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Lee Ponsky, MD

Lee Ponsky, MD



278 Ratings 12 Reviews


Urology, Urology-Urologic Oncology

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Primary Location

UH Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

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  • Professor
  • Director, Urologic Oncology Center
  • Chairman, Department of Urology

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.


  • 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


Office Locations

UH Cleveland Medical Center

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland OH, 44106

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UH Minoff Health Center at Chagrin Highlands

3909 Orange Pl
Beachwood OH, 44122

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UH Brainard Medical Bldg

29001 Cedar Rd
Lyndhurst OH, 44124

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UH Twinsburg Health Center

8819 Commons Blvd
Twinsburg OH, 44087

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

4.7 out of 5

278 Ratings

Patient Comments (12)

Reviewed On 12/29/2018
I am happy with the service and care provided by Dr. Ponsky.

Reviewed On 12/24/2018
Hse alwahs listens and speaks so anyone can understand him very ,personable I like him

Reviewed On 12/22/2018
doctor good.*****

Reviewed On 12/22/2018
Dr Ponsky is outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reviewed On 12/16/2018
Very clear and to the point.

Reviewed On 12/10/2018
Dr Ponsky was excellent. In spite of busy office he spent time with me and I did not feel rushed. *****

Reviewed On 12/6/2018
I think Lee is a excellent doctor. I think his schedules so full hes running all the time. Slow down just a little

Reviewed On 12/1/2018
Fu after surgery. Dr. Ponsky is very knowledgeable and a very good urologist. Extremely kind and patient with his patients!

Reviewed On 11/8/2018
Dr. Ponsky is the best in his field. He has a wonderful spirit along with excellent bedside manners.

Reviewed On 11/6/2018
Although I have no medical education nor training, as a patient, I believe Dr. Ponsky exceeds the typically competent physician, regardless of specialty. Dr. Ponsky offers the patient a terrific insight to the malady, quickly offering a complete and accurate evaluation and diagnossis. He extends a calming "bedside manner," especially considering the gravity and seriousness of potentially life-threatening situations. Given the senior age I am, I have been exposed to many physicians over the years. In my opinion, Dr. Ponsky ranks as the best! The UH system should be proud to have him and do everything possible to keep him as part of its medical team.

Reviewed On 11/6/2018
Dr. Ponsky , is the best Uroligist I have had EVER

Reviewed On 11/4/2018
Excellent discussion of next steps. Staff provided lab order as part of the meeting.

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
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