Luga Podesta, MD
Bluetail Medical Group, Naples, FL
Dr. Luga 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, spine and a pioneer in regenerative medicine.
Board Certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Dr. Podesta is an Assistant Clinical Professor of PM&R and Sports Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. He is a respected member of numerous medical societies including the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, International Spinal Intervention Society, Arena Football Physician and Trainers Society and Major League Baseball Physicians Association.
Dr. Podesta has served as the Medical Director and head Team Physician for the Los Angeles Kiss (Arena Football League) and has served as a Team Physician for the Los Angeles Angels Baseball team (2010-2013) and for the LA Dodgers (1990-2006). He has served as Head Team Physician for the World Champion LA Xtreme (XFL) (2001), LA Avengers, Arena Football League (2002-2008), Major League Lacrosse LA Riptide (2006-2008), Oxnard College, a Team Physician for Loyola Marymount University, a consultant to the Major League Baseball Umpires and World Baseball Classic, as a Sports Performance Consultant to Cirque Du Soleil-Iris, and training camp consultant to the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys.
He remains active academically, lecturing nationally and internationally on topics specific to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries in the throwing athlete, on-field management of sports related spine injuries, biologic therapies and regenerative medicine. He serves as a manuscript reviewer and author for several medical journals and contributing writer to DRUM! Magazine on health related topics specific to drummers, percussionists and performing artists.
A native of Seaford, NY, Podesta earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Wagner College in 1977, Doctor of Medicine degree from Autonomous University of Guadalajara (2004) and New York Medical College (2005). He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at St. Vincent’s Medical Center of NYC and Sports Medicine fellowships at Staten Island Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center in Staten Island, NY (1989) and at the
Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic (1990).