Rock G. Positano, DPM, MSc, MPH

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Dr. Rock G. Positano has been on staff at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) since 1991 and is nationally known for his non-surgical approach for the treatment of foot disorders. He serves in the capacity of Founder and Director of the Non-surgical Foot and Ankle Service and the Joe DiMaggio Sports Medicine Center at HSS. Dr. Positano was featured on the front page of the New York Times (Dec. 7, 2003) in an article concerning the dangers of cosmetic foot surgery. He has authored and edited numerous peer reviewed articles and has served as the editor of 8 medical textbooks ranging from foot and ankle orthopedics to sports medicine.  His thesis on Foot Health was approved with "Honors" and "With Distinction" by the faculty of the Yale School of Medicine.

The Non-surgical Foot and Ankle Service is dedicated to evaluating the majority of foot and ankle problems that often can be treated successfully without surgery. This service is dedicated to providing non-surgical treatment for foot and ankle problems and is the very first in the greater New York area located at a major orthopedic teaching hospital dedicated to orthopedic/musculoskeletal care and research in developing non-surgical treatments for foot and ankle ailments as well as optimizing the relationship between foot function and the effects on the knee, hip and lower back disorders.

The service is nationally renowned for its expertise in the design and fabrication of prescription foot orthotics used to treat many orthopedic foot and ankle problems. In addition, foot orthotics are prescribed to treat biomechanically related problems involving the knee, hip, and lower back, as these conditions are often responsive to the stability and improved mechanics that these devices provide.

The service treats fractures of the foot/ankle and has a direct affiliation and access to the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, the Orthopedic Trauma Service (OTS) at Hospital for Special Surgery and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and the Limb Lengthening and Deformity Service.

The Non-surgical Foot and Ankle Service provides access to state of the art diagnostic testing that includes diagnostic ultrasound, computerized motion and gait analysis, bone densitometry, MRI, CAT scan, X-rays, and bone scans.


  • Director and Founder, Joe DiMaggio Sports Medicine Foot and Ankle Center
  • Director and Founder, Non-surgical Foot and Ankle Service, Department of Orthopaedics, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Director, The Foot Center / Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Trauma Service, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Applied Biomechanics, Albert Nerken School of Engineering, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  • Director of Non-Surgical Foot and Ankle Service/Department of Orthopedics, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, Warren Albert Medical School of Brown University
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine/College of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Professor and Chairman, Department of Academic Orthopedic Surgery, New York College of Podiatric Medicine / Foot Center of New York



Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service
Orthopedic Trauma Service
HSS Spine
The New York Mets, Foot and Ankle Consultant
The New York Giants, Foot and Ankle Consultant
Limb Lengthening and Deformity Service
The Associated Press, Sports Medicine Consultant (Foot and Ankle)
CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX, PAX, Television Foot Consultant
New York Daily News, Weekly Sports Medicine Columnist
The Huffington Post, Weekly Health Columnist
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York (Forensic Identification), Consultant


MPH, Yale School of Medicine - Master of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut
DPM, New York College of Podiatric Medicine - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, New York
MSc, NYU School of Medicine - Master of Science, New York
BA, NYU College of Arts and Science, New York


Foot Clinics of New York, New York
Yale School of Medicine
NYU Medical Center- Institute of Environmental Medicine, New York

State Licensure

New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island

Rock G. Positano, DPM, MSc, MPH has contributed to the following educational materials:

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Selected Publications

Argerakis NG, Positano RG, Positano RC, et al. Ultrasound Diagnosis and Evaluation of Plantar Heel Pain. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association: March 2015, Vol. 105, No. 2, pp. 135-140.

Nguyen U-SDT, Dufour AB, Positano RG, et al. The Occurrence of Ipsilateral or Contralateral Foot Disorders and Hand Dominance: The Framingham Foot Study. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. 2013;103(1):16-23.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Books/Chapters

Disorders of the Heel, Rearfoot, and Ankle

Disorders of the Heel, Rearfoot, and Ankle
Systemic Disease Symptoms and Manifestations in the Lower Extremity (in press)
Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine
Atlas of Foot and Ankle Sonography
Medical Clinics of North America - Environmental Medicine
Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery - Applied Biomechanics
Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery - Occupational Medicine
Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery - Nail Disorders

Research Interests

  • Development of non-surgical treatment programs for foot and ankle problems
  • Framingham Foot Study that studies the incidence and development of foot and ankle disorders in the general population
  • Development of new prescription foot orthoses prototypes for the non-surgical treatment of foot and ankle problems
  • Development of prescription foot orthoses prototypes for the treatment of lower extremity musculoskeletal problems such as biomechanical disorders of the back, knee, hip, and lower leg
  • Creation of joint preservation strategies for the foot, ankle, knee, hip, and back
  • Prevention of both foot injury and arthritis progression in the foot and ankle
  • Establishment of public health protocols to preempt the development of foot and ankle ailments
  • Development of sport-specific orthotic devices (tennis, golf, sneakers, etc.) to increase performance and decrease injury
Dr. Rock Positano, Podiatrist, Physiatrist

Contact Information

Office Locations

River Terrace
Suite 203-A
519 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

212.606.1858 or 212.288.8200

Toll Free Telephone Number
Outside New York State:

Brown University
Warren Albert Medical School of Brown University
Department of Orthopaedics

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021

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