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

Day In The Life Episode 2
Mental preparation, Med Student Teaching Rounds, Patient preparation. There's to surgical prep than hand hygiene. Join Dr. Mark McLaughlin for this glimpse into a neurosurgeon's day.
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.
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 September 6th - 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

Trigeminal Neuralgia | Tic Douloureux
Trigeminal neuralgia (also called Tic Douloureux) is a chronic pain condition characterized by recurring episodes of extreme, sporadic, sudden burning or electric shock-like face pain.
Cervical and Lumbar Radiculopathy
Princeton Brain and Spine neurosurgeon Dr. Mark McLaughlin discusses spinal radiculopathy. What is it? What are the symptoms? What caused it? What treatments are available to me?
Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is a condition characterized by recurring episodes of severe pain in the tongue, throat, ear, and area near the tonsils. An overview from Dr. McLaughlin.
Trigeminal Neuralgia : Covid-19 Vaccination
A January 2022 review of medical literature related to COVID-19 vaccination, Trigeminal Neuralgia, and Neurological Complications.
Chiari Malformation Type 1
Chiari malformation is a condition in which brain tissue protrudes into the spinal canal. Chiari Malformation Type 1 is one of the four most common types of the condition.
Fighting A Brain Tumor : Act 1 - Informing The Patient
Act One- Fighting a Brain Tumor... Informing the patient. The patient usually knows the words to come long before I sound the first syllable. Almost always, people with cancer in their lives more than look me in the eyes.