Dr. Paul McCombs III, MD

Dr. Paul McCombs III, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 66
Dr. Paul McCombs III, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Nashville, TN and has been practicing for 37 years. He graduated from University of Miami / School of Medicine in 1977 and specializes in neurosurgery.Read his story

2011 Murphy Ave Ste 301

Nashville, TN 37203

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  • Aetna
  • Alliant Health Plans
  • American General
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
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Top Care Areas

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very high
more than 95% of peers
Spine Disorders
very high
more than 94% of peers
Spinal Stenosis
very high
more than 92% of peers

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Dr. McCombs III' bio

This content was provided by Dr. McCombs III "Dr. McCombs is dedicated to excellence in patient care through the comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain and spinal cord, including spinal and peripheral nerves. He is committed to providing exceptional clinical care and service, utilizing the latest advances in neurological surgery. His patients benefit from minimally invasive procedures, smaller incisions and accelerated recovery periods. The Howell Allen Clinic and The Center For Spinal Surgery at St. Thomas Mid-Town is ranked second in the country for spinal fusions and fourth for overall spinal surgery by CareChex. The hospital also has garnered multiple neurosurgical and spine-based accolades from HealthGrades. For the past three years, HealthGrades has awarded THSS the Spine Surgery Excellence Award and a five-star rating in back and neck surgeries. It also was rated number one out of 82 hospitals in Tennessee for its high level of patient satisfaction and outcomes by Consumer Reports. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. McCombs is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University. He is a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons, and a member of The American Association of Neurological Surgeons and The Meacham Neurological Society. He and his wife are avid golfers and outdoor enthusiasts with a love for animals; they also enjoy charitable endeavors involving our military and historic preservation."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. McCombs III "Treating my patients with respect, kindness and honesty is important to me, and I encourage them to be open and involved with their treatment.  Seeing a doctor can be a scary experience, especially if a serious diagnosis is involved, and I do my best to treat them with compassion."

1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

54  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
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15  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Tennessee.

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.


  • Emory University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1973
  • University of Miami / School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1977
  • Vanderbilt University School Of Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1978
  • Vanderbilt University School Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1981

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. McCombs III has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. McCombs III' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. McCombs III to family and friends
42 total reviews (6 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (42)

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Dr. McCombs III' 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
Dr. McCombs III Says:

Thank you for your feedback; I value your opinion and continuously seek to improve your experience in my practice.  Please feel free to call or write my office with concerns or comments- your voice is important to me and my staff.


Patient Comments (6)

I highly recommend Dr. Paul McCombs . He is excellent in his field of Neurosurgery ,is very caring and devoted to his patients . He listens and takes time with you . In July of 2015 , Dr . Paul performed spinal surgery of my L4 ,L5 using donor bone , screws and rods . The surgery was successful...more
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Dr. McCombs performed a microdiscectomy on me in 1999. I was a 29 year old marathoner afraid I'd never run again. I ran a marathon 6 months post surgery, never had to take 1 pain pill, now I'm a personal trainer, and I teach tins of fitness classes. I owe it all to him!!! Thank you SO much!!!!
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Had a laminectomy with fusion 1 year ago, and I'm so very thankful my quality of life is back to normal....for 70+. Debilitating pain is gone and I'm swimming, biking & doing what I want. Thank you Dr McCombs! My family & I are so grateful for your skills!
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Saw Dr. McCombs this morning because he was the only Dr. in this area to do the prodisc L implants,he would not commit to doing the procedure even though the maker said it wasn't a problem of having a prior surgery as long as it was not a fusion. He wanted to cut me open, I will never let another...more
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Ridiculous policy of not being able to make an appointment with the doctor until he "agrees" to see me. I need an angiogram after having brain surgery last year. I faxed a medical release to Florida hospital, but they either didn't send the records or the office staff lost them. I cannot drive due...more
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