Lee Ponsky, MD
Professor, Urology, CWRU School of Medicine
Director, Urologic Oncology Center, UH Seidman Cancer Center
Lee E. Ponsky, MD, FACS, is the Leo and Charlotte Goldberg Chair of Advanced Surgical Therapies and Master Clinician in Urologic Oncology at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. He also is the Chief of the Division of Urologic Oncology at UH Urology Institute and UH Seidman Cancer Center. He is associate professor of urology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Dr. Ponsky’s board certification is in urology. His special interests are in urologic oncology, particularly kidney and prostate cancer. He also specializes in advanced laparoscopy and robotics.
He joined University Hospitals in 2005.
Dr. Ponsky’s research interests are in advanced imaging techniques (particularly MRI) for the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer, as well as robotic radiosurgery kidney tumors.
He is a member of the American Urological Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Endourological Society; he also is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Ponsky graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester. He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He served his residency in urology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He also did a research fellowship in urologic oncology at the Cleveland Clinic, as well as a fellowship in endourology and advanced laparoscopy.
He is the founder and president of MedWish International, a non-profit organization that collects and sends unused medical supplies to Third World countries.
UH Cleveland Medical Center
Department of Urology
11100 Euclid Ave
UH Twinsburg Health Center
8819 Commons Blvd
UH Chagrin Highlands Health Center
3909 Orange Pl
1611 S Green Rd
University Suburban Health Center, Ste 106
UH Brainard Medical Bldg
29001 Cedar Rd
Minimally Invasive Surgery, Urologic Oncology, Cyberknife Procedures, Genitourinary Oncology, Urology, Robotic-Assisted Surgery, Adrenal Cancer
American Board of Urology - Urology
Education & Training
1993, University of Rochester
Medical / Professional School(s):
1997, Case Western Reserve University
1998, General Surgery - Cleveland Clinic
2003, Urology - Cleveland Clinic
2005, Endoscopy - Advanced - Cleveland Clinic
2004, Urologic Oncology - Cleveland Clinic
Awards & Recognition
- Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, 2011
- Urology Institute Faculty Teaching Award, 2011
- The Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship, The Manhattan Institute, 2011
- Rescuer of Humanity Award, Project Love, 2011
- The Arnold P. Gold Foundation God Doc Award, 2009
- Outstanding Recent Alumni Award, Case Western Reserve University, 2009
- Crain’s Cleveland Forty under 40, 2008
Advanced imaging techniques (particularly MRI) for the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer, Active surveillance for prostate cancer, Robotic radiosurgery for kidney tumors
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As of December 31, 2015, Lee Ponsky, MD disclosed the following Outside Relationships with Industry:
Accuray Inc. - Consulting
Tengion Inc. - Consulting
Walden Medical - Ownership