John S. Gould, MD

John S Gould, MD

John S. Gould, MD, Professor of Surgery, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief, Section of Foot and Ankle is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He received his Orthopaedic training at the University of Pittsburgh, fellowship training at Duke University and microsurgical and plastic surgery training at the Microsurgical Unit of St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Gould was appointed to the faculty at UAB in 1975 as Assistant Professor with Tenure and Chief, Section of Hand and Microsurgery, and was promoted to full Professor in 1982. At UAB, he developed the Microsurgical Research and Training Laboratory and performed the first replantations of severed limbs and free tissue transfer at this hand center. In 1986, he became Professor and Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and remained in that position until 1996. He returned to Birmingham to join Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, caring for elite athletes in that practice. He was Chief of the Medical Staff at Health South Medical Center, and subsequently UAB Highlands Hospital, in 2006. In that year, he rejoined the UAB Orthopaedic Division as Chief of the Foot and Ankle Service. In 2010, he received a part-time appointment at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Birmingham, while still retaining his practice at UAB.

He has served as President of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (1985-86), The Clinical Orthopaedic Society (1990-91), and the Mid- America Orthopaedic Association (1999-2000), and the Alabama Orthopaedic Society (2010-2011). He is also a member of the American Orthopaedic Association and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He has been the Editor in Chief of Microsurgery (1986-1996), The American Journal of Orthopaedics (1996-2006), the American Editor for International Orthopaedics, the Foot and Ankle Editor for Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Journal, the online publication of the American Academy of Orthopaedics. He has authored four books: The Footbook, Operative Foot Surgery, and My First Love: the Practice, the Art, and the Ethics of Medicine, and The Handbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery: An Intellectual Approach to Complex Problems (Jaypee Bros. New Delhi, 2013. He has written 34 additional book chapters, 73 papers for medical journals, 108 Editorials, and made over 400 presentations at scientific meetings, and served as Visiting Professor at 99 venues, worldwide.

Dr. Gould has trained hundreds of Orthopaedic residents, nearly one hundred fellows in Hand Surgery, Microsurgery, and Foot and Ankle Surgery. He has pioneered surgical techniques for bunion reconstruction, arthritic great toe problems, Insertional Tendinosis of the Tendo Achilles, and Chronic Plantar Fasciitis with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. He has performed over 300 total ankle replacement surgeries, developing new techniques for revision total ankles, as well. He continues to practice at UAB treating hand and foot and ankle patients, with special interest in nerve problems of the extremities, reconstructive surgery for the foot and ankle, and total joint replacement for arthritic ankles.


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