Dr. Douglas Hershkowitz, MD

Neurosurgery •  Male • Age 57

  

Dr. Douglas Hershkowitz, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Punta Gorda, FL and has been practicing for 26 years. He specializes in neurosurgery and neurological spine surgery.


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3.7

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I have been a patient of Dr. Hershkowitz and Melissa for over 7 years. They have operated on me more times than I can count. I have had several shunts put in(3), two of which he did on a Hail Mary because he really didn't think he would be able to do it but knew it was the only option we had to save my vision. We had already done everything else and this was a last option. Many don't like him because he tells it like it is, but that's what I like about him. His bed side manner may be rough sometimes but this man came to see me when I was admitted into the hospital on the day his wife died. Tell me how many other doctors would do this? He is the best and he has a sense of humor you just have to get to know him and his surgical skill is the best, from fixing herniated disks, to fixing fractures on my spine, to putting in shunts, he has never done me wrong.
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We LOVE this guy!! My mother is a frail little 90yr old lady with crumbling vertebrae. Dr H gently cares for her with the respect a person having lived that long deserves, and does ALL he can to keep her out of pain. Dr Hershkowitz works tirelessly to provide exceptional care for all his patients. It was nothing for him to send in prescriptions at the end of his day, which typically was after midnight. And Melissa, Dr H’s right hand, cares for all like a mother hen! If there is something to be done, she’ll think of it, then find the time for it to be done! The office staff is equally compassionate and helpful from walking in the door to leaving, and the phone calls in between ~ We strongly recommend this team for anyone needing Neuro-surgical care. We are moving Mom home to Indiana and entrusting her care to any other Neuro-Surgeon is a sad task.
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Find a neurosurgeon in Sarasota or Lee county. Do not see this man.
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This Doctor crippled me ! He should not be allowed to practice medicine. I went in to see him and within a few seconds he told me what was wrong and was scheduling me for surgery. I went to another Neurosurgeon at Tampa General that told me (after doing more tests and xrays + my MRI) that Dr. Hershkowitz was wrong and he showed me that what Dr. Hershkowitz diagnosis was absolutely wrong and that the surgery he wanted to do wasn't going to help the problem at all. I'm 100 times worse !!!!!
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This man and his team are fantastic. I couldnt ask for a better doctor. He dedicates himself like no other. His PA is outstanding, love her to death. I would highly recommend him.
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Dr. Hershkowitz and Melissa are the best. Had my second next fusion 3 years ago. Never felt better. December 17 had my lumbar surgery. Felt 100% better after surgery. Not feeling so well no April of 18. He tries all resources before surgery. Great doctor who really cares!! Melissa is also a very caring person who cares about their patients!! Office help is also great!!
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Gotta give a shout out to this guy. Was having excruciating right leg sciatica to the point I could hardly walk. He got me admitted and treated immediately and after 2 days I was recovered to the point I could continue to recover at home. He is a very straight forward compassionate guy and his staff was great. Thank you all so much.
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I have been seeing Dr hershkowitz since 2013 I was in a wheelchair for 6 months and then I was in a walker he has been so patient with me Melissa and Dr hershkowitz are amazing people their staff is very friendly. My first impression of Dr hershkowitz was not that great but he will definitely warm up to you after knowing him for all these years. I have him and Melissa to thank for helping me get out of the wheelchair and I am walking although I am not healed 100% they have been so patient
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We fondly call Dr. H our miracle worker. Know of several of his patients giving him accolades for changing their very lives, including my hubby. As for me, he is helping me to get better and I appreciate him. FYI--He may not come across as warm, but he is--He is super focused and wants to do the best for his patients. He cares a great deal. My favorite Doc ever.
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I owe so much to Dr. Hershkowitz, for he literally put my life back together because of an accident that caused me to incur an internal decapitation this past May. I was -so blessed- to have been referred to him for this very serious problem. Dr. Hershkowitz was very direct (which my wife and I totally appreciated) about what was going on. Dr. H. had a plan.... and we knew that we had the right surgeon. I will be -forever- indebted to this man! Forever! .... and, to his wonderful staff !!
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No malpractice claims found for Florida
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Hershkowitz's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Hershkowitz treats Thoracic Spine Myelopathy more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Hershkowitz treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Lumbar Spine Fracture
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Hershkowitz treats Lumbar Spine Fracture more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Hershkowitz treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Traumatic Brain Injury
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Hershkowitz treats Traumatic Brain Injury more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Hershkowitz treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. Hershkowitz's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Paracentesis
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Posterior Lumbar Fusion With Robotic Assistance
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stereotaxis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

About Me

Care Philosophy

Treating the total patient not just the disease

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

1994
Hahnemann University
Residency Hospital
1989
Hahnemann University
Internship Hospital
1988
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Medical School

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

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Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Port Charlotte, FL

62% Patient experience rating, 7% lower than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019, 2018)
  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2017)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2017)

55% Patient experience rating, 14% lower than the national average

56% Patient experience rating, 13% lower than the national average