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Jeffrey L. Ponsky, MD, Appointed Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs

December 11th, 2012

Jeffrey L. Ponsky, MD

Jeffrey L. Ponsky, MD, has taken on the new role of Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs for the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. 

An accomplished alumnus, surgeon and teacher, Dr. Ponsky will serve to broaden and strengthen relationships with fellow alumni, working in close partnership with Carol L. Moss, our school's Vice Dean for External Affairs and Vice President for Medical Development.

Dr. Ponsky will develop opportunities for our global network of alumni to engage with the School of Medicine as advocates, partners and philanthropic supporters.

Dr. Ponsky is the Oliver H. Payne Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. He also is Surgeon-in-Chief at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Prior, he held leadership roles at Cleveland Clinic and Mt. Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Ponsky also has served as president of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, the Cleveland Surgical Society and the American Society for Gastrointestinal endoscopy (ASGE). He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of numerous prominent surgical societies. He has been the Vice President of the American Surgical Association and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. He has also served as the chair of the American Board of Surgery.

In addition to earning his medical degree from Case Western Reserve, Dr. Ponsky also holds an executive MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management. He received the School of Medicine's Kaiser Teaching Excellence Award in 1993. His many additional honors include the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the Maurice Saltzman Award from the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, the Rudolf Schindler Award from the ASGE, and the George Berci Lifetime Achievement Award from SAGES. He has been listed in The Best Doctors in America® every year since its inception. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.

Dr. Ponsky's prolific career has resulted in the publication of more than 200 original articles and book chapters. He has authored or edited five textbooks and serves on the editorial board of several journals. One of his most significant innovations is the percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, which provides a minimally invasive substitute for the operative placement of feeding tubes.