William E. McCormick, MD

Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery

Dr. William McCormick is a board certified neurosurgeon who performs both cranial and spinal surgery.  He received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and his medical degree from the University Rochester School of Medicine. Dr. McCormick completed his neurosurgical training at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio where he performed extensive research in spinal surgery biomechanics, and was the recipient of the Department of Neurosurgery Humanitarian Award.  He is a member of multiple medical societies including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and serves on the Medical Board Staff Liaison Committee at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. McCormick specializes in the management of back and neck pain and is proficient in minimally invasive spine surgery as well as more complex spinal instrumentation procedures.  He recognizes that most patients choose surgery only after conservative measures fail, and can honestly discuss and review all options with patients including physical therapy, chiropractic therapy and pain management intervention.

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Graduate Award, East Haven High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame, November 23, 2014

Journal Articles

Lubelski D, McCormick WE, Ferrara L, Benzel EC, Kayanja M. A cadaveric analysis of cervical fixation; the effect of intermediate fixation points and dynamization in multilevel cervical fusions. Journal of Neurosurgery Spine 21 (5):736-42, 2014

McCormick WE, Steinmetz MP, Benzel EC. Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Make the Difficult Diagnosis, Then Refer for Surgery.  Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine 70 (10): 899-904, 2003

McCormick WE, Lee JH. Pseudobulbar Palsy Caused by a Large Petroclival Meningioma. Report of Two Cases. Skull Base: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Vol 12, No. 2: 67-71, 2002

McCormick WE, Barnett GH, Peereboom DM, Stevens GHJ. Delayed Carbon Granulomas of the Scalp after Use of Carbon Fiber Pins for Refixation of a Stereotactic Frame. Journal of Neurosurgery 95: 129-131, 2001

McCormick WE, Will SF, Benzel EC. Surgery for Thoracic Disc Disease. Complication Avoidance: Overview and Management. Neurosurgical Focus 9 (4): Article 13, 2000

Book Chapters

McCormick WE, Steinmetz MP, Hamilton A, Crownover R, Kalfas IH, Benzel EC. Stereotactic Radiosurgery of the Spine. In Benzel EC (ed.), Spine Surgery: Techniques, Complication Avoidance and Management, 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone, New York, 2005

Steinmetz MP, McCormick WE Valadka A, Ball PA, Yazbak PA, Benzel EC. Penetrating Spinal Cord Injuries. In Benzel EC (ed.), Spine Surgery: Techniques, Complication Avoidance and Management, 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone, New York, 2005

Ferrara LA, McCormick WE. Biomechanics of Interbody Fusion in Osteoporotic Spine.  In An YH (ed.), Orthopaedic Issues in Osteoporosis. CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2002

Steinmetz MP, McCormick WE, Benzel EC. Cervical Radiculopathy: Diagnosis and Differential Diagnosis. In Benzel EC (ed.), The Cervical Spine, 4th ed., Lippincott-Raven, Philadelphia, 2002

Presentations

Treatment of Intraventricular Hemorrhage, Good Samaritan Hospital, West Islip, New York, September 12, 2012.

Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, Good Samaritan Hospital, West Islip, New York, April 27, 2004

Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion with Carbon Fiber Cages for Degenerative Spondylolisthesis.  AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, February 27-March 2, 2002

Surgery for Thoracic Disc Disease. Complication Avoidance: Overview and Management. AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, February 27-March 2, 2002

Post-Operative Neurosurgical ICU Care in the Pediatric Population. Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, May 3, 2001

Pseudobulbar Palsy Caused by Petroclival Meningioma. Report of Two Cases. Cleveland Clinic Foundation Annual Neuroscience Research Day, May 3, 2001

Anterior Communicating Artery Aneurysm Rupture in a Seven-Month Old Infant.  Case Report and Review of the Literature, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Annual Neuroscience Research Day, May 5, 2001