Joseph X. Kou, M.D.

Dr. Joseph Kou, Muir Orthopaedic Specialists

Dr. Joseph Kou

Orthopedic Surgeon

MOS Locations:
Walnut Creek (Redwood Building)
San Ramon


Dr. Kou is a foot and ankle surgeon with advanced training in forefoot, hindfoot and ankle reconstructive surgery, with a special interest in deformity correction – such as flat feet, post traumatic deformity and bunions.

Dr. Kou performs surgery for lower extremity deformities and degenerative conditions, and is formally trained on the STAR total ankle replacement procedure.

Approach to Treatment

I believe in meeting patients’ individual needs through comprehensive evaluation and treatment designed to help them achieve an active, pain-free lifestyle.

As an orthopedic foot and ankle doctor, patient care, clear communication and education are of utmost importance to provide, you, the patient, the ability to make informed decisions regarding treatment of an orthopedic condition. I believe that the fundamental relationship between the doctor and patient be based on trust and a mutual understanding of the road to recovery.

Your health and the quality of orthopedic care you receive are my top priorities. I am proud of the excellent and comprehensive care that our group of orthopedic surgeons offer the community, and I strive to provide outstanding and timely orthopedic care while encouraging patients to take an active role in the process.

Dr. Kou provides state-of-the-art orthopedic care in an efficient and compassionate fashion, and his patients enjoy his down to earth bedside manner. Dr. Kou educates his patients on how and why their problem developed and on what conservative and surgical treatment options are available to them.

Meet Dr. Kou

Dr. Kou is among the best-trained orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons in the country, and has been in the field for more than 10 years.

Orthopedic Surgery is an ever-changing field and the advances in foot and ankle care materials and technology have dramatically changed the way most Orthopedic Surgeons practice. Dr. Kou uses the latest in foot and ankle surgery technology and techniques.

Dr. Kou comes to Muir Orthopaedic Specialists following a fellowship in foot and ankle reconstruction at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. Dr. Kou earned his Medical Degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan.

He served his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at one of the busiest orthopedic centers in the country, William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. His research results have been published and presented at several orthopedic conferences.

Alumni Organizations:

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society

In the News

Get to Know Dr. Kou

(A John Muir Health Network video)

Fusion vs. STAR ankle replacement

STAR surgical technique

Curriculum Vitae

Group Affiliation:
Muir Orthopaedic Specialists

2625 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
5201 Norris Canyon Road, Suite 300
San Ramon, CA 94583
1800 Sutter Street, Suite 100
Concord, CA 94520

2008 – Present – Muir Orthopaedic Specialists, Orthopedic Surgeon

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons – Board Certified

2007 – 2008 – Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Reconstruction, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York
2002 – 2007 – Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan
1998 – 2002 – Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan, Doctor of Medicine
1994 – 1998 – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, B.S. in Biochemistry

Kou J. AAOS Clinical Practice Guideline: Acute Achilles Tendon Rupture. J Am Acad Orthop Surg August 2010 ; 18:511-513.

Kou J, Fortin PT. Commonly Missed Peritalar Injuries. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2009 Dec;17(12):775-86.

Kou J, Fortin PT. Balasubramaniam M, Kippe M. Functional Results of Posterior Tibial Tendon Reconstruction, Calcaneal Ostetomy, and Gastrocnemius Recession: A Prospective Study. Foot Ankle Int. 2012 July; 33(7):598-60.

Irwin T, Kou J, Fortin P. Classification and Treatment of Severe Ankle Articular Segment Deficits: Osteochondral Allograft Reconstruction. Foot Ankle Clin. 2007 Mar;12(1):41-55.

Kou J. Weinfeld S. Tibiotalocalcaneal Nailing: Indications and Technique. Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery. 8(3):126-133, September 2009.

Gates ME, Kou JX, Demetropoulos CK, Jurist KA, Guettler JH. Effects of zone-specific superior labral detachment on biceps anchor stability. Am J Sports Med. 2009 Dec; 37(12):2445-50

Kou J, Fischgrund J, Biddinger A, Herkowitz H. Risk Factors for Spinal Epidural Hematoma After Spinal Surgery. Spine 2002; 27: 1670-1673.

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society – Elected to Wayne State University chapter in September, 2001