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 surgical procedures with affiliations at Sharp Coronado HospitalParadise Valley Hospital, and local Surgery Centers. 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. Sharp is San Diego's Healthcare leader with eight hospitals in San Diego.

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 College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and Foot Health Facts.  I am also a new 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 corrective bunion surgery, pediatric and adult flatfoot repair, laser toenail treatment, failed foot and ankle surgery, restoration, nerve surgery, and preventive medicine.

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,

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


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 Artificial Ankle Implants
  • 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
  • Experts in Diabetic Wound Care & Limb Preservation
  • Authors of the University of Texas Diabetic Foot Risk Classification

Foot and Ankle Certificates Held:

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 Karina. I have been part of University Foot and Ankle since 2015.  I love my dog and spoil him always.  I enjoy watching a good Disney movie like Frozen, Mulan, or Lilo & Stich. I look forward to serving your podiatric needs.

Podiatric Medical Assitant / Medical Administration


Hello my name is Genesis.  I'm a social person and like to meet new people.  I love listening to music, singing in the office, and going to the gym. If you have a foot problem let me know so we can help.

Podiatric Medical Assitant / Medical Administration


Hi my name is Daisy I'm the newest member of the team.  I like spending time with my family and friends as well as going to the gym to workout.  I look forward to meeting you and assiting with your care.

Podiatric Medical Assitant / Medical Administration