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Lee Ponsky, MD

Specializes in:
Urology

Professor, Urology, CWRU School of Medicine
Director, Urologic Oncology Center, UH Seidman Cancer Center

(216)844-3009

Gender: Male

Bio

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.

Office Locations

UH Cleveland Medical Center
(216)844-3009
Department of Urology
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
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UH Twinsburg Health Center
(216)844-3009
8819 Commons Blvd
Ste 202
Twinsburg, OH 44087
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UH Chagrin Highlands Health Center
(216)844-3009
3909 Orange Pl
Ste 4300
Orange Village, OH 44122
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Urological Institute
(216)844-3009
1611 S Green Rd
University Suburban Health Center, Ste 106
South Euclid, OH 44121
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Expertise

Minimally Invasive Surgery, Urologic Oncology, Cyberknife Procedures, Genitourinary Oncology, Urology, Robotic-Assisted Surgery, Adrenal Cancer

Board Certifications

American Board of Urology - Urology

Education & Training

Undergraduate:
1993, University of Rochester

Medical / Professional School(s):
1997, Case Western Reserve University

Internship:
1998, General Surgery - Cleveland Clinic

Residency:
2003, Urology - Cleveland Clinic

Fellowship:
2005, Endoscopy - Advanced - Cleveland Clinic

Research Fellowship:
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

Research Interests

Advanced imaging techniques (particularly MRI) for the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer, Active surveillance for prostate cancer, Robotic radiosurgery for kidney tumors

Patient Satisfaction Reviews


4.6 out of 5
129 Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Patient Comments

Reviewed on 5/30/2017
Everything was just fine...thank you very much.

Reviewed on 4/30/2017
Great doc who answered my questions and provided a thorough explanation of my situation and options. Very encouraging.I look forward to a long term professional relationship.

Reviewed on 1/26/2017
I like that Dr Ponsky is direct and gets to the point

Reviewed on 1/8/2017
I would not hesitate to recommend my health your team.

Reviewed on 12/18/2016
Dr. Lee Ponsky is excellent, friendly, knowledgeable, thorough. My frustration came from the fact that, following the office procedure, when I arrived back home, I had several questions but did not want to go through your poor telephone system to try to speak with him.

Reviewed on 12/11/2016
excellent personality listen to our questions discussed our concerns

Reviewed on 10/30/2016
caring competent doctor

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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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

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