Dr. James Metcalf, MD

Dr. James Metcalf, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 63
Dr. James Metcalf, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Ithaca, NY and has been practicing for 38 years. He graduated from Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med in 1980 and specializes in neurosurgery.

16 Brentwood Dr

Ithaca, NY 14850

Contact Information

(607) 269-0033

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • MultiPlan
  • MVP Health Care

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Top Care Areas

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Herniated Disc
more than 80% of peers
more than 82% of peers
Spine Disorders
more than 75% of peers

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1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

45  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease


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12  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1980
  • Nat'l Naval Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Of Tn College Of Med
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Metcalf has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Metcalf's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Metcalf to family and friends
13 total reviews (4 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (13)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Metcalf's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (4)

The most unprofessional doctor I have ever met. He was aware that I went to him for a second opinion and it was evident as he started the the appointment with," I understand I am your second opinion." He was rude, arrogant and referred to other surgeons in his field as ( Boys ). I left with more...more
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I went Dr. Metcalf as a second opinion. I found him to be very straight forward about benefits and risks of recommended surgery. He explained procedure and answered questions. He and his entire staff are both professional and compassionate. Surgery was less than 3 weeks ago. Everything going...more
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i recently had a major spine surgery performed by metcalf and would not recommend anyone to him. ever. he was nice until the surgery was complete. it took him over an hour to approve pain medication as i laid in the recovery room sobbing. my pain medication (absolute minimum dose) required a refill...more
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Dr. Metcalf removed a Cyst that was pressing against my Nerve near L3-4. His seems very knowledgeable and skilled. Metcalf gives you the information he thinks you need and probably is the only information you need, but as a patient you would like a little reassurance.
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