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.


  • 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
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Athletic Performance

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Medical Degree

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

More About My Work


188 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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  • Overall
    4.7 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly 4.8
  • Listens Carefully 4.9
  • Gives Understandable Instructions 4.8
  • Knows My Medical History 4.4
  • Shows Respect 4.9
  • Time Spent Together 4.7

13 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 08, 2018

Dr. P. is the best!!

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2018

Very friendly.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2018


Reviewed on Jan 22, 2018

The very best.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2018

great listener, very responsive

Reviewed on Jan 05, 2018

Dr. P. is always professional & knowledgeable of my health & my health concerns.

Reviewed on Dec 02, 2017

he was nice and friendly, came in the room right away

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2017


Reviewed on Nov 16, 2017

Provided the care I needed in a timely manner.

Reviewed on Nov 08, 2017

Dr. Pongonis was very pleasant, thorough and efficient.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 03/28/2017, Dr. Pongonis has reported no financial relationships with medical device, research and/or drug companies.

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