Dr. Tomoya Sakai, MD

Interventional Pain Medicine •  Male • Age 41
  
Dr. Sakai
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Spine & Pain Institute of New England

332 Washington St Ste 205 Wellesley, MA 02481

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(781) 326-8888

Dr. Tomoya Sakai, MD is a Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist in Wellesley, MA and has over 15 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Sakai has more experience with Spine and Arthritis and Arthropathy than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center At Dallas medical school in 2005. He is affiliated with medical facilities Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Needham and Cape Cod Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Sakai to book an appointment.


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Dr. Sakai accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
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Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
BlueConnect HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Care Elect PPO
Preferred Blue PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care PPO
Health Net
Tricare
Humana
Tricare
Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission (GIC)
Network Health
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Tufts Health Plan
Tufts PPO
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare

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No malpractice claims found for Massachusetts
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Practice Areas

Spine

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.Compare with other Spine specialists.

Typically treats 71% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 17 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Coccygeal Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sakai treats Coccygeal Pain more than 100% of their peers

Dr. Sakai treats this condition more than 100% of their peers

Sacrum Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sakai treats Sacrum Disorders more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Sakai treats this condition more than 98% of their peers

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sakai treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 94% of their peers

Dr. Sakai treats this condition more than 94% of their peers

Arthritis and Arthropathy

Arthritis and arthropathy specialists diagnose and treat diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis that damage joints, causing pain, stiffness and swelling.Compare with other Arthritis and Arthropathy specialists.

Typically treats 63% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 4 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Arthritis
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sakai treats Arthritis more than 81% of their peers

Dr. Sakai treats this condition more than 81% of their peers

Osteoarthritis of Hip
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sakai treats Osteoarthritis of Hip more than 77% of their peers

Dr. Sakai treats this condition more than 77% of their peers

Osteoarthritis of Knee
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sakai treats Osteoarthritis of Knee more than 51% of their peers

Dr. Sakai treats this condition more than 51% of their peers

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Dr. Sakai's conditions and procedures:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Discography
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Injection
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Injections
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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He is so compassionate with his patients. I got lucky when I found him
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Debra Flynn – Oct 02, 2019
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Dr. Sakai is a kind, compassionate and caring doctor. He takes the time to listen and goes the extra mile to ensure that his patients are getting the help they need even if it means extending the appointment. He is NOT practicing "corporate" medicine. I highly recommend Dr. Sakai if you are sick of dealing with doctors that are rude, dismissive, in a hurry, unable or unwilling to listen or get up to speed on your medical history. Dr. Sakai will listen to patients and consider their viewpoint in making an assessment, unlike other doctors whose minds are already made up in advance of your consult. I feel very fortunate to have found Dr. Sakai and I strongly suspect you will too!!
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John L. – Aug 09, 2019
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Very happy having just made first visit to Dr Sakai’s office. The office ladies were friendly and helpful. Dr Sakai was very friendly and helpful but more importantly gave me as much as I needed and explained in great detail about my problem. As a result of our meeting I now so much better understand my situation and possible corrective remedies. It was my pleasure to meet Dr Sakai and need travel no further for help with this matter.
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Deane Wiggin in Brewster, MA – Nov 15, 2018
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I had a great experience with Dr. Sakai! His office staff was kind, courteous and professional. The scheduling department was terrific and was able to fit me in within one week for a needed procedure. Dr. Sakai took his time to really listen to my concerns, explain my MRI and answer all my questions. He has such a compassionate, gentle manner and put me at ease during my procedure. I would highly recommend Dr. Sakai and this facility!
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Faith in MA – Oct 19, 2018
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Dr. Sakai and his team were very kind & considerate today and provided excellent care. I’m glad we had a chance to work together again! ?? Thank you.
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MThompson in Hingham , MA – Jul 25, 2018
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Very thorough and patient. Explained everything and every step in my procedure.
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MA – Feb 14, 2018
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I would recommend Dr. Sakai highly. The experience was helpful and his manner was quieting.
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Ralph Bassett in Harwich, MA – Oct 05, 2017
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Dr. Sakai and his staff are excellent. I have had nothing less of a positive experience at each visit. They are patient and attentive. Dr. Sakai is knowledgeable and he shows that he really does care about his patients. I would highly recommend him for anyone who needs a doctor that specializes in pain management.
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Howard in Plymouth, MA – Jul 29, 2017
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Dr. Sakai is very nice, & is ok as a doctor. However, he is understaffed, & the staff that he does have are short & not helpful. As told by a staff member, there are only 2 people working for him & for his several locations. This means you cannot call the office, you will get an answering service. After leaving several messages at the answering service you will get a call back. As far as assistance with insurance issues, that can take months. I've been so unhappy here for too long. Time to go.
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Unhappy in MA – Mar 16, 2017
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Knowledgable, considerate and very good at what he does.
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Scituate, MA – Mar 15, 2017
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I like Dr. Sakai, soft spoken, thorough.However, my issue is his office staff.Had to wait 7 months last year to get a Euflexxa gel injection.The reason for delay informed had to do with the office manager being fired. Well he hired a new manager, but no improvement.I was in an auto accident with painful left knee injury waiting so long for Gel-one injection.At first told don't have cov by mgr, called ins co told I do have cov for office injection plus gel from pharmacy.Months gone by now again:(
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CW in Upton, MA – Mar 07, 2017
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Dr. Sakai is a soft-spoken and caring doctor. He is extremely thorough with his exam and placement of shots. I was so nervous on my first visit, but he and his assistant Daniel soon put me at ease. I will return.
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Rene B in West Yarmouth, MA – Jan 04, 2017
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Dr Sakai and his staff is EXCELLENT. He is a caring and thoughtful dr. I had several back surgeries and in a lot of pain when I met Dr Sakai. Dr Sakai identified the problem and detailed a plan to reduce and eliminate the pain. Before I knew it I was back playing tennis . He was always very kind and quick to help when the situation called for it.
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Cliff in Needham Ma – Nov 17, 2016
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I liked Dr. Sakai's attitude. He made suggestions but did not put pressure on me. Since I was having constant pain in my shoulder and very limited flexibility with the arm, he suggested steroid injections. The procedure was carried out in one session. Now, about 10 days later, I have no more pain in my shoulder and my arm is much more mobile and flexible again. I am very pleased with the results. i
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Olga Zabludoff in Washington, DC – Oct 19, 2016
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I was very impressed with Dr. Sakai's approach to the procedure, as well as the preceding interview with me. He took time to explain what was involved, and his opinion of my condition. He was very thorough with my exam, and advised me before each step after he started. Dr. Sakai made me feel comfortable, knowing I was somewhat nervous. His confidence assured me that he knew his "stuff"! Most of all I think he is one of the most gentle doctors who has ever treated me. Also, great staff.
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Mary Niemi in Hyannis, MA – Oct 17, 2016
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Dr Sakai has gotten me back working he's also gotten me hooked up to a top notch neurosurgeon. Dr Sakais treatment has also helped my problem of bi polar depression by being able to work & fuction as better than I've have in 20 years being in pain. I feel like a can have a life again. I am extremely greatfull to him for the help him & his staff has done for me Thank you Dr Sakai & staff. Dan Parker
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Daniel Parker in 57 Jacap Drive – Oct 08, 2016
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Today (Oct. 4, 2016) was my 6th appt. with Dr. Sakai, who administers ESI shots to my lower back for DDD. I see him four times a year. He is extremely knowledgeable, professional and easy to talk with. I have come to rely on these ESI injections to ease arthritic pain in my lumbar region. I am very pleased with the whole experience at this office and have already recommended Dr. Sakai to friends who suffer with certain arthritic pain.
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Vicki Mastrogiovanni in Kingston, MA – Oct 05, 2016
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I am an employee at the Spine and Pain Institute of New England and work closely with Dr. Tomoya Sakai everyday. In the pain management field, it is crucial to have a doctor that actively listens and is able to provide the best quality of care. If you are looking for a compassionate doctor along with credentials and experience then Dr. Sakai is the unanimous choice for your pain management physician.
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Duxbury, MA – Oct 04, 2016
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Dr Sakai treats the "whole you",not just the "part of your body" that is hurting. He listens to you with attentive compassion. Dr Sakai goes above and beyond in treating you with respect and dignity. He does thorough evaluations and examinations. He asks pertinent questions. You KNOW without a doubt that you are fully involved in your treatment. I have recommended Dr Sakai, and will continue to do so wholeheartedly, to others who suffer from chronic pain. Should be 10 *s!
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Virginia Gannon in S Weymouth MA – Sep 22, 2016
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In an article published by Marshall Godwin ( Intra-articular steroid injections for painful knees) it states that intra-articular steroid injections are useful in reducing pain for up to 4 weeks only. To the contrary my preparation is superior in context to the meta- analysis study provided by Marshall Godwin. My special preparation intra- articular injection provide pain relief for patient up to 1 year which is documented as it is live clinical study performed by me with patient consent. Since
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About Me

Biography

For patients that are suffering from chronic pain near Boston, the South Shore, and on the Cape, our highly trained and experienced pain doctor can help. 

Back pain, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis are some of the most common pa...
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Specialties

  • Interventional Pain Medicine
  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine

Education

2011
John Peter Smith Health Network and University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
2009
University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Residency Hospital
2006
Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Internship Hospital
2005
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center At Dallas
Medical School
2000
Rice University
Undergraduate School

Awards

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Locations

Spine & Pain Institute of New England

Wellesley Office332 Washington St Ste 205 Wellesley, MA 02481
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Mashpee Commons Office10 E Main St West Yarmouth, MA 02763
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Cape Office10 E Main St # 2 West Yarmouth, MA 02673
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Norwell Office99 Longwater Cir Norwell, MA 02061
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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Needham

Needham, MA

74% Patient experience rating, 5% higher than the national average

Cape Cod Hospital

Hyannis, MA

77% Patient experience rating, 8% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)