Jeffrey Ponsky, MD
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Jeffrey L. Ponsky, M.D., FACS

 

Jeffrey L. Ponsky completed his surgical training at University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1976. He then joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery at University Hospitals of Cleveland where he was the Director of Surgical Endoscopy.  In 1979 he became the Director of the Department of Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland where he remained through 1997. During that time Dr. Ponsky was Professor of Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Case.  Dr. Ponsky then joined The Cleveland Clinic as the Director of Endoscopic Surgery and was the first Executive Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center. He was also the Vice Chairman of the Division of Education and Director of Graduate Medical Education.  He has served as a member of the Board of Governors at The Cleveland Clinic.  In 2005 he assumed the Oliver H. Payne Professorship and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Case Western University School of Medicine.  Dr. Ponsky also served as Surgeon-in-Chief at that institution.  He returned to The Cleveland Clinic to concentrate on the practice of foregut surgery and advanced surgical endoscopy in 2014.

 

Dr. Ponsky has served as President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), President of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, President of the Cleveland Surgical Society, and President of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of numerous prominent surgical societies.  He was Chairman of the American Board of Surgery.  He has been the Vice President of the American Surgical Association, and also The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. 

 

Dr. Ponsky is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and earned his Executive MBA from CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management in 1990.  He received the distinguished Kaiser Teaching Excellence Award at CWRU School of Medicine in 1993; the Distinguished Service Award by the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons in April 2000; and in 2002 he received ASGE’s Rudolf Schindler Award, the highest recognition award for excellence in endoscopic research, teaching and service.  In 1996 he was President of the Medical Alumni Board of Trustees at CRWU.  In 2005 he received the Pioneer in Endoscopy Award from the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.  In 2007 he received the Maurice Saltzman Award from the Mount Sinai Health Care Foundation.  In 2009 he received from SAGES the George Berci Lifetime Achievement Award.  Dr. Ponsky has been listed in The Best Doctors in American® each year since its inception.  He has published over 300 original articles and book chapters, authored or edited six textbooks and serves on the editorial board of numerous journals.  He is the originator of the percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy which provided a minimally invasive substitute for operative placement of feeding tubes.  In 2009, the Jeffrey L. Ponsky, MD Chair in Surgical Education was established at CWRU School of Medicine, in Dr. Ponsky’s honor. In 2018, The Buffalo Surgical Society presented him with the Roswell Park Medal.

 

Dr. Ponsky presently serves as Professor of Surgery and Director of Developmental Endoscopy at The Cleveland Clinic. In 2017, he was appointed the initial holder of The Lynda and Marlin Younker Chair in Developmental Endoscopy.