Skin Infections: A Tough Opponent for Wrestlers
Many wrestlers battle skin infections. They are a fact of life in the sport. Skin infections don’t affect only a few participants. The NCAA Injury Surveillance System states that 20% of time-loss injuries in wrestling are due to these infections
RIP Dr. John Jane - On The Passing of a Giant
The neurosurgical world lost a giant this last September in the passing of Dr. John Jane, Chairman of Neurosurgery at The University of Virginia. I interfaced with him on many occasions as a medical student, as a resident, and as a colleague.
Do No Harm - Dr Henry Marsh From My Bookshelf
The New York Times and The New Yorker gave Do No Harm, by Henry Marsh. solid reviews, which it deserves. It’s by an English neurosurgeon who chronicles his career experience, the highs and lows.
Peter Jannetta Tribute
A tribute to Dr. McLaughlin's teacher, mentor, and friend Peter Jannetta, MD. This tribute was prepared in 2010 and discusses Dr. Jannetta's achievements. With commentary from a number of leading neurosurgeons.
Proof of Heaven
I just finished listening to Eben Alexander’s Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife. Because I am in the car driving so much I often “read” books this way and I highly recommend it.
Plebe Summer: My son at Annapolis
Extremely proud of my son Patrick who participated in the USNA "Plebe Summer" at Annapolis. Plebe Summer lays the foundation of the Naval Academy's four-year professional development curriculum.
Walking and Brain Surgery
Edward Weston was a famed (in his time) long-distance and endurance walker who in 1909, at age 70, walked cross-country in 105 days. Wayne Curtis weaves a fascinating read about the power of walking.
WGN TV Video About Trigeminal Neuralgia
The wife of WGN Sports Anchor Pat Tomasulo suffers from Trigeminal Neuralgia. An informative video.
The World Needs More Wrestlers
Legendary Coach Dan Gable: "The world needs more wrestlers." I'm honored to announce that I have been selected Grand Marshal of the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
Concentration: What a Neurosurgeon Knows
Concentration and Performance: This quick video offers a summary of some key ideas to improve performance and concentration in business, in sport, and in life. Let us know what you think.
Jannetta Society Meeting 2013
On October 21, 2013 I attended the annual CNS conference in San Francisco California. While there, he also attended the Jannetta Neuroscience Foundation annual meeting
West Point Wrestling Team March 2014
On March 3rd 2014, I was once again honored to present my approach to elite performance to a number of West Point Cadets.
NCAA Head Injury Settlement - Interview Dr. Mark McLaughlin
As an an ex-NCAA athlete, a neurosurgeon, and a coach, I have followed closely.the progress of the NCAA Head Injury Settlement. NJTV News interviewed me for their news feature about the preliminary settlement of $70 million in a class action suit regarding head injury and the NCAA.
Parallels in Precision Workshop with West Point Military Academy
Video of the Parallels in Precision Workshop with the psychology class at West Point
Elite Performance - West Point Lecture
On March 3, 2014 I was honored once again to have the opportunity to speak about elite performance with some of the future leaders of America's military. I'm very proud of the relationship that has been forged with West Point Academy over the past year.
West Point Wakeup Call
I recently spoke at West Point to a sports psychology class. The topic was “Psychological Aspects of Elite Performance”. In the process of pulling together the talk, I learned a lot about myself and grew closer to my son.
Love Me..., Let Me Fail
To all parents out there: Carve out a half hour alone this weekend, and read the article “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy” by Dr. Lori Gottlieb.
Laser Surgery Update
Here's an article about laser spine surgery from Bloomberg that a fellow surgeon sent me. It's worth the read.
Millionaire Coaches: Remember Reason Your Players Are in College
Super Bowl 2013 is almost upon us, with all the hype and hoopla it entails. But I am not finished with the college football season yet. I have some real concerns about the overwhelming prominence of football – at the expense of academics – that seems to be present at major universities.
Why I Coach
I’m not only a doctor, I’m a parent and a coach. Coaching is one of the most rewarding activities I do. This article shares my thoughts on the rewards and value of coaching.
The Laser Myth
There are many claims made by proponents of laser spinal surgery. At the heart of these arguments is that the laser scalpel is better than other surgical options because it is more technically advanced and minimally invasive. Let's test that myth. Here are the facts.
Russian-American Neurosurgery Collaboration
Russian-American Neurosurgical Collaboration.
What Would Grandpa Think?
Grandpa Pizzi would not be happy reading this blog