Mark R McLaughlin, MD, FACS

Princeton, New Jersey

General Specialty

Neurological Surgery
Spine Care
Spine Surgery
Spine Surgery
Trigeminal Neuralgia

Specialty Focus

Cervical Spine Disease
Cervical Spine Surgery
Chiari Malformation
Closed Head Injury
Degenerative Spine Disease
Lumbar Spine Surgery
Trauma to the Brain
Traumatic Lumbar
Traumatic Spine Surgery
Trigeminal Neuralgia

He is a board certified neurosurgeon, currently practicing neurological surgery with a focus on spine disorders and trigeminal and occipital neuralgia and chiari malformation surgery at Princeton Brain and Spine Care. He has published over 100 articles on neurosurgery and spoken internationally about his field.

Dr. McLaughlin received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the College of William & Mary. He graduated with his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University with Alpha Omega Alpha honors – equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa – and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh under “the father of modern neurosurgery” Dr. Peter Jannetta. He then went on to complete a fellowship in complex spine surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

He has organized an international consultative link with Russian neurosurgeons with collaboration from the World Federation of Neurological Surgeons. He initiated the first ever Russian-American Spine Symposium in May 2000, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Dr. McLaughlin also served as medical director for Princeton Brain and Spine from 2005 to 2015 before focusing in on teaching and inspiring others. He is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and resides in Princeton, N.J.



  • BA Philosophy, The College of William and Mary
  • MD, Virgina Commonwealth University
  • Neurosurgery Residency University of Pittsburgh
  • Fellowship in complex spine, Emory University, School of Medicine




  • National Wrestling Coaches Association
  • Chairman Medical Advisory Committee
  • 2022-Present National Wrestling Coaches Association, Medical Advisory Committee, Operation Headlock
  • 2023 USA Wrestling Medical Advisory Committee
  • Committee Member – Health
  • Cofounder of Trenton Youth Wrestling and Learning Center – Nonprofit
  • National and International Speaker on Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery
  • Professional Speaker on topics:
  • Physician Burnout
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Cognitive Dominance
  • Athletic Elite Performance
  • Longevity

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