Aug. 7, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Medical Association honored OSU Team Physician Ray Pongonis (Columbus, Ohio/BS, 1975) with the Gregory Brooks Memorial Award at the CMA Sports Medicine Appreciation Banquet August 1 at the Huntington Club in Ohio Stadium.

The award is given annually to a sports medicine practitioner in central Ohio who provides advisory assistance and education for the public and medical community on health care for the amateur or recreational athlete. The accolade is named in honor of Greg Brooks, who was a long time team physician in the Dublin School System and strong proponent of health care for student-athletes in Greater Columbus.

Pongonis begins his 12th year as a team physician at Ohio State. His primary responsibilities include working with the football and baseball teams, but he works with athletes in all 36 varsity sports. Pongonis is a native of Columbus and was an all-state selection in football and baseball at Watterson High School. He received his bachelor’s of science degree from Ohio State in 1975. He then attended Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, receiving his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 1980.

In 1981, Pongonis returned to Columbus to intern at Doctors Hospital. Following a one-year internship, he began a private practice in nearby Dublin. He joined the Ohio State staff in 1995.