posterior ankle and subtalar arthroscopy. Foot Ankle Int, 4(April;31), 316-319.
  7. Nickisch F, Avilucea FR, Beals T, Saltzman C (2011). Open posterior approach for tibiotalar arthrodesis. Foot Ankle Clin, 16(1), 103-14.
  8. Ellington JK, Jones CP, Cohen BE, Davis WH, Nickisch F, Anderson RB (2010). Review of 107 hallux MTP joint arthrodesis using dome-shaped reamers and a stainless-steel dorsal plate. Foot Ankle Int, 31(5), 385-90.
  9. Beals TC, Crim J, Nickisch F (03/01/2010). Deltoid Ligament Injuries in Athletes: Techniques of Repair and Reconstruction. Oper Tech Sports Med, 18(1), 11-17.
  10. Kubiak EN, Nickisch F (2009). Posteromedial Approach for Talar Body Fractures: Avoiding the Medial Malleolar Osteotomy. Tech Foot Ankle Surg, 8(2), 65-69.
  11. Langer P, Nickisch, F, Spenciner D, Felming B, DiGiovanni C (2009). Effect of Simulated Lateral Process Talus "Fracture Excision" on its Ligamentous Attachments. Am J Orthop, 38(5), 222-226.
  12. Langer P, Nickisch F, Spenciner D, Fleming B, DiGiovanni CW (2007). In vitro evaluation of the effect lateral process talar excision on ankle and subtalar joint stability. Foot Ankle Int, 28(1), 78-83.
  13. Nickisch F, Anderson RB (2006). Post-calcaneus fracture reconstruction. Foot Ankle Clin, 11(1), 85-103, viii.


  1. Banerjee R, Saltzman C, Anderson RB, Nickisch F (2011). Management of calcaneal malunion. [Review]. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Journal, 19(1), 27-36.
  2. Beals TC, Nickisch F (2008). Charcot-Marie Tooth disease and the cavovarus foot. [Review]. Foot and Ankle Clinics, 13(2), 259-74.
  3. DiGiovanni CW, Patel A, Calfee R, Nickisch F (2007). Osteonecrosis in the foot. [Review]. J Am Acad Orthop Surg, 15(4), 208-17.


  1. Barg A, Nickisch N, Saltzman, C, Bachus K, Northrup J (06/22/2012). Role of Collateral Ligaments, Plantar Plate and Surgical Reconstruction Techniques on Static Stability of Lesser Metatarsophalangeal Joints: A Biomechanical Study, American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, San Diego, California [Abstract].


  1. Banerjee R, Nickisch F (2008). Treatment of Posterior Malleolus Fractures [Web]. Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Vol. 6 No. 7. Available:


  1. Beals TC, Nickisch F (2009). Ultrasonographic Nerve Abnormalities in Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease. Poster session presented at American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC.

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