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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 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 20 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
View all 30 Specialties +


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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

See publications for Santhosh Thomas, DO, MBA.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

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 10/5/2021, 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.

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

162 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

37 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

Dr. Thomas was very informative and respectful.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

My experience with Dr. Thomas and every member of his team/staff have always been excellent.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2022

Dr. Thomas is what every Doc should be.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

Dr. Thomas is excellent at listening and offering different treatment options!

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2022

Dr. Thomas is a great doctor. He is very thorough and professional. He is the best.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2022

Dr. Thomas is an excellent doctor. Very professional and very knowledgeable.I am following his ideas of ongoing treatment.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2022

Outstanding Physician. Considerate, thorough, professional.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Bad experience w/ doc he was cold & abrupt w/ no bedside manner

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Dr Thomas has been a tremendous help in alleviating my sciatic pain

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2021

Great doctor

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

Dr. Thomas is knowledgeable and caring. He set up additional physical therapy.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Dr Thomas is great !

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Dr Thomas is amazing!

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2021

Dr. Thomas is so smart and knows exactly how to treat my condition.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

My doctor was very meticulous In showing me my medical condition- even googling what a "normal" spine looked in comparison to mine. Very helpful in explaining next steps in care.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

Always a good experience with Dr Thomas. I had to wait quite a long time to get an in-person appointment though.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Dr. Thomas carefully listen to my concerns and provided various options for treatment. Very knowledgeable and professional!

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Dr. Thomas is an excellent doctor, and I would highly recommend him to anyone having spine issues. My quality of life has improved because of Dr. Thomas and the Clinic.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

It is very easy to talk with Dr. Santhosh Thomas regarding my condition. He is very helpful and attentive. And I was very happy with the spinal injections he performed on October 7, 2021.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Good experience in every way with Dr. Santhosh Thomas

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Dr Thomas and staff are professional, and listen to every concern. I feel they genuinely care for my health.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Dr Thomas Santiago is a great physician

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

Dr Thomas is great. Cleveland Clinic is becoming more business centric than patient centric. This will work in the short run because of the clinic's reputation, but it is a bad long-term plan. For example, my primary care doctor resigned and it took me over a year to get an appointment with a new primary care doctor at the clinic. This is obviously no reflection of Dr. Thomas, I appreciate him and he does a fantastic job.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Great Doctor! Answered all questions with respect and concern.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Both Dr. Thomas and his assistant ( fellow) were professional and thorough. Both listened to my concerns and answered all questions. Was much appreciated!!!!

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

The Fellow assisting Dr Thomas for my visit is a good dr

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2021

I was in severe pain and it took 4 months to get an appointment with my doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

I requested that I be wait listed for an appointment with Dr. Thomas was scheduling first available appointments several weeks in the future. I was able to move my appointment up by several weeks. I

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

It took two months to see dr by then symptoms minimal thanks to g.p. Care

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

Dr. Thomas also had a resident who reviewed my issues before Dr. Thomas saw me. Only issue I had that they were not able to provide me a paper copy of the stenosis issue that I had with my neck so I could think about issue. Told me to go to Radiology, they said no also, told me to send a letter to medical records downtown (?)

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2021

Dr. Thomas was great. Felt comfortable with him immediately. He was thorough, clear, informative, and compassionate about my issues. Really Ike him as a doctor and wish I had seen him sooner.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

It took a long time to get the appointment, but I understand that Dr. Thomas is very busy. I was able to wait and do not fault Dr. Thomas or the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

I felt very at ease with Dr. Thomas. He is very knowledgeable and I have already recommended him to a friend.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Dr. Thomas was also working with a fellow, Dr. Bentencort (sp) on the day of my appointment. I was also very satisfied with the care Dr. Bentencort offered.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Dr Thomas explained thoroughly and helped us proceed with my next steps

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

During my visit, my dr. surprised me with the fact that my only solution was surgery. I had so many questions, and I felt extremely rushed. Dr left the room and I thought he would return so could continue our conversation, but I was told he was with another patient already. I realize that physicians are closely scheduled and dont have as much time any more. Just wish I could have had a few more minutes

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