Michael Coughlin, MD

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
Fax: (415) 885–3862

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. Griffin MJ, Coughlin MJ. Evaluation of Midterm Results of the Panta Nail: An Active Compression Tibiotalocalcaneal Arthrodesis Device. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2018 Jan - Feb; 57(1):74-80.
  2. Anderson R, Coughlin M, Jastifer J, McCullough K. Letter Regarding: Performance and Return to Sport After Achilles Tendon Repair in National Football League Players. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 01; 39(1):130.
  3. Flint WW, Hirose CB, Coughlin MJ. Ankle Arthrodesis Using an Anterior Titanium Dual Locked Plating Construct. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2017 Mar - Apr; 56(2):304-308.
  4. Flint WW, Macias DM, Jastifer JR, Doty JF, Hirose CB, Coughlin MJ. Plantar Plate Repair for Lesser Metatarsophalangeal Joint Instability. Foot Ankle Int. 2017 Mar; 38(3):234-242.
  6. Jastifer JR, Alrafeek S, Howard P, Gustafson PA, Coughlin MJ. Biomechanical Evaluation of Strength and Stiffness of Subtalar Joint Arthrodesis Screw Constructs. Foot Ankle Int. 2016 Apr; 37(4):419-26.
  7. Coughlin MJ, Nery C, Baumfeld D, Jastifer J. TIBIOTARSAL COMPRESSION ARTHRODESIS USING A LATERAL LOCKING PLATE. Rev Bras Ortop. 2012 Sep-Oct; 47(5):611-5.
  8. Nery C, Coughlin M, Baumfeld D, Raduan F, Mann TS, Catena F. How to classify plantar plate injuries: parameters from history and physical examination. Rev Bras Ortop. 2015 Nov-Dec; 50(6):720-8.
  9. Mann RA, Coughlin M, Palanca AA. Letter Regarding: Survival Analysis of the Single- and Double-Coated STAR Ankle up to 20 Years: Long-term Follow-up of 324 Cases From the Swedish Ankle Registry. Foot Ankle Int. 2015 Oct; 36(10):1161.
  10. Macias DM, Coughlin MJ, Zang K, Stevens FR, Jastifer JR, Doty JF. Low-Level Laser Therapy at 635ánm for Treatment of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis: A Placebo-Controlled, Randomized Study. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2015 Sep-Oct; 54(5):768-72.
  11. Jastifer JR, Coughlin MJ. Hindfoot deformity and calcaneal tuberosity osteotomies. Foot Ankle Spec. 2015 Feb; 8(1):50-8.
  12. Jastifer JR, Coughlin MJ. Exposure via sequential release of the metatarsophalangeal joint for plantar plate repair through a dorsal approach without an intraarticular osteotomy. Foot Ankle Int. 2015 Mar; 36(3):335-8.
  13. Jastifer JR, Coughlin MJ. Long-term follow-up of mobile bearing total ankle arthroplasty in the United States. Foot Ankle Int. 2015 Feb; 36(2):143-50.
  14. Jastifer J, Coughlin MJ, Hirose C. Performance of total ankle arthroplasty and ankle arthrodesis on uneven surfaces, stairs, and inclines: a prospective study. Foot Ankle Int. 2015 Jan; 36(1):11-7.
  15. Jastifer JR, Coughlin MJ. Fibrous Tendon Hypertrophy after Gastrocnemius Recession: A Case Report. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2016 Mar-Apr; 55(2):252-4.
  16. Doty JF, Coughlin MJ, Weil L, Nery C. Etiology and management of lesser toe metatarsophalangeal joint instability. Foot Ankle Clin. 2014 Sep; 19(3):385-405.
  17. Nery C, Coughlin MJ, Baumfeld D, Raduan FC, Mann TS, Catena F. Prospective evaluation of protocol for surgical treatment of lesser MTP joint plantar plate tears. Foot Ankle Int. 2014 Sep; 35(9):876-85.
  18. Jastifer JR, Catena F, Doty JF, Stevens F, Coughlin MJ. Low-Level Laser Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis: A Prospective Study. Foot Ankle Int. 2014 Jun; 35(6):566-571.
  19. Nery C, Coughlin MJ, Baumfeld D, Raduan FC, Catena F, Macedo BD, de Andrade MA. Lesser metatarsal phalangeal joint arthroscopy: anatomic description and comparative dissection. Arthroscopy. 2014 Aug; 30(8):971-9.
  20. Jastifer JR, Coughlin MJ, Doty JF, Stevens FR, Hirose C, Kemp TJ. Sensory Nerve Dysfunction and Hallux Valgus Correction: A Prospective Study. Foot Ankle Int. 2014 Aug; 35(8):757-763.

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