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Charles L. Saltzman
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Charles L. Saltzman, MD

Languages spoken: English

Clinical Locations

University Orthopaedic Center

Salt Lake City
801-587-7109
  • Dr. Charles Saltzman is the LS Peery MD Presidential Endowed Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah. Dr. Saltzman is focused on improving physical function of patients with limited mobility. He has helped develop new methods for treatment of ankle arthritis (ankle fusion & ankle replacement), midfoot arthritis, ankle & hindfoot arthroscopy and forefoot problems.


    Dr. Saltzman centers his clinical practice on two primary areas of great need where he has deep expertise: 1) Adult ankle problems (sports injuries, torn tendons or ligaments, bone or cartilage injuries, arthritis) and 2) Complex foot and ankle problems of pre-adolescents to adults.


    Dr. Saltzman serves the field of Orthopaedics as Editor in Chief of the flagship scientific journals Foot & Ankle International and Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics. He is a co-Editor of the premier textbook "Mann's Surgery of Foot and Ankle", Past President of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, Past President of the International Federation of Foot and Ankle Societies, Past President of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons and Past Vice President of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery . Dr. Saltzman served as Chair of the University of Utah Department of Orthopaedics from 2005–2021,

    Board Certification

    Federal Licensing Examination

    Patient Rating

    4.9 /5
    ( out of 235 reviews )

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    Patient Comments

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    April 24, 2024
    ORTHOPAEDICS CENTER

    Dr Saltzman is the best physician I have ever met! He listens to my questions and concerns. He understands my unique situation and asks me questions about how I feel and what I need. Thank you Dr Saltzman!

    April 24, 2024
    ORTHOPAEDICS CENTER

    Dr Saltzman is an amazing and talented surgeon. He explains things in ways that are easy to understand and is able to fix problems that everyone else said was impossible and the best course of action would have been amputation. Instead he was able to fix my foot so that I can have a normal life and not have to think about amputation. I am truly thankful and grateful for Dr Saltzmans talent and that he cares about patients in a way that he is willing to take on challenges and make them better.

    April 17, 2024
    ORTHOPAEDICS CENTER

    A top rated Surgeon¿ with a personality.

    April 17, 2024
    ORTHOPAEDICS CENTER

    muy buen dr muy atento

    April 17, 2024
    ORTHOPAEDICS CENTER

    He is so friendly and knowledgable, this is such a complex issue I am having with my ankle and it is great to know we will be following through with all the details.

    April 11, 2024
    ORTHOPAEDICS CENTER

    Outstanding person and doctor. I cant imagine better.

    April 10, 2024
    ORTHOPAEDICS CENTER

    Dr Saltzman is always professional and sensitive.

    April 10, 2024
    ORTHOPAEDICS CENTER

    He and Dr. Cushman and their staff are a 12 not a 10. Don¿t go anywhere else, you¿re wasting your time.

    April 10, 2024
    ORTHOPAEDICS CENTER

    More information regarding what to expect regarding swelling and pain, how much swelling is atypical/typical? How much discomfort atypical/typical? Range of motion approximations at this state of recovery¿

  • Dr. Charles Saltzman is the LS Peery MD Presidential Endowed Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah. Dr. Saltzman is focused on improving physical function of patients with limited mobility. He has helped develop new methods for treatment of ankle arthritis (ankle fusion & ankle replacement), midfoot arthritis, ankle & hindfoot arthroscopy and forefoot problems.


    Dr. Saltzman centers his clinical practice on two primary areas of great need where he has deep expertise: 1) Adult ankle problems (sports injuries, torn tendons or ligaments, bone or cartilage injuries, arthritis) and 2) Complex foot and ankle problems of pre-adolescents to adults.


    Dr. Saltzman serves the field of Orthopaedics as Editor in Chief of the flagship scientific journals Foot & Ankle International and Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics. He is a co-Editor of the premier textbook "Mann's Surgery of Foot and Ankle", Past President of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, Past President of the International Federation of Foot and Ankle Societies, Past President of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons and Past Vice President of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery . Dr. Saltzman served as Chair of the University of Utah Department of Orthopaedics from 2005–2021,

    Board Certification and Academic Information

    Academic Departments Orthopaedics -Primary
    Board Certification
    Federal Licensing Examination

    Education history

    Fellowship Orthopedic Surgery - Mayo Clinic Fellow
    Orthopedic Surgery - University of Michigan Resident
    Internship Surgery - University of Michigan Intern
    Medicine - University of North Carolina M.D.
    Undergraduate Premedical Sciences - Brown University Pre Med

    Selected Publications

    Journal Article

    1. Stotts AK, Kohring JM, Presson AP, Millar MM, Harrast JJ, Van Heest AE, Zhang C, Saltzman CL (2019). Perceptions of the Recommended Resident Experience with Common Orthopaedic Procedures: A Survey of Program Directors and Early Practice Surgeons. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 101(113), e63. (Read full article)
    2. Barg A, Saltzman CL (2019). Joint-Preserving Procedures in Patients with Varus Deformity: Role of Supramalleolar Osteotomies. Foot Ankle Clin, 24(2), 239-264. (Read full article)
    3. Swenson JD, Saltzman CL, Davis JJ (2019). Ultrasound-guided Popliteal Intraneural Approach: Comment. Anesthesiology, 130(6), 1082-1083. (Read full article)
    4. Lenz AL, Krhenbhl N, Howell K, Lisonbee R, Hintermann B, Saltzman CL, Barg A (2019). Influence of the ankle position and X-ray beam angulation on the projection of the posterior facet of the subtalar joint. Skeletal Radiol, 48(10), 1581-1589. (Read full article)
    5. Gorman TM, Beals TC, Nickisch F, Saltzman CL, Lyman M, Barg A (2016). Hindfoot Arthrodesis with the Blade Plate: Increased Risk of Complications and Nonunion in a Complex Patient Population. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 474(10), 2280-99. (Read full article)
    6. Barg A, Saltzman CL, Beals TC, Bachus KN, Blankenhorn BD, Nickisch F (2016). Arthroscopic Talar Dome Access Using a Standard Versus Wire-Based Traction Method for Ankle Joint Distraction. Arthroscopy, 32(7), 1367-74. (Read full article)
    7. Rungprai C, Phisitkul P, Femino JE, Martin KD, Saltzman CL, Amendola A (2016). Outcomes and Complications After Open Versus Posterior Arthroscopic Subtalar Arthrodesis in 121 Patients. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 98(8), 636-46. (Read full article)
    8. Stuart AR, Higgins TF, Hung M, Weir CR, Kubiak EN, Rothberg DL, Saltzman CL (2015). Reliability in Measuring Preinjury Physical Function in Orthopaedic Trauma. J Orthop Trauma, 29(12), 527-32. (Read full article)
    9. Barg A, Amendola RL, Henninger HB, Kapron AL, Saltzman CL, Anderson AE (2015). Influence of Ankle Position and Radiographic Projection Angle on Measurement of Supramalleolar Alignment on the Anteroposterior and Hindfoot Alignment Views. Foot Ankle Int, 36(11), 1352-61. (Read full article)
    10. Chalayon O, Wang B, Blankenhorn B, Jackson JB 3rd, Beals T, Nickisch F, Saltzman CL (2015). Factors Affecting the Outcomes of Uncomplicated Primary Open Ankle Arthrodesis. Foot Ankle Int, 36(10), 1170-9. (Read full article)
    11. Abtahi AM, Presson AP, Zhang C, Saltzman CL, Tyser AR (2015). Association Between Orthopaedic Outpatient Satisfaction and Non-Modifiable Patient Factors. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 97(13), 1041-8. (Read full article)
    12. Wang B, Guss A, Chalayon O, Bachus KN, Barg A, Saltzman CL (2015). Deep transverse metatarsal ligament and static stability of lesser metatarsophalangeal joints: a cadaveric study. Foot Ankle Int, 36(5), 573-8. (Read full article)
    13. Wang B, Roach KE, Kapron AL, Fiorentino NM, Singer M, Saltzman CL, Anderson, AE (2015). Accuracy and Feasibility of High-Speed Dual Fluoroscopy and Model-based Tracking to Measure In-vivo Arthrokinematics of the Ankle Joint Complex during Treadmill Walking. Gait Posture, 41(4), 888-93.
    14. Nguyen MP, Pedersen DR, Gao Y, Saltzman CL, Amendola A (2015). Intermediate-term follow-up after ankle distraction for treatment of end-stage osteoarthritis. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 97(7), 590-6. (Read full article)
    15. Wang B, Saltzman CL, Chalayon O, Barg A (2015). Does the subtalar joint compensate for ankle malalignment in end-stage ankle arthritis? Clin Orthop Relat Res, 473(1), 318-25. (Read full article)
    16. Hung M, Stuart AR, Higgins TF, Saltzman CL, Kubiak EN (2014). Computerized Adaptive Testing Using the PROMIS Physical Function Item Bank Reduces Test Burden With Less Ceiling Effects Compared With the Short Musculoskeletal Function Assessment in Orthopaedic Trauma Patients. J Orthop Trauma, 28(8), 439-43. (Read full article)
    17. Hung M, Baumhauer JF, Latt LD, Saltzman CL, SooHoo NF, Hunt KJ (2013). Validation of PROMIS (R) Physical Function computerized adaptive tests for orthopaedic foot and ankle outcome research. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 471(11), 3466-74. (Read full article)

    Book

    1. Coughlin MJ, Mann RA, Saltzman CL (2006). Surgery of the Foot and Ankle (8th ). Philadelphia: Mosby Elsevier.

    Book Chapter

    1. Saltzman CL, Barg Alexej, Burstein Albert H (2015). Total Ankle Arthroplasty. In Haddad, Steven L (Eds.), The Future of Total Ankle Arthroplasty: What Have We Learned? (55, Chapter 20, pp. 227-37). AAOS Monograph Series.
    2. Blankenhorn BD, Gorman TM, Nickisch F, Beals TC, Saltzman CL (2013). Arthroscopic Ankle Arthrodesis. In Operative Arthroscopy (4th edition). Philadelphia etc.: Woters Kluwer|Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

    Video/Film/CD/Web/Podcast

    1. Saltzman CL (06/06/2016). "Promise of Promis" [Web]. Salt Lake City: FDA-NIH-ICOAWG.
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