Ralph Napolitano, Jr., DPM, CWSP, FACFAS
Dr. Napolitano is a double board-certified podiatrist and wound care specialist physician. He specializes in medicine, surgery and wound care of the foot, ankle and lower leg. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology with minors in chemistry and music from Baldwin-Wallace University 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 was fortunate to earn both academic and music scholarships as well as honors and distinctions throughout his undergraduate and professional schooling career.
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, research and publications include: general podiatric medicine and surgery, wound care and healing, diabetic foot wounds, lower limb surgical salvage, management of surgical wound complications, lower limb sports medicine, athletic shoe gear consulting, aesthetic podiatry and laser care.
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 the American Board of Wound Management. He holds clinical privileges at numerous area hospitals, surgery centers, and wound care centers. He is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Specialty Medicine at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is also part of the clinical faculty for the Grant Medical Center Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Program. Dr. Napolitano was one of the physician founders that helped establish the Licking Memorial Hospital Wound Care Center over 15 years ago. Current consulting affiliations include: 3M, Organogenesis, Ortho Dermatologics and Flower Orthopedics. He remains active publishing and lecturing locally and nationally on wound care and healing. In 2018, Dr. Napolitano was the only podiatrist in the world to have an article accepted into the Cureus Journal of Medical Science’s publishing competition on negative pressure wound therapy with instillation and dwell utilizing novel dressings. In 2019, during a limited commercial release, he was the first clinician in North America to trial DERMATAC™ Drape, a new single-use, proprietary silicone acrylic hybrid drape that is used as an accessory to NPWT systems.