Ralph J. Napolitano Jr., DPM, CWSP, FACFAS
Podiatrist/ Wound Care
Treating Patients in:
New Albany & Pickerington
- Foot & Ankle Conditions
- Wound Care
About Dr. Napolitano
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 + KCI, 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™, a new single-use, proprietary silicone acrylic hybrid drape that is used as an accessory to NPWT systems.
“I strive to educate my patients thoroughly about their problems 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.”
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. 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. 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.
Education & Certifications
American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery
American Board of Wound Management
Bachelors of Science in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and Music, Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio
Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Heritage Valley Health System, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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
Mount Carmel New Albany Surgical Hospital
St. Ann’s Hospital and Wound Care Center
Licking Memorial Hospital and Wound Care Center
New Albany Surgery Center
Central Ohio Surgical Institute
Dublin Methodist Hospital
Grant Medical Center
Grove City Methodist Hospital
Publications and Research
Napolitano R. May 2020, Advances in Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Dressings: Sealing the deal with V.A.C. DERMATAC™ Drape; available at dialoguesinwoundmanagement.com.
Carr A, Long J, Napolitano R, Cheney, N, Gittins, J. (2019) Tandem Specialty Management of Complex Lower Extremity Wounds: A Report of Three Cases. Cureus. 11 (11):e6193.
Napolitano R. (2018) Treatment of Acute Compartment Syndrome Sequela of the Leg: A Case Report Demonstrating Negative Pressure Wound Therapy with Instillation and Dwell Utilizing a Novel Dressing and Serial Automated Suction Blister Epidermal Harvesting and Grafting. Cureus. 10 (10):e3443.
Conference Abstract Publications
Napolitano R. Wound Bed Preparation of Lower Extremity Wounds Using Negative Pressure Wound Therapy With Instillation: Taking Cost Into Consideration. Pending presentation at: Symposium on Advanced Wound Care; July 2020; Charlotte, NC.
Kharkar P, Napolitano R, Obst MA, Lantis J, Pennington M, Harrison J, Reider K, Faust E, Speyrer M, West J, Cole W. Assessment of a Novel Drape Containing Acrylic and Silicone-based Adhesives When Using Negative Pressure Wound Therapy. Presented at: Symposium on Advanced Wound Care; November 2019; Las Vegas, NV.
Napolitano R. Early Use of a Novel Acrylic-Silicone Hybrid Drape With Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in Lower Extremity Wounds. Presented at: Symposium on Advanced Wound Care; November 2019; Las Vegas, NV.
Napolitano R. Clinical Experience With Single-Use, Mechanically Powered Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Device for Outpatient Management of Lower Extremity Wounds. Presented at: Symposium on Advanced Wound Care; November 2019; Las Vegas, NV.
Napolitano R. Outpatient Management of Lower Extremity Wounds Using a Mechanically Powered Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Device. Presented at: Symposium on Advanced Wound Care; November 2018; Las Vegas, NV.
Napolitano R. Complex Lower Limb Wound Cleansing With Negative Pressure Wound Therapy With Instillation and Dwell Time. Presented at: Symposium on Advanced Wound Care; November 2018; Las Vegas, NV.
Napolitano R. Managing Lower Extremity Wounds with a Mechanically Powered Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Device in the Outpatient Setting. Presented at: American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair; October 2018; Chicago, IL.
- Foot & Ankle Conditions
- Wound Care