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C. Luke Rust, M.D.


Foot & Ankle Surgery

C. Luke Rust, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon with subspecialty training in problems of the foot and ankle. He enjoys treating a wide range of conditions, including both the acute and chronic results of sports injuries, arthritis, bunions, deformities, and trauma in both adults and children, as well as total ankle replacement. He believes in a personalized approach to each patient, utilizing conservative as well as operative treatment.

Dr. Rust is a native of the Northwest and grew up north of Seattle in Mount Vernon, Washington. He went to Stanford University, where he played soccer for 4 years, being named an Academic All-American his senior year. He then went to medical school at Dartmouth College, followed by his residency at Oregon Health and Science University and fellowship at the Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan Foot and Ankle Fellowship Program. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, fishing, and playing soccer.

Dr. Rust sees patients with ankle, foot, and sports-related conditions at Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery in Vancouver at Vancouver, Salmon Creek, and East Vancouver; in Portland at Rose Quarter; and in Lake Oswego.  


    Education & Training

    • Undergraduate: Stanford University, Stanford, CA
    • Doctor of Medicine: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH
    • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
    • Foot and Ankle Fellowship: Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI


    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Professional Associations

    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society

    Hospital Affiliations

    • PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
    • Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center


    • Portland Monthly Top Doctor: 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020

    I choose Rebound to help me with a recurring pain in my right ankle. After examination it was diagnosed to be a few bone spurs on the end of my tibia and one large one on the back side of my talus bone. Enter Dr. Rust, whom from first meeting through post surgery earned my confidence and respect as a surgeon and a man. Under Dr Rust’s care I witnessed his acute dedication to thoroughness, and professionalism that would rival any. He is a credit to his trade, Rebound and our community.

    -Sean M.


    I came to see Dr. Rust because I'd been having terrible pain my feet. Dr. Rust was very thorough and knowledgeable. He quickly zeroed in on what my issues are. He has a great bedside-manner, easily switching from a doctor's customary terms to laymen's terms. He very easily explained to me what was going on and gave sound medical advice on how to deal with it - without surgery. I generally dislike doctors and experience has shown that it is not easy for them to earn my trust. Dr. Rust, however, won me over quickly with how personable and attentive he is. I would recommend him to anyone.

    -Tami B.


    Dr. Rust is a credit to his trade. I have been in good hands throughout the last year of his care. He's very personable and informative. Great stafff as well. I am really grateful to have come here.

    -Shannon L.


    Dr. Rust had given me my freedom back after a long battle with a planter ulcer due to my type 2 diabetes. I had fought this issue through many infections and hospitalizations and having Dr. Rust in my corner when I finally was referred to Rebound was the best thing that has ever happened to me. He was extremely knowledgeable and caring and we exhausted every option before he would even consider my amputation. Once it was done I healed so fast and now I am walking again which never seemed like it was even a option. He made it possible that the one thing I have dreamed of will be possible. One day I will walk with my daughter on her wedding day and as a matter of fact I just walked her to the bus for the first time and it was amazing!

    -Matt Brooks