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Zachary McCormick, MD

TitleAssistant Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentOrthopaedic Surgery
Address1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
Phone415-206-8812
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    The University of PennsylvaniaM.D.2011School of Medicine
    Northwestern University-The Rehabilitation Institute of ChicagoResidency in Physical Medicine and RehabilitationSchool of Medicine
    Northwestern UniversityClinical Fellowship in Pain MedicineSchool of Medicine
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    American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine2016Best of Meeting Abstract Award
    Spine Intervention Society2016Best Fellow Abstract Award
    American Society of Anesthesiologists2016Young Investigator Abstract Award
    American Academy of PM&R2015Best Young Investigator Original Research Paper of 2015
    Foundation of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation2015Acute Pain Management Research Grant: genicular radiofrequency ablation for chronic knee pain
    Spine Intervention Society2015Research Grant: long-term affect of discography on lumbar discs
    Midwest Pain Society2015Best Resident Abstract Award
    Spine Intervention Society2015Best Resident Abstract Award
    Midwest Pain Society2014Addison and Blonsky Research Grant: cooled radiofrequency ablation for lumbar facet syndrome
    Spine Intervention Society2014Best Resident Abstract Award
    Northwestern University/ The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago2014Sewell Resident - achievement in academics and research
    Midwest Pain Society2013Addison and Blonsky Research Grant: cervical epidural injection for radicuar pain
    American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation2013Best Pain and Spine Research Abstract Award
    American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation2013Best Neurological Rehabilitation Research Award
    Northwestern University/ The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago2013Hearst Resident - national impact in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Midwest Pain Society2013Best Resident Abstract Award
    The University of Pennsylvania2011Medical Student prize for outstanding research in Orthopaedics
    Haverford College2007Ariel Loewy Prize for rigorous and diligent research in experimental science

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    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 grew up in Oakland California. He attended Haverford College in the Philadelphia area, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with high honors in Neuroscience. He completed his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was also an Agnew Surgical Society Fellow. Dr. McCormick completed internship and residency training in PM&R at Northwestern University/ The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, as well as a fellowship in Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine at Northwestern University. Following sub-specialty training, he joined the faculty of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

    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.


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    1. 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.
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    2. 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.
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    3. 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.
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    4. McCormick ZL, Nelson A, Bhave M, Zhukalin M, Kendall M, McCarthy RJ, Khan D, Nagpal G, Walega DR. A Prospective Randomized Comparative Trial of Targeted Steroid Injection Via Epidural Catheter Versus Standard C7-T1 Interlaminar Approach for the Treatment of Unilateral Cervical Radicular Pain. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2016 Dec 05. PMID: 27922950.
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    5. Mattie R, McCormick ZL, Fogg B, Cushman DM. The effect of body mass index on fluoroscopy time and radiation dose in intra-articular glenohumeral joint injections. Clin Imaging. 2016 Nov 16; 42:19-24. PMID: 27875757.
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    6. Mattie R, Wong J, McCormick Z, Yu S, Saltychev M, Laimi K. Percutaneous Needle Tenotomy for the Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis: A Systematic Review of the Literature. PM R. 2016 Oct 22. PMID: 27780771.
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    7. Saltychev M, Vastamäki H, Mattie R, McCormick Z, Vastamäki M, Laimi K, et al. Psychometric Properties of the Pain Numeric Rating Scale When Applied to Multiple Body Regions among Professional Musicians. PLoS One. 2016; 11(9):e0161874. PMID: 27603011.
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    8. Maneyapanda MB, Chang Chien GC, Mattie R, Amorapanth P, Reger C, McCormick ZL. Ultrasound Guidance for Technically Challenging Intrathecal Baclofen Pump Refill: Three Cases and Procedure Description. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Sep; 95(9):692-7. PMID: 27003203.
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    9. Saltychev M, Mattie R, McCormick Z, Laimi K, et al. Confirmatory factor analysis of 12-Item World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule in patients with musculoskeletal pain conditions. Clin Rehabil. 2016 Jun 3. PMID: 27260763.
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    10. Carr CM, Plastaras CT, Pingree MJ, Smuck M, Maus TP, Geske JR, El-Yahchouchi CA, McCormick Z, Kennedy DJ, et al. Immediate Adverse Events in Interventional Pain Procedures: A Multi-Institutional Study. Pain Med. 2016 Apr 15. PMID: 27084412.
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    11. Carr CM, Plastaras CT, Pingree MJ, Smuck M, Maus TP, Geske JR, El-Yahchouchi CA, McCormick ZL, Kennedy DJ. Immediate Adverse Events in Interventional Pain Procedures: A Multi-Institutional Study. Pain Med. 2016 Dec; 17(12):2155-2161. PMID: 28025351.
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    12. McCormick Z, Choxi SC, Lee DT, Marcolina A, Press J, Kennedy DJ, Smuck M, Walega DR, Cushman DM, et al. The Impact of Body Mass Index on Fluoroscopy Time During Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection; A Multicenter Cohort Study. Pain Med. 2016 Apr 14. PMID: 27084415.
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    13. McCormick Z, Cushman D, Marshall B, Caldwell M, Patel J, Ghannad L, Eng C, Makovitch S, Babu A, Chu SK, Marciniak C, Walega DR, Press J, Plastaras C, Kennedy DJ, et al. Pain Reduction and Repeat Injections After Transforaminal Epidural Injection With Particulate Versus Nonparticulate Steroid for the Treatment of Chronic Painful Lumbosacral Radiculopathy. PM R. 2016 Apr 6. PMID: 27060648.
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    14. Cushman D, Mattie R, Curtis B, Flis A, McCormick ZL. The effect of body mass index on fluoroscopic time and radiation dose during lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injections. Spine J. 2016 Jul; 16(7):876-83. PMID: 27016268.
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    15. Safaeian P, Mattie R, Hahn M, Plastaras CT, McCormick ZL. Novel Treatment of Radicular Pain With a Multi-Mechanistic Combination Topical Agent: A Case Series and Literature Review. Anesth Pain Med. 2016 Apr; 6(2):e33322. PMID: 27252902.
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    16. McCormick Z, Slipman C, Kotcharian A, Chhatre A, Bender FJ, Salam A, Menkin S, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C, et al. Percutaneous Lumbar Disc Decompression Using the Dekompressor: A Prospective Long-Term Outcome Study. Pain Med. 2016 Feb 25. PMID: 26917626.
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    17. Babu AN, McCormick Z, Kennedy DJ, Press J, et al. Local, national, and service component cost variations in the management of low back pain: Considerations for the clinician. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2016 Feb 19. PMID: 26966816.
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    18. Saltychev M, Bärlund E, Mattie R, McCormick Z, Paltamaa J, Laimi K, et al. A study of the psychometric properties of 12-item World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0 in a large population of people with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Clin Rehabil. 2016 Feb 5. PMID: 26851249.
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    19. El-Yahchouchi CA, Plastaras CT, Maus TP, Carr CM, McCormick ZL, Geske JR, Smuck M, Pingree MJ, Kennedy DJ. Adverse Event Rates Associated with Transforaminal and Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections: A Multi-Institutional Study. Pain Med. 2016 Feb; 17(2):239-49. PMID: 26593277.
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    20. Cushman DM, Mattie R, Clements ND, McCormick Z, et al. The Effect of Body Mass Index on Fluoroscopic Time and Radiation Dose During Intra-articular Hip Injections. PM R. 2016 Jan 28. PMID: 26826617.
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    21. Mattie R, McCormick Z, Huie H. Presentation and Rehabilitation in a Patient With Toxoplasmosis Encephalitis: A Case Study and Review. PM R. 2016 Jun; 8(6):602-6. PMID: 26805910.
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    22. Joshi AB, McCormick ZL, Sully K, Garvan C, Plastaras CT. Factors That Predict Satisfaction With Medical Care: Data From 27,212 Injured Workers Surveyed for 14 Years. J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Jan; 58(1):101-7. PMID: 26565708.
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    23. McCormick ZL, Cushman D, Lee DT, Scholten P, Chu SK, Babu AN, Caldwell M, Ziegler C, Ashraf H, Sundar B, Clark R, Gross C, Cara J, McCormick K, Ross B, Smith CC, Press J, Smuck M, Walega DR. Is There a Relationship Between Body Mass Index and Fluoroscopy Time During Sacroiliac Joint Injection? A Multicenter Cohort Study. Pain Med. 2016 Jul; 17(7):1241-8. PMID: 26814282.
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    24. McCormick Z, Kennedy DJ, Garvan C, Rivers E, Temme K, Margolis S, Zander E, Rohr A, Smith MC, Plastaras C. Response to: Letter to the Editor Regarding Comparison of Pain Score Reduction Using Triamcinolone vs. Betamethasone in Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections for Lumbosacral Radicular Pain. McCormick Z et al. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2015 Apr 16 [EPUB AHEAD OF PRINT]. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 Dec; 12(12):e122-4. PMID: 26334424.
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    25. McCormick Z, Kennedy DJ, Garvan C, Rivers E, Temme K, Margolis S, Zander E, Rohr A, Smith MC, Plastaras C. Comparison of Pain Score Reduction Using Triamcinolone vs. Betamethasone in Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections for Lumbosacral Radicular Pain. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 Dec; 94(12):1058-64. PMID: 25888660.
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    26. Cushman D, Flis A, Jensen B, McCormick Z, et al. The Effect of Body Mass Index on Fluoroscopic Time and Radiation Dose During Sacroiliac Joint Injections. PM R. 2015 Nov 22. PMID: 26610592.
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    27. Chu SK, Babu AN, McCormick Z, Mathews A, Toledo S, Oswald M, et al. Outcomes of Inpatient Rehabilitation in Patients With Simultaneous Bilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty. PM R. 2015 Nov 18. PMID: 26603200.
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    28. Plastaras C, McCormick Z, Nguyen C, Rho M, Nack SH, Roth D, Casey E, Carneiro K, Cucchiara A, Press J, McLean J, Caldera F. Is Hip Abduction Strength Asymmetry Present in Female Runners in the Early Stages of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome? Am J Sports Med. 2016 Jan; 44(1):105-12. PMID: 26566993.
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    29. McCormick ZL, Chu SK, Binler D, Neudorf D, Mathur SN, Lee J, Marciniak C. Intrathecal Versus Oral Baclofen: A Matched Cohort Study of Spasticity, Pain, Sleep, Fatigue, and Quality of Life. PM R. 2016 Jun; 8(6):553-62. PMID: 26498518.
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    30. McCormick Z, Cushman D, Caldwell M, Marshall B, Ghannad L, Eng C, Patel J, Makovitch S, Chu SK, Babu AN, Walega DR, Marciniak C, Press J, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C, et al. Does Electrodiagnostic Confirmation of Radiculopathy Predict Pain Reduction after Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection? A Multicenter Study. J Nat Sci. 2015 Aug; 1(8). PMID: 26251843.
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    31. McCormick ZL, Gagnon CM, Caldwell M, Patel J, Kornfeld S, Atchison J, Stanos S, Harden RN, Calisoff R. Short-Term Functional, Emotional, and Pain Outcomes of Patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Treated in a Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Pain Management Program. Pain Med. 2015 Dec; 16(12):2357-67. PMID: 26178320.
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    32. Plastaras C, McCormick ZL, Garvan C, Macron D, Joshi A, Chimes G, Smeal W, Rittenberg J, Kennedy DJ. Adverse events associated with fluoroscopically guided lumbosacral transforaminal epidural steroid injections. Spine J. 2015 Oct 1; 15(10):2157-65. PMID: 26065819.
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    33. Mattie R, McCormick Z, Yu S, Kennedy DJ, Levin J. Are All Epidurals Created Equally? A Review of the Literature on Caudal, Interlaminar, and Transforaminal Injections from the Last 5 years. Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports. 2015; 3(2):159-172.
    34. McCormick Z, Kennedy DJ. Truth in Medicine: Why most reviews and commentaries on spine treatments are flawed. Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports. 2015; 3(2):124-128.
    35. Lynch MM, McCormick Z, Liem B, Jacobs G, Hwang P, Hornby TG, Rydberg L, Roth EJ. Energy Cost of Lower Body Dressing, Pop-Over Transfers, and Manual Wheelchair Propulsion in People with Paraplegia Due to Motor-Complete Spinal Cord Injury. Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil. 2015; 21(2):140-8. PMID: 26364283; PMCID: PMC4568095 [Available on 03/01/16].
    36. Cushman D, McCormick Z, Casey E, Plastaras CT. Discrepancies in describing pain: is there agreement between numeric rating scale scores and pain reduction percentage reported by patients with musculoskeletal pain after corticosteroid injection? Pain Med. 2015 May; 16(5):870-6. PMID: 25715989.
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    37. McCormick ZL, Chu SK, Goodman D, Oswald M, Reger C, Sliwa J. An Appropriate Population for Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation? A Case Series of Three Patients With Advanced Heart Failure on Continuous Inotropic Support. PM R. 2015 Jun; 7(6):662-6. PMID: 25617705.
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    38. McCormick ZL, Lynch M, Liem B, Jacobs G, Hwang P, Hornby TG, Rydberg L, Roth E. Feasibility for developing cardiovascular exercise recommendations for persons with motor-complete paraplegia based on manual wheelchair propulsion; A protocol and preliminary data. J Spinal Cord Med. 2016 Jan; 39(1):45-9. PMID: 25582138.
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    39. McCormick Z, Margolis S, Temme K, Rivers E, Cameron SA, Smith MC, Rohr A, Zander E, Garvan C, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. Concordant pain provocation during transforaminal epidural steroid injection for lumbosacral radiculopathy: effect on pain outcome and predictive factors. Pain Physician. 2015 Jan-Feb; 18(1):E19-26. PMID: 25675066.
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    40. McCormick Z, Marshall B, Walker J, McCarthy R, Walega DR, et al. Long-Term Function, Pain and Medication Use Outcomes of Radiofrequency Ablation for Lumbar Facet Syndrome. Int J Anesth Anesth. 2015; 2(2). PMID: 26005713.
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    41. McCormick ZL, Walega DR. Cervical epidural steroid injection for refractory somatic tinnitus. Pain Pract. 2015 Feb; 15(2):e28-33. PMID: 25353360.
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    42. McCormick Z, Cushman D, Casey E, Garvan C, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. Factors associated with pain reduction after transforaminal epidural steroid injection for lumbosacral radicular pain. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Dec; 95(12):2350-6. PMID: 25108099.
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    43. Plastaras C, McCormick Z, Macron D, Garvan C, Joshi A, Chimes G, Smeal W, Rittenberg J. Adverse events associated with fluoroscopically guided zygapophyseal joint injections. Pain Physician. 2014 Jul-Aug; 17(4):297-304. PMID: 25054389.
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    44. Chang-Chien GC, Knezevic NN, McCormick Z, Chu SK, Trescot AM, Candido KD. Transforaminal versus interlaminar approaches to epidural steroid injections: a systematic review of comparative studies for lumbosacral radicular pain. Pain Physician. 2014 Jul-Aug; 17(4):E509-24. PMID: 25054401.
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    45. Chu SK, McCormick Z, Hwang S, Sliwa JA, Rydberg L. Outcomes of acute inpatient rehabilitation of patients with left ventricular assist devices. PM R. 2014 Nov; 6(11):1008-12. PMID: 24844446.
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    46. Chien GC, McCormick Z, Araujo M, Candido KD. The potential contributing effect of ketorolac and fluoxetine to a spinal epidural hematoma following a cervical interlaminar epidural steroid injection: a case report and narrative review. Pain Physician. 2014 May-Jun; 17(3):E385-95. PMID: 24850120.
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    47. McCormick Z, Bouffard KJ, Neudorf D, Casey E. A mediastinal mass presenting with unilateral periscapular and arm pain. PM R. 2014 Jun; 6(6):560-3. PMID: 24412635.
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    48. McCormick Z, Walker J, Marshall B, McCarthy R, Walega DR, et al. A Novel Modality for Facet Joint Denervation: Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation for Lumbar Facet Syndrome. A Case Series. Phys Med Rehabil Int. 2014; 1(5):5. PMID: 25866845.
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    49. McCormick Z, Plastaras C. Transforaminal epidural steroid injection in the treatment of lumbosacral radicular pain caused by epidural lipomatosis: a case series and review. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2014; 27(2):181-90. PMID: 24254495.
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    50. Candido K.D., Chang-Chien G.C., McCormick Z . Phantom Limb Pain. In: Aminoff M.J. and Daroff R.B. (eds.) Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences, 2nd Edition. Vol. 3, pp. 878-883. Oxford: Academic Press. 2014.
    51. Mathur SN, Chu SK, McCormick Z, Chang Chien GC, Marciniak CM. Long-term intrathecal baclofen: outcomes after more than 10 years of treatment. PM R. 2014 Jun; 6(6):506-513.e1. PMID: 24355547.
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    52. McCormick Z, Chang-Chien G, Marshall B, Huang M, Harden RN. Phantom limb pain: a systematic neuroanatomical-based review of pharmacologic treatment. Pain Med. 2014 Feb; 15(2):292-305. PMID: 24224475.
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    53. McCormick Z, Lynch M, Chen D. Fever after traumatic spinal cord injury: a case of Brucella sepsis. PM R. 2013 Nov; 5(11):982-4. PMID: 24247018.
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    54. McCormick Z, Chu SK, Chang-Chien GC, Joseph P. Acute pain control challenges with buprenorphine/naloxone therapy in a patient with compartment syndrome secondary to McArdle's disease: a case report and review. Pain Med. 2013 Aug; 14(8):1187-91. PMID: 23647815.
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    55. McCormick Z, Plastaras C. Lumbosacral transforaminal epidural steroid injections are equally effective for treatment of lumbosacral radicular pain in the obese compared to non-obese population: a pilot study. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2013; 26(2):183-8. PMID: 23640320.
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    56. Derby R, Wolfer L, McCormick Z . Targeting Pain Generators. In: Rothman-Simeone: The Spine 7th Edition. Elsevier. In Press.
    57. McCormick Z, Chang Chien GC. . Evaluation of Headache. In: Deer T. and Pope J (eds.). Handbook of Pain. Elsevier. In Press.
    58. Reddy J, Clark R, McCormick Z, Chang-Chien G, Candido K. Lower Extremity Joint Injections. In: Manchikanti L, Kaye A, Falco F, Hirsch J (eds.). Essentials of Interventional Techniques in Managing Chronic Pain. ASIPP Publishing, Paducah, KY. In Press.
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