Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr Joseph X Kou MD



  • Walnut Creek

  • San Ramon


“Your health and the quality of orthopedic care you receive are my top priorities. I strive to provide outstanding and timely orthopedic care while encouraging patients to take an active role in the process.


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    2625 Shadelands Drive
    Walnut Creek CA 94598

  • Monday – Thursday
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM


With Dr Kou


About Dr Kou

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.

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, including performing both the Wright Medical Infinity Total Ankle Replacement and the Paragon28 Apex 3D Total Ankle procedure.

  • Board Certification

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons

  • Fellowship

    • Foot and Ankle Reconstruction

      Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY 2008

  • Residency

    • Orthopedic Surgery

      William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI 2007

  • Medical School

    • Doctor of Medicine

      Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI 2002

  • College

    • B.S. in Biochemistry

      University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1998

Medical Interests

Areas of Interest:

  • Wright Medical Infinity Total Ankle Replacement
  • Paragon28 Apex3D Total Ankle


About Dr Kou

Katherine Tonkyro
Feb 02, 2023

Dr Kou has been my orthopedic surgeon seeing me through the corrective surgery to repair another surgeon’s failed ankle fusion surgery and has since then performed another surgery on the other ankle. Both surgeries were completely successful. Since then he has been very kind and helpful with the follow-ups. After the bad experience I had with a different surgeon I am very hapy and relieved to have found him, and I intend to use him again if needed. Both Dr Kou and his assistant have been wonderful. I trust then both and recommend then for ankle surgery.

Nancy Ramirez
Jan 27, 2023

I met Dr.Kou and he was very polite and understood my concerns about my left foot and I appreciate him very much. I will definitely recommend him to family and friends.

Dec 24, 2022

I am now seeing doctor Kou and I like him very much he takes out a lot of time to explain What he sees.

tom pinckard
Dec 14, 2022

As a retired physician I was very pleased to meet a young physician with medical care values with which I could agree

Kimberley Goodwin
Dec 13, 2022

Dr. Kou is an excellent physician. He treats me for ankle pain. I’m usually a bit anxious when I have to get any type procedure involving a needle, but I’ve never experienced so little pain. It’s almost pain free. He’s always been extremely patient and gentle. I so appreciate the treatments I receive from Dr. Kou. The treatments alleviate a great deal of pain from my ankles and therefore make my life just a little bit easier.

Dave Grilli
Dec 07, 2022

Great Surgeon - Great Staff -

Karla Kelly
May 06, 2022

I interviewed three surgeons before deciding on Dr. Kuo and it was the best decision I could have made. First, Dr. Kuo is kind. He is patient and clearly wants his clients to be fully informed and on top of all that, he was always on time, as was his PA, Megan. Dr. Kuo made me feel like his top priority and made sure all my questions were answered by the end of each appointment. My surgery was such a success and I highly recommend Dr. Kuo for any surgery involving your feet.

Lisa L.
Mar 09, 2022

I am remiss in not having shared my positive experiences with Dr. Kou and Megan, his PA. I had surgery on both my feet to correct pronated feet. The first procedure occurred in early 2017, followed by a surgery for removing the pins. The second surgery, on my other foot, happened last March and it was, again, followed by pin removal. During all four procedures, Dr. Kou and Megan were extremely professional. I was particularly impressed with Megan's kind and caring support. I also appreciated the fact that Dr. Kou was very clear in setting expectations. This type of foot surgery involves a very long recovery and it was not easy, but I am so pleased that both my feet are now upright and I am able to walk without the pain I was previously experiencing. I highly recommend Dr. Kou and Megan. They make an awesome team!!

Jan 04, 2022

Dr. Kou is skilled, confident, and caring. Please see him before you let a DPM with a scalpel near your foot.

Diana Hoffman
Nov 15, 2021

Dr. Kou has helped me so much. My ankle was messed up and wasn’t repaired properly until I found Dr. Kou. It is critical that you take the time after an injury to find the right specialist to work on your specific injury, in my case my ankle. Don’t go see the first orthopedic physician you can get in with. I think I could have avoided some surgery if I had been with the right physician in the first place. Dr. Kou is the best when it comes to ankles.

Assisting the Doctor:

Smith, Megan, PA-C

Physician Assistants are highly skilled medical professionals. Dr. Kou is joined by Megan Smith, PA-C to provide the highest standard of care.

Reviews Mean So Much!

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

Dr. Kou has helped me so much. My ankle was messed up and wasn’t repaired properly until I found Dr. Kou. It is critical that you take the time after an injury to find the right specialist to work on your specific injury. Dr. Kou is the best when it comes to ankles.
- Diana H

Dr Kou operated on my right foot 8 years ago this month. I am still fine and am grateful to have found him. He was very sympathetic, very patient and very competent.
- Joan W

I saw Dr. Kou recently for an ankle issue.  I found him to be very knowledgeable, approachable and patient. I highly recommend him.
- Howard S