Paul C. McCormick, MD, MPH, FAANS

​Herbert & Linda Gallen Professor of Neurological Surgery

Director, The Spine Hospital at The Neurological Institute

Dr. McCormick's Bio

Dr. McCormick is the Gallen Professor of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is also the Director of The Spine Hospital at The Neurological Institute of New York and an attending physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. His clinical and research interests focus exclusively on the evaluation, surgical management, and outcomes assessment of patients with disorders of the spine and spinal cord. He is a world-renowned spinal neurosurgeon and recognized expert in the surgical management of spinal disorders including spinal cord tumors, vascular malformations, herniated cervical and lumbar discsspinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, microsurgery, arthroplasty, and spinal stabilization and fusion for traumatic and degenerative spinal instability and deformity.

Dr. McCormick graduated from Columbia University in 1978 and received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1982. He performed research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1983-84 and trained in Neurological Surgery at the prestigious Neurological Institute of New York from 1984-1989. He performed a one-year complex spine surgery fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin from 1989-90 and returned to the Neurological Institute of New York in 1990 to join the neurosurgical staff as the first neurosurgeon to dedicate his practice entirely to the treatment of patients with spinal disorders. In the 25 years of practice, Dr. McCormick has performed over 6500 spinal procedures on patients from around the world but with special emphasis on patients from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Dr. McCormick has published over 200 peer reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, authored or edited 11 books and supplements, presented as an invited speaker or program director/faculty at over 220 scientific meetings, and been selected as an honored lecturer at 33 institutions throughout North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. He recently edited and contributed 7 chapters to a comprehensive video supplement on spinal microsurgery in the Neurosurgical Focus. Dr. McCormick has served on the editorial board of numerous scientific journals, including Deputy Editor of Spine, Chair of Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, and Advisory Board of Neurosurgery.

Dr. McCormick has held numerous leadership positions in organized neurosurgery and spine surgery including the Executive Committee and Vice President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), Chairman of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, Director and Vice Chair of the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS), and Executive Committee and President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

Dr. McCormick has received numerous awards including the prestigious Columbia College 2007 John Jay award for professional achievement, the 2009 Joint Spine Section Meritorious Service award, and was an honored lecturer at national, international, and institutional events on numerous occasions. He has consistently been named as one of New York’s best doctors since 2001 and for the last several years has been named as one of Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors, America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, and Top Doctors: New York Metro Area.


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Dr. McCormick’s Curriculum vitae (CV)

Published Books / Supplements

  • McCormick PC, Stein BM (eds): Intradural Spinal Surgery. Neurosurg Clin North Am. WB Saunders, Philadelphia, 1990
  • Post KD, Friedman E, McCormick PC (eds): Postoperative Complications in Intracranial Surgery. Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, 1993
  • Holtzman RNN, Stein BM, Farcy JP, McCormick PC (eds): Spinal Stability. Springer Verlag, New York, 1993
  • Menezes AH, Sonntag VKH (eds), Benzel EC, Cahill DW, McCormick PC, Papadopoulos SM (section eds): Principles of Spinal Surgery, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1996
  • Schwartz TH, McCormick PC (eds): Intramedullary Spinal Cord Tumors. Special Issue: Journal of Neuro-Oncology.  Kluwer, Boston, 2000
  • Connolly ES, McKhann GM, Huang J, Choudhri TF (eds): Fundamentals of Operative Techniques Neurosurgery.    New York, 2001.  Assistant Editor/Expert Commentator.
  • Berger MS, Prados MD (eds): McCormick P, Sawaya R, Kliot M, Rutka J, Parsa A (Section eds.): Textbook of Neuro-Oncology.  Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2005
  • Parsa AT, McCormick PC (eds): Intramedullary Spinal Tumors. Neurosurg Clin North Am. Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2006
  • Jandial R, McCormick PC, Black P (eds): Core Techniques in Operative Neurosurgery. Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2011
  • Louis E, Mayer S, Rowland L (eds.), McCormick PC (Section Ed. Spinal Cord Disorders) Merritt’s Neurology, 13th Edition, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2014
  • McCormick PC (ed.): Intradural Spinal Surgery video supplement. Neurosurgical Focus, Volume 37, Issue Suppl2, September 2014

Dr. McCormick’s office is open from 9-5pm, Monday through Friday. To request an appointment by phone, please call his office at (212) 305-7976. His office coordinator, Jackie Soler, Vivian Salazar or Alicia Aracena will take your call. You will be asked to fax (212) 342-6850 or mail your recent imaging (MRI, CAT scan) reports to our office for his review. It is also helpful to include a brief summary of your history and symptoms. Any question regarding insurance or coverage can be answered at that time.

Dr. McCormick will review your reports within 24 hours and you will be contacted for an appointment or appropriate referral. Depending on the urgency of your condition, an appointment with Dr. McCormick can be made within a few days. To assure that all patients receive a thorough evaluation and the best care in a timely manner, the patient should complete forms regarding their medical history and condition. The forms are available online here Patient Forms or will be provided on the day of your appointment.

Dr. McCormick welcomes international patients who wish to see him for consultation or treatment. All international appointments with Dr. McCormick may be coordinated through Global Services at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Contact Global Services:
Tel: (212) 746-9100 (1-888-728-7945 Toll Free in the U.S.)

Dr. McCormick currently participates in the following health insurance networks. If your insurance does not appear on the list, you may still be eligible for significant coverage. Please contact our insurance specialist to learn more about your eligibility. For more information, please see our Insurance Information page.

  • Aetna (excluding Medicare and Medicaid)
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (excluding Indemnity, Traditional, Medicare, Healthcare Exchange and Medicaid)
  • Oxford/United Healthcare (excluding for Medicare, Healthcare Exchange and Medicaid)


Education & Certification

Board Certified American Board of Neurological Surgery
Medical School College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, M.D. 1982
Residency Training Columbia University Neurological Institute of New York
Fellowship Training Spinal Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Masters of Public Health Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Honors, Awards & Leadership

Academic Excellence Award (First in class), Mailman School of Public Health, 2000

John Jay Award, Columbia College, 2007

Joint Spine Section Meritorious Service Award, 2009

Top Doctors: New York Metro Area

Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors

America’s Top Doctors for Cancer

President & Executive Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

Executive Committee & Vice President, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)

Chairman, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine

Director, Vice Chair, American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS)

Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Neuropoint Alliance (NPA)

Associations & Memberships

Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

Society of University Neurosurgeons (SUN)

American Academy of Neurological Surgeons

The Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS)

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