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Michael Coughlin, M.D.

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Michael J. Coughlin, an orthopedic surgeon at the UCSF Foot and Ankle Service, is an internationally renowned expert in the field of foot and ankle surgery. He specializes in forefoot and hindfoot reconstructive surgery and total ankle reconstruction. He led the American effort to gain FDA approval of the STAR™ Ankle, which is used world-wide for more ankle replacements than any other device.

Coughlin earned a medical degree at the University of Oregon Medical School. Subsequently, he completed an internship and residency in orthopedics at UCSF, followed by a foot and ankle fellowship with Dr. Roger A. Mann. With over 30 years of experience as an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon, Coughlin has served as president of both the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and the International Federation of Foot and Ankle Societies. He is past president of the Idaho Orthopaedic Association, the North Pacific Orthopedic Society and former chief of Orthopedics at St. Alphonsus Hospital. He is also head of the Coughlin Foot and Ankle Clinic at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho. Coughlin has published more than 150 peer reviewed articles on foot and ankle topics. In addition, he is author and co-editor of numerous texts on foot and ankle surgery, including the two-volume set, Surgery of the Foot and Ankle, 9th Edition (January 2014). He is a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at UCSF.


Foot and Ankle Service
1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353–2808

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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University of Oregon at Eugene School of Medicine 1974


UCSF Medical Center 1978

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Doty JF, Coughlin MJ. Turf toe repair: a technical note. Foot Ankle Spec. 2013 Dec; 6(6):452-6.
  2. Doty JF, Coughlin MJ. Hallux valgus and hypermobility of the first ray: facts and fiction. Int Orthop. 2013 Sep; 37(9):1655-60.
  3. Doty J, Coughlin M, Hirose C, Kemp T. Hallux metatarsophalangeal joint arthrodesis with a hybrid locking plate and a plantar neutralization screw: a prospective study. Foot Ankle Int. 2013 Nov; 34(11):1535-40.
  4. Cooper MT, Coughlin MJ. Subcapital oblique osteotomy for correction of bunionette deformity: medium-term results. Foot Ankle Int. 2013 Oct; 34(10):1376-80.
  5. Doty JF, Coughlin MJ, Schutt S, Hirose C, Kennedy M, Grebing B, Smith B, Cooper T, Golano P, Viladot R, Remington R. Articular chondral damage of the first metatarsal head and sesamoids: analysis of cadaver hallux valgus. Foot Ankle Int. 2013 Aug; 34(8):1090-6.
  6. Nery C, Coughlin MJ, Baumfeld D, Mann TS, Yamada AF, Fernandes EA. MRI evaluation of the MTP plantar plates compared with arthroscopic findings: a prospective study. Foot Ankle Int. 2013 Mar; 34(3):315-22.
  7. Nery C, Coughlin MJ, Baumfeld D, Ballerini FJ, Kobata S. Hallux valgus in males--part 1: demographics, etiology, and comparative radiology. Foot Ankle Int. 2013 May; 34(5):629-35.
  8. Nery C, Coughlin MJ, Baumfeld D, Ballerini FJ, Kobata S. Hallux valgus in males--part 2: radiographic assessment of surgical treatment. Foot Ankle Int. 2013 May; 34(5):636-44.
  9. Klein EE, Weil L, Weil LS, Coughlin MJ, Knight J. Clinical examination of plantar plate abnormality: a diagnostic perspective. Foot Ankle Int. 2013 Jun; 34(6):800-4.
  10. Hershman EB, Anderson R, Bergfeld JA, Bradley JP, Coughlin MJ, Johnson RJ, Spindler KP, Wojtys E, Powell JW. An analysis of specific lower extremity injury rates on grass and FieldTurf playing surfaces in National Football League Games: 2000-2009 seasons. Am J Sports Med. 2012 Oct; 40(10):2200-5.
  11. Cooper MT, Coughlin MJ. Subcaptial oblique fifth metatarsal osteotomy versus distal chevron osteotomy for correction of bunionette deformity: a cadaveric study. Foot Ankle Spec. 2012 Oct; 5(5):313-7.
  12. Nery C, Coughlin MJ, Baumfeld D, Mann TS. Lesser metatarsophalangeal joint instability: prospective evaluation and repair of plantar plate and capsular insufficiency. Foot Ankle Int. 2012 Apr; 33(4):301-11.
  13. Coughlin MJ, Schutt SA, Hirose CB, Kennedy MJ, Grebing BR, Smith BW, Cooper MT, Golano P, Viladot R, Alvarez F. Metatarsophalangeal joint pathology in crossover second toe deformity: a cadaveric study. Foot Ankle Int. 2012 Feb; 33(2):133-40.
  14. Frimenko RE, Lievers W, Coughlin MJ, Anderson RB, Crandall JR, Kent RW. Etiology and biomechanics of first metatarsophalangeal joint sprains (turf toe) in athletes. Crit Rev Biomed Eng. 2012; 40(1):43-61.
  15. Coughlin MJ, Baumfeld DS, Nery C. Second MTP joint instability: grading of the deformity and description of surgical repair of capsular insufficiency. Phys Sportsmed. 2011 Sep; 39(3):132-41.
  16. Coughlin MJ. Continuous infusion nerve block provided better pain control than a single bolus after major ankle or hindfoot surgery. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Aug 17; 93(16):1544.
  17. Angirasa AK, Augoyard M, Coughlin MJ, Fridman R, Ruch J, Weil L. Hammer toe, mallet toe, and claw toe. Foot Ankle Spec. 2011 Jun; 4(3):182-7.
  18. Cooper MT, Coughlin MJ. Sequential dissection for exposure of the second metatarsophalangeal joint. Foot Ankle Int. 2011 Mar; 32(3):294-9.
  19. Kemp TJ, Hirose CB, Coughlin MJ, Otto R. Treatment of chronic tophaceous gout with a wound vacuum-assisted device. Foot Ankle Int. 2010 Aug; 31(8):729-31.
  20. Kemp TJ, Hirose CB, Coughlin MJ. Fracture of the second metatarsal following suture button fixation device in the correction of hallux valgus. Foot Ankle Int. 2010 Aug; 31(8):712-6.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.