AAOS Now

Published 11/1/2015

Remembering John S. Gould, MD

John Samuel Gould, MD

John Samuel Gould, MD, professor emeritus, University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, will be remembered as an author, educator, and leader by the many in the orthopaedic community who knew him.

A graduate of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., and the University of Vermont Medical School, Dr. Gould completed an internship in general surgery at Boston City Hospital before joining the U.S. Navy and serving as medical officer aboard the USS Canberra, which was deployed to Vietnam. He earned the Navy Commendation Medal for outstanding performance in the care of war casualties.

After his time in the Navy, Dr. Gould turned to orthopaedics, first specializing in hand surgery and then shifting to foot and ankle surgery. He completed a hand fellowship at Duke University before joining the faculty at UAB in the division of orthopaedic surgery in 1975. In 1986, he became chief of the department of orthopaedic surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, where he served for 10 years before returning to Alabama and joining the Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center. In 2006 he returned to UAB as chief of the foot and ankle section of the orthopaedic division.

Dr. Gould 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 was the recipient of many awards, including the AAOS Academic Achievement Award. The author of four professional books, Dr. Gould also served as editor-in-chief of Microsurgery and the American Journal of Orthopaedics, and as foot and ankle editor for the Academy's Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Journal.