Dr. Douglas Hershkowitz, MD

Dr. Douglas Hershkowitz, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 59

Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available
(941) 625-0600

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Dr. Douglas Hershkowitz, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Punta Gorda, FL. Dr. Hershkowitz has more experience with Neurocritical Care Disorders than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Fawcett Memorial Hospital and Adventhealth Sebring. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Hershkowitz to book an appointment.

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Harbor Neurosurgical Associates

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(941) 625-0600
Harbor Neurosurgical Associates517 Tamiami Trl Punta Gorda, FL 33950
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Dr. Hershkowitz's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Hershkowitz

3.7

Based on 67 ratings

5 Stars
59.701492537313435%
(40)
4 Stars
7.462686567164179%
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3 Stars
1.492537313432836%
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2 Stars
4.477611940298507%
(3)
1 Star
26.865671641791046%
(18)
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What went well
  • Office environment (49)
  • Staff friendliness (47)
  • Appointment scheduling (46)
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed (19)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (19)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (18)
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5 Stars no dought... I would not change them both, meaning Mellissa and Dr. Hershkowitz, for another, I love them huge %100...
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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Miss Charmaine S C James – Nov 18, 2020
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Dr. Herskowitz and his staff are amazing. I drove from Lee County to see him. He got me in right away and gave me all my options. He even showed my my MRI and explained everything that was going on in my back. I chose surgery because physical therapy wasn't working and the shots only had a 30-40% chance of working. He did an amazing job! I highly recommend him and his staff!
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Gabbie – Mar 07, 2020
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So far I have been trying to reach the Doctor but to no avail. I called the office several times because I had an enjection from him on Monday morning at the surgery center. The next day I was to be cured but 3 days later I am not. So I called the office to tell them my problem and called Chelse and she was to get back to me. I never got the call. Her answering machine said she would. I called the next morning and got the same response, so I went to theoffice and spoke to the girl at the reception. She said That Shelsy was on maternaty it’s leave. Her answering machine never told me that . the message to Malissa. I waited I never got the call. All I wanted to get to the doctor for advise. I will try again tomorrow and suffer another day with pain. This so fustersterra ting.
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Feb 28, 2020
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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.
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
6 people found this helpful
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Lori – Jan 05, 2020
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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.
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
5 people found this helpful
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Rose Koesters and Family of Mary Scott – Dec 12, 2019
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Find a neurosurgeon in Sarasota or Lee county. Do not see this man.
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Oct 29, 2018
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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 !!!!!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • 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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Frederick in FL – Aug 04, 2018
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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.
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
4 people found this helpful
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KIMBERLY GUENTHER in Port Charlotte, FL – Jul 12, 2018
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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!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
6 people found this helpful
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Joe Sargent in Port Charlotte, Florida – Apr 03, 2018
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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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What could be improved
No results
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Martha Sweitzer in Port Charlotte – Nov 24, 2017
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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
What went well
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What could be improved
No results
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Michelle Mattiocco in Port charlotte – Sep 07, 2017
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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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Alicia in Sarasota, FL – May 15, 2017
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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 !!
What went well
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What could be improved
No results
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Jack Plank in Port Charlotte, FL – Sep 29, 2016
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I love him his done a great job
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Francine Julia James in Brooksville Florida – Aug 22, 2016
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For this appointment he doesn't show much concern on anything. He went very quick. It seemed like he was in some kind of rush. Yes, he has lot patients, but he needs to spend more time with each patient. Also, show more concern to the patient, & the family.
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Stephanie D. in Punta Gorda, FL – Aug 19, 2016
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Was very knowledgeable about multiple shunts since I needed to have 3 all together put in over a 5 year time span. Kept me up on my progress and any new advances there were in the field concerning shunts.
What went well
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Lori Fountain in Punta Gorda, FL – Apr 30, 2016
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No malpractice claims found for Florida
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Hershkowitz

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Hershkowitz treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Hershkowitz treats other conditions, please contact the office at (941) 625-0600.

Neurocritical Care Disorders

Neurocritical care specialists diagnose and treat severe and life-threatening neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, brain tumor, and traumatic brain injuryCompare with other Neurocritical Care Disorders specialists.

Dr. Hershkowitz treats at a

very high

frequency compared to similar providers

Based on claims data for 16 conditions and procedures

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Traumatic Brain Injury
Hydrocephalus
Subdural Hemorrhage
Cerebral Hemorrhage
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Dr. Hershkowitz's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • 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 Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari Malformation Type 2
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Dural Tear
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Epilepsy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • 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)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Percutaneous Aspiration for Spinal Cord Cyst or Syrinx
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotaxis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain

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Dr. Hershkowitz accepts the following insurance:

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Blue Card PPO
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Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
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First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
UnitedHealthCare
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Options PPO

About Me

Care Philosophy

Treating the total patient, not just the disease.

Biography

This physician is accepting telehealth visits. Dr. Douglas Hershkowitz is a neurosurgeon in Punta Gorda, Florida and has been practicing for 25 years....Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Education

1994
Hahnemann U
Residency Hospital
1989
Hahnemann U
Internship Hospital

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Douglas Hershkowitz, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (941) 625-0600.

Does Dr. Douglas Hershkowitz, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Hershkowitz has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Douglas Hershkowitz, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Douglas Hershkowitz, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Hershkowitz frequently treats Neurocritical Care Disorders. See all practice areas where Dr. Hershkowitz specializes.

Where is Dr. Douglas Hershkowitz, MD's office located?

Dr. Hershkowitz's office is located at 517 Tamiami Trl, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Douglas Hershkowitz, MD speak?

Dr. Hershkowitz speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

Affiliated Hospitals

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

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Port Charlotte, FL

59% Patient experience rating, 10% lower than the national average

7 Awards Received

Adventhealth Sebring

Sebring, FL

64% Patient experience rating, 5% lower than the national average

Bayfront Health Port Charlotte

Port Charlotte, FL

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

5 Awards Received

Bayfront Health Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda, FL

58% Patient experience rating, 11% lower than the national average

Desoto Memorial Hospital

Arcadia, FL

76% Patient experience rating, 7% higher than the national average

Englewood Community Hospital

Englewood, FL

76% Patient experience rating, 7% higher than the national average

2 Awards Received