Dr. Paul McCombs III, MD

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Dr. Paul McCombs III, MD
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.

Howell-Allen Clinic - Nashville

2011 Murphy Ave Ste 301

Nashville, TN 37203

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Dr. Paul McCombs III, MD

Dr. Paul McCombs III, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Alliant Health Plans
  • American General
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Choice
  • Compassionate Care Network (CCN)
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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Care Philosophy

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.
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Dr. McCombs III' Experience

Dr. McCombs III' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Neurosurgery
  • Board certified in Neurosurgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • 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
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • 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
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease


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  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stereotaxis

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

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based on 41 total reviews (4 with comments)
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.

Dr. McCombs III' Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
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Office & Staff Performance
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  • Office environment
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  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (4)
in Burns, TN |
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!
in Bradford, TN |
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 Dr. cut on my back. In my opinion it is barbaric at best, we have better technology. If you're reading this check out the pro disc L & C it is the only option for me. It is done out patient
in adams, TN |
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 to my AVM removal and explained to the receptionist that I would be happy to bring my records with me. She insisted that she could not make an exception and refused to make an appointment.
in Lawrenceburg, TN |
Dr. McCombs ruined my life after my third neck surgery when he installed a plate crooked. I have been to two other specialists that have commented on what a mess was made and have told me that there is no way to repair the damage. I am now being taken care of by a Pain Clinic after trying several procedures that didn't work. I have not and will not recomend him to no one.
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Dr. McCombs III accepts 34 insurance carriers
  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
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  • Alliant Health Plans
  • American General
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
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  • Community Health Choice
  • Compassionate Care Network (CCN)
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  • Medicaid of Tennessee
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Hospitals where Dr. McCombs III has admitting privileges

Saint Thomas Hospital for Specialty Surgery
2011 Murphy Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
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Saint Thomas West Hospital
4220 Harding Road Po Box 380
Nashville, TN 37205
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