Southcoast Health expands sports medicine services to Dartmouth


Southcoast Health recently expanded its sports medicine services in the region with the introduction of a new provider, John Ponti MD, CAQSM, who joined the health system on August 15, practicing from his orthopedic clinics in Dartmouth and Swansea.

“My role as a sports medicine physician is to accurately identify what is going on, get a diagnosis and make sure patients can return to the field or return to work safely,” said Ponti. “With a holistic approach, I work directly with each patient to create an individualized plan that will help them safely return to routine activities, achieve their goals, and prevent future injury.”

Originally a primary care physician, Ponti completed residency at Brown Family Medicine in Pawtucket, RI before specializing in sports medicine. He completed his fellowship at UMass Sports & Exercise Medicine through UMass Medical School in Worcester.

“Dr. Ponti is a fantastic addition to Southcoast Health,” says Kathleen Thornton, Team Leader for Athletic Training, Ergonomics and Injury Prevention at Southcoast Health. “Having another provider in the area who specializes in sports medicine is an incredible resource for patients in our region.”

Ponti specializes in the non-operative care of musculoskeletal injuries and chronic joint pain. In addition to his role at Southcoast, he is a team doctor for Providence College Athletics and has extensive experience as a former team doctor for the Triple-A Worcester Red Sox, UMass Amherst and College of the Holy Cross. .

To learn more about sports medicine at Southcoast Health, please visit, or call 508-973-2211 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ponti.


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