Evan Johnson, PT, DPT, OCS

Director of Physical Therapy, The Spine Hospital at The Neurological Institute of New York

Administrative Director, The Spine Hospital at The Neurological Institute of New York

Dr. Evan Johnson is the Director of Physical Therapy and Administrative Director of The Spine Hospital at New York Presbyterian Hospital in the Department of Neurosurgery. He is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physician & Surgeons and holds appointments in the departments of Rehabilitative and Regenerative Medicine, Neurosurgery and Anesthesiology. He teaches physical examination, manual therapies and therapeutic exercise related to the spine and extremities in Columbia University’s Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy, as well as Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s Pain Medicine and Sports Medicine Fellowships.

Dr. Johnson received his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy with honors from Columbia University’s Program in Physical Therapy, and he received a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy with a clinical specialization in manual therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Dr. Johnson has numerous peer-reviewed publications related to the biomechanics of manual therapy, nervous system mobility, physical examination techniques and spinal stabilization in athletes.


Mehta R, Johnson EK: A Systematic Review of the Evidence on Factors That Influence Adherence to Home Exercise Programs in Patients with Low Back Pain [abstract]. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2007;37(1):A66.

Johnson EK, McCormick, PC. The effect of early isolated lumbar extension exercise program for patients with herniated disc undergoing lumbar discectomy [invited commentary]. Neurosurgery. Oct 2005;57(4):771-772.

Johnson EK, Chandra A, Nabeyama B, Santikul K, Sullivan M, Rao AK.: The effects of resisted hip adduction on EMG activity of the vastus medialis obliquus muscle during terminal knee extension in a closed kinetic chain [abstract]. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2005;35(1):A62-A63.

Johnson EK, Kafka DM, Polit, CW, Chiarello CM: A systematic review and classification of the evidence examining the use of spinal manipulation and therapeutic exercise for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis [abstract]. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2005;35(1):A13-A14.

Johnson EK, Chiarello CM: The Slump Test: The slump test: the effects of head and lower extremity position on knee extension [cover article]. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther.1997;26(6):310-317.

Johnson EK, Chiarello CM: The Slump Test: The effects of head and lower extremity position on knee extension [abstract]. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 1995;21(1):53.

Johnson EK, McCormick, PC. Rehabilitation of the Professional American FootballPlayer after Lumbar Microdiscectomy Surgery. Br J of Sports Med. (in press).

The Bottom Line by Evan Johnson on “Neuromuscular Training Versus Strength Training During First 6 Months After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Randomized Trial” [Risberg MA, Holm I, Myklebust C, Engebretsen L. Phys Ther. 2007;87(June):737-750].http://www.ptjournal.org/misc/bottomline.dtl

The Bottom Line by Evan Johnson on “Trunk Muscle Activation Patterns, Lumbar Compressive Forces, and Spine Stability When Using the Bodyblade” [Moreside JM, Vera-Garcia FJ, McGill SM. Phys Ther. 2007;87(February):153-163].                         http://www.ptjournal.org/misc/bottomline.dtl

The Bottom Line by Evan Johnson on “A Comparison of Physical Functional Performance and Strength in Women With Fibromyalgia, Age- and Weight-Matched Controls, and Older Women Who Are Healthy” [Panton LB, Kingsley JD, Toole T, et al. Phys Ther. 2006;86(November):1479-1488].http://www.ptjournal.org/misc/bottomline.dtl

The Bottom Line by Evan Johnson on “Impact of Continuing Education Interventions on Clinical Outcomes of Patients With Neck Pain Who Received Physical Therapy” [Brennan GP, Fritz JM, and Hunter SJ. Phys Ther. 2006;86(September):1251-1262]. http://www.ptjournal.org/misc/bottomline.dtl

The Bottom Line by Evan Johnson on “Can Low Back Loading During Lifting Be Reduced by Placing One Leg Beside the Object to Be Lifted?” [Bakker AJM, and van Dieën JH. Phys Ther. 2006;86(August):1091-1105]. http://www.ptjournal.org/misc/bottomline.dtl

Dr. Johnson’s office is open from 9-5pm, Monday through Friday. To request an appointment by phone, please call his office at (212) 326-3330. His office coordinator, Ivette Gonzalez will take your call. You will be asked to fax (212) 342-1540 or mail your recent imaging (MRI, CAT scan) reports to our office for his review. It is also helpful to include a brief summary of your history and symptoms. Any question regarding insurance or coverage can be answered at that time.

Dr. Johnson will review your reports within 24 hours and you will be contacted for an appointment or appropriate referral. Depending on the urgency of your condition, an appointment with Dr. Johnson can be made within a few days. To assure that all patients receive a thorough evaluation and the best care in a timely manner, the patient should complete forms regarding their medical history and condition. The forms are available online here Patient Forms or will be provided on the day of your appointment.

Dr. Johnson currently participates in the following health insurance networks. If your insurance does not appear on the list, you may still be eligible for significant coverage. Please contact our insurance specialist to learn more about your eligibility. For more information, please see our Insurance Information page.

  • Aetna (excluding Medicare and Medicaid; Columbia Only)
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (not all BCBS plans; Patients should call 1-800 number for Member Services to confirm benefits)
  • Oxford/United Healthcare (excluding Medicare, Healthcare Exchange and Medicaid)

Associations & Memberships

North American Spine Society’s Allied Health Committee

American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties

American Physical Therapy Association’s Orthopedic Section

Performing Arts Special Interest Group

The International Association of Dance Medicine

American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

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