Treatment & Services
- Back and Neck Pain Treatment
- Cervical, Thoracic And Lumbar Epidural Injections
- Cervical, Thoracic And Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation
- Interventional Pain Management
- Interventional Spine Procedures
- Joint Injections
- Medical Acupuncture
- Medical Management Of Spinal Disorders
- Medical Orthopaedics
- Musculoskeletal Evaluation
- Musculoskeletal Medicine
- Nerve Blocks
- Non-Operative Spine Care
- Non-Surgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
- Peripheral Joint Injections
- Spinal Injections
- Sports Medicine
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Back Disorders
- Back Pain in Athletes
- Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
- Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Disorders
- Chronic Back Pain
- Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP)
- Degenerative Spine Disease
- Facet Arthropathy
- Facet Joint Syndrome
- Herniated Disc
- Hip Pain
- Knee Injuries
- Knee Pain
- Leg Pain
- Lumbar Radiculopathy
- Musculoskeletal Impairments
- Musculoskeletal Pain
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Neck Pain
- Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
- Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
- Spine Pain
- Stenosis - Spinal
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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Graduate - Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management
Cleveland, OH USA
Fellowship - Florida Spine Institute
Clearwater, FL USA
Residency - New York University Medical Center
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
New York, NY USA
Internship - Massapequa General Hospital
Seaford, NY USA
Medical School - New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
New York, NY USA
Undergraduate - New York University
New York, NY USA
- Board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation
- Subspecialty certification in pain medicine
- Associate Medical Director, Richard E. Jacobs Medical Center
- Co-Director - Medical Spine Fellowship
Evaluation and Management of Back and Neck Pain, Interventional Pain Management, Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine, Electromyography
- American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- North American Spine Society
- International Spine Intervention Society
Research & Publications
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As of 8/3/2016, Dr. Thomas has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.
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165 Patient Satisfaction Reviews
The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.
Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.
The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||4.7|
|Knows Medical History||4.6|
|Time Spent with Patient||4.5|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.6|
11 Patient Comments
Reviewed on May 15, 2017
I went away feeling that the communication between the doctor and myself was not satisfying. I don't believe he understood what my goals and reasons were for making this appointment with him. He sent me away feeling like I had no options for what was bothering me. This was due to the fact that the symptoms I'm experiencing are minor.
Reviewed on Apr 28, 2017
I am a very anxious patient and they were very patient with me and gave me realistic reassurance.
Reviewed on Mar 1, 2017
Dr. Thomas did nothing to schedule an appointment for an MRI earlier than what I was able to do myself, which was three weeks, clearly unacceptable.
Reviewed on Mar 1, 2017
Always very caring and understanding.
Reviewed on Jan 31, 2017
Dr. Thomas and all of his staff are always very thorough
Reviewed on Jan 23, 2017
not much info handed me a few pieces of paper and sent me on my way.
Reviewed on Jan 4, 2017
Dr. Santos's went above and beyond expectations when he was with me during the exam and diagnosis. He is a credit to his profession and exhibited the utmost professionalism and courtesy.
Reviewed on Nov 7, 2016
I felt dismissed by Dr. Santhosh Thomas-perhaps because a doctor did not refer me to him. I left feeling dejected, hopeless, and alone to deal with my issues; he said he could not help me but did not offer suggestions. He did not go over the digital questionnaire with me: some items were left blank because they were too absolute; but I didn't get the chance to explain.
Reviewed on Sep 2, 2016
Dr. Thomas really takes the time to find out what is exactly wrong, and explains how he is going to care for you. He really cares about a persons health.
Reviewed on Aug 31, 2016
Reviewed on Aug 1, 2016
Doctor was very open to what I wanted for non-surgical treatment options. I think he thought I knew more about my diagnosis than I did and I don't know that he informed me about all the possible side affects of the medication he prescribed. He was very observant and noticed a change in my tone as I became uncertain of his treatment options. Generally he was very good and I'm glad I selected him.
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