Neurosurgery

Dr. Mark R McLaughlin

Mark McLaughlin is a practicing board-certified neurosurgeon, a  national media commentator, author of the book Cognitive Dominance: A Brain Surgeon’s Quest to Out-Think Fear, and acclaimed keynote speaker.

He is the founder of Princeton Brain and Spine Care where he practices surgery focusing on trigeminal neuralgia and cervical spine surgery. McLaughlin is also a thought leader in performance enhancement and physician hospital relations.

McLaughlin served as medical director for Princeton Brain and Spine from 2005 to 2015 before focusing on teaching, writing, and speaking. He is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He resides in Princeton, New Jersey.

A collection of his articles and commentary on medical subjects.

 


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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.
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Occipital neuralgia is a distinct type of headache characterized by piercing, throbbing, or electric-shock-like chronic pain in the upper neck, back of the head, and behind the ears, usually on one side of the head.
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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
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September 2021: Video update with Mark R. McLaughlin, MD. What you need to know about COVID19 and Trigeminal Neuralgia.
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Video January 2022 : Dr. McLaughlin highlights the current literature as it relates to Trigeminal Neuralgia and the Covid Virus. What have we learned?
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A January 2022 review of medical literature related to COVID-19 vaccination, Trigeminal Neuralgia, and Neurological Complications.
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May 9, 2022, 2:59 PM
Mental preparation, Med Student Teaching Rounds, Patient preparation. There's a lot more to surgical preparation than hand hygiene. Join Dr. McLaughlin for this glimpse into a neurosurgeon's day.
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May 2, 2022, 12:33 PM
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.
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Apr 25, 2022, 1:02 AM
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.
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May 17, 2021, 4:16 PM
Living Your Limitless Life: A Brain Surgeon's Approach to Longevity - May 19th at Noon : Mercer County Surgery Center
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Jun 14, 2020, 1:49 AM
A powerful presentation at the CentraState Healthcare Foundation Workshop in the spring of 2016. Living a full and rich life. Actionable intelligence from Dr. Mark McLaughlin.
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Jul 1, 2019, 1:25 AM
On this twentieth anniversary of my graduation from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurosurgery Residency program. What have I learned? What will I do differently in the years ahead?
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Jan 21, 2019, 1:11 AM
Today, women neurosurgeons remain a rare species; they represent only about 5% of the total in the United States. But at the time Dr. Nash became one, they were even scarcer; there weren’t any at all!…
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Dec 19, 2018, 1:05 AM
Firlik covers the entire territory of being a neurosurgeon, the highest of highs and lowest of lows. The need for a surgeon to be a ray of hope, as well as the relater of harsh truth. Dealing with…
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Nov 28, 2018, 12:20 AM
Ken was living the life most 70 year olds dream of until the pain struck. He was surfing the summer waves of Hawaii and skiing the winter slopes of Vail. He was getting everything he could out of…
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Sep 22, 2018, 8:54 PM
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…
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Jun 30, 2018, 11:58 PM
A while back, my wife and I were on a transatlantic flight when a passenger fell into a coma. As a doctor, I rushed to her side. I soon learned she was diabetic and had overdosed on insulin. I’m a…
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Jan 22, 2018, 11:29 PM
Liver surgeon Simon Bramhall marked his initials on patients during surgery. I'm at a loss for words.
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Oct 11, 2017, 11:00 PM
Who was Brittany Maynard? I was invited to contribute an article to LinkedIn discussing the question of "assisted death". She was a young California woman who was diagnosed with an aggressive brain…
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Sep 26, 2017, 10:54 PM
This presentation was made at the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation Annual Lecture and tells the story of meeting Carla..., a young girl with a life ahead of her..., if she could only survive the next…
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May 16, 2017, 7:25 PM
Dr. Mark R. McLaughlin delivered opening remarks on the occasion of the Inaugural Peter Jannetta Symposium. A video created by the University of Pittsburg.
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Mar 17, 2017, 10:01 PM
Texas neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch, was sentenced to life in prison for what headlines described as “botched’ surgery. I'm saddened to learn that patients suffered injury at the hands of a doctor…
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Apr 26, 2016, 5:27 PM
The first gift Dr. Jannetta ever gave me was a Snickers bar. It was on the first day I met him during my interview. I thought to myself. Hmmmm, is this some kind of examination technique or ploy?…
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Sep 15, 2015, 7:48 PM
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…
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Nov 17, 2013, 5:11 PM
Video of the Parallels in Precision Workshop with the psychology class at West Point
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Jun 24, 2011, 8:47 PM
Here's an article about laser spine surgery from Bloomberg that a fellow surgeon sent me. It's worth the read.
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May 20, 2011, 8:26 PM
Russian-American Neurosurgical Collaboration.
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May 20, 2011, 8:19 PM
Grandpa Pizzi would not be happy reading this blog
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Dec 1, 2010, 6:56 PM
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…