Dr. David Poulad, MD

Dr. David Poulad, MD

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Dr. David Poulad, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Union, NJ and has over 24 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from St Louis University School of Medicine medical school in 1998. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. He has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Poulad to book an appointment.

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IGEA Brain & Spine, PA

Igea Brain & Spine1057 Commerce Ave Union, NJ 07083
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Hospital Highlight

Dr. Poulad is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset Somerville, a highly rated hospital.

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  • Explains Conditions Well Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
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Dr. Poulad's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Poulad

4.3

Based on 35 ratings

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Dr. Poulad listened to me. He never rushed me. Explained everything I needed to know/expect. After surgery I'm on my way to being the old me, pain free! He is amazing! His staff is pleasant, professional, compassionate and diligent.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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L.Howard – Nov 13, 2021
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Had a terrible experience with David Poulad, I'm not using the term doctor because every question I asked him he did not know. He walked into the room and was ready to walk out no sooner he walked in. Did not examine my mother, did not ask if we had any questions. I had to say hey I have some questions, all 3 questions were an "I don't know" No interest in my mom as a patient at all, literally acted as if his time was too important. Shame on you David Poulad! You are a "Doctor" and in the profession of helping people. God forbid one of your loved ones seeks help one day and they are treated the way you treated my mom, only then will you realize the pain you leave among others. You are NOT GOD you are a "Doctor" and a dime a dozen mister!! Stay humble! SHAME ON YOU!!!!
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  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Angry Daughter – Oct 31, 2021
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After years of back pain and seeing all kind of specialists, finally I lucked out finding Dr. Poulad. Since my first visit he has been very attentive, knowledgeable, and empathetic. I finally decided now was the time for surgery as I was in severe pain. After hearing multiple back surgery stories, I thought it was going to be very difficult to up and around any time soon. The next day home from the hospital I had no problem going upstairs and the bathroom. Surgery was a success!!!!!! Dr. Poulad really is the best surgeon!!!!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Kevin Z. – Feb 24, 2021
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Dr. Poulad "LITERALLY" SAVED MY LIFE!!!!!!! I had laminectomies done by Dr. Poulad, to heal the pain, giving out, and numbing in my right leg, due to spinal stenosis. He did a perfect job! I was up the next day walking around and happy with NO more pain. After a while at home recovering, I got some dirt in my wound (which I didn't realize at the time). Slowly my incision starting leaking a little and I started slowing down. I went back to Dr. Poulad and he immediately ordered a blood test. He got the results and I went to see him. He looked at my back again and said, "Meet me in the hospital at 9pm tonight, we have to operate NOW." That night, after a much longer than expected operation, he told my husband... "IF I DIDN'T OPERATE TONIGHT, SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN DEAD BY TOMORROW." WHY? I HAD CAUSED such an incredibly huge infection, due to my carelessness at home. SO I THANK G-D FOR THIS GREAT MAN. If it weren't for him I would NOT be here.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Berta Ditillo – Oct 04, 2020
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Dr. Poulad saved my life! Amazing surgeon
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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May 06, 2020
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Dr Poulad is a class act!!! His timely responses and answers to my questions made me feel very comfortable. He explained in detail what the procedure would consist of and answered every question, and did not rush me. His assistants and colleagues were also most helpful. I had the surgery on 7/11 and am in no pain.....no pain...!!! I could hardly walk 10 steps before!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Loretta Wherrity – Aug 19, 2019
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My experience with Dr. Poulad was excellent. My wife had a serious lesion on her brain. Dr. Poulad has a compassionate bedside manner. He did a fine job removing my wife's lesion. She has been recovering. He has shown that he is concerned about his patients. I can tell that he keeps abreast of the latest journals in neurosurgery. He has a pleasant office and helpful staff, especially Patricia. I recommend him highly: five stars.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jim Lutfy – Jul 17, 2019
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Dr. Poulad is absolutely one of the best doctors. I came to him in extreme pain in my lower back and left leg. I saw a different doctor initially who wanted to do a fusion. After that doctor told me that there would be no amount of pain medication that would relieve my pain for the first month post op, I decided to get a second opinion, and I am thankful that I did. Doctor Poulad looked at the MRI that I brought with me, spoke to me in depth, sent me for another MRI as well as other tests, and then did minimally invasive surgery. I am at home recuperating now, and I can tell that I am finally going to get my life back. He has been very easy to talk to, he explains everything to me, and I have the utmost respect and gratitude for him. He is a very skilled surgeon, and I have now begun to feel like my old self again, thanks to him. His staff is very polite and helpful as well. The whole office experience there is pleasant, even when you come in initially in a lot of pain.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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6 people found this helpful
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Marie Dopico in FARMINGDALE, NJ – Jun 10, 2019
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After my slip & fall, I was unable to do a lot of things for over a year. When I met with Dr. Poulad he was very thorough, polite and concerned of my pains. He was very detailed in my options & suggested to me about the minimally invasive lumbar TLIF. After the surgery, I have to say even during the healing process I was able to sleep on my back and continue to do more now. His vision is to help you and minimize your pains the best he can so you can continue live life normal again. Ty Dr. P!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Cheryl in Belleville, NJ – Mar 07, 2019
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After being out of work for 3 months I was in desperate need of finding a doctor who could provide other options for my back other than disc fusion. I am so happy I found Dr. Poulad. He listened to all of my concerns and answered all of my questions. He gave me an option that was perfect for my condition and did not require fusion. My total recovery from surgery was 4 weeks with no loss of flexibility and got me on the road to having a pain-free life!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Teresa C. in Phillipsburg, NJ – Feb 27, 2019
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I had to have surgery on the cervical area of my spine. I wanted the best, so my insurance approved my surgery by Dr. Poulad. It has been painful, but I am healing very well, which is what I am told by others. So many stories about people who had the same type of surgery, who are unable to walk, move their arms or hands, etc. My prayers go out to those people and I am thankful for my healing. Great doctor from what I had been told, and now I have experienced his great work. Thank you Dr. Poulad
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Diane Knight in Newark – Mar 15, 2018
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Outstanding doc. He didn't actually operate on me. He looked at my Cat Scans and examined my back, arms, neck, and talked to me like a human. In the end, we decided against surgery for now, and I'm treating the pain through PT. Just a great doctor experience.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Frank in New York, NY – Mar 01, 2018
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Dr. Poulad was an amazing surgeon and really helped me out when I was most in need. A few months back I began having terrible lower back pain to the point where I was hospitalized twice. While in the hospital, I was given a CT scan which found that I had a pinched nerve and was told it should go away on its own and they gave me some painkillers and sent me on my way. the next day I went to an orthopedic surgeon who read the CT scan and told me I’d be fine and told me to keep taking pain killers
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Elizabeth, NJ – Oct 25, 2017
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Dr. Poulad Was able to correct the spinal issues that caused debilitating sciatica and restored me to full function. He takes the time to listen to you and answer all of your questions. During the recovery he made sure that all calls were answered promptly and my issues were resolved. This was my 4th back surgery. Dr Poulad and his staff were far more responsive and caring than any of the previous groups. Back Surgery Is Scary, you can rest-assured that Dr Poulad wil take good care of you
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Nick M in Blairstown – Dec 10, 2016
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The worst scheduling experience I ever had!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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New York, NY – Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Poulad was able to fit me into his very busy schedule when I was in utter agony with my back. He was wonderful- caring and sympathetic. He even remembered having seen me years prior. After addressing my acute situation, Dr. Poulad explained the reason for my recurrent ailment with conservative recommendations for further treatment.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Chris H. in Chester, NJ – Jul 19, 2016
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I was referred to Dr Poulad with multiple issues especially with my neck. He is absolutely hands down the best Neurosurgeon I've ever been to! Dr Poulad took me in when others pushed me aside. He recently did the DTrax Cervical Fusion for me June 2016. He's honest, caring and respectful. His PA Jennifer is amazing as well! I trust them both with my life. They both have a special place in my heart.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Michael S in Point Pleasant, NJ – Jul 09, 2016
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Dr Poulad was very thoughtful and patient in explaining my condition. He listened to and addressed my concerns. I was so nervous when I saw him, I did not appreciate it, but I think he's the best doctor I've ever had. He saved my life. If you have back pain and need surgery, I highly highly recommend you see Dr Poulad.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Union, NJ – Mar 29, 2016
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Dr. Poulad had confidence for both he and I when I went to my first office visit. He explained the procedure he recommended for me in great detail. He sent me home to make my decision with no pressure at all. He is warm and has a wonderful bedside manner, which for me is a lot. The day of the operation he assured me all would be well and because of the procedure, I am pain free for the first time in about 10 years!! Thank you Dr. Poulad!!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Burnadebt1012 in Bayonne, NJ – Mar 09, 2016
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Dr. Poulad was recommended to me by my professional colleagues. Following diagnostic evaluation via additional neurological testing, he fully explained his findings, intended surgical intervention, rehabilitation expectations and finances. I felt confident in the manner in which he addressed my needs. Following a cervical laminectomy with fusion, as he predicted, I am now fully functional in caring for myself, driving and returned to work at age 74. Exceptional skilled surgeon.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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Barbara James, RN, BS, CSN in Winfield Park, NJ – Jan 29, 2016
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No malpractice claims found for New Jersey
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Dr. Poulad's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Low Back Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Poulad treats Low Back Pain more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Poulad treats this condition more than 93% of his peers

Osteoarthritis of Spine
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Poulad treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 72% of his peers

Dr. Poulad treats this condition more than 72% of his peers

Herniated Disc
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Poulad treats Herniated Disc more than 62% of his peers

Dr. Poulad treats this condition more than 62% of his peers

Dr. Poulad's conditions and procedures:

  • Aneurysm
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Meningiomas
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stereotaxis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain

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MultiPlan PPO
QualCare
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About Me

Care Philosophy

I am dedicated to providing personalized, quality care to my patients in partnership with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, which has been...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

2005
Albert Einstein College Of Medicine Of Yeshiva
Residency Hospital
1999
Albert Einstein College Of Medicine Of Yeshiva
Internship Hospital
1998
St Louis University School of Medicine
Medical School

Languages

  • English
  • French

Awards

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Does Dr. David Poulad, MD offer telehealth services?

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What are Dr. David Poulad, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Poulad frequently treats Low Back Pain, Osteoarthritis of Spine, and Herniated Disc. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Poulad treats.

Where is Dr. David Poulad, MD's office located?

Dr. Poulad's office is located at 1057 Commerce Ave, Union, NJ 07083. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. David Poulad, MD speak?

Dr. Poulad speaks French and English. View profile to see all.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Poulad is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Somerville, NJ

67% Patient Experience Rating, 2% lower than the national average

5 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Somerville, NJ

67% Patient Experience Rating, 2% lower than the national average

5 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Livingston, NJ

74% Patient Experience Rating, 5% higher than the national average

10 Awards Received

Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center

Montclair, NJ

63% Patient Experience Rating, 6% lower than the national average

1 Award Received

Morristown Medical Center

Morristown, NJ

79% Patient Experience Rating, 10% higher than the national average

30 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2021)

Overlook Medical Center

Summit, NJ

71% Patient Experience Rating, 2% higher than the national average

33 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2021)

Saint Joseph's University Medical Center

Paterson, NJ

63% Patient Experience Rating, 6% lower than the national average

8 Awards Received

Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Elizabeth, NJ

55% Patient Experience Rating, 14% lower than the national average

7 Awards Received