A Neurosurgeon on a Mission

Dr. Mark McLaughlin is a practicing neurosurgeon, author, inspirational speaker, coach, and philanthropist with a passion for teaching and sharing. His book "Cognitive Dominance: A Brain Surgeon's Quest to Out-Think Fear" is now available.
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Biography of top neurosurgeon, author, coach, and speaker Dr. Mark R. McLaughlin. Sometimes described as a "wrestling coach trapped in a neurosurgeon's body", Dr. McLaughlin has a passion for sharing ideas, education and inspiration. Learn more about his career and calling.
Now Available on Amazon: Dr. McLaughlin's book "Cognitive Dominance: A Brain Surgeon’s Quest to Out-Think Fear"
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Featured Articles and Video

Back to School, 30 Years Later
I recently attended the 30th reunion for my medical school class at Virginia Commonwealth University. The trip included great memories and some reflections on the future of medicine.
Day In The Life Episode 1
A Neurosurgeon's Day... from early morning start, through a long day of surgery, teaching, and patient care, to making a contribution to the lives of others on a daily basis.
Eight Lessons From 2021
Another year of Covid has made many of us reflect and review our approach to life. My Eight Lessons From 2021.


NeuroRounds: Virtual Case Conference
Next Event June 7th - NeuroRounds is a virtual case conference focused on neurosurgery. It's intended for pre-med, med students, PA-C's, RN's, NP's, and other health professionals hungry to improve their knowledge and skills. A LIVE event, focused on interactivity and reality.
Cognitive Dominance: Accessing Your Leadership Greatness in a Tumultuous Time
Watch Video. Who's It For? Healthcare professionals and administrators interested in strengthening their emotional and intellectual intelligence enabling stronger leadership for the team and organization.
CentraState Brain Award
Dr. Mark McLaughlin received the CentraState Brain Award on February 1st as part of the "Night in Oz" Gala. Watch Video.

Medicine and Neurosurgery

Synovial Cysts
Dr. Mark McLaughlin discusses synovial cysts. What are they? Why do you have a synovial cyst? What can be done?
Trigeminal Neuralgia : Covid-19 Vaccination
A January 2022 review of medical literature related to COVID-19 vaccination, Trigeminal Neuralgia, and Neurological Complications.
Trigeminal Neuralgia with COVID-19 Virus
Video January 2022 : Dr. McLaughlin highlights the current literature as it relates to Trigeminal Neuralgia and the Covid Virus. What have we learned?
Trigeminal Neuralgia in a Time of COVID-19
Video: Stress may result in increased perception of facial pain from Trigeminal Neuralgia. Dr. McLaughlin offers some thoughts on dealing with TN during the coronavirus crisis. April 2020
Trigeminal Neuralgia: COVID19 - Video Update
September 2021: Video update with Mark R. McLaughlin, MD. What you need to know about COVID19 and Trigeminal Neuralgia.
Surgery for Occipital Neuralgia
Surgical treatment for occipital neuralgia is sometimes required. In this video, Dr. McLaughlin explains the key points that will be considered before surgery is recommended.