Luis D. Salazar, MD

Family Practice, Sports Medicine, and Concussion Care

Areas of Interest:

Sports Medicine, Concussion Care

Accepting new patients.

4.7 / 5 (Based on 182 Reviews)

It wasn’t until he was nearing the end of medical school that Dr. Luis Salazar realized that sports medicine was his calling.

“My brother was an athletic trainer for the Cleveland Indians and that exposed me to a lot in regard to the care provided to professional athletes,” he said. “I saw it as an opportunity to blend science, sports, disease prevention and medicine and take care of all aspects of the athlete and their care.”

Dr. Salazar is board-certified in family medicine and fellowship-trained in primary care sports medicine. He enjoys the intricacies of foot and ankle injuries and his special interests include caring for athletes of all abilities; ultrasound medicine; and the use of biologic treatment options. He also participates in Exercise is Medicine, a global health initiative committed to the belief that physical activity promotes optimal health and is integral in the prevention and treatment of many medical conditions.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his sports medicine fellowship at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Salazar has experience treating NCAA and NAIA collegiate athletes, including his work with Division I athletes at the University of Kansas as part of Kansas Team Health. He enjoys engaging in teaching future physicians part of the faculty for the Sports Medicine fellowship at the University of Kansas Health System.

“My practice is pretty vast,” he said. “I take care of anybody who moves, not only athletes at all competitive levels from elementary to collegiate and Olympic level and professional, I’ve had experience in all aspects across a lot of age groups.”

What advice does Dr. Salazar have for his patients?

“Patients need to be their own advocates and demand the care that they need. They need to push us as physicians to not be stagnant. It’s not the physician’s way, it’s what the best care for them as a patient is,” he said. “We need to listen to them, value their time and offer options, but we also need to be truthful and up front. Find the care that you need. If it’s not me, that’s fine but we need to demand the most that we can.”

Philosophy Of Care

My patients will have options and be at the center of all medical decision-making processes. A lot of times we come to the doctor with “what if it’s this, I don’t want to do that.” There are options and we’ll make the best plan.

At OrthoKansas, you are supported by a team of highly trained experts throughout your treatment and recovery. Learn more about Dr. Salazar's team. (pdf)

Doctor's Contact Information

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Medical Areas of Expertise


Education and Training

Medical Degree 2003 University of Kansas School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine
Residency 2007 Ohio State University Medical Center, Family Medicine Residency
Fellowship 2010 Ohio State University Medical Center, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Board Certified

Diplomate, American Board of Family Medicine

Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine


    Provider also sees patients at:

  • OrthoKansas
    6265 Rock Chalk Drive
    Suite 1500
    Lawrence, KS 66049
    Phone: Main 785-843-9125

Provider Review Comments

July 27, 2022
Went well.
July 17, 2022
Dr. Salazar is kind and thorough but sometimes he speaks in a question and answer form that is hard to follow.
July 14, 2022
He was very thorough and professional. He gave me confidence that he understood the injury and complexity of injury and confidence in his treatment plan.
July 11, 2022
July 08, 2022
The experience was great
July 08, 2022
Dr Salazar is my first choice for my ortho problems
July 07, 2022
Dr. Salazar was fantastic, thorough, and knowledgeable.
June 30, 2022
Very confident about and pleased with Dr. Salazar's services
June 25, 2022
Dr.paid attention to shoulder, showed me problem on x-ray gave me exercises to start at home and referral to PT.
June 24, 2022
Great as always
June 23, 2022
May 24, 2022
Overall had a good visit
May 21, 2022
I came in due to an injury that was referred by the ER to this clinic. I have an existing condition that makes me very nervous and fidgety when It Is being touched or looked at, it's very uncommon and shoots my nerves through the roof when I have to expose any parts of it. He didn't flinch or treat me like a biohazard. He asked a couple of probing questions and swiftly moved on to what was important. He made me feel more human than human. I was far more comfortable than I ever have before in any medical setting and he treated me the same way he would treat anyone else. He kept direct eye contact and made sure I understood what was going on, as well as understanding that I was very nervous. That was truly and honestly the greatest feeling considering that can sometimes be hard to find in a medical setting. I felt so good leaving, knowing that I was actively heard, cared for and treated with respect along with getting the information and things I needed to succeed in this journey. I am very much so looking forward to the 2 week follow up with a straight forward, genuine provider. And the next day, I am still feeling the effects of how wonderful that visit was for me. I can't praise everyone enough or be any happier with that experience.
May 18, 2022
May 16, 2022
He is always willing to listen and answers questions in a straight forward manner.
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