For New Appointments
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, 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.
Dr. McCormick will review your reports within 24-48 business 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 at 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 must be coordinated through Global Services at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr. McCormick currently participates in the following health insurance networks. For specific product names within the health network, please call our office. If your insurance does not appear on the list, you may still be eligible for significant coverage. Contact our billing office with any insurance questions at 212-305-8741. Please note: the patient is responsible for any required insurance referrals.
- Emblem/GHI, commercial versions only
- Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
- NYSHIP Empire Plan
- Oxford Health Plans
- United Healthcare
General Patient Form
New Patient General Form
Lumbar Patient Form
New Patient Lumbar Form
Cervical Patient Form
New Patient Cervical Form
Notice of Privacy Practices
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 includes a regulatory requirement to provide every new patient with the organization’s Notice of Privacy Practices (NOPP). The NOPP informs patients how their protected health information (PHI) may be accessed, used, and disclosed by Columbia University Healthcare Component (CUHC) and how to exercise their rights with respect to their PHI. The forms below can be utilized to address your patient rights.
- Notice of Privacy Practices 2016 – in English and Spanish
- Patient Acknowledgement Form – in English and Spanish
The Frequently Asked Questions section is designed to give answers to our patients, visitors and caregivers regarding common questions about spine neurosurgery, Dr. McCormick, and some of the office practice processes. Please call if you need further clarification.
What is a spine neurosurgeon?
Let’s start with the definition of a neurosurgeon. A neurosurgeon is a physician that specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders affecting the nervous system, including the brain, the spine and spinal cord, and the peripheral nerves. A spine neurosurgeon, therefore, surgically treats diseases and conditions of the spine and spinal cord nervous system.
Is spine surgery right for me?
Here at the Och Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York, whether or not to perform surgery is made on a patient-to-patient basis, meaning that each patient is different and we take our time to assess and recommend on the condition of that particular patient. This may include a number of situations including the patient’s symptoms, their level of function, age, etc. Surgery is the last resort here at The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute, so we look into all non-surgical methods of treatment first. However, if non-operative treatments have been attempted without improvement or worsening over a certain time period, then surgical treatment may be recommended. In this case, our doctors clearly explain the treatment procedure to you, discuss your options, and make a recommendation for what they feel will provide the best possible outcome for you. That is when you will decide whether spine surgery is right for you or not. It is not an easy decision, but you can feel confident that our spine doctors are among the best in the world with experience and expertise that inform their recommendations.
How do I make an appointment?
You may request an appointment online by filling out the Request an Appointment online form at the top of this page, or by calling our main office directly at (212) 305-7976.
Can Dr. McCormick evaluate my condition by reviewing my medical information and without seeing me in the office?
A preliminary assessment regarding your condition is often possible through a review of your history, symptoms and reports of recent imaging (MRI, CAT scan within the past 6 months) of your spine. This information can be forwarded to Dr. McCormick for review. However, a personalized treatment plan, especially one that might include surgery, usually requires an in-depth evaluation, examination and discussion that is most accurately and comprehensively performed as part of an in-person consultation in our physician’s office and examination room.
How do I get to the office?
The Spine Hospital at The Neurological Institute is located at 710 West 168th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10032.
The Och Spine Hospital is located at 5141 Broadway (West 220th St), New York, NY 10034.
There are many options on how to get to both locations from public transportation to driving. For more information on directions, please visit the Locations section of the website on our Contact page.
Is there parking at the hospital?
Parking in the CUMC campus area is a scarce resource. For detailed parking information, please visit the Contact section of the website.
Do you accept my insurance?
Dr. McCormick currently participates in a number of health insurance networks in New York. You can find a list of the insurance he accepts on the Patient Resources page of this website. Please note that even if your insurance company does not appear on the list, you may be eligible for significant coverage. Be sure to contact our billing office at 212-305-8741 to learn about your eligibility.
Do I need recent imaging for my appointment?
Yes, recent image(s) with a report must be completed within the last 6 months. If the scan is older than 6 months, please have your primary or referring physician repeat the image study. Without this information, we can not provide a thorough evaluation that best serves your needs.
New Patient Appointment Process
How do I make an appointment with Dr. McCormick?
You may request an appointment online by filling out the Request an Appointment online form (see the orange colored Request an Appointment link at the top of this page), or by calling our main office directly at (212) 305-7976.
What do I do after I submit the Request an Appointment online form?
Once you submit the request form online, please make sure to mail or fax us your most recent images and/or scans report (within the last 6 months), and include your first name, last name and primary contact information. If your latest scan is older than 6 months, have your primary or referring physician repeat the image study. Without this information, we may not be able to provide a thorough evaluation that best serves your needs. See below for our mailing address and fax number.
Mailing Address: ATTN: Dr. Paul C. McCormick, The Spine Hospital at The Neurological Institute of New York, 710 West 168th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10032.
Main Number: (212) 305-7976 Fax Number: (212) 342-1540
What if I don’t have recent imaging done (completed within the last 6 months)?
Before making a new appointment, our medical staff reviews and evaluates your recent images. If the scans are older than 6 months, please ask your primary or referring physician to repeat the image study. We may not be able to complete a thorough evaluation with imaging older than 6 months.
How long does it take to hear back from the office once I submit the Request an Appointment online form?
We understand that often your need is urgent. If your condition is truly urgent, please call our office directly at (212) 305-7976. In other cases, the medical staff will review your information within 2-3 business days of receiving your complete information (medical history, films, etc.) and one of our patient care coordinators will be in touch with you.
What if I need to see a spine surgeon immediately?
Every patient is our top priority. If your case is an emergency and you need to see Dr. McCormick immediately, please call our office directly at (212) 305-7976.
HEAR FROM DR. McCORMICK'S PATIENTS
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