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Thomas Joseph Kovack, DO

Orthopedic Shoulder Surgeon located in Polaris, Columbus, OH
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Thomas Joseph Kovack, DO, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder, elbow, and knee surgery. He provides services to people living in Columbus, Ohio, at Hand and Microsurgery Associates and Columbus Shoulder Doc. Dr. Kovack not only provides established surgical procedures for common shoulder, elbow, and knee problems, but is one of the few orthopedic surgeons offering the latest advanced techniques such as total shoulder resurfacing, arthroscopic biologic shoulder replacement, and robotic-assisted knee replacement.

Dr. Kovack completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh before attending the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri. After graduating with his medical degree, Dr. Kovack undertook an internship at Ohio University at the Doctors Hospital in Columbus and stayed to complete his residency in orthopedic surgery. Having developed a particular interest in shoulder and elbow surgery, Dr. Kovack went to Florida Orthopaedic Institute at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida, for his fellowship.

Dr. Kovack is one of the leading shoulder, elbow, and knee surgeons in the country, and specializes in surgery that’s technically highly advanced yet causes minimal tissue damage to patients. Such is his expertise that he’s developed a method of carrying out complex surgeries such as partial and total joint replacement and joint resurfacing as same-day or outpatient procedures. He also has superior skills in preserving bone and restoring cartilage.

When he’s not busy caring for his patients, Dr. Kovack enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He’s an accomplished athlete who used to work as a personal trainer and took part in competitive bodybuilding. He believes his experience in sports health and nutrition, along with his exceptional expertise as an orthopedic surgeon, help him provide outstanding services to all his patients.



Florida Orthopaedic Institute (2007)

Tampa General Hospital

Tampa, Florida

Shoulder and Elbow Surgery


Ohio University (2006)

Doctors Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Orthopaedic Surgery


Ohio University (2002)

Doctors Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Traditional Rotating

Doctor of Osteopathy:

The Kansas City University of Medicine

and Biosciences (2001)

Kansas City, Missouri

Bachelors of Science:

University of Pittsburgh (1996)

Greensburg, Pennsylvania


Publications (Recent)

Kovack TJ, Long A, Techniques in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery – Arthroscopic Biological Total Shoulder Resurfacing: An Alternative Surgical Technique and Treatment Option for Arthritic Shoulder Pain in Young to Middle-aged Adults – Volume 19, Number 1, March 2018

Kovack TJ, Idoine JD, Jacob PB, Proximal Biceps Tenodesis: An Anatomic Study and Comparison of the Accuracy of Arthroscopic and Open Techniques Using Interference Screws – Published Online February 21, 2014. Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine.

Kovack TJ, Jacob PB, Mighell MA, Elbow Arthrodesis – A Novel Technique. Orthopedics. May 2014. Volume 37, Issue 5: 313-319.

Mighell M, Kovack T, “Elbow Arthrodesis”. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, Edited by Williams, G., Ramsey, M..Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 2007. Chapter 49, pp. 3462-3466.



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Thomas Kovack, DO
1210 Gemini Place, Suite 200

Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-689-8582
Fax: 614-262-0822

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