Dr. Thomas J. Dowling Jr., MD

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Dr. Thomas J. Dowling Jr., MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery | Male

Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C. 763 Larkfield Rd, Commack, NY 11725 Get Directions
(631) 462-2225

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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.Read more

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THOMAS J. DOWLING, JR., M.D. Dr. Dowling is the founding partner of Long Island Spine Specialists. He is a...Read more

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in Holbrook, NY |
This was my first visit with Dr Dowling and I was very impressed he is an amazing doctor he took his time to answer all of my questions from the moment I walked in it was a pleasure from the front desk to the nurse and the back desk even making the appointment everyone there was so happy and polite I highly recommend this office and trust Dr Dowling with my treatment plan
in Hauppauge, NY |
I was promptly taken back to the office as soon as I filled out my paperwork the nurse took my information easily Dr. Dowling within 10 minutes which is fast compared to other dr offices he is always very thorough with me and listens to all that I have to say and he answers all of my question. His staff is very helpful and supportive he is a very skilled surgeon and I highly recommend this office
in Brooklyn, NY |
Dr Dowling is an excellent doctor! He is always very informative and I am always pleased when I come here!! The office is so beautiful and the staff always courteous! I am very happy here! and I highly recommend this office!
in Kings Park, NY |
Dr Dowling is a great doctor who has operated on my back and it was a success. I highly recommend this office
in Port Jefferson Station, NY |
I have been a patient for 4 years. Dr. Dowling is very professional, caring, and thorogh, I always left my appointment feeling relaxed and knowing i was in the best care possible. I never had to worry, i knew everything was ok, with him as my doctor.
in Centereach, NY |
I had my second back surgery with Dr. Dowling as my first, with another physician, did not work. I am getting my life back thanks to Dr. Dowling.
in Kings Park, NY |
Dr Dowling is an amazing doctor he takes his time to explain everything to me at every visit. My surgery with him was very successful and I am doing a lot better now thanks to Dr Dowling. The staff is very nice especially the X-ray tech and the back desk. I highly recommend this practice. I am very satisfied with the care that I have received here.
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    Specialties

    • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
    • Orthopedic Surgery

    Board Certifications

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    • Orthopedic Surgery

    Conditions Treated

    • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
    • Adult Scoliosis
    • Ankylosing Spondylitis
    • Arthritis
    • Arthritis of the Neck
    • Arthritis of the Spine
    • Back Pain
    • Bone Disorders
    • Bursitis
    • Cancer
    • Cervical Disc Degeneration
    • Cervical Herniated Disc
    • Cervical Radiculopathy
    • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
    • Chronic Neck 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)
    • Fracture
    • Gait Abnormality
    • Herniated Disc
    • Hip Bursitis
    • Intervertebral Disc Disease
    • Kyphosis
    • Low Back Pain
    • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
    • Lumbar Herniated Disc
    • Lumbar Radiculopathy
    • Lumbar Spine Fracture
    • Lupus
    • Myelopathy
    • Neck Pain
    • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
    • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Osteoarthritis of Hip
    • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
    • Osteoarthritis of Spine
    • Osteopenia
    • 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
    • Sjögren's Syndrome
    • Spinal Compression Fracture
    • 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

    Procedures Performed

    • 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
    • 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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    Education

    • Medical School
      Boston University School of Medicine

      Graduated in 1981

    • Internship Hospital
      North Shore University Hospital

      Completed in 1982

    • Residency Hospital
      North Shore University Hospital

      Completed in 1983

      University Hospital-Suny Stony Brook

      Completed in 1987

    • Fellowship Hospital
      Mount Sinai Hospital-Toronto General Hospital

      Completed in 1988

      Neurosurgical Spine Fellow: North Shore University Hospital
    • Undergraduate School
      Boston University School of Medicine

      Graduated in 1980

    Awards & Recognition

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

    • English
    • Spanish

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    Dr. Dowling Jr.'s experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

    • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
    • Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
    • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
    • No malpractice claims found
    • No sanctions found
    • No board actions found
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    Dr. Dowling Jr. says...

    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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    Dr. Dowling Jr.'s Care Philosophy

    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.