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Rock G. Positano

Associate Clinical Professor, Chronic Disease Epidemiology

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Rock G. Positano, DPM, MPH, MSc, DSc



Rock G. Positano, D.P.M., M.Sc., ’89 M.P.H. has been on staff at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) since 1991 and is nationally known for his non-surgical approach for the treatment of foot and ankle 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.

He earned his BA from the NYU College of Arts and Science, his Master of Science from NYU School of Medicine, a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) from New York College of Podiatric Medicine and an MPH from the Yale School of Medicine (Public Health). He is Professor and Chairman, Department of Academic Orthopedic Surgery, New York College of Podiatric Medicine / Foot Center of New York and maintains professorial academic/clinical appointments at Cornell and Brown.

Education & Training

  • DPM
    New York College of Podiatric Medicine
  • DSc
    New York College of Podiatric Medicine
  • MSc
    NYU School of Medicine
  • BA
    NYU College of Arts and Science
  • MPH
    Yale School of Medicine

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