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Joseph R. Disabato, DPM

Medicine, Trauma, Reconstructive Surgery


Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates
541 Sunset Ln, Ste 101
Culpepe, VA 22701

Last Updated: August 13, 2020




About Joseph R. Disabato, DPM

Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates

Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Charlottesville, VA & Culpeper, VA

Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates provides solutions for foot and ankle pain, injuries, and deformities. The team of foot and ankle specialists headed up by Joseph R. Disabato, DPM and Melissa L. Gulosh, DPM work to resolve symptoms and restore function through the most advanced nonsurgical therapies, surgical procedures, and state-of-the-art technology. The team at Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates handles both pediatric and adult disorders at their two locations in Charlottesville and Culpeper, Virginia.

The practice serves as a regional referral center for the diagnosis and treatment of simple and complex foot and ankle disorders. The surgeons have particular expertise in total ankle and joint replacement surgery, reconstructive surgery, trauma, orthoplastic surgery, peripheral nerve surgery/microsurgery, lower extremity diabetic wound care, and limb salvage.

As part of its ongoing efforts to provide the most advanced care, Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates is a center of excellence for microsurgery and orthoplastics. The practice also offers the latest laser therapies for musculoskeletal issues and dermatologic fungal problems.

The surgeons are affiliated with Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, Novant Health/UVA Culpeper Hospital, Monticello Community Surgery Center, and Culpeper Surgery Center; allowing patients a wide range of choices when it comes time for surgery.

Joseph R. Disabato, DPM, of Virginia Foot & Ankle Associates in Charlottesville and Culpeper, Virginia, is a native of Altoona, Pennsylvania and has been in private practice since 1994. He has been trained in traditional podiatric and orthopaedic surgical methods. Dr. Disabato has undergone specialized training in reconstructive surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, plastic surgery, total ankle joint replacement surgery and the Russian Ilizarov Method. He has studied reconstructive and trauma surgery of the lower extremity throughout the USA, Europe, South America, and Russia. His practice encompasses all aspects of foot and ankle care including simple and complex deformity management, medical and surgical intervention of traumatic injuries, microsurgical procedures, total ankle replacement surgery, preventive and interventional management of diabetic foot, ankle and leg complications. 


Summary of Professional Expertise


  • Foot & Ankle Surgeon

25 years of private practice experience

Reconstructive Surgery, Trauma, Total Ankle Replacement, Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Orthoplastic Surgery and Microsurgery

Triple board certified

  • Lecturer

National and international presentations

  • Expert Witness Services, IME’s, Disability and File Reviews

Deposition and trial experience



Istituto Clinico Humanitas Hospital, Milano Italy - Graduation 2012

Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Director: Alexander Kirienko, MD

Lower Extremity Surgery/Osteosynthesis/External Fixation

Russian Ilizarov Scientific Center for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopedics
Kurgan, Russia – Graduation 2005

Reconstructive & Trauma Surgery/Osteosynthesis/External Fixation


University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (MHBC) – Graduation 1994

Bedford/Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA

Foot & Ankle Reconstructive & Trauma Surgery

Chief Resident


University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (MHBC) - Graduation 1992

Bedford/Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA

Foot & Ankle Reconstructive & Trauma Surgery


Kent State University, College of Podiatric Medicine (OCPM) – Graduation 1990

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Doctor of Podiatric of Medicine


St. Francis University - Graduation 1984

Loretto, Pennsylvania, USA

Baccalaureate of Science – Chemistry

President, American Chemical Society, SFU

Chapter Captain, Cross Country Track Team

Member, Student Union Organization

Chemistry Laboratory Assistant and Tutor


  • Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, PC
  • Culpeper and Charlottesville, Virginia – 1994 to present
  • Foot & Ankle Surgeon, President/CEO

Hospital Appointments

Sentara/Martha Jefferson Hospital

Charlottesville, Virginia – 1994 to Present

Medical Staff

  • Member, Laboratory and Transfusion Committee, 2001 - 2002
  • Chief, Foot & Ankle Surgery, 1999 - 2001
  • Member, Operating Room Committee, 1997 -1998

Monticello Community Surgery Center

Charlottesville, Virginia – 2010 to Present

Medical Staff

Novant/University of Virginia Medical Center, Culpeper Medical Center

Culpeper, Virginia – 1995 to Present

Medical Staff

Culpeper Surgery Center

Culpeper, Virginia – 2002 to Present

Medical Staff

  • Member, Utilization Review Committee 2010 – 2011


Diplomate, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery – Foot Surgery

Initial – 1997, recertification 2007

Diplomate, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery -Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery

Initial – 1999, recertification 2009

Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Medicine

Initial – 1999, recertification 2009


Fellow, American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons

Fellow, American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine

Fellow, Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons

American Microsurgical Orthoplastic Society

American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair

World Association against Infection in Orthopaedics and Trauma


American Podiatric Medical Association

Virginia Podiatric Medical Association

 Interesting Facts 

Dr. Disabato enjoys fitness training, GP and dirt track motorcycle riding.

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