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Lee Ponsky, MD

Lee Ponsky, MD



178 Ratings 45 Reviews


Urology, Urology-Urologic Oncology

Accepting New Patients

Primary Location

UH Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

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First Available: Thursday, Feb 18


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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


Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

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 Experience Reviews

4.7 out of 5

178 Ratings

Patient Comments (45)

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
Dr. Ponsky is great. I appreciate his manner and his knowledge and his approach to my medical issue. ***

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
Doctor was delayed but nicely apologized for the wait.

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
excellent experience with this provider!

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
Dr Ponsky is very knowledgeable and personable. My husband and I completely trust his medical expertise and advice

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
Dr Ponsky and his team are fantastic! I don't believe I'd be alive today if it weren't for his expertise.

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
He is the best couldn't ask for better

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
I have a very good experience with Dr.Lee Ponsky

Reviewed On 11/1/2020

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
professional and pleasant and good

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
Dr. Ponsky was very thorough and friendly. He answered all of my many questions which I very much appreciated. His staff was also understanding and friendly.

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
Dr. Ponsky is a very good urologist.

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
professional, friendly, relaxed

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
Thorough and competent, patient and thoughtful.

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
I have already recommended this care provider to multiple people.

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
Dr. Ponsky is great. Hard to believe that someone as busy as he is can be so caring and attentive.

Reviewed On 9/1/2020

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
I was very pleased with this visit.

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
Because I was referred to Dr. Ponsky, he met and went above my expectations, Love him and bless him and those whom did my surgery. He was able to deliver the outcome of what I prayed for with me explaining to him my underlying health issues. Our conversation was a good one where he gave options and I was clearly able to decide as a Veteran, so hope what I wish and he met it. ***

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
Lee Ponsky is the best

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
After telling my doctor my problem He recommended a course of action.I liked it when he asked if I would accept the action he recommended.

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
Dr Ponsky has always been professional, kind, considerate and patient for the last 5 years.

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
Dr. Ponsky was very easy to talk to and he addressed all of my concerns.

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
Great experience

Reviewed On 8/4/2020

Reviewed On 6/1/2020
I arrived for my appt and checked in. the waiting room was set up for social distancing. everyone wore masks including me. Dr Pinsky was on time. his staff were pleasant, professional, respectful. Really good experience.

Reviewed On 6/1/2020
,DR Ponsky is a very good Doctorcaring,understanding,and very helpful and recommend 's very good Doctor's .I trust him with when he tell's me I should have this done or let;s try this.I like him very much.

Reviewed On 6/1/2020
despite his busy schedule, Dr. Ponsky is a good listener and gives clear instructions for future treatment options.

Reviewed On 5/1/2020
Great visit!!

Reviewed On 5/1/2020
Dr. Ponsky and his staff are caring and professional

Reviewed On 3/17/2020
Dr Ponsky is professional - friendly and a good surgeon and Doctor

Reviewed On 3/17/2020
I am very satisfied with the care I receive from Dr. Ponsky

Reviewed On 3/9/2020
Can't say anything else but excellent concerning the care and concern of Dr. Ponsky and ***, their assistants and their staff. JUST TOTALLY EXCELLENT!

Reviewed On 3/7/2020
best doctor ever

Reviewed On 3/4/2020
Dr. Ponsky is extremely personable and explains things clearly. He has a soothing presence. A top-flight professional. He understands the 'human-side' of medicine.

Reviewed On 3/3/2020
I received excellent care and am thrilled with the results.

Reviewed On 3/3/2020
Dr Ponsky is fantastic.

Reviewed On 3/2/2020
Dr Ponsky has excellent manner in talking with me.

Reviewed On 2/28/2020
Dr Ponsky made me feel comfortable while quickly and clearly demonstrating his subject matter expertise in relating to my condition.

Reviewed On 2/28/2020
he is so special quite a guy wonderful doctor

Reviewed On 2/17/2020
Highly competant andanswered all questions which I posed. [...]

Reviewed On 2/14/2020
visit was good.

Reviewed On 2/13/2020
Best Doctor to do the needle biosopy that I ever had

Reviewed On 2/4/2020
Dr. Ponsky was very detailed and professional along with listening to what I had to say. He did an excellent job!

Reviewed On 2/4/2020
Dr. Ponsky is an excellent caring Doctor.

Reviewed On 2/4/2020
Ponsky is a good man but making someone wait 40 minutes in an exam room at the end of a day without giving even one update as to estimated wait time is inappropriate. also ponsky gave one answer to a question that seemed really misleading. It had to do with the immediate ability to ride a bicycle vs longer term capability.

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