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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
  • Nonsurgical 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
  • Back Strains and Sprains
  • Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Back Conditions
  • 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
  • Sacroiliitis
  • 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.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 8/17/2022, 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 (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a 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

163 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

28 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

This was my first visit with Dr. Thomas. He is an excellent listener with an engaging bedside manner.

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Without any hesitation, I would highly recommend Dr. Thomas.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2023

The nurse and the assistant doctor were good. Dr. Thomas--not so much.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2023

Dr Thomas was very courteous knowledgeable and helpful.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2023

Dr. Thomas and his staff were great. Everyone who took care of me before and after too.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2023

Dr Thomas was a great listener, n explained well . He a great hands on exam and made understandable recommendations.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

I called for appointment when I was having pain In my lower back & burning down my left leg In November, but I could not get an appointment until last week of January. I relayed this problem to Dr. Thomas and he said he Is In the office every day ; It seemed he was not happy to learn about this.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

Dr. Thomas was very professional and caring about my problem. I did not feel rushed through the visit; he answered my questions and we reviewed my MRI.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

One of the Best you are Lucke. To have a doctor like him thank you.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Dr. Santosh A Thomas was an excellent physician who provided a structured plan and explanation of various directions I can proceed with as a patient. Dr. Thomas also referred me to an allergist for further testing before any procedures could be performed. I was very pleased with Dr. Thomas's overall care as a patient.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

I have seen Dr. Thomas over time for at least 20yrs . Highly recommended. Very professional, kind, understands / very knowledgeable. Thank you

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Dr. Thomas is a great caring doctor

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

Very good with staff and Doctor

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2022

He is a very great Dr. !

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2022

Dr. Was very personable and informative as to what is going on in my back! He also explained to me what to expect in the future.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2022

Dr. Thomas is an excellent Doctor!

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2022

Dr Thomas very thorough. Planning events to find causal factor. Prescribed Rx that is helping in pain mitigation

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

Dr. Thomas is my favorite doctor!

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Doctor really listened and was compassionate

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2022

Dr. Thomas is excellent and reflects extremely well on the CC

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

The resident doctor pretty much did ever thing. She was wonderful. *Dr. Thomas was 'magical' when he taught me a stretch to relieve (soreness.)

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

I did recommend *Dr. Thomas and the Spine Center within a week after seeing him.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2022

Dr. Thomas spoke with us In a caring, professional and non judgement level. I did appreciate his care he took in speaking with us and the steps we needed to complete to achieve our goals.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2022

Dr. Thomas was so kind and patient. He took the time to show me areas of concern on my MRI and answered my questions clearly.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

I appreciated seeing the X-ray but it was difficult to see it as I was standing and had to bend over, which hurt. It would have been helpful if the doctor had offered me his seat for a clear view.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

Was able to get an early appointment from a cancellation from Dr Thomas's office

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Have known Dr. Thomas for 20 years. Is caring and very insightful and helpful with all of my issues. He's very professional. He is a top-notch doctor!!

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2022

Dr. Thomas was very thorough, listened, understood my concerns in a professional & compassionate manner

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