Dr. Coughlin completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training at McGill University in Montreal. There he served as Vice-President of the Physicians Resource Committee, a branch of the Residents Association of McGill. During his time at McGill, he received many research prizes and awards, one of which included the prestigious Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) Resident Scholarship. In 2016, Dr. Coughlin completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Duke University in North Carolina, which U.S. News and Reports frequently ranks as one of the top Orthopaedic Hospitals in the United States. During his fellowship, he was awarded the Feagin Leadership Piedmont Scholar Award, which selects distinguished individuals to help develop educational initiatives focused on skills and behaviors associated with effective and ethical healthcare leadership. He also served as the head team physician for the Riverside high school football team and assistant team physician for the Duke football and basketball programs. In 2017, Dr Coughlin returned to Canada to complete a second fellowship at McMaster University, where he spent dedicated time learning hip arthroscopy under the direction of Dr. Olufemi Ayeni, a world expert in this field. In addition, Dr. Coughlin assisted with the medical care of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a professional football team of the Canadian Football League (CFL).
Dr. Coughlin continues to remain active in research activities. His research interests include surgical education and simulation training. He developed the first ever validated low-fidelity arthroscopic simulator designed to train and assess basic surgical skills (Coughlin et al., J Bone Joint Am, 2015). His clinical research focuses on evidence-based medicine of young hip disorders (e.g. femoroacetabular impingement) and shoulder and elbow conditions in the athlete. Dr. Coughlin has spoken nationally and internationally on a wide spectrum of shoulder, knee and hip topics and continues to be invited to share his expertise to other surgeons and/or surgeons-in training. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. He is co-guest editor for the Journal Annals of Joint and has written multiple book chapters for major orthopaedic text books. He has also presented his research at regional and international meetings. He was nominated as a member of the Arthroscopy Association of Canada (AAC) this past fall. He also is an active member in many professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA).
On a personal note, Dr. Coughlin was raised on the West Island of Montreal, QC. He attended McGill University for both his undergraduate and medical school studies. He played Junior AA hockey and college golf at the National level. He is passionate about his work and dedicated to providing the highest level of care to his patients.