Richard Coughlin, MD
- Coughlin RR, Roy N, Patel V. Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Coincidental Involvement in the Gujarat Earthquake, India (2001). J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Oct; 29 Suppl 10:S11-3. PMID: 26356205
- Elliott IS, Sonshine DB, Akhavan S, Slade Shantz A, Caldwell A, Slade Shantz J, Gosselin RA, Coughlin RR. What factors influence the production of orthopaedic research in East Africa? A qualitative analysis of interviews. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 Jun; 473(6):2120-30. PMID: 25795030
- Elliott IS, Spiegel D, Gosselin RA, Trafton PG, Coughlin RR. Volunteer opportunities for orthopaedic surgeons in the developing world. Instr Course Lect. 2014; 63:495-503. PMID: 24720334
- Matityahu A, Elliott I, Marmor M, Caldwell A, Coughlin R, Gosselin RA. Time intervals in the treatment of fractured femurs as indicators of the quality of trauma systems. Bull World Health Organ. 2014 Jan 1; 92(1):40-50. PMID: 24391299
- Morshed S, Shearer DW, Coughlin RR. Collaborative partnerships and the future of global orthopaedics. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Oct; 471(10):3088-92. PMID: 23884799
- Sonshine DB, Shantz J, Kumah-Ametepey R, Coughlin RR, Gosselin RA. The implementation of a pilot femur fracture registry at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital: an analysis of data quality and barriers to collaborative capacity-building. World J Surg. 2013 Jul; 37(7):1506-12. PMID: 22851146
- Sonshine DB, Sonshine D, Caldwell A, Gosselin RA, Born CT, Coughlin RR. Reply to letter to the editor: Critically assessing the Haiti earthquake response and the barriers to quality orthopaedic care. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Feb; 471(2):692-3. PMID: 23179116
- Chen AT, Pedtke A, Kobs JK, Edwards GS, Coughlin RR, Gosselin RA. Volunteer orthopedic surgical trips in Nicaragua: a cost-effectiveness evaluation. World J Surg. 2012 Dec; 36(12):2802-8. PMID: 22777413
- Sonshine DB, Caldwell A, Gosselin RA, Born CT, Coughlin RR. Critically assessing the Haiti earthquake response and the barriers to quality orthopaedic care. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2012 Oct; 470(10):2895-904. PMID: 22487879
- Disston AR, Martinez-Diaz GJ, Raju S, Rosales M, Berry WC, Coughlin RR. The international orthopaedic health elective at the University of California at San Francisco: the eight-year experience. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2009 Dec; 91(12):2999-3004. PMID: 19952266
- Gosselin RA, Spiegel DA, Coughlin R, Zirkle LG. Injuries: the neglected burden in developing countries. Bull World Health Organ. 2009 Apr; 87(4):246-246a. PMID: 19551225
- Spiegel DA, Gosselin RA, Coughlin RR, Kushner AL, Bickler SB. Topics in global public health. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2008 Oct; 466(10):2377-84. PMID: 18712457
- Coughlin RR, Kelly NA, Berry W. Nongovernmental organizations in musculoskeletal care: Orthopaedics Overseas. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2008 Oct; 466(10):2438-42. PMID: 18685907
- Spiegel DA, Gosselin RA, Coughlin RR, Joshipura M, Browner BD, Dormans JP. The burden of musculoskeletal injury in low and middle-income countries: challenges and opportunities. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008 Apr; 90(4):915-23. PMID: 18381331
- Roy N, Shah H, Patel V, Coughlin RR. The Gujarat earthquake (2001) experience in a seismically unprepared area: community hospital medical response. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2002 Oct-Dec; 17(4):186-95. PMID: 12929949
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About Richard Coughlin, MD
Born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, R. Richard (Rick) Coughlin attended the United States Air Force Academy before graduating with honors with a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Maryland in 1974. He attended graduate school in Clinical Psychology at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his medical school graduating Magna Cum Laude at the Universidad Centrale De Caribe in Bayamon, Puerto Rico in 1981. After completing his orthopaedic residency at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City in 1986, Dr.Coughlin received fellowship training in Sports Medicine with Dr. Fred Allman at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. He then completed a Foot and Ankle Fellowship with Roger Mann in Oakland, California.
Dr Coughlin joined the private practice group of California Pacific Orthopaedics in 1987, where he practiced for 6 years. During this time, he was instrumental, along with his partner Taylor Smith, in initiating the orthopaedic program of Operation Rainbow, a non-governmental organization offering surgical intervention and training in the developing world. He also maintained a clinical appointment with the University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF), attending the Foot/Ankle clinic.
In 1993, Dr. Coughlin joined the full time faculty at UCSF, with a clinical position at San Francisco General, where he concentrated on resident education and program development. Dr. Coughlin has been distinguished with the Teacher of the Year Award in 1997-1998 as well as the award in 2003 for Outstanding Dedication to Resident Education.Dr. Coughlin in India.
During his clinical academic career, Dr. Coughlin has been able to continue his passion of global orthopaedics, with over 20 trips to developing countries, where he has lectured and performed surgery. Some of the countries include Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Russia, China, Vietnam, Venezuela, South Africa and most recently Uganda. He is on the board of Orthopedics Overseas and has taught the Orthopaedic Surgery in Developing Countries course at the Academy for the last 5 years. Dr. Coughlin is quite proud to have implemented an overseas rotation for his senior residents at UCSF in the Transkei of South Africa at Bedford Orthopaedic Hospital. Dr. Coughlin has written several articles advocating volunteerism in orthopaedics. Furthering this endeavor, Dr. Coughlin was awarded his master's degree in Public Health in Developing Countries at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in November 2004.
After completing his Masters Degree has continued his work in orthopaedics in third world countries, in 2006, Dr. Coughlin was awarded the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' "Humanitarian of the Year Award", which is given to one surgeon world-wide annually, for care of disadvantaged populations both at home and abroad. Also in 2006, Dr. Coughlin was the founder and one of three principle administrators of the Institute for Global Orthopedics and Traumatology, an initiative developed within the Department of Orthopaedics at UCSF. Dr. Coughlin is currently chairman of Orthopedics Overseas, an NGO whose goal is advancing musculoskeletal healthcare worldwide through volunteerism, emphasizing teaching and training.