About Me

As a sports medicine physician, I have a special interest in musculoskeletal back injuries. Through osteopathic manipulative therapy, I enhance athletic performance and help people return to play. This unique, functional approach helps athletes of all ages resolve back pain, stay healthy and participate in their sporting activities.

I am a team physician for the Ohio State football team and provide manipulative therapy to athletes in all sports. My work ranges from high school to professional sports, including the Cleveland Indians and serving as an affiliate team physician of the Columbus Clippers. I am also the certified medical review officer for Ohio State Athletic Department drug testing.

It's important to me to take a comprehensive, compassionate and holistic approach in diagnosing and treating injured athletes.

Working at Ohio State allows me to be a part of one of the nation's leading academic medical centers, where we combine state-of-the-art technologies, education, research and clinical care. Our outstanding team of healthcare professionals and our multidisciplinary approach make Ohio State's Sports Medicine Program excel at the national level.

In my free time, I like to watch movies, spend time outdoors and attend Ohio State football games. I also enjoy traveling and relaxing with my family.

Highlights

  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2014
  • Ohio State Department of Athletics Team Physician
  • Gregory I. Brooks Memorial Sports Medicine Award, Columbus Medical Association
  • Member, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Osteopathic Association and American Academy of Family Practice

Specialties and Conditions I Treat

  • Family Medicine
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Sports Medicine
  • Back Injuries
  • Manipulation, Osteopathic
  • Musculoskeletal Manipulations
  • Golf
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Arm Injuries
  • Foot Injuries
  • Leg Injuries
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Asthma, Exercise-Induced
  • Arthritis
  • Hip Injuries
  • Athletic Performance

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Medical Degree

DO
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
6/1/1980

More About My Work

Reviews

220 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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  • Overall
    4.7 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly 4.8
  • Listens Carefully 4.8
  • Gives Understandable Instructions 4.8
  • Knows My Medical History 4.5
  • Shows Respect 4.9
  • Time Spent Together 4.7

26 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 06, 2018

My experience was exactly what I believe it should be.

Reviewed on Jun 02, 2018

I have gone to Dr. P. for 34 years. He is kind, compassionate and an excellent physician.

Reviewed on May 30, 2018

he helped relieve pain

Reviewed on May 21, 2018

Great, gone to him for 35 years

Reviewed on May 14, 2018

He listened to my concerns.

Reviewed on May 09, 2018

He is just excellent in so many ways!

Reviewed on May 07, 2018

attentive

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2018

nothing but excellent!0

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2018

Dr. Pongonis was very professional. I felt better having gone there for his adjustment, opinion and advice.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2018

Kind, caring, compassionate doctor.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 03/26/2018, Dr. Pongonis has reported no relationships with companies or entities.

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