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R. James Toussaint, MD

Clinical Associate Professor and Division Chief

Division: Foot and Ankle Make a Gift
Clinic Appointments: (352) 273-7001 Academic Office: (352) 273-7044 eAppointment
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About R. James Toussaint

My name is R. James Toussaint, MD. I am the chief of the foot and ankle division in the department of orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. As a surgeon, I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic injuries, with a particular interest in degenerative, traumatic and sports-related foot and ankle disorders.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago. Then, I graduated with my medical degree from the New York University Grossman School of Medicine. I also pursued a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Harvard Medical School and a fellowship in orthopaedic surgery, with a focus on foot and ankle, at OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In addition to teaching as a clinical associate professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine, I also practice at the UF Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute. I became an orthopaedic surgeon because I enjoy body’s complex anatomy and I want to help my patients regain their mobility. I am constantly thinking of new ways to treat foot and ankle disorders, and I’ve published research articles about traumatic disorders to provide care in disaster situations. This is important to me, as I have experience treating victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and providing care in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.

Something that patients should know about me is that I always consider the spectrum of nonoperative treatments first. But if surgery is necessary, I encourage patients to ask questions and engage in shared decision making so that they feel comfortable with their treatment choice.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy collecting art and visiting art museums, especially UF’s Harn Museum of Art. I used to compete as a collegiate wrestler and I compete in triathlons when time permits. In 2021, I became a co-owner of the North Carolina Courage, one of the clubs in the National Women’s Soccer League.

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Comments (20 received)

January 11, 2024
Dr Toussaint is a great Dr, showed me on Cat Scan what he was talking about and why he recommended treatment & how it would help my foot. I would highly recommend him to anybody.

January 4, 2024
Dr. Toussaint is every bit as wonderful as everyone in Gainesville said he was. He thoughtfully listened, didn't rush my appointment and I'm grateful for his dedication.

December 29, 2023
Dr Toussaint ROCKS

December 1, 2023
Dr. Toussaint was excellent. Answered all my questions and did not feel rushed.

November 30, 2023
Dr was very good explained all to me answered all my questions

November 25, 2023
Dr Tussaind is a very good listener, concerned, and compassionate provider. It is not easy to find a doctor like Dr. T who takes as much as needed time to hear his patient

November 12, 2023
DR. Toussaint is very good in his practice of medicine. I have never felt rushed and he answered all of my questions thoroughly and made sure that my wife and I understood his explanations. I would not hesitate to recommend UF and Dr. Toussaint to anyone needing care. My whole experience with my ankle replacement has been nothing short of excellent.

June 3, 2023
Very good attention, throughout the process, before and after surgery.

June 2, 2023
I haven't had no bad experience.

May 18, 2023
I highly recommend Dr.. Tulli!

May 4, 2023
I was given great customer service

May 4, 2023
Physician explains the things that he wants to try and help with a speedy recovery. And I agreed.

April 29, 2023
Dr. Toussaint is a fabulous clinician plus a very personable gentleman! He is meticulous in his exam and he explains his medical findings clearly with compassion and confidence. He listens and relates extremely well to his patients. He is the only doc in town who will ever work on my foot problems. He is the consummate physician and I'm glad he moved to UF!!

April 20, 2023
I am very pleased and happy to have dr tussant. He is a very nice, and informative man that listened to my questions and concerns.

April 13, 2023
Dr Toussaint has been great to work with! I will definitely be referring him to others. I'm so happy on the results. Thanks

April 7, 2023
Dr. Toussaint was excellent.

April 4, 2023
Doctor Toussaint was fantastic. He was patient, explained everything in plain language and answered all questions that were thrown at him. He was eager to get me back to doing the things I enjoy. One of the best Doctors I have ever visited.

March 24, 2023
Staff are on top of their game. Well done.

March 12, 2023
Dr. Toussaint was very thorough, descriptive, understanding, and had great bedside manner. Wish I would've seen him first instead of seeing 3 other providers for the same issue.

March 11, 2023
Dr. Toussaint is by FAR the overall best Dr. I have seen since the arrival of multiple medical issues. He was professional but not to the point of rigidity. His communication skills were very adept at explaining both the issue and the multiple remedies without force feeding me a bunch of useless jargon that I probably wouldn't understand. I cannot place enough praise upon Dr. Toussaints medical knowledge and his down to earth communication skills.Thank you


Professional Associations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Profile


  • Orthopaedic Surgery



  • Foot and Ankle Surgery


Areas of Interest

  • Achilles tendon repair
  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Ankle pain
  • Broken bone
  • Bunions
  • Charcot foot
  • Flat feet
  • Foot drop
  • Foot pain
  • Hammer toe
  • Heel pain
  • High arch
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sprains
  • Tendon repair


  • Gonzalez TA, Ehrlichman LK, Macaulay AA, Gitajn IL, Toussaint RJ, Zurakowski D, Kwon JY. Determining Measurement Error for Bohler's Angle and the Effect of X-Ray Obliquity on Accuracy. Foot Ankle Spec. 2016 Oct;9(5):409-16.
  • Wusu TO, Toussaint RJ, Ellington JK, Kwon JY. The posterior medial blind spot of the distal tibia: implications for surgical fixation. Foot Ankle Spec. 2015 Feb;8(1):46-9.
  • Gitajn IL, Abousayed M, Toussaint RJ, Vrahas M, Kwon JY. Calcaneal avulsion fractures: a case series of 33 patients describing prognostic factors and outcomes. Foot Ankle Spec. 2015 Feb;8(1):10-7.
  • Toussaint RJ, Bergeron SG, Weaver MJ, Tornetta P 3rd, Vrahas MS, Harris MB. The effect of the Massachusetts healthcare reform on the uninsured rate of the orthopaedic trauma population. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Aug 20;96(16):e141.
  • Ehrlichman LK, Toussaint RJ, Kwon JY. Surgical relocation of peroneal tendon dislocation with calcaneal open reduction and internal fixation: technique tip. Foot Ankle Int. 2014 Sep;35(9):938-42.
  • Gitajn IL, Abousayed M, Toussaint RJ, Ting B, Jin J, Kwon JY. Anatomic Alignment and Integrity of the Sustentaculum Tali in Intra-Articular Calcaneal Fractures: Is the Sustentaculum Tali Truly Constant? J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Jun 18;96(12):1000-1005.
  • Toussaint RJ, Lin D, Ehrlichman LK, Ellington JK, Strasser N, Kwon JY. Peroneal tendon displacement accompanying intra-articular calcaneal fractures. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Feb 19;96(4):310-5.
    * Awarded Best Clinical Research Paper, Harvard Combined Orthopaedics Residency Program *
  • Abousayed MM, Toussaint RJ, Kwon JY. The Use of Dual C-Arms During Fixation of Calcaneal Fractures: A Technique Tip. Foot Ankle Spec. 2013 Dec 10.
  • Toussaint RJ, Gitajn IL, Kwon JY. Measuring Bohler's Angle with Oblique Lateral Radiographs: Implications for Management of Calcaneal Fractures. The Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School. 15:7, 2013 Dec.
  • Toussaint RJ, Abousayed MM, Kwon JY. Preventing Falls in the Operating Room: A Technique Tip for Safely Tilting the Operating Table. Foot Ankle Spec. 2013 Jul 17.
  • Gitajn IL, Toussaint RJ, Kwon JY. Assessing accuracy of sustentaculum screw placement during calcaneal fixation. Foot Ankle Int. 2013;34(2):282-6.
  • Smith RM, Dyer GS, Toussaint RJ, et al. Disaster Triage after the Haitian Earthquake. Injury. 2012;43(11):1811-5.
  • Toussaint RJ. My Experience in Haiti – Ten Days after the Earthquake. The Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School. 12:61, 2010 Oct.
  • Alfonso DT, Toussaint RJ, Alfonso BD, et al. Nonsurgical complications after total hip and knee arthroplasty. American Journal of Orthopedics. 2006;35(11):503-10.


  • Fellowship, Foot and Ankle
    OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Institute
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery
    Harvard Medical School
  • Medical School
    New York University School of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics
    University of Chicago

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