Dr. Luga Podesta, MD

Orthopedic Sports Medicine  |  
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Age 62
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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.

1201 Piper Blvd Ste 24

Naples, FL 34110

Contact Information

(239) 631-1960

Dr. Luga Podesta, MD

Dr. Luga Podesta, MD

Accepted insurance

  • 1199SEIU
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Group Health Incorporated (GHI)
  • MagnaCare
  • MultiPlan
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare

*Please verify this information when scheduling an appointment.

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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 Experience

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


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

Board Certifications

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

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 Injuries
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprain
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Throwing Injuries
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Trigger Finger
  • Upper Back Pain


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  • Bone Marrow Aspiration
  • Bunion Surgery
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Joint Drainage
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Sports Medicine Related Procedures
  • Ultrasound-Guided Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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
based on 11 total reviews (4 with comments)
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)
in Stony Brook, NY |
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 field is unparalleled. 3 mths post procedure, the pain is completely gone in my hip, and 90 percent in my bone on bone knee with a torn meniscus (which is still healing). A victory in my book!
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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Dr. Podesta accepts 13 insurance carriers
  • 1199SEIU
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Anthem
    Pathway X Ind PPO Direct Access CT
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • EmblemHealth
    Emblem Health
    Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (HIP)
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Group Health Incorporated (GHI)
  • MagnaCare
  • MultiPlan
  • Oxford Health Plans
    Liberty Plan HMO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    Oxford Liberty
    United Healthcare

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