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Matthew Philips, MD

Chief of Brain & Spine Services

4.8 out of 5 (212 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


Matthew practices at the following locations:

Southcoast Physicians Group Neurosurgery

480 Hawthorn Street
Dartmouth, MA 02747

P: 508-973-9150

Get Directions 41.625282 -70.9559079

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)

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  • dr Philips paid intense attention to my specific illness. Extreme care and detailed summary of how to rectify my specific illness. Dr Philips took extremely great care of me. my recovery went perfect and im completely functioning again

  • Dr Philips is great.

  • Thank god I waited for Dr Philips ! He is the absolute best! There is no comparison! Misdiagnosed by others !

  • This was my first visit with Dr. Philips and I would recommend him to others. He was pleasant, very knowledgeable and I felt comfortable having him as my doctor.

  • A timely about appointment times I waited 40 minutes past my time

  • Was very happy that my Dr said I could call when ever I needed to

  • First appointment with the specialist was very comfortable and professional visit.

  • Great experience. Nice to be treated like a person and not just a patient. Willing to take the to explain things and answer questions.

  • Well, this is the first time that I had met Dr. Philips. I'd been hurting quite a bit physically with my back. He explained everything very clearly. Listened to what I have to say. I know he has a terrific reputation. He's operated on some of my friends actually and I'm very happy that I have him for my upcoming surgery.

  • Everything went perfectly. My wait was short; my provider came out to get me; he looked at my most recent cat scan that had nothing to do with my visit and actually uncovered what had also happened to my back. He is fantastic!

  • Everyone treated me so wellWhen I needed help they were rite there to help and food was very good service

  • This is the first time I saw Dr. Philips and was as pleased as I had expected to be!??????

  • Very grateful that Dr Philips was able to fit me in his schedule! Always above and beyond, a excellent physician! Can’t Thank him enough!!

  • It was the first time I have done this kind of visit dr Phillip's was very helpful about my situation and tell me about things to do l felt very comfortable talking to him

  • Dr. Phillips and staff always polite and caring and very attentive to patients. Thank you

  • I hate the Tele-Med, especially when I can only do it over the phone. I think it is not fair to me or to my provider to do an examination in this way. Okay.

  • Dr Phillips has been my neuro surgery go to for nearly 20 years. He knows me, he understands the progression of my spinal disease and has worked with many times over the years using every means possible to keep me on my Feet avoiding the risks of surgery when ever possible. I have great confidence in his knowledge and ability to diagnose my neurological issues.

  • Doctor was very informative and explained everything to me so I understand.

  • The way the Dr. explained my injury!

  • Very clean building friendly polite employees

  • Yes, Dr. Philips is wonderful. He's very easy to understand. He's very caring and compassionate towards your problem any explains everything to you takes his time in a very good way that you understand what he's talking about. I recommend him to anybody. He's the best he's the best. I mean if he's he's wonderful. He took care of my daughter to and did surgery on her and she feels the same way about him. I wouldn't go to anyone else. He he just very attentive and caring. Okay. Thank you.

  • I've had two surgery with Dr.Phillips.One of the best Drs.I've been to .I would not let anyone else operate on me but him.

  • Dr Philips is an amazing Surgeon he literally saved my life...

  • Dr. Philips is a kind, caring and a patient provider. I don’t feel rushed and he allows me to ask all my questions. Also, he is extremely knowledgeable and explains everything in a way I can understand what is going on.

  • I wouldn't begin to consider any other provider for Neurosurgery. Dr. Phillips makes me comfortable and makes sure I know everything I need to know. I truly believe him when he says "call if you need me"!

  • Office was clean and staffing was friendly.

  • Dr. Philips was interested in what I had to say, considerate and asked if I had any questions which he then answered. My experience with Dr. Philips is superb. The staff made the appts I needed for 2 MRI's and rescheduled my follow up with Dr. Philips.

  • Dr Philips fixed me good when others told me I was gonna have to live in chronic pain for the rest of my life. So glad I got a second opinion and Dr. Philips

  • Yes, I was very impressed with the office and the medical staff and Dr. Philips was very very clear to me about what he wanted me to do and to follow up on the procedure that I'm to follow. I'm very very impressed with everyone. Thank you.

  • They all were pleasant, professional, & knowledgeable

  • Dr. Philips spent a great deal of time thinking through what is the best way to do the surgery for the spinal fusion, and he told me he spent time thinking this through because he didn't want me to come back. And that speaks of a very great doctor. That not only did an excellent job, but was thinking in the future that this is a patient that I don't want to see again, that I don't want to have to come back for a full deck fusion. So thank you very much. Deeply, deeply appreciated.

  • Dr. Phillips was extremely kind, caring and compassionate. He took the time to listen to my concerns and explained things to me and tried to set my mind at ease. The receptionist and the front desk was also very pleasant. I would recommend Dr Phillips and Southcoast Neurosurgery to anyone suffering from spinal issues.

  • First Impression of Dr Matthew Philips was good, and it got better from there.He explained things very clearly, just as two of his prior patients had told me——- they were pleased with their outcomes, this is why I made my appointment with Dr Philips.

  • Very friendly staff, Waiting to see the doctor was over an hour. Doctor was very helpful to making me understand my condition.

  • Excellent!!!

  • Dr Philips was very nice and explained everything in detail

  • I was referred to physiology, but I didn't get too much information about what that entails so I was a bit curious.

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