Dr. Thomas Dowling, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery •  Male • Age 63
  
Dr. Dowling
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

763 Larkfield Rd Commack, NY 11725

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Dr. Thomas Dowling, MD is a Orthopedic Spine Surgery Specialist in Commack, NY and has over 39 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Boston University School Of Medicine medical school in 1981. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and Huntington Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Dowling to book an appointment.


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I had spine surgery. The follow up was poor. When I started having nerve pain several years later I was relegated to a PA whose expertise and opinion (which contradicted what I had been told previously) I questioned and was summarily shut down and was told nothing was wrong and they couldn't help me. Something is wrong if a doctor is too busy to see a patient himself. Conveyor belt medicine.
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Duke – Nov 01, 2020
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As a new patient who was recommended to LISS and Dr. Dowling words cannot describe how overjoyed I am to be pain free post surgery. Dr. Dowling and his staff are suburb, on time appointments, excellent conversation skills to explain the procedure, pre and post surgery, and most important a changed outlook on a pain free day to day life. Not only the highest recommendations, but you are making a mistake if you don't consider him to treat your back and spine.
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Jean Panek – Jan 23, 2020
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I’ve been a patient for 15 years this man has saved my life he is kind understanding and a unbelievable human being I cannot emphasize what a Great human being he Is and a Great doctor
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Manuel Cortes – Oct 11, 2019
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He I great doctor, takes his time and easy to talk to.
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Jan 25, 2019
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Dr Dowling to the time to explain things to me.we were not rushed.thank you dr Dowling. Also took the time to review my results.
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Lilian – Nov 09, 2018
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He is one of the best and kind.
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Hassan Kuzuk – Jul 10, 2018
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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 even read MRI properly to see that she had Searing in her spine. Dissapointed because now I have to find new doc. He's gotten careless or just doesn't seem to care. Will never recommend again.
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Anthony Longo in Selden – Apr 26, 2018
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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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Dec 20, 2017
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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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Joyce D. in smithtown, ny – Aug 03, 2017
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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 all of my questions and always listening to me. I highly recommend him. He is a very skilled surgeon.
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Robert A. in East Islip, NY – Aug 03, 2017
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Dr. Dowling is an amazing surgeon he did my lumber surgery, and I am thrilled with the results, I am still recovering but I can notice the dramatic change in my quality of life, Dr. Dowling is very informative and he always takes the time to answer all of my questions, I highly recommend him
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Julio R. in Hicksville, NY – Jun 23, 2017
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Dr. Dowling is a phenomenal doctor. He always takes the time to answer all of my questions and he is a very skilled surgeon. I am very pleased with the excellent care that I receive here from Dr Dowling. I highly recommend him he is very trustworthy.
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Victoria T. in Huntington Station, NY – Mar 07, 2017
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Dr Dowling is so thorough. I have never met a doctor that took so much time to explain everything to me and made sure that I understood everything. The staff here is wonderful from check in to check out and making appointments to the nurse that took me in. I am so happy with the care that I am receiving at Long Island Spine I know that I am in the best hands.
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Michael H. in Wantagh, NY – Feb 18, 2017
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Dr. Dowling is a fantastic surgeon. I have been a patient of Dr Dowling since 1994. He has always been so patient with me I have had great results from my surgery. My life has significantly improved I am pain free thanks to him. The staff is amazing and very polite this is the only doctors office that I enjoy coming to. I highly recommend him.
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Steven H. in Huntington Station, NY – Nov 04, 2016
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Dr Dowling did my lumbar surgery and it was very successful. I couldn't even walk due to debilitating pain he made sure to get me in right away because of the gravity of my pain I was wheel chaired bound I had my surgery and the next day I was already on my feet walking with no pain. I am grateful to Dr Dowling for giving me my quality of life back. The staff here is amazing and I highly recommend. His bed side manner is superb. He made sure to follow up with me right after surgery.
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Janice P. in Bay Shore, NY – Sep 28, 2016
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Dr Dowling is the best doctor I have been a long term patient of his and he has always taken the time to answer all of my questions and after all of these years I am never rushed and I feel like family his bed side manner is like no other and my surgery was a success I come for just follow ups now but it is always a pleasure his medical expertise is superb and I have recommended him to many friends and family
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Joseph K. in Commack, NY – Sep 13, 2016
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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
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Emily V. in Holbrook, NY – Aug 19, 2016
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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
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Lori M. in Hauppauge, NY – Jun 21, 2016
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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!
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Roseann P. in Brooklyn, NY – Jun 03, 2016
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Dr Dowling is a great doctor who has operated on my back and it was a success. I highly recommend this office
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George K. in Kings Park, NY – Mar 23, 2016
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About Me

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...
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Biography

THOMAS J. DOWLING, JR., M.D. 

Dr. Dowling is the founding partner of Long Island Spine Specialists. He is a Board Certified Orthopaedic...
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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

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

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors New York Metro Area: 1998 to 2011, 1988-2011

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No malpractice claims found for New York
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Check if Dr. Dowling treats your condition or procedure

Dr. Dowling's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • 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
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Trigger Point Injection

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(631) 462-2225

Dr. Dowling accepts the following insurance:

Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP) HMO
EmblemHealth
Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (HIP) PPO
HIP Health Plan of New York
MagnaCare
Worker's Compensation
Worker's Compensation WC

Locations

Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.763 Larkfield Rd Commack, NY 11725
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Long Island Spine Specialists887 Old Country Rd Riverhead, NY 11901
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Long Island Spine Specialists400 Montauk Hwy West Islip, NY 11795
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West Hempstead Office565 Hempstead Tpke West Hempstead, NY 11552
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center

West Islip, NY

63% Patient experience rating, 6% lower than the national average

Huntington Hospital

Huntington, NY

69% Patient experience rating, Equal to the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019)

North Shore University Hospital

Manhasset, NY

69% Patient experience rating, Equal to the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019)

Peconic Bay Medical Center

Riverhead, NY

70% Patient experience rating, 1% higher than the national average

Saint Catherine of Siena Medical Center

Smithtown, NY

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

St. Francis Hospital

Roslyn, NY

86% Patient experience rating, 17% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)
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