Department Center for Spine Health
Primary Location Avon Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Avon Hospital
Primary Location

Avon Hospital

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Back and Neck Pain Treatment
  • Cervical, Thoracic And Lumbar Epidural Injections
  • Cervical, Thoracic And Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Electromyography
  • 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
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Spinal Injections
  • Sports Medicine
  • Viscosupplementation
  • X-Ray
View all 21 Treatment & Services +

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
  • Myelography
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Sacroilitis
  • Sciatica
  • Spine Pain
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stenosis - Spinal
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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Florida Spine Institute
Interventional Spine/Pain
Clearwater, FL USA

Residency - New York University Medical Center
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
New York, NY USA

Internship - Massapequa General Hospital
Seaford, NY USA

Medical Education - New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
New York, NY USA

Undergraduate - New York University
New York, NY USA

Professional Highlights

  • Board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Subspecialty certification in pain medicine
  • Associate Medical Director, Richard E. Jacobs Health Center
  • Co-Director - Medical Spine Fellowship


  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Pain Medicine

Specialty Interests

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

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 8/27/2019, Dr. Thomas has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Thomas receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

191 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.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

31 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

Every thing went well. From scheduling to meeting w/ Dr Thomas.

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

Dr Thomas totally explained and showed me models of different stages of what the issue was w/ my neck. Dr Thomas was great in his advice on my issue. Yes! I would recommend Dr Thomas to anyone I know who has a need for spinal specialist.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Dr. Thomas is an excellent physician. Truly appreciate his patient-centered care.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

the doctor was so caring and really helpful with understanding my problems!

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Dr Thomas is a great "Peoples" doctor

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

I have been a patient of Dr. Thomas for 17 years. He has always shown respect for my concerns, a caring attitude and superior knowledge and diagnostics of my problem. I would and do highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

as always this team and Dr. Santhosh are great. take time to ensure we understand everything. I have recommended them to friends and family!!

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

I wish the doctor would have understood that I was not seeking surgery nor narcotic medication. Just simple pain relief. Unfortunately his recommendation for over the counter medication did not work and I continue to be in pain.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Dr.Thomas was very honest and told me exactly what was wrong, that he couldn't help me, but what I could do to help myself.. I like honest Drs, you don't find them very often. If I ever need his services again I will make the long trip to Cleveland Clinic. VERY Satisfied with Dr Thomas!!

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019

dr santosh is a very good listener, that means a lot!!!

Reviewed on May 31, 2019

provider didn't seem to care about my pain or inability to move around. provider basically told me there was nothing he could do for me. very displeased with what I thought would be helpful to my health. provider made me feel discouraged about my condition improving.

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

This was my first visit. I was impressed with Dr. Thomas, and felt very comfortable.

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

My appointment I had with Dr. Thomas was what I needed to hear for my issues . He was very patient and explained everything so well and took the time needed ! Great Doctor!

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

dr. Thomas listened to my input and provided explanation

Reviewed on May 3, 2019

Dr. Thomas LISTENED to me! He answered all my questions about my concerns and let me know that when things changed, to let him know and we'd have other options.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

I very much appreciated Dr. Thomas stating that he would stay with us until all are concerns and questions have been addressed.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019

Dr. Thomas reassured me about my condition and how we can go about treating it.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019

I first talked to a Fellow and then Dr. Thomas they were both very professional answered all my questions and made me feel very much at ease. I would highly recommend Dr. Thomas.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

I don't feel that Dr. Thomas helped me at all. he didn't really listen to how I was feeling. all he suggested was to do therapy. I've had therapy before. he did show me my X-rays and explained what was going on but he didn't address my pain and he didn't understand what I wasn't able to do because of the arthritis getting worse in my neck and spine! I was very disappointed.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

Dr Thomas treated me like "Ih well this happens to a lot of people" that's what he said to me. he really didn't do anything for my condition!!!

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

Dr. Thomas didn't listen very well

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

I would not recommend Dr. Thomas to anyone. The staff was excellent but Dr Thomas was not.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019

Taken in and prepped for custom-had to wait for doctor for 45 minutes in stiirups -very uncomfortable. nurse informed him I was ready but he did someone else first -I was on time for appt

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

Dr. Thomas was very good. It was a good experience.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019

I feel fortunate to have had an appointment with Dr. Thomas.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2019

I was able to reach Dr. Thomas and he resolved the problem with my back. He is an outstanding physician.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2019

I have recommended Dr. Thomas to many people because he genuinely cares about what is going on with a person and how he can help. He or his PA always respond quickly whenever I have concerns or questions. Wish there were more docs like him.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2019

truly feel that the staff and doctor really cared about my issues

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2019

Dr. Thomas listened to my concerns, explained my condition, provided options for treatment. I would recommend him to others.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2019

Good experience.....Dr.Thomas is the best.....also a true gentleman.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2019

Always a pleasure to see Dr. Thomas

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