San Diego, Mira Mesa and Coronado, CA

(619) 269-4747

Our Staff

All our professionals at University Foot and Ankle Specialists, Inc. maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in podiatry.

Dr. Richard Tu

Hi my name is Dr. Richard Tu. I was born and raised in San Diego. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your healthcare needs. I perform treatment and surgical procedures with affiliations at Sharp Coronado HospitalParadise Valley Hospital, and the UCSD Surgical Center of San Diego. I am proud to be on staff these hospitals because they demonstrate high quality of care delivered by doctors who make decisions based on the best interests of their patients.
I was recently honored as Sharp Healthcare's "Guardian Angel".

I received my undergraduate degree from UC San Diego in Biochemistry and my Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree at CSPM in San Francisco in 2004. I trained as as a guest at UTHSC San AntonioBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard), Cambridge Hospital (Harvard), and at Yale-New Haven Hospital (Yale).

I completed an three year Advanced Surgical Residency at St. Mary's Medical Center and UCSF. It was a honor for me to be one of the top three doctors chosen among my peers to be at St. Mary's Medical Center. I was trained in Plastic Surgery as well as Foot and Ankle Reconstruction/Orthopedic Trauma. During my surgical training alone I completed 1,200+ surgical cases with over 1,400+ procedures.
In addition, I also had a clinical teaching appointment at CSPM and UCSF teaching podiatry students, medical students, interns, and residents. I have extensive experience in plastic surgery, orthopedic trauma, and the diabetic foot.

The hospitals I trained at included St. Mary's Medical Center, Sisters of St. Mary's Clinic, San Francisco General Hospital/UCSFHighland (Oakland) General HospitalSeton Medical CenterKaiser San Francisco, as well as Kaiser Santa Rosa. The faculty I have trained with are the best on the Western United States.  I had the pleasure training under the author of the textbook on Bunion Surgery as well as other lead authors in foot and ankle surgery.

I enjoy spending time to teaching patients using new technology if available. Overall, I have 7 years of specialized education and training about the foot and ankle, and no I am not attracted to people's feet. =)
My learning and excellence does not end because I am a member of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and Foot Health Facts.  I am also a member of the American College of Foot & Ankle Pediatrics.  I have yet to be bored of treating the foot and ankle.

I have specialized interests in permanent ingrown toenail surgery, corrective bunion surgery, pediatric and adult flatfoot repair, laser toenail treatment, failed foot and ankle surgery, restoration, microscopic nerve surgery, and preventive medicine.  I am one of the few surgeons Certified in Stryker STAR Ankle Replacement surgery.

I speak both Vietnamese and conversational Spanish. I keep up with current medical procedures and the standard of care. I treat patients no less than my own family members.

In my leisure time I enjoy telling my staff silly jokes, maintaining our office saltwater fish tanks, going to the San Diego ZooSeaWorld, and Legoland with my family.

Thanks for visting our website,

Foot & Ankle Surgeon
Pediatric Foot & Anke Specialist
Board Certified, American Board of Podiatric Medicine


Dr. Tu also trained under various well known authors of texts and experts:

  • The author of the Textbook on Bunion Surgery
  • Including the forerunner in the use of Total Ankle Replacement Surgery
  • The inventor/founder of the Austin-Youngswick Bunionectomy
  • Staff and faculty at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and San Francisco General Hospital
  • Staff and faculty at St. Mary's Medical Center - San Francisco, CA
  • Staff and faculty at Highland General Hospital - Oakland, CA
  • Staff and faculty at the Kaiser Permanente Healthcare Foundation
  • Staff and faculty at the University of Texas San Antonio Health Science Center
  • Staff and faculty at Harvard Medical School
  • Staff and faculty at Yale Medical School
  • Experts in Diabetic Wound Care & Limb Preservation
  • Authors of the University of Texas Diabetic Foot Risk Classification

Foot and Ankle Certificates Held:

  • Board Certified, American Board of Podiatric Medicine
  • Stryker: STAR Total Ankle Replacement Surgery
  • ACFAS, Complex Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy
  • ACFAS, Complex Foot and Ankle Applications of Monolateral and Circular Frames (Ilizarov technique)
  • OssaTron/Orthotripsy (ESWT) procedure
  • National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME)

Affiliated Hospitals

  • SHARP Coronado Hospital - Sharp Healthcare
  • Paradise Valley Hosptial - Prime Healthcare

Medical Consultant

  • F.M. - Medical/Aesthetic Lasers, Bethel, CT, USA

Affiliations & Memberships


Administrative Staff

We are proud of our staff and the high quality of work they produce to care for our patients.  Below is a list of our current staff members.



Hi my name is Gisel.  I am here to assist the doctor with your medical needs.  I assist with scheduling and back office procedures.  I look forward to assisting with your foot and ankle needs.  I am a specialized Podiatric Medical Assistant and attend annual continuing education.  I've been here since Halloween 2018.


I was born and raised in San Diego. I enjoy helping people. On my free time you can catch me trying out new food around town.  I'm a foodie. Feel free to ask me about any restaurant.  I've been here since 2019.


Hi I'm Jessica, I like spending time with my famly.  I've been with the office since 2019.