Orthopedic Surgeon

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  • Brentwood

  • Walnut Creek


I feel it is a part of my job to educate the patient about their orthopedic condition and listen to their concerns.”


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    2625 Shadelands Drive
    Walnut Creek CA 94598

  • Monday-Thursday
    8:00 AM-5:00 PM
    Friday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM


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About Dr Coufal

Dr. Coufal began practicing medicine in 1998. He completed his medical school and orthopedic residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is a fellowship-trained orthopedic traumatologist from Henry Ford and Detroit Receiving Hospitals in Michigan.

Currently, he is a full-time orthopedic trauma surgeon at John Muir Medical Center, the regional trauma center. He recognizes the importance of all patients thoroughly understanding the cause and treatment options for their problem. In fact, he admits, “My biggest shortcoming is that I talk and spend too much time with patients.”

Orthopedics is a large area of expertise and one surgeon “cannot do it all.” Golden State Orthopedics & Spine has many surgeons that cover the gamut of care, so Dr. Coufal will refer patients to the best surgeon for them within the GSOS group, if necessary.

In the practice, Dr. Coufal is most proud of the full-time orthopedic trauma service. He is committed to the compassionate treatment of his patients. In his off time, he enjoys photography, travel, and woodworking.

  • Board Certification

    • Orthopedic Surgery

      American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery,

  • Fellowship

    • Orthopedic Trauma

      Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI 1998

  • Residency

    • Orthopaedic Surgery

      University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX 1997

  • Internship

    • General Surgery

      University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX 1993

  • Medical School

    • MD

      University of Texas Medical School, 1992

  • College

    • BS in Biology

      University of California, Los Angeles, 1988


About Dr Coufal

Ronald Allgower
Jun 01, 2023

I have had a number of surgeries over the past 50 years one of which damaged my femur and hip while in the military. That particular surgery was performed by the Chief of Orthopedics at a Naval Hospital. This surgeons name was William Stryker. Because of his skill I was able to live a normal life. A month ago while working on my front lawn I fell and fractured the same femur as I had in the past. Knowing what I had gone through in the past and being quite a bit older I was sure I wasn’t going to be the same. However, with GOD watching good luck struck me twice. I was transported to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek. My attending physician was, Dr. Christopher Coufal. Dr. Coufal explained to me in detail my injury and what he was going to do to put me back together. Because of Dr. Coufal’s skill as a surgeon I felt very confident about the outcome of my surgery. Not only is Dr. Coufal an excellent surgeon his bedside manner makes you feel that everything is going to be fine and he discusses your surgery and postoperative in a manner that you fully understand. Dr Coufal makes you feel as though you are his only patient and takes all the necessary time in order for you to understand what will transpire until you return to a normal life style. If you are in need of an Orthopedic Surgeon I wholeheartedly recommend Dr Christopher Coufal. Ron Allgower

Clara Bernal
Apr 15, 2023

On behalf of my husband Francisco Bernal, he had an excellent experience, he’s grateful with Dr. Coufal.

Alex Gonzalez
Apr 12, 2023

Thank God that he put me in the hands of the best doctor in the entire Bay, Dr. Christopher J. Coufal, for my part, I thank him a lot and God keep him for a long time so that he can save more people.

Dane H
Mar 01, 2023

Dr. Coufal treated me a while back for a dramatic fracture of my patella platform. Originally the physician who saw me in the beginning wanted to amputate my leg. Dr. Coufal absolutely saved my life. I was a paramedic for almost 31 years and I met a lot of doctors. This guy is definitely in the top 3 of all the ones I've ever met. Super nice and a genius in his trade.

Jennifer Riley
Feb 25, 2023

Dr. Coufal and Golden State Orthopedics are exceptional! I live out of state but come in for all of my orthopedic treatments because of the care I’ve gotten. I’m an amputee and trust no one to else but Dr. Coufal to do any kind of care for that leg. The dr’s always have the patients best interest in mind and will recommend other doctors in their office if your care requires it. I highly recommend Golden State Orthopedics to any and everyone!!

Denise Lynch
Jan 11, 2023

I took a bad fall and fractured my elbow and hip. Dr. Coufal performed surgery on both and I highly recommend him. He thoroughly explained what the surgeries entailed and continues to follow through during my post op office visits. Myself, all the nurses and physical therapists at John Muir Hospital think he’s the best!!

Dr Cheng Zhu
Feb 02, 2022

Dr. Coufal is very friendly and professional . He is knowledgeable and kind, He has great bedside manners and excellent surgical skills. His staff is super friendly. I am glad he is my doctor.

Mark Young
Jan 28, 2022

After many years of living with an acquired leg length discrepancy, I was fortunate enough to consult with Dr. Coufal upon a recommendation. Dr. Coufal presented way above my expectations on everything from how I managed since to what options are now available. A path to better health and comfort was clearly planned and is being acted on. This will take awhile and best results are expected. Thanks to all at Golden State Orthopedics.

mark murphy
Nov 19, 2021

Dr. Christopher Coufal Was great with my father who had broken his Pelvis. Unlike other surgeons I’ve met he was very down to earth, he made my father comfortable with his words and advice. Surgery went well and he stayed in contact for months and months afterwords to make sure he was doing well. I would recommend him to anyone who asks. He has a great sense of humor too which is great during times of discomfort

Fran Baskin
Jul 08, 2021

Dr Coufal is so focused , kind and patient He truly makes me feel like I’m his only patient while he’s the busiest Doc in the facility !

Assisting the Doctor:

Golden State Ortho Doctor showing caring hands

Golden State Ortho Doctors are assisted by our clinical support teams which include Medical Assistants, X-Ray Technicians and more.

Reviews Mean So Much!

Reviews mean so much to both the doctor providing care as well as to prospective patients. We appreciate your reviews!

This guy is amazing. I’ve had no problems with the arm since, thank you so much Dr. Coufal!
- Don Z

Dr Coufal is amazing. Very personable and he speaks in plain english. No fancy Dr speak!

- Review

If you want  good doctor go to the doctor other doctors go to because they know the good docs. I Went to MY ENT doc and he broke himself up on a motorcycle/ Dr. Coufal put is back together and my ENT guy said he was great.
- Tom S