Dr. Thomas Dowling is the founding partner of Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C. A nationally-recognized, Board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Dowling has been committed to helping his patients relieve their symptoms and restore pain-free lives for more than 30 years.

With his decades of experience and extensive fellowship training in spinal disorders, Dr. Dowling is known throughout Long Island, NY for his perseverance and commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes for his patients. A highly sought-after orthopedic doctor, he strives to use the least invasive and most effective methods possible – and will only perform surgery if it is truly in the patient’s best interest.

Dr. Dowling is an engaged and active member of the medical community in Long Island and throughout the country. He has served on the board of directors of the New York State Society of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Catholic Health Services of Long Island. He holds appointments in a number of healthcare and community organizations, lectures both nationally and internationally, and has authored numerous articles and book chapters in professional publications.

In addition to his impressive credentials, Dr. Dowling’s compassion for his patients and quality of care is unmatched. Truly loved by his patients, he has been honored with prestigious Top Doctor awards from Castle Connolly several times since its inception.


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Dr. Dowling embraces a patient-centered philosophy. He knows that in order to successfully relieve pain and restore an improved quality of life, he must first get to know the patient on an individual level.

In most cases, there are multiple ways to manage pain and treat a spinal condition. However, there is only one right way for you. Dr. Dowling will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that is completely customized to your needs and preferences – relieving your pain on your terms.


Dr. Dowling achieved his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. From there, he completed two residency programs at North Shore University Hospital and State University of New York at Stony Brook before completing rigorous orthopedic and neurosurgical fellowships.

Once his education was complete, Dr. Dowling founded the Long Island Spine Specialists and established himself. For the past three decades, he has helped our patients overcome a variety of ailments and conditions – including spinal cord tumors, deformities, scoliosis, fractures, chronic pain and more.

Medical Degree:

  • Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

Professional Affiliations:

  • Medical Society of the State of New York
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • Suffolk County Medical Society
  • American Spinal Injury Association
  • New York State Society of Orthopedic Surgeons

Hospital Affiliations:

  • Co-Chairman of the Spine Surgery Performance Improvement Committee at St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, New York


  • Neurosurgical Spine Fellow:
  • North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York
  • Clinical Spine Fellow:
  • Toronto General Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada


  • General Surgery Resident:
  • North Shore University Hospital Manhasset, New York
  • Orthopedic Surgery Resident:
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, New York

Hospital Appointments:

  • St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, Smithtown, New York
  • Huntington Hospital, Huntington, New York
  • Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, New York
  • North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York
  • St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, New York
  • Peconic Bay Medical Center, Riverhead, New York
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