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Matthew Philips, MD

Chief of Brain & Spine Services

4.8 out of 5 (155 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 (39)

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 is simply the best. Professional, respectful, kind, honest, brilliant, and just a straight up nice man. I couldn't be happier. Also, his scheduler or office admin was super kind, came to the waiting room to let me know he was on his way. It was only 9:03 and my appointment was at 9am! Super kind.

  • Bigger waiting room due to number of patients waiting due to COVID. Masking not enough.

  • Although I had to wait 45 minutes to be seen it was obvious when I met with Dr. Phillips that he doesn't rush through an appointment and made me feel like my issue was important to him. I know someone else was probably waiting to see him and I truely appreciate that he took the time with me. It was also nice that he actually came and got me himself.

  • I feel like if you- if he would have listened to the patient's complaints, instead of being rushed, it would have improved my outcome. However, now I will seek care at Primacare.

  • Excellent care. Very attentive. Thank you.

  • Everyone was very courteous and professional. Was very impressed with doctor and the amount of time he spent with me.

  • Perfect

  • Dr. Philips was great. He knew what he was talking about and explained the operation in great detail. I felt very comfortable with him.

  • Too rushed

  • Less wait time to see provider

  • He's the best surgeon I have ever had and I had plenty he went beyond just reading the MRI report and looked at the MRI image and found something the MRI doctor missed saving me a large amount of pain and I thank you him for that

  • I was very happy to be called in 20 days early. Thank you

  • Very kind.

  • You took the time to listen and explain every thing! Thank you

  • My appointment was on time and the doctor spent a great deal of time with me. I never felt rushed and he was genuinely concerned for my well being.

  • Be more on time

  • I found Dr Phillips to be very knowledgeable. He was easy to talk to, listened to my concerns and gave me advice going forward. He was down to earh.

  • Dr Philips and staff are great!! He listens and lays out options clearly!!! Thank you!!

  • Dr Phillips as a surgeon is wonderful but I am going through worker's compensation and they just don't seem to get WC needs certain information

  • Dr.Philips was the Doctor This was a excellent consultation easy to understand. He took time to discuss in a way that made sense. Very knowledgeable I give him a 10

  • Listened to my problems and came up with a solution to fix them

  • Doctor Phillips was excellent

  • Dr. Philips was extremely happy about the results from my MRI.He explained how intricate my surgery was and how pleased he was that no growths had reappeared.

  • Everything.

  • Dr. Philips, [Name] [Name] and [Name] [Name] have been extremely professional and kind in all the decision making regarding my care. Available for questions and support. I appreciate all that they've done for me during this time.

  • ok

  • First time I met Dr. Phillips. Was pleasantly surprised that he was the one who came out and got me.He was very friendly professional and had already revised my MRI before I got there. This one is a keeper for sure. Treated me very well and has me on a path to long term recovery. The staff in his office are also very friendly and responsive.

  • The doctor managed to get me into the office very quickly. Reviewd my MRI and Identified the cause of my lower back and sciatica. Gave me his opinion to resolve the problem. HeExplained the required surgery in detail, the risks/benefits and scheduled me for surgery in 2 days!!Outstanding service!Pain is gone!!!

  • i was pleasantly surprised by dr philips bedside manners he was very polite informative

  • Very good Dr

  • Dr. Philips did a great job explaining potential procedure for condition

  • Dr Philips knew all about my records and knew the pain I was going thru

  • The doctor that saw me explained everything thoroughly and really helped me out.

  • Doctor was on time. He also came and got me!! His medical assistant / secretary's where so helpful and joyful.

  • It was a very professional, efficient, office visit and Dr. Philips was a pleasure to talk to. He listened to me. I understood what he said. He understood what I said. I think we made a lot of progress during my visit.

  • I was very happy with Dr. Philip's. He explained everything to me. He answered all my questions. He made me feel very comfortable. The staff was not as interested in their job purpose as much as the doctor. They did not make me feel comfortable. I was told it will take 2 to 3 weeks for the person that fills out the paper work to fill it out. That to me is a first. It never in all the years that I have had to have paper work filled out, did it take that long. I am out of work and requested an approx.R.T.W. date to send to my H.R. Dept. It is not the person that is filling out the paperwork(I spoke to her and she filled some paperwork out a lot faster)It is the people at the front office's remark. I am still waiting for my R.T.W approx date. It was the 2nd of December, and here we are the 6th of December and my H.R. office has still not received what is required of me.

  • The wait was long, in particular the waiting room was too crowded for this COVID time. I imagine doing telemedicine would be difficult with neurology but the pacing of patients needs to be reviewed. Dr. Philips was excellent.

  • Very knowledgeable

  • Wait time was too long and too many people in the wait room during COVID

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