Zachary McCormick, MD is a double-board certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and in Pain Medicine. He focuses on alleviating pain and improving function and quality of life through non-operative spine and joint treatments. His philosophy is grounded in a multi-modal, comprehensive approach that is customized to each individual patient to help achieve his or her specific goals.

Dr. McCormick is an active researcher and member of the Academic Senate at UCSF. His work focuses on the clinical outcomes of minimally invasive techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of spine and joint pain, specifically radicular, discogenic, zygaphophyseal joint, sacroiliac joint, and knee joint pain. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed medical journal articles. Dr. McCormick has received research awards from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institute of Diabetes Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIH), the Spine Intervention Society, the Midwest Pain Society, and the Foundation of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. McCormick serves on the Board of Directors of the Spine Intervention Society (SIS), as well as the Society’s Patient Safety Committee, Evidence Analysis Committee, and Education Division. His efforts at both UCSF and SIS focus strongly on educating and training physicians regarding the safe, appropriate, and effective treatment of pain disorders. He regularly lectures nationally on these topics as well as on his research.

Sessions at Neurovations Events

2017 Napa Pain Conference

  • A Multidisciplinary Approach to Patients with Spinal Disorders

Select Publications

  • McCormick ZL, Bhave M, Lee DT, Scholten P, Chu SK, Babu AN, Caldwell M, Ziegler C, Ashraf H, Clark R, Gross C, Cara J, McCormick K, Ross B, Press J, Walega DR, Cushman D. The Relationship Between Body Mass Index and Fluoroscopy Time During Intraarticular Hip Injection: A Multicenter Cohort Study. Pain Physician. 2017 Jul; 20(5):E721-E726. PMID: 28727716
  • McCormick ZL, Popescu A, Smith CC. Fact Finders for Patient Safety: Routine Intravenous Access for Epidural Steroid Injections Without Sedation. Pain Med. 2017 Jun 01; 18(6):1193-1194. PMID: 28605800
  • McCormick ZL, Korn M, Reddy R, Marcolina A, Dayanim D, Mattie R, Cushman D, Bhave M, McCarthy RJ, Khan D, Nagpal G, Walega DR. Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation of the Genicular Nerves for Chronic Pain due to Knee Osteoarthritis: Six-Month Outcomes. Pain Med. 2017 Apr 19. PMID: 28431129
  • Saltychev M, Mattie R, McCormick Z, Bärlund E, Laimi K. Psychometric properties of the Oswestry Disability Index. Int J Rehabil Res. 2017 Mar 31. PMID: 28368870
  • McCormick ZL, DeFrancesch F, Loomba V, Moradian M, Bathina R, Rappard G. Diagnostic Value, Prognostic Value, and Safety of Provocation Discography. Pain Med. 2017 Mar 18. PMID: 28340253
  • McCormick ZL, Nelson A, Kendall MC, McCarthy RJ, Nagpal G, Walega DR. Does Cervical Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injection with Low-Dose Lidocaine Cause Objective Upper Extremity Weakness? A Preliminary Study. Pain Med. 2017 Mar 18. PMID: 28340163
  • Cushman D, Teramoto M, Curtis B, Lee DT, Marcolina A, McCormick Z. Does Trainee Involvement in Fluoroscopic Injections affect Fluoroscopic Time, Immediate Pain Reduction, and Complication Rate? PM R. 2017 Jan 13. PMID: 28093372
  • Maneyapanda MB, McCormick ZL, Marciniak C, Reger C. Long-term Dosing of Intrathecal Baclofen in the Treatment of Spasticity after Acquired Brain Injury. PM R. 2017 Jan 07. PMID: 28082177
  • McCormick ZL, Mattie R, Ebrahimi A, Lee DT, Marcolina A, Press J, Kennedy DJ, Smuck M, Walega DR, Cushman D. Is There a Relationship Between Body Mass Index and Fluoroscopy Time During Cervical Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections? Pain Med. 2016 Dec 29. PMID: 28034968