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

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • 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

260 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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

41 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 04, 2018

He listened to me and asked probing questions. He encouraged me to contact them if there were any questions or concerns.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2018

Super great.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2018

Dr. Pongonis was exceptional.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

outstanding with huge heart of compassion, extremely knowledgeable

Reviewed on Aug 06, 2018

He's the best!

Reviewed on Aug 04, 2018

The care providor was excellent. I wish that I had known about him years ago.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2018

friendly, very professional and excellent care giver

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2018

EXCELLENT.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2018

Dr. Pongonis is the best. I have been seeing him for over 18 years. He knows me well and knows exactly what needs done to help my problem. He is professional and friendly. I always feel safe and protected in his care.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2018

He makes me feel comfortable and is thorough in his examinations.

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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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