Dr. Stephen Ponas, MD

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Urology

Dr. Stephen Ponas, MD is a Urology Specialist in Phoenix, AZ and has over 34 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Ponas has extensive experience in Urinary Conditions and Urinary Calculi & Removal. He graduated from University of Texas Medical School At San Antonio medical school in 1988. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center and HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Dr. Stephen Ponas, MD

Affiliated Urologists, Ltd

5133 N Central Ave Ste 206 Phoenix, AZ 85012 ()
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Telehealth services available

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(602) 264-0608

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Ponas

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Ponas treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Ponas treats other conditions, please contact the office at (602) 264-0608.

Urinary Conditions

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Dr. Ponas is experienced in the area of Urinary Conditions. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 12 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Ponas
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Polyuria
Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
Nighttime Urination (Nocturia)
Urinary Incontinence
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Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

Urinary Calculi & Removal

Urologists or nephrologists diagnose and treat kidney stones, small pieces of hard, crystallized material that form in the kidney and typically pass naturally, but may require shock wave therapy, a catheter procedure, or surgery.Compare with other Urinary Calculi & Removal specialists.

Dr. Ponas is experienced in the area of Urinary Calculi & Removal. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 10 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Ponas
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Urinary Stones
Kidney Stones
Lithotripsy
Kidney Stone Pain (Renal Colic)
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Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
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Dr. Ponas' conditions and procedures:

  • Bacteriuria Screening
  • Balanitis
  • Bladder Atony
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bladder Diverticulum
  • Bladder Exstrophy Repair
  • Bladder Function Test
  • Bladder Infection
  • Bladder Scan
  • Bladder Stones
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Blood in Semen (Hematospermia)
  • Blood in Urine (Hematuria)
  • Chlamydia Infection Screening
  • Chordee
  • Chronic Prostatitis
  • Circumcision
  • Complete Nephrectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Cystotomy
  • Cystourethroscopy and Transurethral Resection of Bladder Neck
  • Destruction of Penile Lesion
  • Dipstick Urinalysis
  • Elevated PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)
  • End-Stage Renal Disease
  • Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
  • Epididymitis
  • Gonorrhea Screening
  • Herpes Simplex Screening
  • HIV Screening
  • Hydrocele
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Hypogonadism
  • Hypospadias
  • Incontinence Sling Procedure
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Kidney and Ureter Removal
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Infection
  • Kidney Infection, Acute
  • Kidney Infection, Chronic
  • Kidney Stone Pain (Renal Colic)
  • Kidney Stone Removal
  • Kidney Stones
  • Laparoscopic Destruction of Kidney Lesion
  • Lithotripsy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Male Infertility
  • Neurogenic Bladder
  • Nighttime Urination (Nocturia)
  • Orchiectomy
  • Orchitis
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Painful Urination (Dysuria)
  • Partial Nephrectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Penile Cancer
  • Percutaneous Destruction of Kidney Lesion
  • Peyronie's Disease
  • Peyronie's Disease Injection Therapy
  • Phimosis
  • Polyuria
  • Priapism
  • Prostate Biopsy
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer Screening
  • Prostate Cancer Screening Exam (DRE)
  • Prostate Cyst
  • Prostate Removal
  • Prostate Stones
  • Prostatectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Prostatitis
  • Renal Transplant and Nephrectomy
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections Screening
  • Spermatocele
  • STD Screening
  • Syphilis Screening
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Testicular Dysfunction
  • Traumatic Acute Kidney Injury
  • Trichomoniasis Screening
  • TURP (Transurethral Resection of Prostate) or Laser Destruction of Prostate
  • Ureteral Stones
  • Ureteral Stricture or Kinking
  • Ureteroneocystostomy
  • Urethral Dilation
  • Urethral Stricture
  • Urinary Hesitancy
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Stone Removal (Litholapaxy)
  • Urinary Stones
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Urinary-Genital Tract Fistula, Female
  • Uroflowmetry
  • Vaginal and Pelvic Prolapse
  • Varicocele
  • Varicocelectomy or Hydrocelectomy
  • Wound Repair

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Dr. Ponas accepts the following insurance:

AARP
Aetna
Aetna HMO
Aetna PPO
Choice Plus POS II
American Republic
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Medicaid
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Motorola Health Plans
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
AHCCCS - AZ Health Care Cost Containment System
Assurant Health
AZ Benefit Options
Bankers Life and Casualty
Beech Street (Multiplan)
Benesight
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Advantage PPO
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Traditional
Federal Employee Program
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
CareOregon
Medicaid
CareSource
Medicaid
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna
LocalPlus
Open Access
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
Community Health Choice
Medicaid
Compassionate Care Network (CCN)
Compusys
Conseco
Coventry Health Care
EBMS
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Golden Rule
Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
GEHA
Health Net
Health Net PPO
Medicaid
Health Net of Arizona, Inc.
Health Net of Arizona HMO
HealthPlus
Medicaid
HealthPlus Amerigroup
Medicaid
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Medicaid
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Gold
Phoenix Standard
Husky Health
Medicaid
Indian Health Service
inHealth
Medicaid
INTotal Health
Medicaid
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
LifeWise
Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
Medica
Medicaid
Medicaid
Medical Mutual of Ohio
Mercy Care
AHCCCS - AZ Health Care Cost Containment System
AHCCCS without Prior Authorization
MetLife
Midwest Health Plan
Medicaid
Molina Healthcare
Medicaid
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
One Health
Operating Engineers Health & Welfare Plan
Peach State Health Plan
Medicaid
Phoenix Health Plan
AHCCCS - AZ Health Care Cost Containment System
Physicians Mutual
Principal Life
Prudential
Simply Healthcare Plans
Medicaid
Staywell (Wellcare)
Medicaid
Tricare
TriCare for Life
Triwest
TriCare/TriWest
UniCare
United Healthcare Community Plan
AHCCCS Medicaid
United Healthcare Life Insurance Company
UnitedHealthCare
AARP MedicareComplete SecureHorizons Plan 2 HMO
Arizona Physicians IPA
Basic PPO
Choice EPO
Choice HMO
Choice Plus EPO
Choice Plus POS
Compass
Core
Core PPO
Definity Health
Dual Complete HMO-SNP
FlexPoint PPO
Golden Rule HMO
Golden Rule PPO
Medicaid
Medicaid HMO
Medicare Advantage PFFS
Metra Health
Navigate
Options POS
Options PPO
Optum Choice
OptumHealth Care Solutions
PacifiCare Arizona PPO
Secure Horizons PPO
Select Plus EPO
Select Plus HMO
UHC Illinois PPO
UMR
UMR United Medical Resources
United Behavioral Health HMO
United Behavioral Health POS
United Behavioral Health PPO
United Healthcare HMO
United Healthcare PPO
United Healthcare West
UnitedHealthCare HSA
Wausau Benefits
Wellcare of Georgia
Medicaid

Dr. Ponas' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Ponas

3.8

Based on 25 ratings

5 Stars
56%
(14)
4 Stars
12%
(3)
3 Stars
4%
(1)
2 Stars
8%
(2)
1 Star
20%
(5)
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Dr. Ponas is one of the most conscientious and Honorable physicians I have ever known… As a pharmaceutical rep I have had an opportunity to go to many offices and I had a choice of who I would pick as my urologist and he is the best 1 out there.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Oct 20, 2021
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My father likes Dr. Ponas as a doctor. He had his third kidney stone procedure scheduled with him. It was scheduled for a 9am arrival and 11am surgery. He confirmed this with the surgery scheduler, Delores, 2 days after making the apt with her. 20 DAYS BEFORE SURGERY he received an email from Delores that said 9am/11am. 3 days before surgery the hospital called and said it was a 7am / 9am. They said they would call Dr. Ponas's office about the discrepancy. Not hearing back, my father called the office the day before the surgery. Dr. Ponas's office confirmed that it was 9am/11am. My father then called the hospital; they still had the wrong time but told him to go by his doctor's office. Day of surgery, we receive a call at 7:30 asking where he is. We explained the mix up. They apologized. At 8am the hospital calls again and says that the surgery will be cancelled due to the error. They apologized again and said they had been trying Dr. Ponas's office and couldn't reach anyone there!
What went well
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
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Aug 31, 2021
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I am very happy with the care and treatment that Dr. Ponas has provided to me. I had had a greatly enlarged prostate treated six years earlier by another urologist, but it had to be redone. After Dr. Ponas' performed the procedure, the sudden frequent urges to urinate all quickly went away. Needless to say, I am totally satisfied with his care, and I would highly recommend him to anyone with similar problems. In addition, his office staff is efficient and helpful.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Herb Komnick – Jul 10, 2021
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I had a kidney stone and Dr. Ponas removed it. The procedure went well, I had no complications, and Dr. Ponas's office reacted quickly when I had a follow-up request. I would recommend him and Affiliated Urologists.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Listened & answered questions
What could be improved
No results
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Jun 30, 2021
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Dr. Ponas and his Staff are the best !!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Mark Swoger – Jun 28, 2021
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Each appt. and my first surgery with Dr. Ponas was fine.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Curtis Eatinger – Jun 28, 2021
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My third visit. There is significant waiting time - the waiting room has been very busy every visit. 20 to 30 minutes waiting time. More waiting time in the exam room. Dr. Ponas is very nice, patient and compassionate. Worth the wait.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Office environment
  • Long wait times
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Sheri – Jun 28, 2021
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On both my initial and follow up visit, Dr Ponas was very attentive and open to hear my concerns and personal insights on my health care treatment. We had an open an frank discussion with both of us sharing thoughts and ideas as to the proper course of treatment. We collectively agreed to a course and have set upon it. This is most refreshing in a world where it’s usually the doctor’s way or look for another doctor type of mentality.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Oznog – Jun 26, 2021
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just follow up for medication and different ideas to help.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jun 26, 2021
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I cannot comment on the surgery. I continue to have total urinary incontinence after 6 weeks, but am otherwise healed, so time will tell. The office, communication, counseling part of the process was abysmal. The impression I was given was the surgery was similar to having appendix removed. Nothing I was ever told even basically explained what I would experience, what I should do to prepare, or how I should handle post op and recovery. Frankly, what I got was "take two aspirin and call me in the morning." ... But don't bother calling because you will never penetrate the phone system. A simple handout covering the diagnosis, pre-op, post-op and recovery things to know, how to prepare, things to expect and reasonable to anticipate variations would have been the minimum required. I didn't need hand holding, I needed information. The office seemed out of control and simply unable to handle the patient volume. Go elsewhere. It can't be any worse.
What went well
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What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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Richard – Jun 26, 2021
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Yes, Dr. Ponas is a knowledgeable and caring Urologist. Because of a MRI and full body bone scan that revealed two lesions (prostate and spine), I wanted the Mayo Clinic to cover the entire process of treatment. It is for this reason I have chosen to continue with the Mayo Clinic.
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Robert Merwin – Jun 26, 2021
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My appointment was for 9 AM. I left the office it was 10:50 AM. I spent over an hour in the back waiting to see the doctor for five minute procedure. The doctor was also very short with me when I was asking him questions about what he saw. Apparently it’s quantity over quality here. The office also dropped the ball on a surgery I was supposed to have it notified me less than 12 hours before the surgery that I needed to be re-cancel. Now I have to wait another three weeks possing fiery bloody guts .
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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Jun 25, 2021
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DOctor was fine. A very long wait in the waiting room
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Jun 25, 2021
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Met with him yesterday not sure what the bad reviews are you wanna a good dr or complain about wait time! He came highly recommended from my Brother who’s a dr and was very pleased with his regard to my health and How fast everything was moved to get my cancer out !
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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James McLaughlin – Jun 28, 2020
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I have been at Dr Ponas office for over 3 hrs to find out they had me in the wrong room waiting on the wrong doctor. Then finally when we saw Dr Ponas he had the worst bed side manners I have ever experienced Also was not accurate on anything about my situation.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Phoenix,Az – Jun 14, 2017
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I liked that his office was right to business and I did not have to wait a long time to be seen.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Office environment
  • Appointment was rushed
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Phoenix, AZ – Feb 23, 2017
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I am deaf patient. Dr. Ponas has excellent patience and take his time to work with me via ASL Interpreter. He would assured that you understand this and that before doing next thing. He is awesome!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Larry DeVenny in Phoenix, AZ – Jul 23, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Stephen Ponas, MD is a Urology Specialist in Phoenix, AZ and has over 34 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Ponas has extensive experience...Read more

Specialties

  • Urology

Board Certifications

Education

Barnes Jewish Hospital, One Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza St. Louis, MO 63110
Fellowship Hospital
Barnes Jewish Hospital S Campus
Residency Hospital
Barnes Jewish Hospital, One Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza St. Louis, MO 63110
Internship Hospital
1988
University of Texas Medical School At San Antonio
Medical School
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Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

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What are Dr. Stephen Ponas, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Ponas frequently treats Urinary Conditions and Urinary Calculi & Removal. See all practice areas where Dr. Ponas specializes.

Where is Dr. Stephen Ponas, MD's office located?

Dr. Ponas' office is located at 5133 N Central Ave Ste 206, Phoenix, AZ 85012. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Affiliated Urologists, Ltd

Affiliated Urologists, Central Phoenix5133 N Central Ave Ste 206 Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Desert Ridge20940 N Tatum Blvd Ste 125 Phoenix, AZ 85050
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Ponas is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center

Phoenix, AZ

75% Patients that would definitely recommend, 5% higher than the national average

HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center

Scottsdale, AZ

84% Patients that would definitely recommend, 14% higher than the national average

10 Awards Received

St. Joseph's Hospital And Medical Center

Phoenix, AZ

76% Patients that would definitely recommend, 6% higher than the national average

19 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2022)