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Director, Non-surgical Foot and Ankle Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Dr. Rock G. Positano has been on staff at HSS since 1991 and is nationally known for his non-surgical approach for the treatment of foot disorders. He serves in the capacity of Director of the Non-surgical Foot and Ankle Service at Hospital for Special Surgery. 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 recently authored and edited an orthopedic/medical textbook with Dr. Chitranjan Ranawat entitled Disorders of the Heel, Rearfoot and Ankle which was cited in the prestigious Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery as a recommended book of interest for clinicians. His thesis on Foot Health was approved with "Honors" and "With Distinction" by the faculty of Yale University School of Medicine.
Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service
Orthopedic Trauma Service
Spine Care Institute
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
One of the goals of Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.
As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies if payments were received during the prior year, or if the HSS physician currently receives payment. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.
As of May 21, 2015, Dr. Positano reported no financial interest relationships with healthcare industry.
By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, HSS’ Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.
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
New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island
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.
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