DR. John S. Gould

DrGould-PhotoDr. John Gould, one of the “Best Doctors in America” served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin from 1986 until 1996. Following the great traditions of Blount and Brewer, MCW Orthopaedics expanded and emerged into national prominence during Dr. Gould’s tenure as Orthopaedic Chairman. In 1996, he joined Alabama Sports Medicine in Birmingham as the Director of the Foot and Ankle Resident and Fellowship Program providing foot and ankle specialty care for, among others, elite athletes nationally and internationally. He was Clinical Professor at the University of Virginia from 1996-2002 and the University of South Alabama from 2002 to the present. In 2006 he returned to full time academia as Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; Chief, Section of Foot and Ankle; Chief of Staff, Health South Medical Center and UAB Highlands (2006) and Chief of Orthopaedics, UAB Highlands (2008-present) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he directs the foot and ankle program.

Dr. Gould is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He trained in general surgery at the Boston City Hospital, and in Orthopaedics at the University of Pittsburgh. He served fellowships in rheumatologic orthopedics at Pitt, hand and microsurgery at Duke with J. Leonard Goldner, and in microsurgery and plastics with Bernard O’Brien in Melbourne, Australia. He was on active duty with the U.S. Navy and served in Vietnam. Prior to coming to Milwaukee, he was Chief of Hand Surgery at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Dr. Gould has served as President of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the Clinical Orthopaedic Society, the Mid America Orthopaedic Association, and the Alabama Orthopaedic Society. He has authored four texts: The Foot Book, Operative Foot Surgery, and “My First Love: The Art, the Practice, and the Ethics of Medicine”, and in March, 2013, The Handbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery: An Intellectual Approach to Complex Problems. He has also served as Editor in Chief of Microsurgery (1986-1995) and Editor in Chief of The American Journal of Orthopedics (1996-2005). He was honored with the 1996 Distinguished Academic Achievement Award from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and the 2000 Distinguished Southern Orthopaedist Award by the Southern Orthopaedic Association. He continues to serve as the Foot and Ankle Editor for the AAOS OKOJ, the online journal. . He has been President of the Thomas B. Quigley Sports Medicine Society (former Harvard Varsity athletes practicing Orthopaedic Surgery), The Little Orthopaedic Club, the Orthopaedic Foot Club, Duke Hand Club, and the Southeastern Hand Club.

Among his contributions to Orthopaedics are his unique approaches for nerve problems of the foot and ankle including Chronic Plantar Fasciitis with neurogenic symptoms (work he began in Milwaukee), insertional tendinosis of the tendo Achilles, development of the POSCOW Bunionectomy for wide angled hallux valgus, and his extensive experience with Total Ankle Arthroplasty, including Revision Arthroplasty.

Dr. Gould’s dedication to orthopaedic education and teaching of residents and fellows is manifested in the endowment of this lectureship at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Gould and his wife, Sheryl, continue their interest in golf, and to enjoy their summer lake house in Vermont. They have four married children and seven grandchildren, who all live within driving distance from Birmingham.


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