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Charles L. Saltzman, MD

Charles L. Saltzman, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery

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 injuries and 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.

Dr. Saltzman currently serves the field of Orthopaedics in the United States as Senior Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and 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 and Past President of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons.

Dr. Saltzman focuses his clinical practice on two primary areas of great need where he has longstanding and deep expertise: 1) Adult ankle problems (torn ligaments or tendons, problems with arthritis, and bone or cartilage injuries ) and 2) Complex foot and ankle problems of 8-21 year olds

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Professor
Bioengineering - Adjunct Professor

Board Certification American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Federal Licensing Examination


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

Education History

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

Selected Publications - Journal Articles

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.
  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.
  3. Swenson JD, Saltzman CL, Davis JJ (2019). Ultrasound-guided Popliteal Intraneural Approach: Comment. Anesthesiology, 130(6), 1082-1083.
  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. (Epub ahead of print) Skeletal Radiol.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.


  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.


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

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    Children's Hospital

    100 N. Mario Capecchi Dr
    Suite 4550
    SLC UT 84113



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