icon-physicians-largeRalph J. Napolitano Jr., D.P.M., CWSP, FACFAS, Podiatrist

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Dr. Napolitano is a double board-certified podiatrist and wound care specialist physician. (CWSP).  He specializes in medicine, surgery and wound care of the foot, ankle and lower leg. He was the first podiatrist in the state of Ohio to earn the board certification Certified Wound Specialist Physician (CWSP).  Areas of special clinical interest and research include: general podiatric medicine and surgery, wound care and healing, diabetic limb preservation and surgical limb salvage, digital joint replacement and preservation surgery in the foot, lower extremity dermatology and infectious diseases, custom foot orthotics, gait analysis and athletic shoe gear consulting,  aesthetic podiatry and laser care.


He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Music from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio and his medical degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio which is now Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine.  He completed his residency training in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Heritage Valley Health System in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was fortunate to earn both academic and music scholarships as well as honors and distinctions throughout his undergraduate and professional schooling career.  Undergraduate honors include Baldwin Wallace College Greek Man of the Year, Tri-C Jazz Festival Outstanding Musician Award, and Omicron Delta Kappa academic leadership honorary. While at medical school he was named to Who’s Who in American Universities medical school division and earned clinical honors in Surgery, General Medicine, Biomechanics, and Orthopedics.  Dr. Napolitano has always enjoyed lecturing and teaching and was part of the faculty for the Heritage Valley Health System Podiatric Surgery Residency Program and the University of Pittsburgh Podiatric Surgery Residency Program.  He also has participated as a preceptor for the Athletic Training Program at Denison University.  Volunteer and philanthropic endeavors have included serving on the Board at the Stonybrook Early Learning Center, serving as a Committee Member for the Cub Scouts of America and participating in the medical team for the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports and Fitness Classic.


“I strive to educate my patients thoroughly about their problem and offer a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan both medical and surgical.  I believe healthy feet are the foundation for healthy living and will do my very best at all times to keep you active and moving along life’s journey—whatever your interests and wherever your feet may take you.”


 Dr. Napolitano is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and American Board of Wound Management.  He is also a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association.  He holds clinical privileges at numerous area hospitals, surgery centers, and wound care centers.


When not practicing medicine, Dr. Napolitano enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children.  His broad interests include music, golf, fishing, and mountain biking.  Of particular interest is jazz music.  His main instrument is the trumpet.  Over the years he has studied and performed with members of The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and the Saturday Night Live Band.

  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery
    American Board of Wound Management
  • Undergraduate
    Bachelors of Science in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and Music, Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio
  • Medical School
    Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Residency
    Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Heritage Valley Health System, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Professional Affiliations
    American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons (Fellow Status)
    American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (Diplomate Status)
    American Board of Wound Management (Diplomate Status)
    American Podiatric Medical Association
    Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association
  • Hospital Affiliations
    Mount Carmel New Albany Surgical Hospital
    Mount Carmel East
    St. Ann’s Hospital and Wound Care Center
    Licking Memorial Hospital and Wound Care Center
    New Albany Surgery Center
    Central Ohio Surgical Institute
    Pickerington Surgery Center

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Podiatry & Wound Care