They’ve done it again: A number of our spine surgeons have once more earned the Patients’ Choice Award. Vitals, an independent firm that collects information on doctors and evaluates millions of patient ratings, grants this award only to doctors who receive top ratings and reviews from their patients.
Receipt of these awards reflects the excellent care our neurosurgeons provide and is quite an achievement, as only 7 percent of doctors in the United States were deemed eligible for the awards in 2018.
Patients’ Choice Award Winners
Five neurosurgeons from The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York received the Patients’ Choice Award. These same neurosurgeons were also recognized for their short wait times with the On-Time Doctor Award.
- Dr. Paul C. McCormick, Director
- Dr. Peter D. Angevine
- Dr. Christopher Mandigo
The accolades don’t stop there. Dr. McCormick, Dr. Angevine, and Dr. Mandigo received high bedside manner and overall scores, earning each the Compassionate Doctor Recognition.
Hear From the Patients Themselves
We have many stories from patients who have been more than pleased with the excellent care they received from our neurosurgeons. You can find those stories here, or just read a few of them below:
For Dr. McCormick’s Patient, Dumbbell Tumor Doesn’t Stop Wedding Bells
In the weeks leading up to their wedding, Craig and his fiancée received devastating news: Craig had an extremely rare tumor in his spine called a dumbbell tumor.
The tumor was likely not cancerous, so that was a relief, but it did need to be surgically removed. And because the tumor type was so rare, most of the spinal surgeons they consulted had seen only one case, or none at all. On top of that, the surgery would be complex and require the surgeon to operate near the delicate spinal cord. The surgeon would also need to remove a nerve tumor without damaging the nerve.
Finding a surgeon who could deliver seemed impossible—until Craig and his fiancée met Dr. Paul McCormick, Director of the Spine Hospital. Dr. McCormick is an expert in the treatment of dumbbell tumors, so much so that he instructs other surgeons in how to remove them.
Our patients aren’t the only ones who speak highly of our neurosurgeons. Fellow doctors also notice the compassion and skill our neurosurgeons exhibit and, when given the opportunity, nominate them for high honors. Here are two recent examples: Top Doctor and best in New York.
Patients are at the center of everything we do here at the Spine Hospital, and knowing that patients choose our surgeons could not please us more. Congratulations to all our doctors for being the patients’ choice!