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Matthew Philips, MD

Chief of Brain & Spine Services

4.8 out of 5 (189 Ratings)



About Matthew Philips

Dr. Philips is a neurological surgeon in practice with Southcoast Neurosurgery. He is on the medical staff at St. Lukes Hospital in New Bedford, Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

A native of New Bedford, Dr. Philips is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania and subspecialty fellowship training in complex and reconstructive spinal surgery.

He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Joint Sections of Trauma and Critical Care and Spinal and Peripheral Nerves and North American Spine Society.

In addition to spinal reconstruction, Dr. Philips has a special interest in spine tumors, degenerative disease of the spine, brain tumors, traumatic brain injury and surgical treatment of epilepsy.

Dr. Philips is board certified in neurological surgery.

Matthew speaks Portuguese


Practicing at the following locations:

  1. Southcoast Physicians Group Neurosurgery

    480 Hawthorn Street
    Dartmouth, MA 02747

    P: 508-973-9150

    Get Directions 41.625282 -70.9559079
  2. Southcoast Physicians Group Neurosurgery

    100 Rosebrook Way 2nd floor
    Wareham, MA 02571

    P: 508-273-4950

    Get Directions 41.77422380000001 -70.73153839999998

Insurances Accepted

Southcoast accepts most major insurance plans. Call the Southcoast patient registration department at 844-297-2952 or your health plan with any questions regarding coverage.

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Patient Comments (37)

At Southcoast Health, we strive to deliver exceptional patient care along with an exceptional patient experience. We appreciate all of your feedback and share your comments to recognize the wonderful care our teams provide to you as well as identify areas for improvement.

  • I received an appointment very quickly, the office staff were friendly and courteous. Dr. Phillips was very good at explaining what needs to be done and he was kind and patient, answering all my concerns.. I am grateful that he was recommended to me.

  • I really appreciated his honest answers and his approach right from the beginning of my visit. He came to get me, not an associate.

  • It was absolutely excellent experience. I was shocked to see the doctor himself come out and bring me into his examining room. Everything he did was perfect. He answered all of my questions. He understood my concerns, gave me fabulous advice and plans to do a follow up MRI for his satisfaction and for mine. So I have absolutely no negatives. Only positives about this doctor. Thank you.


  • Dr Philips is too popular and overlooks. My appointment was for 3:45 but we weren't til 4:30. HOWEVER, he did not rush my appointment and gave me his full attention. Eventhough he is completely overbooked next week, he agreed to see me as the last patient of the day..Scheduling me after normal hours.

  • I was able to get an appointment quickly with Dr Philips. It had been 11 months since our last discussion of my lower back issue but he came into the meeting fully prepared / knowledgeable with my history . We had a very productive discussion with a plan going forward.


  • Dr. Phillips was very pleasant and professional. He explained everything thoroughly.

  • Could not have improved on perfection everything was great

  • Listened and got to the point of the visit

  • Was a good visit

  • my first visit to this providerfelt that he understood my situation and was pleased of willingness to follow up on my situation

  • The office was excellent I was able to be seen when I called. They were concerned with my health.I was in excruciating pain. Dr. Phillips was wonderful he was expediting the process of my visit so I could have the test done ASAP and take care of the issue. He made me feel at ease and I left the office better than I was,

  • Dr. Philips is an extremely exceptional surgeon. The work he did on my neck has given me a chance to see straight, before; all I could see was the ground.

  • Very informative and Dr Phillips was good listener

  • Clear explanation

  • Matt Phillips was kind, understanding competent.

  • Nothing to complain about. Dr Phillips was great and explained to me everything I wanted to know

  • It was all good

  • Dr. Philips was informed, spoke specifically to my issues and related information so I could understand my best medical options. He took the time to ease my concerns about surgery and explained that the alternative path that had been provided will give me better options moving forward. I respect and appreciate his assistance with my ongoing struggles and the new doctor he has sent me to work with to better cope with my discomfort.

  • Dr. Philips is an excellent surgeon and is totally committed to the wellness if his patients!!

  • Dr Phillips quickly diagnosed my problem, immediately put me at ease and set me on a course of action to solve the problem. Efficient, friendly. Just what you want in a doctor. He cared about me and was going to take the time to make me right. He made me feel like I was important and not just another in a long line of faceless patients.

  • Satisfied.

  • First off [Name] the practice manager is amazing! I am medically complex , several failed surgeries , chronic pain syndrome , 2 bad hips etc. she was able to squeeze me in with Dr Phillips in a hurry due to my pain, she always tried to accommodate my needs , and seems to understand my health issues . Dr Phillip ma is amazing! He's abrupt yes but he's honest

  • Dr Philip was great. Maintained eye contact and took his time with me explaining things clearly so that I could understand. Very pleasant experience.

  • The doc and his staff were very helpful

  • Visit was awesome, Dr Phillips is fantastic! Thank you

  • Listened

  • Dr. Philipsu00A0and I have had a longstanding medical relationship and even though he is a surgeon, he is not driven to surgery. He listens, asks appropriate questions, and provides advice as warranted.

  • Dr.Philips is a phenomenal doctor! He is always so attentive to my situation! I just wish his staff was a little better calling back with appointments to get into see him. My chart sat somewhere in the office with a message to get me in for an appointment with him. I called the office back a 2nd time after 4 days of my 1st phone call because I hadn't heard back & I was in excruciating pain. When I finally did get into see him it was brought to my attention by Dr.Phillips that I need another back surgery.

  • All was fine.

  • Dr Phillips is great. Makes sure he looks over file before calling me in. This makes the visit smooth. Very funny guy.

  • He explained it to me in a way that I could understand it and not push me out the door and I was very happy with him and his staff.

  • This was my first visit with the doctor, but he was very thoughtful and explained things to us very clearly.

  • Knowledgeable, kind, attentive and listened well.

  • everything went great, no improvement needed.

  • I was seen timely. You did a great job, I was seen on time. I was able to get an appointment quickly and the provider was awesome.

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