Dr. Thomas Dowling Jr, MD

Dr. Thomas Dowling Jr, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
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Age 61
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Dr. Thomas Dowling Jr, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Commack, NY and has been practicing for 30 years. He graduated from Boston University School Of Medicine in 1981 and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery and orthopedic surgery.Read his story

763 Larkfield Rd

Commack, NY 11725

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Insurance Accepted

  • HIP Health Plan of New York
  • MagnaCare
  • Worker's Compensation

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Top Care Areas

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

Herniated Disc
very high
more than 99% of peers
Spine Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers
Intervertebral Disc Disease
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Dowling Jr's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Dowling Jr "THOMAS J. DOWLING, JR., M.D. Dr. Dowling is the founding partner of Long Island Spine Specialists. He is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon with extensive fellowship training in spinal disorders and neurosurgery. He is known for his perseverance and commitment to the best possible outcome for his patients by using conservative methods and surgical treatment when indicated. Dr. Dowling is on the Board of Directors of the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Catholic Health Services of Long Island. He holds appointments in healthcare and community organizations, lectures both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous articles and book chapters in professional publications. Medical Degree: Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts Internship/Residency: General Surgery Resident: North Shore University Hospital Manhasset, New York Orthopaedic Resident: State University of NewYork at Stony Brook Stony Brook, New York Fellowships: Neurosurgical Spine Fellow: North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York Clinical Spine Fellow: Toronto General Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital Toronto, Canada Professional Affiliations: Medical Society of the State of New York American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons North American Spine Society Suffolk County Medical Society American Spinal Injury Association New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons Hospital Affiliations: St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, Smithtown, New York Huntington Hospital, Huntington, New York Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, New York North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, New York Peconic Bay Medical Center, Riverhead "
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Dowling Jr "A Comprehensive Approach to Treatment

At Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C., we know how debilitating back and neck disorders can be for our patients. We also know that when it comes to treating these conditions, finding the treatment option that best meets each patient's individual needs is perhaps the most important aspect to successfully alleviating or managing back and neck pain. 

As a patient at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C. you can be sure that your treatment plan reflects your specific needs and concerns and will be carried out by physicians and surgeons who are recognized leaders in the field. We work as a team to help you effectively manage your condition and improve your quality of life."

2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

77  Conditions Treated

  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Neck
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Compression Fracture
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH)
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Sprain
  • Kyphosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Pain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scheuermann's Disease
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylarthropathy
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • Vertebral Fracture
  • Whiplash
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62  Procedures

  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Microdiscectomy With Fusion
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Spine Surgery
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Instrumentation Procedure
  • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Endoscopic Spinal Surgery
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lower Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Disc Replacement
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Decompression for Spinal Stenosis
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neuroplasty
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Pediatric Spine Surgery
  • Percutaneous Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instrumentation Procedures
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Total Disc Replacement
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Vertebroplasty
  • X Stop® Interspinous Process Decompression System
  • XLIF® (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) Procedure
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

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

  • Boston University School Of Medicine
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1980
  • Boston University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1981
  • North Shore University Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1982
  • North Shore University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1983
  • University Hospital-Suny Stony Brook
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1987
  • Mount Sinai Hospital-Toronto General Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1988
  • Neurosurgical Spine Fellow: North Shore University Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors New York Metro Area: 1998 to 2011, 1988-2011
Media & Publications

Dr. Dowling Jr has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Dowling Jr's Reviews

4.3
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Dowling Jr to family and friends
41 total reviews (19 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (41)

  • 5
    (31)
  • 4
    (3)
  • 3
    (1)
  • 2
    (1)
  • 1
    (5)

Dr. Dowling Jr's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (19)

He is one of the best and kind.
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I've been a patient of doctor Dowling for years and never had issues with him. Maybe in the course of 10 years just for steroids once a blue moon for a pulled back. Nothing major. But took my new wife to see him for hers and he was terrible. Took 2 personal phone calls while with us and did not...more
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Dr. Dowling is very pleasant, thorough and knowledgeable. Would recommend Dr.Dowling to family and friends.... and I have
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Dr. Dowling did my cervical fusion and it was very successful. I am very pleased with the care that I get from Dr. Dowling he always takes the time to answer all of my questions and takes time to listen to what I have say always.
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No matter how much pain you are in, you cannot leave Dr. Dowling without laughing or smiling. Every single person there is so nice and helpful. Dr. Dowling did my lumbar surgery and I am doing great. The surgery was very successful and I am so grateful to him for always taking the time to answer...more
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