Galen Professor of Neurological Surgery at College of Physicians and Surgeons
Director, Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York
Co-Surgeon in Chief, Och/NYP Spine Hospital


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, Co-Surgeon in Chief of the Och/NYP Spine Hospital, and an attending physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving 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.

“Football was more than a game,” explains Dr. McCormick. “It was work, it was commitment, it was discipline, it was sacrifice.” But at the same time, “it was teammates, it was friendship, it was camaraderie, it was purpose.” Dr. McCormick puts in his all when he wants to accomplish something, just as he did when he was star captain of the Columbia Lions Football team.  Learn more:

Education & Certification


American Board of Neurological Surgery


College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, M.D.


Columbia University Neurological Institute of New York


Spinal Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Awards, Honors & LEADERSHIP

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

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

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

America’s Top Doctors for Cancer

Ivy Football Association Award for Professional Achievement

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

Joint Spine Section Meritorious Service Award, 2009

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

Top Doctors: New York Metro Area

Meritorious Award – AANS/CNS Joint Spine Section, 2018

Columbia University Board of Visitors – 2015-2021

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

Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors

John Jay Award, Columbia College, 2007

Named New York Top Doctor by New York Magazine for the 16th straight year

Dean’s Advisory Council – Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Associations & Memberships

Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)

American Academy of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine
Society of University Neurosurgeons (SUN)
The Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS)


Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Paul C. McCormick’s journal articles.

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
  • Hanft S, McCormick PC (eds.): Tumors of the Spinal Canal, Springer, Switzerland AG, 2020
Dr. McCormick’s Curriculum vitae (CV)


Jackie Soler

Jackie Soler

Office Coordinator

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, or one of her colleagues will take your call. You will be asked to fax (212) 342-6850 or mail your recent imaging (MRI and/or CAT scan within the past 6 months) 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.

Jane Kostadinov

Jane Kostadinov

Nurse Coordinator

Jane received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of New Rochelle. Her interest in neurosurgery and neuro-restortative care led her to pursue a higher degree to advance her practice. Jane obtained a Master’s of Science degree as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from New York University in 1997. In addition, she is certified as a Neuroscience Nurse from the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association.

Prior to joining the The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York, Jane worked as a nurse practitioner in neurosurgery at Mount Sinai hospital for 15 years. In her current role, she works closely with the doctors, nurses and other nurse practitioners in The Spine Hospital to coordinate the care of patients undergoing spine surgery. This includes pre and post-surgical care as well as educating patients to maximize their experiences.

Jane is actively involved in the American Association of Neuroscience Nursing and has held leadership positions in the Greater New York Chapter. She has participated and presented at the Association’s national meeting. Jane has also published in the field of neurosurgery.

It all starts from trust, and that trust comes from confidence, and that confidence comes from knowing your doctor has the experience.