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Robert Joseph (Robert) Scardina, DPM

Chief, Podiatry Service

Director, MGH Podiatric Residency Program

Clinical Instructor in Orthopaedic Surgery (Podiatry), Harvard Medical School

Dr. Scardina's practice includes evaluation and treatment of foot deformities and conditions, emphasizing patient & family participation when appropriate, with the goal of re-establishing a pain-free, active lifestyle for each patient.

Department of Orthopaedics
Clinical Interests
Reconstructive foot surgery
Diabetic foot and ulcer treatment
Rheumatoid foot treatment
Foot orthotics and biomechanics
Podiatric sports medicine
Bunions and bunionettes
Morton's neuroma
Plantar Fasciitis and heel pain
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
DPM, California College of Podiatric Medicine
Residency, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Board Certifications
Podiatric Surgery, American Board of Pod Ortho & Primary Pod Med
Podiatric Surgery, American Board of Podiatric Surgery
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


Dr. Robert J. Scardina received his B.S. degree in pre-medical studies from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana), and his DPM degree from the California School of Podiatric Medicine (San Francisco). He completed his residency training in podiatric medicine and surgery at the New England Deaconess Hospital (Boston), and a fellowship in Orthopedics (Podiatry) at Brigham & Women's Hospital (Boston). After completing his training, he was appointed Assistant Chief and Residency Program Director of Podiatry at the New England Deaconess Hospital, and Consulting Podiatrist at the Joslin Diabetes Center (Boston). He was appointed Chief of the Podiatry Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1980, later establishing the Podiatry Residency Program and becoming Program Director in 1985. Dr. Scardina was the first podiatrist to perform foot surgery at the MGH.

He served as interim Chief of Podiatry at the Cambridge City Hospital (1988-1990), and has been Director of Podiatric Services at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (Boston) since 1984. Dr. Scardina is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS) and the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics (ABPO), a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) and the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine (ACFAOM), an active member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society, and is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member at most Podiatric Medical Schools in the U.S. He has held national and state (MA) positions in Podiatric Education and Credentialing, has lectured on state (MA), regional and local levels, and has authored articles in medical and podiatric journals and chapters in medical textbooks.


Dr. Scardina focuses on integrating new and innovative clinical treatment methods into his practice.


Scardina, RJ, Lee S. Chapter 88: Morton's Neuroma.Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier, 2008.

Scardina, RJ, Lee, S. Chapter 82: Corns. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier, 2008.

Haas, Jl, Jernick, SL, Scardina, RJ, et al. Colonization of Skin by Helcococcus Kunzii: Journal of Clinical Microbiology. Washington, D.C., November, 1997; 35:(11)2759-2761.

Scardina, RJ, Wood, B. Chapter 31: Ankle and Foot Pain. Textbook of Rheumatology. Pennsylvania: W.B. Saunders, 1996.

Jupiter J, Scardina RJ. Orthopaedic Treatment of Common Injuries: The Foot. In: Noble J, ed. Textbook of General Medicine and Primary Care. Boston: Little Brown & Co.,1987: 261-74.

Scardina RJ. Diabetic Foot Problems: Assessment and Prevention. Clin Diabet. 1983;1:1-7.

In Memoriam: Robert E. Scully, MD

Robert E. Scully, MD, a giant in the field of pathology and a beloved member of the MGH family for more than 55 years, died Oct. 30 at the age of 91

Podiatry Group
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Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Suite 3F
Boston, MA 02114-2696

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