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Lee Ponsky, MD

Lee Ponsky, MD



276 Ratings 67 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, Jul 9


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

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 Satisfaction Reviews

4.8 out of 5

276 Ratings

Patient Comments (67)

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
he is so special quite a guy wonderful doctor

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 2/17/2020
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
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.

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

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 1/24/2020
Dr. Ponsky and his resident, Dr. [...], were superb .

Reviewed On 1/18/2020
Dr. Ponsky is an absolutely GREAT physician, surgeon and counselor. he is personable and caring and always talks to me, carefully listening to what I have said and asked, providing answers to all my questions.

Reviewed On 1/12/2020
Dr. Ponsky is an excellent physician. [...]

Reviewed On 1/1/2020
very good physician

Reviewed On 11/30/2019
It's good to have a doctor that care about your total health care experience.

Reviewed On 11/26/2019
Dr.Ponsky is great!

Reviewed On 11/18/2019
I couldn't have a better experience than I have with Dr. Ponsky.

Reviewed On 11/2/2019
every thing good

Reviewed On 10/27/2019
My experience with the healthcare provider was excellent. [...]

Reviewed On 10/26/2019
Dr. Ponsky is the Best Urologist I have ever had

Reviewed On 10/3/2019
Dr Ponsky and his entire staff are incredible. When Dr Ponsky walks into the room, words can't describe how good he makes me feel. His professionalism, his confidence, his genuine concern, are all second to none!

Reviewed On 10/3/2019
This was my first appointment with Dr. Ponsky. I came to him for a second opinion. Was seeing urologist at [...]. I called UH to find a urologist and they gave me an appointment with him the next day. I'm still amazed with that. So happy that he is my new urologist.

Reviewed On 9/27/2019

Reviewed On 9/27/2019
excellent physician

Reviewed On 9/7/2019
Dr. Ponsky is very caring and listens to you. I am fortunate to have great University Hospital doctors!

Reviewed On 9/7/2019
Excellent provider - both Dr Ponsky and his capable staff - [...]

Reviewed On 8/29/2019
I came in to doctor Pomskies office with prostate cancer and was very scared needed a lot of questions answered and he took the time to put my wife and I a tease about the procedure all the side effects that was going to go along with it and when I left his office I was very calm and confident that I made the right decision in coming to him.

Reviewed On 8/20/2019
Very good experience.

Reviewed On 8/13/2019
everything went as well as expected? no complaints.

Reviewed On 8/10/2019
Dr. Ponsky Is the best Urologist I have ever gone to.

Reviewed On 8/10/2019
Lee Ponsky is very personable and I am pleased with my experience with him. I'm retired, so the 25 min wait (from my appointment time) was not an issue. I understand...

Reviewed On 8/10/2019
good experience

Reviewed On 8/10/2019
Dr. Posnky AND Dr. [...] have provided EXCELLENT care!

Reviewed On 8/5/2019
provider was helpful and the nurse in the office. [...]

Reviewed On 8/4/2019
Dr Ponsky does an excellent job attending to and explaining the issue and in this case, results of the blood test. he's personable and engaging. he's efficient which is a trait I appreciate. I will continue to use his services for my Urological requirements

Reviewed On 7/25/2019
I have nothing but praise for Dr. Ponsky and am grateful for his care.

Reviewed On 7/25/2019
Dr. Ponsky is s great doctor. very happy with my choice

Reviewed On 7/25/2019
Excellent-Dr Ponsky is the best!

Reviewed On 7/23/2019
Lee Ponsky is a wonderful physician!

Reviewed On 7/20/2019
this was first time seeing Dr. it was for test that another Dr had said I needed but I wanted different Dr. Dr Ponsky was great

Reviewed On 7/18/2019
Dr. Ponsky is absolutely awesome. Very knowledgeable and personable. I can't imagine being in better hands for my urinary health care.

Reviewed On 7/16/2019
Dr. Ponsky was very helpful. I was referred to him for a 2nd opinion. He then referred me to another doctor that could help me. He was very understanding and helpful!

Reviewed On 7/14/2019
very good! feel I am in good care and that my provider has my best interest in mind

Reviewed On 7/7/2019
always courteous and timely.

Reviewed On 7/7/2019
Ponsky has a terrible bed side manner. he acts like he could really care less about his perception of caring other than the facts he thinks you need to know. I would NEVER recommend or have anything good to say about Lee Ponsky. He told me if I did not care for how he talked to me, I should find another provider. NO PROBLEM !!!!! I HAVE MOVED ON TO ANOTHER DOCTOR AND HOSPITAL SYSTEM. How this man is in charge of the Urology Dept. makes the entire Siedman Facility look terrible.

Reviewed On 7/6/2019
This was the first time I have seen Dr. Ponsky in his office, and he made me feel like I have been going to him for years. I have a strong sense of confidence in him now, and more at ease to have my surgery.

Reviewed On 7/4/2019
[...] He kept me well informed. I believe he has strong medical skills and I am in capable hands under his treatment.

Reviewed On 7/2/2019
Overall good experience...

Reviewed On 7/1/2019
First time to see this Dr [...] Dr Ponsky introduced himself and then I felt like he was saying I was wasteing his time; that I had nothing to worry about and he didn't need to see me again.

Reviewed On 6/17/2019
all questions were answered.

Reviewed On 6/16/2019
Happy I can see this provider in Twinsburg in the future I drive 1 1/2 hrs to see this provider

Reviewed On 6/15/2019
Dr. Ponsky is very caring to my situation. He always comes in with a smile and asks how I am doing. He takes time in talking with me and he really listens. I always walk out of his office, feeling good no matter what. Im blessed to have Dr. Ponsky as my doctor and I would definetly refer him to famliy and friends. He is the best!!!

Reviewed On 6/14/2019
Dr Ponsky had a pleasant demeanor and and kept me relax. l am new to the University Hospital doctors and so far l am pleased with the switch.

Reviewed On 6/13/2019
good experience

Reviewed On 6/13/2019
Dr. Ponsky was very professional and would take as much time as needed to answer questions and explain procedures and choices for my problem.

Reviewed On 6/8/2019
DR.Ponsky is very caring and understanding I like him very much he's made me a lot better,my health is much better. His staff is super and so very very nice.

Reviewed On 6/7/2019
whenever I see dr Pinsky and his staff, […], I am always treated with complete respect, kindness, and professionalism!!

Reviewed On 6/4/2019

Reviewed On 6/2/2019
The doctor was extremely helpful, incredibly knowledgeable and very confident that he could help me. All good things!

Reviewed On 6/2/2019
Dr. Ponsky is a great doctor!

Reviewed On 5/28/2019
The provider is fine. [...]

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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