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John Ponti, MD, CAQSM

4.9 out of 5 (423 Ratings)


Family Medicine / Orthopedic Surgery / Orthopedics

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About John Ponti

Dr. John Ponti graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He then went on to further his medical expertise, graduating with his Doctor of Medicine degree from UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA. Dr. Ponti completed his residency at Brown Family Medicine in Pawtucket, RI before moving on to complete his fellowship at UMass Sports & Exercise Medicine in Worcester, MA. He is board certified through the American Board of Family Medicine. During his fellowship training, Dr. Ponti was a team physician for the Triple-A Worcester Red Sox, as well as the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Holy Cross. Dr. Ponti specializes in Sports Medicine and is the Affiliate Instructor of Sports Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at UMass TH Chan Medical School.

Dr. Ponti’s philosophy of care is centered around believing that a physician should strive to educate, inform, and empower their patients to make the best clinical decisions. As he is trained in primary care, he also believes in treating the patient as a whole and taking into account all of their medical conditions and history when treating them.

He is an avid Boston sports fan and is especially passionate about baseball. In addition, Dr. Ponti volunteers at a summer camp for children infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.


Practicing at the following locations:

  1. Southcoast Physicians Group Orthopedics & Orthopedic Surgery

    300 A Faunce Corner Road
    Dartmouth, MA 02747

    P: 508-973-2211

    Get Directions 41.65998099999999 -70.99087600000001
  2. Southcoast Physicians Group Orthopedics & Orthopedic Surgery

    479 Swansea Mall Drive
    Swansea , MA 02777

    P: 508-973-2211

    Get Directions 41.7613575 -71.22010539999997

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Southcoast accepts most major insurance plans. Call the Southcoast patient registration department at 844-297-2952 or your health plan with any questions regarding coverage.

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Patient Comments (140)

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  • Dr. Ponti very nice man I feel lucky to have him helping with shoulder injury.

  • The doctor was very knowledgeable with my problem and helped me make a good decision on my care

  • Great service from front desk to medical assistant to physician to PT appointment scheduling!

  • I enjoyed the experience. Dr. Ponti was very nice and informative. The only thing is he mentioned about going back and having a shot within seven to ten days and that's not possible for the simple fact that his next appointment I have is the 13th of March. That was a little surprising but he's a busy man but I'm on the call list in case there's a cancellation. Okay, my experience overall was very good and I appreciated Dr. Ponti. He was very good. Thank you. Bye now.

  • Dr. Ponti was absolutely terrific. Got the answer to an issue I was having and recommended a conservative course of action at this time via therapy rather than surgery, which was my preference. Explained all findings and options. Very impressive, easy to understand, and most importantly, listens carefully to what you are saying in a patient, polite manner. Simply excellent - would highly recommend Dr. Ponti to anyone (and in fact already have).

  • Handle my medical concern in an efficient manner.....affable personality....administered shot quickly and painlessly. Two thumbs up!

  • One of the best office visits I've ever had!!

  • What you did well ..On timePersonable, professional, friendly staff.I did not know that Dr. Ponti offered only non-surgical services, but this was actually exactly what I wanted at this point. He made the visit comfortable and offered several options for treatment. I have been in the medical field for over 40 years and I was extremely impressed not only with this physician, but by all the support staff.

  • Dr. Ponti was knowledgeable, kind, and thorough! He listened patiently and explained everything to me. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

  • Dr. Ponti is an excellent physician. He explained the procedure and additional treatment methods. He is very caring and very personable. I was thankfull that I was referred to him. My only concern is I wish I could have had an earlier appointment instead of waiting 6 weeks for treatment.

  • Dr.Ponti was very professional shook my hand when he came in. Explained my situation so I could understand.

  • Office staff friendly, seen in a timely manner. Dr gave me some suggestions to better my problem

  • It was my first time seeing this office and I was very happy

  • Dr. Ponti explained the information provided b;y the x-ray and offered several options for immediate care as well as providing outlook for the future.

  • Very nice and knowledgeable

  • Dr Ponti listened to my son and came up with a treatment plan that took my son's concerns into account. He was very knowledgeable and understanding.

  • Check in was smooth and efficient I was called very quicklyThe physician came in without any delays.Dr.Ponti reviewed my previous treatments and explained what could be the next stepDr. Ponti used the ultra sound to perfectly locate the area of my hip that needed treatment.I received the steroid injection and I am so very grateful that my case got assigned to this physician. Dr. Ponti explains fully what the condition is and what the treatment plan will be.Very pleased with his care delivery.

  • dr ponti was very quick with his injection of my left foot

  • Dr Ponti and his staff are amazing and so compassionate when you are genuinely in pain.

  • Doctor and staff were very informative and very pleasant.

  • The provider listened to me and explained things to me and what to expect I was not left in the dark

  • It was a pleasant professional experience.

  • Dr. Ponti was thorough and knowledgeable. I liked him very much and would recommend him to others.

  • Dr. Ponti was Very professional and knowledgeable. Provided excellent treatment and explained the procedure and recovery time clearly. I highly recommend his services.

  • Very clean my visit was soo fast & I felt comfortable for my first time

  • Dr Ponti and Staff are always professional and kind. Dr Ponti is very knowledgeable and explains everything about the plan of care in a kind in compassionate manner

  • It was very professional experience!

  • Very satisfied with my visit.

  • Dr Ponti did a great job explaining my shoulder problems and treatment options.

  • Dr. Ponti was amazing. Awesome bedside manner and explains himself very very well. Very comfortable, I thought the appointment went terrific. Thank you.

  • Procedure explained and expectations for current treatment plan were reviewed. Thank you!

  • two words that would describe dr.ponti......................... AWESOME DOCTOR.

  • Great job he explained everything about the care that he was providing

  • Absolutely nothing. The women at the front desk were wonderful and very helpful and Dr. Ponti was amazing as well. Very kind and courteous and extremely knowledgeable about what was wrong with my knee. The ladies at the front desk helped me schedule an appointment for an MRI that I needed so that I did not have to struggle to find one. 10/10 best office visit I have had.

  • Explained his choices for meds and procedures very well!!! Great doctor!! Will definitely recommend and will see him again. Thank you

  • Everything was like a smooth oil machine

  • Dr. Ponti was very friendly and informative. He explained my options for my situation . Received great care.

  • Courteous Clearly explained my situation Treated me with respect Explained all my symptoms and causes. Got treatment for my pain and referral to PT.u00A0nI'm a happy camper ty

  • Dr Ponti was amazing. He was kind, attentive, listened and so well versed in his field. I would choose him and [Name] [Name] again and again. Their bedside manner and professionalism is top notch.

  • Everything went smoothly, no complaints. Everyone worked as a team. Thank you!

  • This doctor is incredible

  • They do treat you with respect and I appreciate it for that

  • I thought Dr. Ponti did a tremendous job.

  • You did everything correctly. Ready when I got. Very informative and help relieve my pain.

  • Everyone was professional and kind, I didn't wait to be seen it was very quick and efficient.

  • Dr. Ponti was very professional and pleasant. He administered a painless hip injection with ease. Well done.

  • Dr. Ponti was wonderful.

  • Would give higher than a 10 if I could.

  • This was my first appointment with this provider and I was very pleased with my treatment at this facility. Everyone was very pleasant and I was attended to as soon as I got there. The doctor listened to my concerns and explained to me what my next step should be. I was very happy with the treatment I received and definitely will continue as long as I need it.

  • Physician and staff were knowledgeable and efficient. All were responsive to my questions and well being.

  • I really like that doctor. He explained everything, he's excellent, 100%. I really liked him, he's very, very good.

  • Dr. Ponti is an excellent Dr, very informative and patient.

  • Everything was explained clearly by the Dr. My experience with this office is always great!

  • Staff was very friendly and professional. Dr. Ponti explained both my MRI and X-ray and changes. Explained treatment plan and options going forward, He was extremely kind and and answered all of my questions. Excellent experience

  • First time meeting Dr. Ponti and he was great! Will go back for sure!

  • Dr. Ponti is knowledgeable, resourceful, and easy to engage with. Great bedside manner. Down to earth and extremely responsive to my needs.

  • Excellent in all areas!!

  • I felt my time was valued. I was in and out within 30 minutes.

  • Dr Ponti was very considerate and helpful and took time to explain things in a way that was very helpful and easy to understand. He has an easy and affable manner. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

  • He explained the issues and my choices in treatment. Took in consideration the other issues in my life.

  • Dr. Ponti made me very comfortable, and he was very anal with everything. He did a wonderful job, and is still going forward doing a wonderful job.

  • I'm so relieved and happy with the provider and assistant this morning. So kind, efficient, and patient with my extreme anxiety.

  • He came in and asked me what the situation was. He listen very careful and looked at the x-rays and told me my options and I went with what he said to do. I would definitely see him again if the problem persists.

  • Dr. Ponti was familiar with the issue I was dealing with. He explained exactly what was going to be done and explained everything so that is was easy to understand.

  • The whole experience was greatly appreciated

  • This appointment was for a shoulder procedure. I was a little anxious with not knowing entirely what to expect. The Doctor explained in great detail what the issue was in my x- rays, the procedure to be done and more. I was told each step as the procedure went. When everything was done follow up care was explained, questioned reviewed etc. The Doctor, Assistant and Nurse were all kind with all my questions and all involved.

  • I can't imagine anyway to improve my experience. The Doctor as well as his staff were knowledgeable and made me feel very comfortable in their care. Walked out of the facility feeling Dr Ponti "got it right". Thank you.

  • everyone here were very nice and professional

  • Explained each step of the procedure. Very painless injection.

  • Have been twice. Treated with respect and knowledge both times. Excellent care. No complaints

  • Dr. Ponti is the best orthopedic I have ever seen in the Southcoast system. He truly listens to where your pain is coming from and how you want to find ways to treat it with home exercises and physical therapy options. I hope Dr. Ponti stays with Southcoast systems for a very very long time.

  • The staff was excellent and the Dr was very professional and explained everything that he was going to do. He listened to everything that I had to say and told me what he thought was the right course of action. He couldn't have been any nicer.

  • Dr. Ponti is great!

  • This office is ran professionally and friendly every visit I have made. Dr. Ponti is a very good doctor and always sincere in listening to what I have to say, then discusses his thoughts as to what I communicate to him. Always a pleasure to be treated in this office.

  • Overall it was a very positive experience. Dr. Ponti & his staff were efficient, friendly & very professional!!

  • Outstanding experience...everyone friendly and helpful!!!!

  • Listened to the patient and very detailed.

  • Dr Pontiu00A0and his staff are excellent

  • Dr. Ponti is skillful, knowledgeable, professional and compassionate. I feel lucky to be under his care.

  • Everything went well. No need to improve on this excellent service.

  • I feel like Dr Ponti has my back... supporting me and my decisions. He explained options very well.

  • I was very comfortable with Dr. Ponti. He was very kind and explained things that I could understand.

  • Very informative and caring

  • Dr. Pontiu00A0explained my problem so I could easily understand. He was very kind and patient. He did not rush through the visit, allowing as much time as needed to understand how to proceed.I really think he was GREATu00A0

  • I didn't have to wait long. And the office was clean and staff very friendly.

  • Dr. Pontiu00A0and the medical support staff are great!

  • Timely appointment , great service , good communication,

  • I have no complaints. The doctor was friendly, explained the procedure accurately, and ask me if I had any questions before he started. When the procedure was completed, we briefly discussed what I was to expect after the procedure. Feeling comfortable is a big part of a pleasurable experience. Thank you.

  • Doctor was very informative and interested in my health and pain I forgot to ask him if my lump could be a tumor Very happy to be provided the wrist brace and exercise sheet

  • Great care, and concern. Thorough and informative.

  • Dr. Ponti was extremely personable and engaging. Moreover, he was knowledgeable of both my injury / condition (and the back history) and fully explained the procedure he was about to do, the expected results from it, and how often this procedure may be able to be repeated if necessary. I'm confident his actions and recommendations were the most appropriate to be taken at this time. I very much appreciate being well cared for!

  • dr ponti was wonderful at putting me at ease and explaining my options to make me get some relief

  • Dr. Ponti carefully listened to me and clearly explained his analysis of my condition and options for treatment

  • The staff and doctor was excellent. They make sure you understand every aspect of healing.

  • This office is wonderful Thank you for Everything

  • I saw Dr Ponti for the first time. He and staff are awesome. He was very kind, considerate, and gentle. Continued to ask me if I was doing ok (had an injection). He also told me what to expect from the procedure including how the medication may affect me. He is certainly an asset to Southcoast.

  • It was a relief to be listened to

  • I felt like I was listened to instead of dictated to and rushed out.

  • He was great. I just don't know if he's the best because I haven't had that much experience with all these different sort of injections, but otherwise, he was great. Yeah it was good. Everybody was good. It was fun. It was nice. I got to watch the screen. It was great, very educational so far so good.

  • Both Medical staff members were terrific

  • Everything. Flawless visit

  • The doctor was very kind and compassionate. He explained the procedure well. He provided clear after care instructions. He check in throughout the procedure to make sure I was doing okay. He also worked well with the nurse. The professional atmosphere and compassion of the providers put me at ease.

  • Dr. Ponti was extremely competent and a caring communicator - Leaving me feeling like I was in Very good hands.

  • Dr. Ponti was knowledgeable, offered alternatives and suggested treatment and explained my injury. The only problem I had was to get an appointment quickly I had to travel to Swansea (45 miles).

  • This was a very good visit. Everything explained very well. Very positive experience.

  • I'm really thought that my visit with Dr. Ponti was very pleasant, he was well informed. He had a wonderful, professional manner to him. He showed a lot of interest, he was well informed on the procedures that I needed to have, and I can't think of anything that, about him that wasn't within South Coast standers, and it's... and if I if I could have given him more than at 10, I would.

  • Very proactive!Thank you !

  • All my medical records are not in the computer the doctor has to rely on what I tell them . There is no sharing of information

  • Dr. Ponti was very easy to discuss my issue and explained everything extremely well. When he did my injection, he was informative as to what was going on and very skilled at doing it.

  • Doing very well. Thank you.

  • This was my first visit to Dr. Ponti. He seemed caring and said he would figure out why my leg hurt

  • Dr Ponti was thorough and clearly sought to provide safe pain relief.

  • Dr ponti was excellent,easy going and relatable.. great guy

  • The Doctor lied to me and said the procedure would hurt a little bit, it didn't hurt at all. It was one of the easiest experiences I've ever had. It was a pleasure.

  • Dr Ponti was nice, informative, and I felt like he had my best interest at heart

  • The young lady at the window was so polite and caring. They are nice people who I can tell love the job of working with people. The technician who admitted me into the room was so comforting and reassuring. She took extra time to explain the procedure and answered all of my questions. The doctor performing the procedure treated me as a human being not just "The next in line". I really had a positive experience with all who were involved in my care today. The experiences I have had at this office to date have all been consistently wonderful.

  • Dr. Ponti was exceptionally well versed in my care and it was only my first appointment with him. He obviously had gone back and read my medical record. Explained everything that he was going to do and I have had a very good outcome today.

  • Great doctor Excellent experience

  • He was absolutely great! He listened to me and reaffirmed my feelings while providing knowledge of recent case study findings about my injury that my orthopedic surgeon failed to provide. In a heartbeat I would go back to Dr. Ponti and would highly recommend him to others.

  • every thing wentu00A0well.

  • Timely courteous check in and appt follow up. Dr Pontiu00A0was wonderful. Spent a lot of time and answered all my questions!

  • I feel extremely confident in the diagnosis and plan for recovery.

  • Very pleasant staff, very short wait time Doctor explained options.

  • Dr. Ponti is a breath of fresh air as to his bedside manner. He is very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful in achieving goals to help his patients get better. All in his office were lovely.

  • Always kind and caring

  • Highly competent clinician office well run , seen in a timely manner.

  • Dr Ponti was very nice, great "bedside manner". He made sure I understood what was being said and made me feel very comfortable. I have a fear of needles and he was great to work with me to get a shot I definitely needed. He made me fully trust him and I would recommend anyone to go to him!! Thank you Dr Ponti for being so kind!

  • Dr. Ponti was very professional and thorough.

  • The receptionist was extremely welcoming, and very nice. It had been the first time that I was in that office, and she's extremely pleasant, the x-ray technician was very good as well. And Dr. Ponti himself, explained things very well, understood that I didn't want to do anything drastic, and gave me a, a plan for trying to take care of some things without it. So overall, very, very good experience with the office.

  • Dr was excellent

  • It was a very nice experience to be there.

  • Blown away how awesome Dr. Ponti was. He cared. Would recommend to everyone.

  • All Check-in Stall, Medical Staff, Doctors / Surgeons etc:Sufficient, Knowledge, Flexible, Caring, Efficient, HelpfulI expect the staff would typically deliver to their customers/patients a professional and thorough solutions

  • Right from the start, Dr. Ponti displayed a competent, knowledgeable, and friendly demeanor. He clearly explained the impending procedure and made it painless and quick. I was very impressed with this young doctor and would recommend him to anyone.

  • Very professional and knowledgeable

  • Dr. Ponti was very professional and showed that he cares about his patients.

  • Dr Ponti and the entire staff was professional and very kind!!!! Excellent patient experience!!!

  • Courtesy and made recommendations to get healthy

  • Doctor was an exceptional listener and provided calm dialog with young patient.

  • Great experience overall with this visit. Thank you!

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