Evan Johnson, PT

Physical Therapy
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Dr. Evan Johnson practices physical therapy focusing on spine care in midtown Manhattan as part of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He graduated from Columbia University’s Program in Physical Therapy in 1994, receiving the Mary E. Callahan Award for Academic and Clinical Excellence in Physical Therapy, and was honored as the commencement speaker for Columbia University’s Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy in 2018. He lectures nationally on matters related to clinical management of spinal conditions and regional interdependence of movement dysfunction. He previously worked as the Physical Therapy Director for the Spine Center at Columbia University Medical Center’s Department of Neurosurgery as well as the Orthopedic Advanced Clinician for The New York Presbyterian Spine Center.

Dr. Johnson teaches physical examination, manual therapies, and therapeutic exercise related to the spine and extremities in Columbia University’s Program in Physical Therapy, as well as Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s Pain Medicine Fellowship and Rehabilitation Medicine Residency. He has held multiple committee memberships in North American Spine Society and has participated in the review of national guidelines on spine care for the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Johnson is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and is a Certified Manual Therapist. He is recognized by the Marquis Who’s Who in American Healthcare as a leader in the field of physical therapy.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Back Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Non-Surgical Approach to Back Pain
  • Spine Care
  • Spine Disorder
  • Spine Pain
  • Spine Rehabilitation

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehab Med (In Physical Therapy)

Administrative Titles

  • Clinical Admin​istrator, Och Spine Care Integrated Program
  • Director, Och Spine Care Outpatient Physical Therapy


  • Male

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590 5th Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Insurance Accepted


  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Student Health


  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO


  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • PPO

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare

Quality Health Management

  • Quality Health Management


  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford HMO
  • Oxford Liberty
  • POS
  • PPO

World Trade Center Health Plan

  • World Trade Center Health Plan

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.


Selected Publications

Said RM, Johnson EK, Roh EY: The relationship between golf swing trunk rotation biomechanics and low back pain in golfers. Spine Line. 2013;14(5):21-26.

Wong CK, Johnson EK. A narrative review of evidence-based recommendations for the physical examination of the lumbar spine, sacroiliac and hip joint complex. Musculoskeletal Care. 2012;10(3):149-161.

Davis G, Johnson E, McCormick PC, et al. Clinics in neurology and neurosurgery of sport: lumbar spine. Sequestrated disc prolapse and disc bulge. Br J Sports Med. 2009;43(10):796-801.

Gardner TR, Fishman K, Johns A, Johnson EK. Joint reaction forces at the hip joint during dynamic manipulation of the femur. Digital Human Modeling for Design and Engineering Symposium, Society of Automotive Engineers. 2008;DOI:10.4271/2008-01-1885.

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

Johnson EK, Chiarello CM: 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.