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. Jastifer J, Kent R, Crandall J, Sherwood C, Lessley D, McCullough KA, Coughlin MJ, Anderson RB. The Athletic Shoe in Football. Sports Health. 2017 Mar/Apr; 9(2):126-131.

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