Dr. Michael J. Coughlin is an internationally renowned expert on foot and ankle surgery. He specializes in forefoot and hindfoot reconstructive surgery as well as total ankle reconstruction.
Coughlin led the U.S. effort to gain the Food and Drug Administration's approval of the STAR Ankle, the device most often used worldwide for ankle replacement.
Coughlin earned his medical degree at the University of Oregon Medical School. At UCSF, he completed a residency in orthopedics, followed by a foot and ankle fellowship with eminent orthopedic surgeon Dr. Roger A. Mann.
With more than 30 years of experience as an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon, Coughlin has served as president of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, International Federation of Foot and Ankle Societies, Idaho Orthopaedic Association and North Pacific Orthopaedic Society. He is former chief of orthopedics at Saint Alphonsus Hospital. He is also head of the Coughlin Foot & Ankle Clinic at the Saint Alphonsus Medical Group 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, in its ninth edition.