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

Avon Hospital

Appointment:
216.636.5860
Desk:
440.695.4000
Fax:
440.695.4619
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 +
Insurance

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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2000

Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management
Cleveland, OH USA
2008

Fellowship - Florida Spine Institute
Interventional Spine/Pain
Clearwater, FL USA
2000

Residency - New York University Medical Center
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
New York, NY USA
1999

Internship - Massapequa General Hospital
Transitional
Seaford, NY USA
1996

Medical Education - New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
New York, NY USA
1995

Undergraduate - New York University
New York, NY USA
1990

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

Certifications

  • 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

Memberships

  • 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

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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

176 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 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

32 Patient Comments

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

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Dr. Thomas was very thorough and caring. He is another asset to your Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

The MRI showed no problem. Because of that, I felt the doctor became very dismissive and arrogant and had no further suggestions as to what I should do. He told me that because I was old I would have to live with the pain. He didn't have any further options for me.

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Dr. Thomas is always kind and patient.

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Dr. Thomas was very through, cared about my concerns and explained the problems that I am having. His nurse was also very through and caring. I would highly recommend Dr. Thomas!

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

To see the doctor, I was lucky enough to get in the next day due to a cancellation! I'm glad or it would have been a month and I'm in way too much pain. The scheduler knew that and helped me.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

Doctors don't come much better than Dr. Thomas. He's kind, personable, extremely knowledgeable, and helpful.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Great doctor

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

I was seen by 2 Dr.s; Dr. Eduardo first and Dr. Santosh last. I was impressed by the quality of the young assistant. The credit goes to my primary care Physician for lining me up with good Doctors, and of course Cleveland Clinic for recruiting them.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

Dr. Thomas explained everything to me in a way that I could understand everything. He told time to answer all my questions and make sure I understood everything. I felt he really cared about my condition.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

I appreciate how much Dr Thomas listen to my concerns during the office visit.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Dr. Thomas & Staff are consummate professionals.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

Dr. Thomas is an excellent doctor!

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

Very good coordination between the nurse, physician, and his Fellow.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

Dr Thomas is always attentive listens and provides meaningful assistance and support.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

What else can I say? I am very pleased with Dr. Thomas.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

Dr. Thomas pleasant, thorough, professional

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Pp it was a good way to safely be able to speak with Dr Thomas. pp

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Excellent Doctor. Very compassionate and listens to your concerns. The nurse "Sandy" is also outstanding.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Dr. Santosh Thomas is the Best !!!

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

I was very impressed with Dr. Thomas. He was very knowledgeable and very reassuring.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

Dr Thomas is brilliant! He answered all my questions before I even asked them and had recommendations for the best desired outcome.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

I have already recommended Dr Thomas to several of my friends.

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