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Lee Ponsky, MD

Lee Ponsky, MD

Ratings

(4.9)

129 Ratings 31 Reviews

Specialty

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, Jan 20

216-844-3009

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Biography

  • 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.

Expertise

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

Awards

  • 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

Videos

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
216-844-3009

UH Minoff Health Center at Chagrin Highlands

3909 Orange Pl
Beachwood OH, 44122
216-844-3009

UH Brainard Medical Bldg

29001 Cedar Rd
Lyndhurst OH, 44124
216-844-5661

UH Twinsburg Health Center

8819 Commons Blvd
Twinsburg OH, 44087
216-844-3009

Patient Experience Reviews

4.9 out of 5

129 Ratings

Patient Comments (31)

Reviewed On 11/1/2022
DR. PONSKY HAS SUCCESSFULLY GUIDED ME THROUGH *** CANCER FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS. I HAVE EXTREMELY HIGH REGARD FOR HIM AND HIS ABILITIES. IN ADDITION, I APPRECIATE HIS DIRECT AND "NO NONSENSE" APPROACH TO MEDICAL ISSUES.DR. BUCHINSKY IS A NEW PROVIDER FOR MY PARTNER AND I. HIS WARM AND CARING APPROACH TO MEDICAL CARE HAS MADE US FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE, CONSIDERING OUR NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. BOTH MY PARTNER AND I ARE VERY PLEASED (AND THANKFUL) TO BE IN DR. BUCHINSKY'S CARE.

Reviewed On 11/1/2022
It was great experience

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
DR Ponsky is a true professional

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
Except for the delay of seeing the provider for which he apologized and I understood everything else met or exceeded my expectations.

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
Wonderful care from Dr Ponsky

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
Dr. Ponsky is top notch. He always displays kindness, compassion, and care for his patients.

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
I always appreciate the thorough and cutting-edge approach Dr. Ponsky takes. He is an insightful, creative, and helpful provider.

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
Dr. Ponsky is the best. The service was as I expected it to be. All the staff were polite and very knowledgeable.

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
Outstanding provider

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
We love Dr Ponsky and he is so knowledgeable and understanding. ***

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
Dr. Ponsky is a great specialist provider

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
Dr. Ponsky is an outstanding, compassionate DoctorHe takes the time to listenexplains things in terms that are easy to understandtakes the time to ask if you have other questionsmakes you feel safe and really, really has the patients interest and best in mindHe is absolutely the best Doctor I have ever had. He should be recognized as the Best of the Best'

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
Excellent communicator and listener. I am fortunate and I appreciate having Dr Ponsky as one of my caregivers.

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
Ponsky is an excellent physician. ***

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
Excellent experience and great care!

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
Dr. Ponsky and his team provide excellent care for their patients.

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
Dr. Ponsky is a highly skilled medical professional and I am glad to have him as my doctor.

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
Great

Reviewed On 1/1/2022
Great care

Research & Publications

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

Certifications & Memberships

  • Urology - American Board of Urology

Education

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)

Undergraduate
University Of Rochester (1993)

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