Michael J. Coughlin


Orthopedic surgeon
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About me

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.

  • Education

    University of Oregon at Eugene School of Medicine, 1974

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, 1978

  • Board Certifications

    Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

  • Academic Title


It is an honor to care for patients, so I provide evidence-based treatment in a thoughtful and kind manner.

Clinics I work with

Foot & Ankle Service

1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158