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Michael Pontari, MD


Michel Pontari, MD


Vice-Chairperson, Department of Urology

Professor, Urology

Telephone:  215-707-3375

Fax:  215-707-4758

Email: michel.pontari@tuhs.temple.edu


Department of Urology


Educational Background:


Undergraduate degree:  Wake Forrest University

Winston-Salem, NC - 1982


Medical school:  Pennsylvania State University

Hershey, PA - 1986


Post graduate:  Yale University School of Medicine

New Haven, CT - 1988


Residency:  Yale University School of Medicine

New Haven, CT - 1991


Fellowship:  Boston University School of Medicine

Boston, MA - 1992


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Research Interests:


  • Female urology
  • Pelvic pain
  • Neuro-urology

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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

26585679. Griffith JW, Stephens-Shields AJ, Hou X, Naliboff B, Pontari M, Edwards TC, Williams DA, Clemens JQ, Afari N, Tu F, Lloyd R, Patrick DL, Mullins C, Kusek JW, Sutcliffe S, Hong BA, Lai HH, Krieger JN, Bradley CS, Kim J, Landis JR, Pain and urinary symptoms should not be combined into one score: Psychometric findings from the Multi-disciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Research Network. J Urol :()2015 Nov 13

26192257. Lai HH, Krieger JN, Pontari MA, Buchwald D, Hou X, Landis JR, Painful Bladder Filling and Painful Urgency are Distinct Characteristics in Men and Women with Urological Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes: A MAPP Research Network Study. J Urol 194:6(1634-41)2015 Dec

26099889. Lai H, Gereau RW 4th, Luo Y, O'Donnell M, Rudick CN, Pontari M, Mullins C, Klumpp DJ, Animal Models of Urologic Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes: Findings From the Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain Research Network. Urology 85:6(1454-65)2015 Jun

25553153. Krsmanovic A, Tripp DA, Nickel JC, Shoskes DA, Pontari M, Litwin MS, McNaughton-Collins MF, Psychosocial mechanisms of the pain and quality of life relationship for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). Can Urol Assoc J 8:11-12(403-8)2014 Nov

25130580. Pontari MA, Bacteria and the prostate: infertility versus symptoms. Asian J Androl 16:5(784)2014 Sep-Oct

24581513. Pontari MA, Editorial comment. Urology 83:3(526-7; discussion 527)2014 Mar

24080807. Pontari M, Giusto L, New developments in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Curr Opin Urol 23:6(565-9)2013 Nov

23579440. Pontari MA, Etiology of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: psychoimmunoneurendocrine dysfunction (PINE syndrome) or just a really bad infection? World J Urol 31:4(725-32)2013 Aug

21992688. Simhan J, Rothman J, Canter D, Reyes JM, Jaffe WI, Pontari MA, Doumanian LR, Mydlo JH, Gunshot wounds to the scrotum: a large single-institutional 20-year experience. BJU Int 109:11(1704-7)2012 Jun

21761966. Barbe MF, Brown JM, Pontari MA, Dean GE, Braverman AS, Ruggieri MR, Feasibility of a femoral nerve motor branch for transfer to the pudendal nerve for restoring continence: a cadaveric study. J Neurosurg Spine 15:5(526-31)2011 Nov

20876412. Pontari MA, Krieger JN, Litwin MS, White PC, Anderson RU, McNaughton-Collins M, Nickel JC, Shoskes DA, Alexander RB, O'Leary M, Zeitlin S, Chuai S, Landis JR, Cen L, Propert KJ, Kusek JW, Nyberg LM Jr, Schaeffer AJ, Pregabalin for the treatment of men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Intern Med 170:17(1586-93)2010 Sep 27

20303095. Pontari MA, Mohamed FB, Lebovitch S, Moonat S, Lebed B, Ruggieri MR, Faro SH, Central nervous system findings on functional magnetic resonance imaging in patients before and after treatment with anticholinergic medication. J Urol 183:5(1899-905)2010 May

19570491. Bernal RM, Pontari MA, Evaluation of chronic pelvic pain syndrome in men: is it chronic prostatitis? Curr Urol Rep 10:4(295-301)2009 Jul

19467677. Pontari M, Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain: the disease. J Urol 182:1(19-20)2009 Jul

18519015. Pontari MA, Etiologic theories of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Curr Urol Rep 8:4(307-12)2007 Jul

18405756. Pontari MA, Ruggieri MR, Mechanisms in prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. J Urol 179:5 Suppl(S61-7)2008 May

18404072. Kunkle DA, Lebed BD, Mydlo JH, Pontari MA, Evaluation and management of gunshot wounds of the penis: 20-year experience at an urban trauma center. J Trauma 64:4(1038-42)2008 Apr

18061026. Pontari MA, Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Urol Clin North Am 35:1(81-9; vi)2008 Feb

17509285. Pontari MA, Joyce GF, Wise M, McNaughton-Collins M, Prostatitis. J Urol 177:6(2050-7)2007 Jun

16930505. Pontari MA, Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome and interstitial cystitis: are they related? Curr Urol Rep 7:4(329-34)2006 Jul

16866625. Ruggieri MR, Braverman AS, D'Andrea L, Simpkiss B, Kozin SH, Pontari MA, Betz R, Barbe MF, Functional reinnervation of the canine bladder after spinal root transection and immediate end-on-end repair. J Neurotrauma 23:7(1125-36)2006 Jul

16217275. Ruggieri MR Sr, Braverman AS, Pontari MA, Combined use of alpha-adrenergic and muscarinic antagonists for the treatment of voiding dysfunction. J Urol 174:5(1743-8)2005 Nov

16104910. Pontari MA, McNaughton-Collins M, O'leary MP, Calhoun EA, Jang T, Kusek JW, Landis JR, Knauss J, Litwin MS, A case-control study of risk factors in men with chronic pelvic pain syndrome. BJU Int 96:4(559-65)2005 Sep

15310980. Pontari MA, Ruggieri MR, Mechanisms in prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. J Urol 172:3(839-45)2004 Sep

14751843. Pontari MA, Braverman AS, Ruggieri MR Sr, The M2 muscarinic receptor mediates in vitro bladder contractions from patients with neurogenic bladder dysfunction. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 286:5(R874-80)2004 May

14677006. Dandolu V, Mathai E, Chatwani A, Harmanli O, Pontari M, Hernandez E, Accuracy of cystoscopy in the diagnosis of ureteral injury in benign gynecologic surgery. Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct 14:6(427-31)2003 Dec

14651434. Pontari MA, Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome in elderly men: toward better understanding and treatment. Drugs Aging 20:15(1111-25)2003

12149162. Karlovsky ME, Pontari MA, Theories of prostatitis etiology. Curr Urol Rep 3:4(307-12)2002 Aug

10411032. Pontari MA, Hanno PM, Ruggieri MR, Comparison of bladder blood flow in patients with and without interstitial cystitis. J Urol 162:2(330-4)1999 Aug

9950918. Pontari MA, Ruggieri MR, Sex differences and role of nitric oxide in blood flow of canine urinary bladder. Am J Physiol 276:2 Pt 2(R407-13)1999 Feb

9651883. Pontari MA, Luthin GR, Braverman AS, Ruggieri MR, Characterization of muscarinic cholinergic receptor subtypes in rat prostate. J Recept Signal Transduct Res 18:2-3(151-66)1998 Mar-May

9146013. Pontari MA, Hanno PM, Wein AJ, Logical and systematic approach to the evaluation and management of patients suspected of having interstitial cystitis. Urology 49:5A Suppl(114-20)1997 May

9746627. Pontari MA, Seeking A Rational Approach to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Interstitial Cystitis. Medscape Womens Health 1:5(2)1996 May

7636762. Ruggieri MR, Colton MD, Wang P, Wang J, Smyth RJ, Pontari MA, Luthin GR, Human prostate muscarinic receptor subtypes. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 274:2(976-82)1995 Aug

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honors and acknowledgments :


  • Named Lead Investigator for NIH-sponsored CPPS trial of placebo vs. medical therapy for prostatitis
  • Named Co-Chair of NIH-sponsored Chronic Prostatitis Workshop, Baltimore, MD - October 19-21, 2005
  • Reviewer for the Journal of Urology, Urology and BJU International


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