Sam Colachis

Sam Colachis, MD

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Physician
4.8 out of 5
  • 32 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 9 Patient Comments

Insurances We Accept


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,” 2000–2019; "Regional Top Doctors," 2019
  • 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

Education History

Medical School

University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
9/1/1980 - 5/8/1984


Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH

7/1/1984 - 6/30/1985


Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

7/1/1985 - 6/1/1987


Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

7/1/1987 - 6/30/1988

Board Certifications

American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

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

Academic Information

My Department

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

32 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.9 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    5 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.9 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.9 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    5 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.9 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

    good experience

  • Reviewed on Oct 08, 2020

    Dr. Colachis is the best provider. He cares for me as a patient, always remembering details from our first contact when I had suffered a traumatic accident. He is caring, professional and extremely knowledgeable. He ranks top in his field to me and my family.

  • Reviewed on Sep 02, 2020

    Very good care showed empathy.

  • Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

    Very pleasant, TALKS TO YOU!! Not down to you.

  • Reviewed on Mar 30, 2020

    Dr. Colachis is always very attentive and even my transport workers told me after my visit that they transport a lot of people and that was the most in depth exam they had ever seen a dr. do.

  • Reviewed on Nov 08, 2019

    Dr. Colachis is thorough & knows his stuff, but because he has so many patients, he goes really fast so I feel rushed & have to ask him to repeat himself. He called me back w/test results, so I appreciated that!

  • Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

    Dr. Sam Calachis is very personable and explains things in easy to understand language.

  • Reviewed on May 14, 2019

    Friendly, concerned about all other medical issues just not what what appointment was for.

  • Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

    Dr. Colachis is a wonderful doctor: I'm so lucky to be his patient.

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 11/01/2020, Dr. Colachis has reported no relationships with companies or entities.