Dr. Luga Podesta, MD

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Orthopedic Sports Medicine | Male

Dr. Luga Podesta, MD
Throughout his impressive 24-year career, Dr. Podesta has been dedicated to restoring his patients' quality of life. He takes great pride in his ability to quickly and safely return patients to the life they want to live; whether that is playing a sport, working, or enjoying recreational activities. His typical patient is anything but typical and includes all who seek his expertise, including professional athletes, musicians and performing artists as well as weekend warriors, high school, college, recreational and youth athletes. Dr. Podesta is a nationally recognized sports medicine physician specializing in the non-surgical treatment of orthopedic, musculoskeletal and sports-related injuries to the shoulder, elbow, knee, and spine. He brings with him a wealth of experience on and off the field and is considered a pioneer in the new field of Regenerative Medicine; an area of medicine with the potential to fully heal damaged tissues. It offers hope for individuals who are unable to or do not choose to undergo surgery. Dr. Podesta serves as a consultant to the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, Major League Baseball Umpires and World Baseball Classic and as a sports performance consultant to Cirque Du Soleil-Iris. He is the head team physician for Suffolk Community College athletics and team physician and consultant to a number of Suffolk County, New York high school athletic programs and elite sport clubs. Dr. Podesta served as the medical director and head team physician for the Los Angeles Kiss (Arena Football League) from 2014-2015 and served as team physician for the Los Angeles Angels Baseball team (2010-2013) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (1990-2006.) He also served as head team physician for the World Champion LA Xtreme (XFL) (2001) the Los Angeles Avengers, AFL (2002-2008) the Los Angeles Riptide MLL (2006-2008,) Oxnard College, and as team physician for Loyola Marymount University. Past consultant roles have included the Los Angeles Lakers and as a training camp consultant to the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints.

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Dr. Podesta's Care Philosophy

Offers high-quality, individualized care with compassion. Believes communication and collaboration with patients is the foundation for effective relationships. Through effective education, patients are empowered to partner in their care and achieve their health goals.

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    Dr. Podesta's Reviews

    Likelihood of recommending Dr. Podesta to family and friends
    3.5
    based on 10 total reviews (3 with comments)
    Dr. Podesta's Performance
    • Trustworthiness
      VERY GOOD
    • Explains condition(s) well
      VERY GOOD
    • Answers Questions
      VERY GOOD
    • Time well spent
      VERY GOOD
    Office & Staff Performance
    • Scheduling
      VERY GOOD
    • Office environment
      EXCELLENT
    • Staff friendliness
      EXCELLENT
    • Average wait time
      16 to 30 minutes
    Patient Comments (3)
    in Coram, NY |
    Long waiting time for appointments. He didn't spend much time evaluating me, discussing my problems, or potential solutions/treatment options. He misdiagnosed me and sent me to a physical therapist who was equally as incompetent. Based on his background, I wouldn't recommend him unless you're a baseball player with an elbow injury.
    in lake ronkonkoma |
    My advice to patients regarding stem cell therapy, would be to wait until this procedure is more developed. It is a very expensive , painful procedure. I had this procedure performed on my foot, it was unsuccessful.Would love to hear from someone who had a better experience.
    in Bohemia, NY |
    I will never recommend Dr. Podesta to a family member or friend. All he wants is for all clients to be treated with PRP knowing it is not covered by any insurance. All clients must pay for it. He knew my injury would not benefit from this procedure but he still let me do it with no benefit to me only to him. He received $1750 and laughs all the way to the bank. Don't believe him about how this will cure all...its a scam
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    Throughout his impressive 24-year career, Dr. Podesta has been dedicated to restoring his patients' quality of life. He takes great pride in his ability to quickly and safely return patients to the life they want to live; whether that is playing a sport, working, or enjoying recreational activities. His typical patient is anything but typical and includes all who seek his expertise, including professional athletes, musicians and performing artists as well as weekend warriors, high school, college, recreational and youth athletes.

    Dr. Podesta is a nationally recognized sports medicine physician specializing in the non-surgical treatment of orthopedic, musculoskeletal and sports-related injuries to the shoulder, elbow, knee, and spine. He brings with him a wealth of experience on and off the field and is considered a pioneer in the new field of Regenerative Medicine; an area of medicine with the potential to fully heal damaged tissues. It offers hope for individuals who are unable to or do not choose to undergo surgery.

    Dr. Podesta serves as a consultant to the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, Major League Baseball Umpires and World Baseball Classic and as a sports performance consultant to Cirque Du Soleil-Iris. He is the head team physician for Suffolk Community College athletics and team physician and consultant to a number of Suffolk County, New York high school athletic programs and elite sport clubs.

    Dr. Podesta served as the medical director and head team physician for the Los Angeles Kiss (Arena Football League) from 2014-2015 and served as team physician for the Los Angeles Angels Baseball team (2010-2013) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (1990-2006.) He also served as head team physician for the World Champion LA Xtreme (XFL) (2001) the Los Angeles Avengers, AFL (2002-2008) the Los Angeles Riptide MLL (2006-2008,) Oxnard College, and as team physician for Loyola Marymount University. Past consultant roles have included the Los Angeles Lakers and as a training camp consultant to the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints.

    Dr. Podesta's Care Philosophy

    Offers high-quality, individualized care with compassion. Believes communication and collaboration with patients is the foundation for effective relationships. Through effective education, patients are empowered to partner in their care and achieve their health goals.

    Dr. Podesta's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

    •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
    •  Specializes in Orthopedic Sports Medicine
    •  Board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
    •  No malpractice claims found
    •  No sanctions found
    •  No board actions found

    Awards & Recognition

    • Awards & Honors
      • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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    Board Certifications

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    • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    • Sports Medicine

    Conditions Treated

    • Achilles Tendinitis
    • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
    • Ankle Sprains and Strains
    • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
    • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
    • Arthritis
    • Back Injuries
    • Back Pain
    • Bursitis
    • Degenerative Disc Disease
    • Elbow Bursitis
    • Elbow Injuries
    • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
    • Foot Conditions
    • Fracture
    • Hand Conditions
    • Injuries
    • Intervertebral Disc Disease
    • Knee Disorders
    • Knee Injuries
    • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
    • Low Back Pain
    • Meniscus Injuries
    • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
    • Osteoarthritis of Hip
    • Osteoarthritis of Knee
    • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
    • Osteoarthritis of Spine
    • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
    • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
    • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Runner's Knee
    • Shoulder Diseases
    • Shoulder Disorders
    • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
    • Spine Disorders
    • Spondylitis
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Sports Injuries
    • Sprain
    • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
    • Stress Fracture of Foot
    • Tendon Injuries
    • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
    • Trigger Finger
    • Upper Back Pain

    Education

    • Medical School
      Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara, Facultad De Medicina

      Graduated in 1984

    • Internship Hospital
      Brookdale Med Center

      Completed in 1986

    • Residency Hospital
      St Vincents Med Center

      Completed in 1989

    • Fellowship Hospital
      Kerlan Jobe Orth Clinic

      Completed in 1991

      Staten Is Orth/Spmed

      Completed in 1990

    Languages Spoken

    • English

    Memberships &
    Professional Affiliations

    • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

    Specialties

    • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
    • Sports Medicine
    • Sports Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    Procedures Performed

    • Bone Marrow Aspiration
    • EMG (Electromyography)
    • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
    • Glenoid Labrum Repair
    • Joint Drainage
    • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
    • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
    • Spinal Nerve Block
    • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate