Our Doctors

John A. Volpe, DPM, FACFAS

The founder of Rhode Island Foot and Ankle - Center for Heel Pain, Dr. Volpe has been providing foot and ankle care to thousands of adults and children throughout southern New England. Dr. Volpe is a native of Cranston, RI and he obtained his Bachelor's Degree from Providence College. He received his Podiatric Medicine Degree from the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Volpe completed his surgical residency at Des Moines General Hospital in 1992.

He is board certified in foot surgery by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Volpe is on the educational committee for the Roger Williams Medical Center Podiatric Residency Program where he serves as a surgical attending.

As a cancer survivor, Dr. Volpe is involved in the Oral Cancer Foundation. He had the opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch for the 2002 Winter Olympics. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling and kayaking, along with spending time with his wife, Natalie, and their two children, Alexandra and Jonathan.

Dr. Peter Sardella

Dr. Sardella is a graduate of Temple University College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his residency training in Podiatric Surgery at Cranston GH/Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, RI.

Dr. Sardella has been in practice for over 30 years. He is a Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and he is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Dr. Sardella has been a dedicated teacher in all aspects of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is the Former Director of Podiatric Residency Education and Training at Roger Williams Medical Center where he also served as the Chief of the Division of Podiatry. He is an adjunct Teaching Staff of Temple University College of Podiatric Medicine.

Since 1996, Dr. Sardella has been the Team Podiatric Physician for the Brown University Sports Teams, working closely with the Departments of Athletic Training and Orthopedic Sports Medicine.

Dr. Sardella specializes in both Sports Medicine and Reconstructive Foot Surgery.

Dr. Sardella has coached youth and premier soccer for over 20 years. He is an avid runner and cyclist and has competed in numerous road races, marathons, triathlons, centuries and cycling races.

Dr. Ethan Pais

Dr. Ethan Pais graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He then completed his residency training with the New York College of Podiatric Medicine/Metropolitan Hospital, serving as chief resident of academic affairs in his final year. Dr. Pais has extensive training in foot and ankle trauma, wound care, sports medicine, and limb salvage.

As a Massachusetts native, with strong Rhode Island ties, Dr. Pais is thrilled to be returning to New England to join the team at Rhode Island Foot and Ankle.

Outside of the office, Dr. Pais is an avid New England sports fan. He loves to spend time outdoors, either on the ski mountain or the golf course. He also loves to grill with family and friends.


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