Sam Colachis

Sam Colachis, MD

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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Appointments: (614) 366-9211

About Me

Sam Colachis, III, MD, is the director of the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program and associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation (P M & R) at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

He also serves as the program director of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program at Ohio State. He has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” and “America’s Top Doctors” for more than 10 consecutive years.

Dr. Colachis earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine at Los Angeles in 1984, and completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center in 1987. He completed a one year postdoctoral year in clinical neurophysiology. He is board certified in PM & R and received his subspecialty certification in spinal cord injury medicine in 2003.

An invited presenter on a variety of spinal cord injury rehabilitation topics, Dr. Colachis has published numerous abstracts, articles and reviews. He has provided expert review for several Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine. Dr. Colachis is a Fellow in the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and serves on committees for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Spinal Injury Association.

His clinical and research interests have included spinal cord injury rehabilitation, autonomic dysreflexia and electrodiagnosis.


  • Named to the Castle Connolly list of “America's Top Doctors,” 2000–2018
  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2017
  • Best Doctor in America, 2017

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Medical Degree

University of Southern California School of Medicine


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
7/1/1985 - 6/1/1987


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
7/1/1987 - 6/30/1988

More About My Work

My Background

Board Certifications

American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Subspecialty: Spinal Cord Injury)

My Department

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


61 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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

12 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019


Reviewed on Feb 06, 2019

Very happy with Dr. Colachis & his continued care.

Reviewed on Feb 02, 2019

He listens to my concerns actively

Reviewed on Jan 08, 2019

Dr. Colachis is amazing he remembers so much from my accident 5 yr. ago.

Reviewed on Dec 07, 2018

Very kind & very bright.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

So good to refer someone to, a very good doctor I appreciate his work. May God bless him amen.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

Talked over everything needed.

Reviewed on Aug 08, 2018

Dr. Colachis listened to our concerns and provided information and referrals which were appropriate.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2018

Dr. Colachis has a lot of patients so we had to go quickly - would have liked more time, but we got everything taken care of.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2018

Dr. Colachis is very detail oriented and cares about his patients.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 12/20/2018, Dr. Colachis has reported no relationships with companies or entities.