Patient Stories

Enjoy the heart warming story of Joanna, who after suffering some strange symptoms, discovered she had a tumor growing in her spine.

Her local doctor recommended a neurosurgeon, who he said “wrote the book” on her condition: Dr. Paul McCormick, director of The Spine Hospital at The Neurological Institute of New York.

Watch the video and find out what happened after Joanna took her doctor’s advice. Hint…her story has a very happy ending.

Patient Story Articles

Dr. McCormick Helps a Young Diver Get Back to His Sport

Dr. McCormick Helps a Young Diver Get Back to His Sport

California to New York: It’s a distance of about 3,000 miles. In May of 2016, high school sophomore Jake Greenberg and his parents made the round trip twice. Jake’s symptoms had started in January, months before the family’s trips to New York City. The 16-year-old started experiencing back pain and swelling. As a diver who […]

For Dr. McCormick’s Patient, Dumbbell Tumor Doesn’t Stop Wedding Bells

For Dr. McCormick’s Patient, Dumbbell Tumor Doesn’t Stop Wedding Bells

In August of 2015, Craig Livoti and his fiancée were almost finished with their wedding preparations. They were sitting together on their hardwood floor, putting together goody bags, two weeks before the ceremony. Something about the awkward positioning “tweaked” Craig’s back, and it hurt a lot over the next day or two. So Craig went […]

‘Find a Doctor You Can Trust’: Meet Dr. McCormick’s Patient, Tom

‘Find a Doctor You Can Trust’: Meet Dr. McCormick’s Patient, Tom

Tom Holliday didn’t know he had a back problem. He did “tweak” his back now and then, he says, but it was never a big deal. “You take a week off and it’s fine.” He wrestled and played football and tennis in high school. After that he remained very active, cross training, playing golf and […]

A Strong Result for Candace, Dr. McCormick and Dr. Angevine’s Patient

A Strong Result for Candace, Dr. McCormick and Dr. Angevine’s Patient

No one who meets Candace Moose would think to call her fragile. “I’m really not,” she says. Despite having had a heart transplant in 2001, she leads an active life and loves to cook for her family and her community. But the heart transplant does make her more medically complicated than the average patient, and […]

The Future Is Bright Again for Columbia Football Star

The Future Is Bright Again for Columbia Football Star

On an otherwise normal workday in 2015, Taylor Joseph was sitting at his desk. Suddenly, he says, he lost all feeling and movement in his face. “Whoa,” he thought. “Did I just have a stroke?” It wasn’t a stroke, but a herniated disc in his neck. Just a few years before, Taylor had been an […]

Meet Joanna, Dr. Paul McCormick’s Patient

Enjoy the heart warming story of Joanna, who after suffering some strange symptoms, discovered she had a tumor growing in her spine. Her local doctor recommended a neurosurgeon, who he said “wrote the book” on her condition: Dr. Paul McCormick, director of The Spine Hospital at The Neurological Institute of New York. Watch the video […]

A Woman, a Baby, and a Dumbbell Tumor: Dr. McCormick’s Remarkable Save Captured on Video

A Woman, a Baby, and a Dumbbell Tumor: Dr. McCormick’s Remarkable Save Captured on Video

Dr. Paul C. McCormick, Director of The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York, has edited a series of spinal surgery videos published by the Journal of Neurological Surgery, Neurosurgery Focus. The videos were produced by Dr. McCormick and other world-renowned experts in order to inform and educate other surgeons. In one of […]

Dr. Paul McCormick’s Patient Sings His Praises in ‘Neurology Now’

Dr. Paul McCormick’s Patient Sings His Praises in ‘Neurology Now’

A year ago, we posted a story about Sara Gilbert Nadler-Goldstein, a woman with complex medical issues who had spine surgery with Dr. Paul McCormick from The  Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York (read our story: Sometimes it Takes a Village–to Treat a Patient). Sara is singing Dr. McCormick’s praises again in an article she has written for […]

Sometimes it Takes a Village–to Treat a Patient

Sometimes it Takes a Village–to Treat a Patient

Some patient stories are complicated, and sometimes ‘it takes a village’ to treat that patient. Every village needs a chief, and for Sara Gilbert Nadler-Goldstein, that chief was Dr. Paul McCormick, from The Spine Hospital at The Neurological Institute of New York. Sara’s story of pain began in May of 2003 after her back was injured […]

Steady of Hand, Sure of Foot: McCormick’s Schwannoma Removal

Steady of Hand, Sure of Foot: McCormick’s Schwannoma Removal

The patient is a 63-year-old woman. Her trouble with walking has been getting worse… and worse… and worse. The trouble turns out to come from a tumor in her spine. It’s a schwannoma, a nerve tumor that is benign. (That is, it’s not going to spread.) But this tumor can’t stay where it is. It is […]

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