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.
Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service
Orthopedic Trauma Service
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