Dr. Luga Podesta, MD

Dr. Luga Podesta, MD

Orthopedic Sports Medicine  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 62
Dr. Luga Podesta, MD is an orthopedic sports medicine surgery specialist in Naples, FL and has been practicing for 27 years. He graduated from Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara, Facultad De Medicina in 1984 and specializes in orthopedic sports medicine, sports medicine, and more.Read his story

1201 Piper Blvd Ste 24

Naples, FL 34110

Contact Information

(239) 631-1960

Insurance Accepted

  • 1199SEIU
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Group Health Incorporated (GHI)
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Top Care Areas

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Joint Pain
very high
more than 97% of peers
Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
very high
more than 96% of peers
Ankle Sprains and Strains
very high
more than 96% of peers

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Dr. Podesta's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Podesta "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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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Podesta "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."

3  Specialties

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

2  Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Accredited by: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation*
  • Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation*

77  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • 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
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Sprain
  • Injuries
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprain
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Throwing Injuries
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Trigger Finger
  • Upper Back Pain


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13  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara, Facultad De Medicina
    Medical School | Graduated 1984
  • Brookdale Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • St Vincents Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Kerlan Jobe Orth Clinic
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1991
  • Staten Is Orth/Spmed
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1990

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Podesta has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Dr. Podesta's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Podesta to family and friends
12 total reviews (4 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (12)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Podesta's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (4)

Dr Podesta treated my torn Hip Labrum with stem cell and PRP. As he had told me at our initial appointment, exactly 4 months later my hip was completely pain free during exercise and I have been able to do any activities with no pain. As a Pain physician myself offering regenerative medicine...more
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What cutting edge medical treatment isn't expensive, or guaranteed? I had both bone marrow, and PRP's stem cells done. The procedure was very tolerable, and recovery a breeze. Dr Podesta was a gem to deal with answering all of my questions, and always made me feel comfortable. His knowledge in the...more
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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...more
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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...more
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