Dr. Tomoya Sakai, MD

Interventional Pain MedicineMaleAge 43

Interventional Pain Medicine

Dr. Tomoya Sakai, MD is an Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist in Norwell, MA and has over 17 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center At Dallas in 2005. He is affiliated with medical facilities Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Needham and Cape Cod Hospital. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Dr. Tomoya Sakai, MD

Spine & Pain Institute of New England

99 Longwater Cir Ste 101 Norwell, MA 02061
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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(781) 792-2700
Telehealth services available

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  • Explains Conditions Well
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  • Offers Telehealth
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Experience
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No malpractice claims found for Massachusetts
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Sakai's Top Procedures and Conditions

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

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sakai treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Sakai treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
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Low Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sakai treats Low Back Pain more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Sakai treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Coccygeal Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sakai treats Coccygeal Pain more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Sakai treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Sakai's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • 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)
  • Lipedema
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Blocks
  • 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
  • Pain Management
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Injections
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Trigger Finger
  • Upper Back Pain

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(781) 792-2700

Dr. Sakai accepts the following insurance:

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Blue Card PPO
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Cigna PPO
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First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
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Harvard Pilgrim Health Care PPO
Health Net
Tricare
Humana
Tricare
Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission (GIC)
Network Health
Tricare
Tufts Health Plan
Tufts PPO
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare

Dr. Sakai's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Sakai

4.7

Based on 42 ratings

5 Stars
90.47619047619048%
(38)
4 Stars
2.380952380952381%
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1 Star
7.142857142857143%
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I have been a patient of Dr. Sakai for several years and have always found him to be exceptional in listening to my issues and helping me to find a way out and away from pain. I would highly recommend Dr. Sakai. Also, his office staff are incredibly efficient.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Nancy C. – Mar 01, 2022
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Excellent, kind Doctor. I’ve been seeing Dr. S. for about 5 years & am extremely happy! His manner & concern is above the spectrum. His office staff are just as caring... could not ask for a better team!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Marianne OMalley – Nov 22, 2020
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Dr. Sakai and his staff Liz, Kayla and Jennie are remarkable people. He has completely helped alleviate the pain in my hip, neck and back he’s thorough thoughtful and amazing I highly recommend him as a Dr.. I cannot begin to explain the pain I was in prior to seeing him. I’ve seen him for 6-7 years now.
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
3 people found this helpful
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Jen R. – Oct 20, 2020
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This is one of the cleanest and most efficient offices I have ever been to! I have been a long time patient of Dr. Sakai's, not only is he caring and listens, his staff has always been polite and professional. I would recommend this office to everyone!
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Sue C. – Oct 16, 2020
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Just left his office in Yarmouth, MA. This review is for his office staff not the doctor. As someone who takes Covid-19 very seriously, I was very disturbed by behavior of office staff. Entered room to receive shot and nurse had NO mask on. She had to be told to put one on. Same with front desk staff. No masks until I approached them. NOT good practice and doesn't make me feel safe.
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Sep 18, 2020
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He is so compassionate with his patients. I got lucky when I found him
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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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!!
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
5 people found this helpful
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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.
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
6 people found this helpful
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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!
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
4 people found this helpful
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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.
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
3 people found this helpful
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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.
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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MA – Feb 14, 2018
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I would recommend Dr. Sakai highly. The experience was helpful and his manner was quieting.
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
5 people found this helpful
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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.
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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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.
What went well
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
7 people found this helpful
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Unhappy in MA – Mar 16, 2017
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Knowledgable, considerate and very good at what he does.
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
2 people found this helpful
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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:(
What went well
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
8 people found this helpful
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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.
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
4 people found this helpful
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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.
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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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
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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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.
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
4 people found this helpful
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Mary Niemi in Hyannis, MA – Oct 17, 2016
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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.  Read more

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dr. Tomoya Sakai, MD offer telehealth services?

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

Is Dr. Tomoya Sakai, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Tomoya Sakai, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Sakai frequently treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), Low Back Pain, and Coccygeal Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Sakai treats.

Where is Dr. Tomoya Sakai, MD's office located?

Dr. Sakai's office is located at 99 Longwater Cir Ste 101, Norwell, MA 02061. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Spine & Pain Institute of New England

Spine & Pain Institute of New England99 Longwater Cir Ste 101 Norwell, MA 02061
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Spine & Pain Institute of New England

Wellesley Office332 Washington St Ste 205 Wellesley, MA 02481
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Cape Office10 E Main St # 22 West Yarmouth, MA 02673
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Affiliated Hospitals

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

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Needham

Needham, MA

74% Patients that would definitely recommend, 4% higher than the national average

1 Award Received

Cape Cod Hospital

Hyannis, MA

75% Patients that would definitely recommend, 5% higher than the national average

8 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)