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Matthew Philips, MD

Chief of Brain & Spine Services

4.8 out of 5 (176 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.

Provider Ratings

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Patient Comments (45)

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.

  • Dr. Philips took his time with me throughout my surgical consult and informed me of the benefits and risks of my upcoming surgery.

  • Dr. Philips has done all my surgeries, spinal and cervical, and he and I have a history. So this is why I drove to Dartmouth to see him. I only trust him with my spine. Thank you.

  • Dr. Philips explained the surgical procedure in terms I could easily understand. Answered all my questions and concerns. Also helped with my medical decision. The staff was very welcoming.

  • I could not even think of a better Doctor. Dr. Philips is a dream come true. If there was a rating for him between 0 and 10, he would get a 20 from me. I am looking forward to have him operate on me.

  • My doctor is wonderful and so is his adm assistant. Very nice.

  • I have always had exceptional care with this entire office. Dr. Philips and his team of docs and staff are extremely caring and provide excellent care and always have. I have also had the opportunity to take care of Dr. Philips surgical patients at the rehab facilities I have worked with in my previous profession. His care for his patients and expertise is truly a blessing to all!

  • He gave me plenty of time. He provided me with a 'road map" for recovery. I left there feeling much calmer.

  • Excellent doctor, I wish all south coast. Doctors was as good as him.

  • friendly reassuring and answered my questions.I had confidence in him

  • Checkin was quick; I was seen in a timely fashion; time was taken to make sure I understood the doctor's assessment and course of action.

  • Dr Philips was great

  • Excellent medical care

  • Dr. Philips was a breath of fresh air. He listened to my symptoms, was empathetic to my pain, explained things in a way I could understand and checked with me to ensure I understood. He quickly diagnosed my condition and provided an excellent treatment plan. Best provider I've seen at Southcoast

  • Dr. M. Philips is an excellent human being. He's a high quality doctor. May God bless him always. I am alive, thanks to GOD and him. He's a doctor of excellence, and so is his staff. Thank you. Blessings. I'm very thankful for his services.

  • I was so impressed with Dr Philips. He spent a long time explaining the procedure to me. He answered all my questions and invited me to return if I had any other questions and concerns.

  • Dr. PHILLIPS is straight to the point

  • Dr. Philips was incredible in the way he weaved me thru the possibilities of my situation and his plan for moving forward. We are fortunate to have him on the Southcoast team of high quality physicians.

  • I can honestly say that Southcoast staff made me feel welcomed. I give the customer service a high mark.

  • Great experience, Dr Philips explained my situation in easy terms , very friendly office & dr

  • Matt is simply the best. I am so appreciative of his responsiveness, his authentic care and his knowledge. The best.

  • Dr. Philips was friendly and down-to-earth. I appreciate that he took the time to answer all of my questions!

  • In my quest to speak with a neurosurgeon about spine surgery, Dr. Philips was highly recommended by Doctors and patients alike. After my consult with him I can see why. In nearly 2 years dealing with my problem, It was the first informative meeting I have had with a health care provider about my condition and possible options moving fwd. I was very impressed with Dr. Philips explanation of my condition and more so with his capability and confidence. I hope to move forward with surgery with him in the near future.

  • Excellent explanations and experience With Dr Philips

  • Dr Phillips made me feel very comfortable and answered all my questions . I was happy he was able to see me and come up with a plan to get me healthy again.

  • Dr Philips is outstanding he is the best

  • I really enjoyed my visit with Dr. Philips. He made me feel like family and there was not a hint of rush. He spent all the time that was required to make sure that I understood everything I needed to know about the important medical decisions I have to make regarding potential surgery. A+

  • Listen good

  • The visit went well from beginning to end.

  • Dr. Philip's was wonderful!

  • Always treated with respect whenever I have gone to his office. [Name] is very helpful. Dr. Philips is always nice, very informative a good guy! Would recommend him without reservations to anyone.

  • Dr. Philips was highly recommended and provided great care. The office staff was equally fantastic. [Name] contacted me extremely quickly to coordinate my urgent surgery and a follow up appointment has already been scheduled. 10/10 all around.

  • Dr was informative and most knowledgeable.

  • Dr Philips is the best!u00A0

  • Dr.Philips is PHENOMENAL! I won't see anyone else & feel no need to change anythingu00A0

  • Dr. Philips is the best. Very down to earth and talked to me in terms I could understand. Southcoast is EXTREMELY lucky to have this Doctor on their staff.

  • Smooth visit . No problems.

  • Dr Philips was very nice!The lady who made my appointments was also very nice. I am very pleased that I chose to go there.

  • Staff was excellent, and work well as a team

  • Dr. Philips and his staff is absolutely 100% amazing. I accidentally pressed the wrong buttons but everything that he did was stellar and should have the best ratings. Thank you.

  • I did not have to wait I was early and seen right away.Thank You

  • pleasant people answer all my questions

  • I would not change anything. Wait time was unbelievable, and this Dr. lays everything out on the table in a very professional manner. I have recommended him before and I would do it again.

  • Dr Phillips was amazing at describing what my condition is and what to expect as We go Through the multiple problems I have with my spine. He was very considerate and truthful in the way he had to explain to me the seriousness of my problem.

  • He listened, he explained set by set about how to recover. He found my problem on the MRI. Recommend starting therapy first. I am very pleased with Dr Phillips and I feel confident he will help me to recover from my pain. So friendly and easy to talk to. It was a great visit!

  • Everyone was courteous. My provider explain things to me the way I needed them to be explained. I feel I was treated with the utmost respect by everyone in the office

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