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Lee Ponsky, MD

Lee Ponsky, MD



149 Ratings 41 Reviews


Urology, Urology-Urologic Oncology

Accepting New Patients

Primary Location

UH Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

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Seeing New Patients As Soon As: Friday, Jul 29


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  • Director, Urologic Oncology Center, UH Seidman Cancer Center
  • Chair, Department of Urology, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Lee Ponsky, MD, attended University of Rochester as an undergraduate and then Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He began his training at the Cleveland Clinic and completed his residency and extended his training to do a research fellowship in urologic oncology, followed by an additional fellowship in Advanced Urologic Laparoscopy and Endourology.

In 2005 Dr. Ponsky joined the faculty at University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and is currently the chairman of the Department of Urology and Director of the UH Urology Institute. He is a professor of urology and holds the Leo and Charlotte Goldberg Chair in Advanced Surgical Therapies, and a Master Clinician in Urologic Oncology. He has over 100 publications and has been invited as a visiting professor at numerous national and international conferences and institutions. Dr. Ponsky is the co-principle investigator on an NIH RO1 grant. He is the editor-in-chief of a textbook on robotic radiosurgery and has authored more than 12 textbook chapters.

Dr. Ponsky has received numerous accolades for his medical contributions as well as his role as the founder of MedWish International in 1993. MedWish is a not-for-profit organization that saves lives and the environment by repurposing discarded medical supplies and equipment to provide humanitarian aid in developing countries. Recognitions include: U.S. Congressional Recognition; Crains Forty under Forty, as one of Northeast Ohio’s most influential people under the age of 40; Cleveland Upstander: Portraits of Courage; the recipient of the Golden Doc Award, from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation; and received the Rescuer of Humanity Award from Project Love, which recognizes and honors an individual or an organization of national or international stature, which has chosen to use their leadership beyond professional or institutional requirements to positively change the course of humanity. He has also been recognized by the Manhattan Institute in New York with the Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship, for originating and effectively implemented a new nonprofit organization providing direct services to those in need. In 2011, he was recognized by Smart Business as the nonprofit board executive of the year and also received the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Urology Institute Faculty Teaching Award from his students and residents, for recognition of outstanding commitment and efforts to student and resident teaching. In 2019 he received the Champion of Integrity Award by the Better Business Bureau for consistently displaying an aggressive commitment to ethical, honest and fair business practices.

Dr. Ponsky also serves as a founding board member of the non-profit MedWorks, which provides free health care to the uninsured and underinsured. Lee and his wife Monica have three children, Ilan, Eric and Maiya.


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


  • 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


Watch to find out more about this University Hospitals provider.

Watch UH Urology Institute Chairman Lee Ponsky, MD share his vision-forward for the UH Urology Institute.

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Office Locations

UH Cleveland Medical Center

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland OH, 44106

UH Minoff Health Center at Chagrin Highlands

3909 Orange Pl
Beachwood OH, 44122

UH Brainard Medical Bldg

29001 Cedar Rd
Lyndhurst OH, 44124

UH Twinsburg Health Center

8819 Commons Blvd
Twinsburg OH, 44087

Patient Experience Reviews

4.7 out of 5

149 Ratings

Patient Comments (41)

Reviewed On 6/1/2022
I consider Dr. Ponsky an excellent physician.

Reviewed On 6/1/2022
Dr. Lee Ponsky is outstanding!!!!!!!!!!

Reviewed On 6/1/2022
Dr Ponsky is a caring, knowledgeable professional that is very familiar w my health history and has performed successfully surgery on me - his staff is excellent and I highly recommend the practice ***

Reviewed On 5/1/2022
Love Dr . Ponsky , great doctor ***

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Everyone was courteous and professional. I am confident that I am receiving excellent care. I'm in good hands.

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Could Not ask for better care than I receive from Dr. Lee Ponsky.

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Direct, consolatory, helpful

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
It was a very clear discussion

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Just discussed need for another test. Explained well.

Reviewed On 3/1/2022
Doctor was rude and did not want to take my case. Waited two months to see him. And he sent me to his colleague. Now have to wait another month. So much for world class *** care.

Reviewed On 2/1/2022
Dr. Ponsky is awesome!

Reviewed On 1/1/2022
An outstanding Doctor ...great patient experience...*** Doctor Ponski was outstanding

Reviewed On 1/1/2022

Reviewed On 1/1/2022
Great care

Reviewed On 12/1/2021
Great experience with staff and doctor

Reviewed On 12/1/2021
I feel well taken care of

Reviewed On 12/1/2021
Dr. Ponsky is GREAT doc! Can't say enough good things about him and how he runs his staff.

Reviewed On 12/1/2021
Dr. Ponsky and his staff have provided me excellent care during my surgery and health care visits. He is very thorough, explains things so that it is easy to understand and always answers specific questions and concerns. Thank you!

Reviewed On 11/1/2021
I absolutely LOVE Dr. Ponsky. He is a great doctor. He truly cares about his patience and is very understanding and provides great service.

Reviewed On 11/1/2021
Dr Ponsky and his team are always "top notch"!!

Reviewed On 11/1/2021
Dr. Ponsky & Staff are the Best. I have total confidence in this office. ***

Reviewed On 11/1/2021
Excellent doctor

Reviewed On 11/1/2021
I like Dr Ponsky very much. He's efficient, professional and enjoyable to talk to.

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
Dr. Ponsky is a good listener, tunes in quickly to my concerns, easy to talk with

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
Everything was above par

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
Fantastic provider - so refreshing to have a physician who listens and seems to genuinely care about your well-being. Personable and likable. Excellent physician.

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
*** His opinion was highly valued and much appreciated. Glad I went to see him.

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
*** We love our UH docs, nurses, and office staffers!! For over 20 years they have kept my husband alive!!! Thank you.

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
Good experience

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
The doctor is always professional, courteous, knowledgeable and friendly. I've always benefited from every appointment with him. Highest marks!

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
Great care! Great Doctor!!

Reviewed On 9/1/2021
Great experience with the doctor. The medical advice was understandable and on point.

Reviewed On 9/1/2021
Very caring, knowledgeable, and thorough.

Reviewed On 9/1/2021
Dr. Ponsky is excellent ***

Reviewed On 9/1/2021

Reviewed On 9/1/2021
Dr. Ponsky is a great surgeon. ***

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
Dr. Ponsky is a great doctor ***

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
Doctor seems to be one of the best ***

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
everything and everyone makes me feel comfortable and confident in my provider. I don't feel like a number or rushed.

Reviewed On 8/1/2021

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
Lee Ponsky and his team are nothing less than outstanding. I trust him completely.

Board Certifications

  • Urology - American Board of Urology


Fellowship | Endoscopy - Advanced
Endoscopy - Advanced - Cleveland Clinic (2004 - 2005)

Research Fellowship | Urologic Oncology
Urologic Oncology - Cleveland Clinic (2003 - 2004)

Residency | Urology
Urology - Cleveland Clinic (1998 - 2003)

Internship | General Surgery
General Surgery - Cleveland Clinic (1997 - 1998)

Medical Education
Case Western Reserve University (1997)

University Of Rochester (1993)

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

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.

View UH’s policy (PDF) on practitioner-industry relationships.

As of December 31, 2016, Lee Ponsky disclosed the following Outside Relationships with Industry:

  • - Accuray Inc. - Consulting
  • - Tengion Inc. - Consulting