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 Outthink 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.


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?
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!…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Jan 22, 2018, 11:29 PM
Liver surgeon Simon Bramhall marked his initials on patients during surgery. I'm at a loss for words.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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?…
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…
Nov 17, 2013, 5:11 PM
Video of the Parallels in Precision Workshop with the psychology class at West Point
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.
May 20, 2011, 8:26 PM
Russian-American Neurosurgical Collaboration.
May 20, 2011, 8:19 PM
Grandpa Pizzi would not be happy reading this blog
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…