Dr. David Sommer, MD

Dr. David Sommer, MD

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Age 41
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Dr. David Sommer, MD is a neurology specialist in Worcester, MA and has been practicing for 9 years. He graduated from Duke University School Of Med in 2004 and specializes in neurology.Read his story

123 Summer St # 230

Worcester, MA 01608

Contact Information

(508) 368-3150

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • MultiPlan
  • Tufts Health Plan

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Sommer performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Brain Disorders
very high
more than 96% of peers
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
very high
more than 92% of peers
Parkinson's Disease
very high
more than 92% of peers

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Dr. Sommer's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Sommer "Dr. David Sommer originally thought he was going to be a scientist when he was in college at Rice University, and thought about getting a Ph.D. in physics. However, after volunteering at a hospital in Houston when he was an undergraduate, he became more interested in medicine. "After a while, I found out that I enjoyed working with people every day more than I enjoyed research, so I thought being a doctor made the most sense for me," he explains. After considering a career in primary care, Dr. Sommer decided to study the specialty of neurology. "I found neurology was a way to blend my fascination with the brain with the more hands-on aspects of medicine." At Reliant Medical Group, Dr. Sommer practices general neurology but also has a particular interest and subspecialty training in treating movement disorders such as tremor, Parkinson's disease, dystonias, and Tourette's syndrome. He has also been trained in patient selection and post-operative management of deep brain stimulation treatment for tremor and Parkinson's disease. Dr. Sommer is encouraged by the many different treatments that he is able to offer his patients. "20 or 30 years ago, there were very few neurologic diseases that had effective treatments. Fortunately, over the last three decades, we've had more effective treatments to draw upon. Although neurologic diseases are still a challenge to treat, we can make a real difference for many patients." Many of Dr. Sommer's patients suffer from Parkinson's disease, a chronic and progressive disorder of the brain that often causes significant tremors and slowing of patients' movements. "Managing Parkinson's requires a lot of nuanced care because the disease you are treating is a moving target. Plus the side effects of medication become more of a concern as the disease progresses. That's why it's so important to build a trusting, long-term relationship with your patient." Whatever neurological disease Dr. Sommer is treating, he always puts the concerns of the patient first. "I tend to take a fairly holistic view of neurologic complaints. The problems of the brain are very complex, but the tools we have to address them are still relatively simple. I find that most patients are very understanding when you talk to them about the limitations of medicine. " When he is not with his patients, Dr. Sommer enjoys spending time with his family and staying in shape by training for triathlons and half-marathons. He is also a big fan of music, ranging from contemporary classical to indie-rock. Dr. Sommer also plays the piano as well as some guitar and likes to sing in choral groups."
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1  Specialties

  • Neurology

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurology
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*

52  Conditions Treated

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5  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Massachusetts.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Rice University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2000
  • Duke University School Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 2004
  • Duke University Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Duke University Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2008
  • Duke University Med Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2009
  • University Of North Carolina-Mph
    Other Education | Completed 2003

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Sommer has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Sommer's Reviews

3.3
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Sommer to family and friends
8 total reviews

Likelihood to Recommend (8)

  • 5
    (3)
  • 4
    (2)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
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  • 1
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Dr. Sommer's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well

    VERY GOOD
  • Answers questions

    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent

    GOOD

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    GOOD
  • Office environment

    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness

    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes
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