Dr. Caldarella is board-certified in Foot Surgery and in Reconstructive Rearfoot & Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery, and has been recertified in both Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot & Ankle Surgery in 2006 and again in 2016. He focuses his practice on the evaluation and management of common and complex foot and ankle disorders in adults and children, including acquired deformities, traumatic injuries, arthritis involving the foot and ankle, work related injuries, ankle sprains, fractures, Achilles tendon, flatfeet, bunions, hammertoes, heel and leg pain and disorders related to Diabetes, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Venous Insufficiency. He has extensive experience in both adult and pediatric foot and ankle surgery.
His commitment and approach to care is patient centered, committed to safe, evidence-based approaches beginning with meaningful, conservative non-operative management. He offers education and information to help patients achieve autonomy and understanding of their unique concern. He provides face to face time at your scheduled appointment to ensure your values are respected in developing your specific treatment plan.
One of very few podiatric specialists nationally to be named an AO Scholar, Dr. Caldarella completed a prestigious AO orthopedic fellowship at Harborview Medical Center in the specialty area of reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and management of traumatic injuries to the foot, ankle and leg. He has also served in a number of professional and extramural capacities, including serving the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons as former Chairman of its Education and Scientific Committee, Surgical Principles and Guidelines Committee. He was honored to serve two consecutive three-year terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons from 1999-2005, and served as Surgical Faculty for the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons Surgical Skills Courses. He also served the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery as an Oral Examiner in both Foot Surgery Certification and Rearfoot & Ankle Reconstructive Surgery Certification for several years.
In 1996, he had the opportunity to serve the Summer Olympic Games as a member of the United States Medical Support Team for the Atlanta games, which cared for the world’s athletes / coaches throughout the entire 1996 Summer Olympiad. Meeting Muhammad Ali is an especially treasured memory. Along with his wife, an RN, and his four children, he enjoy an active lifestyle and spending quality time together with family and friends.
- Undergraduate – Biology, Athletic Training, B.S., Springfield College,1986
- Medical – Des Moines University, School of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery, D.P.M, 1990
- Residency – Alumni, Emory, Northlake Regional Medical Center – The Podiatry Institute Atlanta, GA, 1990-1993
- Fellowship – AO Scholar, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Harborview Medical Center Seattle, WA 1993-1994
- Fellow, The American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons
- Diplomate, The American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery
- Alumni, Fellow, AO North America & Member AO International
- Alumni, Faculty, The Podiatry Institute
- Member, The American Baseball Coaches Association
Awards & Honors
- Recipient, Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Inaugural Distinguished Alumni of the Year, 2003
- Scientific Chairman, Rhode Island Podiatric Medical Association Annual State Foot & Ankle Conference, and has contributed to numerous scientific meetings on behalf of The Podiatry Institute