Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Dr Ross H Talarico


“My goal is to incorporate your values, shared decision making, and the latest medical research to return you to an active and healthy lifestyle.”


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About Dr Talarico

Dr. Talarico is a third generation foot and ankle surgeon who completed an intensive residency program at the San Francisco Bay Area Foot and Ankle Residency Program. Dr. Talarico has both orthopedic and podiatric specialty training in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery. He is trained in various surgical and non-surgical treatments of the foot and ankle including: biomechanics, orthotic therapy, and arthroscopy. Dr. Talarico is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Prior to joining Webster Orthopedics, Dr. Talarico was the Chief of Podiatric Surgery and Residency Director at a major Bay Area medical center where he held the position for a decade. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UCSF where he was involved in the training of many foot and ankle surgeons who currently practice in the Bay Area. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at Springfield College, Massachusetts in Health Sciences. He attended graduate school while working toward a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology and was an assistant coach to the men’s gymnastics team. He was a member of two consecutive USA Men’s Collegiate National Championship teams.

Dr. Talarico attended the California School of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco where he graduated with honors. He has obtained several awards throughout his career and medical education. Dr. Talarico has published numerous articles and has been highly involved in medical research throughout the course of his career.

In his leisure time, he enjoys cooking, spending time with his family and is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys long distance hiking, backpacking and camping and has hiked multiple sections of the Pacific Crest Trail.

  • San Francisco Bay Area Foot & Ankle Residency
  • American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons
  • American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • California College of Podiatric Medicine, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
  • Springfield College, MA, Bachelor of Science

JORDAN, T. H., TALARICO, R. H., & SCHUBERTH, J. M. (2011). 

The Radiographic Fate of the Syndesmosis after Trans-syndesmotic Screw Removal in Displaced Ankle Fractures. The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, 50(4), 407-412. doi:10.1053/j.jfas.2011.03.014

SCHUBERTH, J. M., COBB, M. D., & TALARICO, R. H. (2009). 

Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic-Assisted Reduction with Percutaneous Fixation in the Management of Intra-Articular Calcaneal Fractures: A Review of 24 Cases. The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, 48(3), 315-322. doi:10.1053/j.jfas.2009.01.002

TALARICO, R. H., HAMILTON, G. A., FORD, L. A., & RUSH, S. M. (2006).

Fracture Dislocations of the Tarsometatarsal Joints: Analysis of Interrater Reliability in Using the Modified Hardcastle Classification System. The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, 45(5), 300-303. doi:10.1053/j.jfas.2006.06.006


About Dr Talarico

Rama Padmanabhan
Mar 04, 2023

Dr. Talarico quickly diagnosed my ankle fracture and gave good advise and treatment not wasting any time. I am very happy I went to him!

Maureen Hogan
Mar 03, 2023

I saw Dr. Talarico for a foot in dire need of help. I was impressed with his humility & expertise. He knows his business. I had complete confidence in him. His intelligence is obvious in his dedication to get the best possible result regardless of how much time it may take. His honesty and humility are impressive considering his knowledge. Not many doctors would have been willing or able to get my foot in working condition because of it seemed hopeless & there was no guarantee in the result. Dr Talarico took on the challenge with confidence and courage in his convictions. I highly recommend Dr Talarico. He is one of the best!

Alan Patten
Feb 27, 2023

i had torn my achilles playing sports with people 30 years younger, stronger and faster. At first i didn’t know the extent of my injury, but when it lingered on and on, i found Dr Talerico and he expertly fixed me right up. He made the whole ordeal remarkably pleasant and i recovered quite well, and a little wiser.

Jon LaDow
Feb 24, 2023

Thanks Need to get a follow up

Judith Alper
Feb 14, 2023

Takes time to explain details of problem and solution. Felt well taken care of.

Luz Marina Ruiz
Feb 06, 2023

Dr. Talarico and his staff provide great patient services. Dr. Talarico takes the time to explain medical procedures carefully, and is a good listener. After my toe surgery, I experienced zero pain and had a speedy recovery. When I called his office to follow up on my surgery, he made a personal phone call to check in on me. On another occasion he did the same. It’s so reassuring to work with a Doctor who is excellent in his field, and also good at communication with his patients. I highly recommend Dr. Talarico, an excellent foot surgeon and caring doctor.

Kristin Schwaighart
Dec 23, 2022

Dr. Talarico performed rather complicated surgery rebuilding my foot. The surgery went very well. Dr. Talarico has been carefully monitoring my recovery. I couldn't have asked for a better surgeon or better followup care. He takes care to explain everything and answer questions. Thank you!

Bob E.
Dec 21, 2022

After breaking my foot and suffering with foot pain for the past 7 years (after seeing 5 different doctors for the condition) I was finally referred to Dr. Talarico by my orthopedic surgeon. I found Dr Talarico to be an excellent and compassionate physician. He listened to my concerns and answering all my questions prior to diagnosing my problem. He started out with conservative options, prior to suggesting surgery. After the conservative approach didnt give me relief, he explained the risks/rewards and I opted for surgery. I am now 5 weeks post surgery and for the first time in 7 years I have a smile on my face. Dr Talarico is now on my very short list of doctors I trust and wouldn't hesitate recommending to my family or friends. Thank you Dr Talarico!

Evelyn D.
Nov 18, 2022

Amazing surgeon. Best ankle doctor for any ankle and foot fracture. I have so many people who know people who know people who got there bones fixed from Dr. Talarico. Funny thing- the few people I know with a horror story had surgery by other docs. Former UCSF faculty for 10 years- HELLO!!! Professional, skilled, good bedside manner. Everything I needed.

Kat M.
Nov 06, 2022

I pretty much broke everything I could in my right ankle when I fell rollerskating in February. The stars aligned for me when I randomly picked Dr. Talarico from my insurance website as my surgeon. I had three surgeries with Dr. Talarico -- yes, I pulverized my ankle! He is an excellent surgeon, very knowledgeable and transparent with me. It was a very complicated case...At every stage of the healing process, he explained clearly what was happening and what to expect. I'd highly recommend him.

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Great surgeon- fixed my bunions and I’m back to hiking. Thank you!

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Excellent doctor, great surgeon. Overall great experience.
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Very knowledgeable and empathetic. Helped my recuperate my ankle from a soccer injury.

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