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Dr. Rock Positano Joins IPFH Scientific Advisory Board

Institute for Preventive Foot Health welcomes expert in non-surgical treatments for foot conditions

(August 11, 2015 — Statesville, NC) — The Institute for Preventive Foot Health, a leader in promoting research and raising awareness about the importance of caring for the feet for optimal mobility and function, is pleased to announce that Rock G. Positano, DPM, MSc, MPH has joined its Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Positano is Director and Founder of the Non-Surgical Foot and Ankle Service at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, and Director and Founder of the Joe DiMaggio Sports Medicine and Ankle Center at Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is nationally known for his non-surgical approaches to the treatment of foot disorders and also is a researcher and author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and authoritative texts.

Dr. Positano’s research interests include the development of non-surgical treatment programs for foot and ankle problems; development of new prescription foot orthoses prototypes for the non-surgical treatment of foot and ankle problems; creation of joint preservation strategies for the foot, ankle, knee, hip and back; and establishment of public health protocols to preempt the development of foot and ankle conditions.

Welcoming Dr. Positano to the board, IPFH President Lynn Thorneburg commented, “It is rare to find a highly regarded podiatric physician/surgeon who is committed to using non-surgical methods to treat conditions of the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg. We look forward to working with Dr. Positano and appreciate his expertise and dedication to preventive foot health.”


About IPFH
The Institute for Preventive Foot Health (IPFH)  is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to raising awareness about the importance of caring for the feet through education, research and the identification of methods demonstrated by clinical research to prevent, treat and manage painful conditions and diseases affecting the feet, mobility, functional status and quality of life. Its Scientific Advisory Board members include leaders in various disciplines related to preventive foot health and appropriate foot care and treatment, particularly for feet at risk from diabetes and other vascular conditions. Its educational partners include the Amputee Coalition, the International Council on Active Aging and the European Union’s SOHEALTHY foot care initiative.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology and No. 7 in geriatrics by U.S. News & World Report (2015-16), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center three consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at

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