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Mark R. McLaughlin, MD
Princeton Brain and Spine
Langhorne, PA

About Mark R. McLaughlin, MD

Dr. Mark R. McLaughlin practices neurological surgery with a focus on spine disorders in Langhorne, PA. After graduating from The Pingry School in 1983, he received his Bachelors Degree at The College of William and Mary in Virginia, majoring in philosophy. He went on to graduate from Medical College of Virginia with Alpha Omega Alpha honors (equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa). He went on to complete his residency at the University of Pittsburgh during which time he received multiple honors including chief residency and a two-time resident teaching award. After completing his seven year residency, he went on to obtain further specialized training in complex and minimal access spine surgery earning a Fellowship at Emory University Medical Center in Atlanta.

Dr. McLaughlin serves as the President of the Young Neurosurgeons' Committee, a national section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is an editor of, a website dedicated to patient and physician education of spinal disorders. In addition to this national recognition, he has organized an international consultative link with neurosurgeons in Russia. With collaboration from the World Federation of Neurological Surgeons, he initiated the first ever Russian-American Spine Symposium held in St. Petersburg, Russia, May, 2000. Dr. McLaughlin's efforts in Russia were highlighted in Parade Magazine.

Dr. McLaughlin has published more than 60 articles on neurosurgery and spine surgery, and has authored two textbooks about spine surgery. He has been an invited speaker, presenter and course director at numerous scientific meetings, and teaches complex spine surgery nationally and internationally.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Dr. McLaughlin is the head coach of the Princeton PAWS recreation wrestling program for first through eighth graders. He resides in Skillman, NJ with his wife, Julie and their four children Kaleigh, Alex, Patrick, and Trevor.


1. Grady S, McLaughlin M, Christman C, Valadka A, Flinger C, Povlishock T: The Use of Antibodies Targeted Against the Neurofilament Subunits for the Detection of Diffuse Axonal Injury in Humans. J of Neuropath and Exp Neurol 52(2):143-152, 1995.

2. Kondziolka D, McLaughlin MR, Kestle JRW: Simple Risk Predictions for Arteriovenous Malformation Hemorrhage. Neurosurgery 37:5, 851-855, 1995.

3. McLaughlin MR, Jho HD, Kwon Y. Acute Subdural Hematoma Caused by a Ruptured Giant Intracavernous Aneurysm. Neurosurgery 38:2: 388-392, 1995.

4. McLaughlin MR, Pizzi FJ. "Sympathy Pains" in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. ACTA Neurochirurgica 138: 1094-1098, 1996.

5. McLaughlin MR, Marion DM. Cerebral blood flow and vasoresponsivity within and around contusions. J Neurosurg 85:871-876, 1996.

6. Jho HD, Carrau RL, McLaughlin MR, Somaza S. Endoscopic Transsphenoidal resection of a large chordoma in posterior fossa: Case Study. Neurosurgical Focus 1 (1) Art 3, 1996.

7. McLaughlin MR, Marion DW. The Use of Xenon Cerebral Blood Flow Computed Tomography to Evaluate Perfusion and Vasoresponsivity of Cerebral Contusions. Acta Neurol Scand, 165:117, 1993.

8. Resnick DK, McLaughlin MR, Albright AL. Primary endodermal sinus tumor presenting with spinal cord compression. J Neurosurg 86:151-153, 1997.

9. McLaughlin MR, Wahlig JB, Pollack IF. The incidence of postlaminectomy kyphosis after Chiari decompression. Spine 22(6); 613-617, 1997.

10. McLaughlin MR, Purighalla V, Pizzi FJ. Cost advantages of rigid internal fixation for the treatment of cervical radiculopathy. Surg Neurol 48:560-565, 1997.

11. Comey CH, McLaughlin MR, Moossy JJ. Anterior thoracic corpectomy without sternotomy: A strategy for malignant disease of the upper thoracic spine. Acta Neurochir 139:712-718, 1997.

12. McLaughlin MR, Gollin SM, Albright AL. Medulloblastoma and Glioblastoma Multiforme in a Patient with Turcot Syndrome. Surg Neurol 49:295-301, 1998.

13. Jho HD, Carrau RL, McLaughlin MR, Somaza SC. Endoscopic assisted transphenoidal resection of a large chordoma in posterior fossa. Acta Neurochir 139:343-348, 1997.

14. McLaughlin MR, Wahlig JB, Kaufmann AM, Albright AL. Traumatic basilar aneurysm after endoscopic third venticulostomy: Case Report. Neurosurg 41:1400-1404, 1997.

15. McLaughlin MR, Subach BR, Lunsford LD, Jannetta PJ. The Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh: Past, Present, and Future. Neurosurgery 42:893-898, 1998.

16. Levy EL, Clyde BL, McLaughlin MR, Jannetta PJ: Microvascular decompression of the lateral medulla oblongata for severe refractory neurogenic hypertension. Neurosurgery 43:1-9, 1998.

17. McLaughlin MR, Kondziolka D, Lunsford LD: The prospective natural history of venous malformations. Neurosurgery 43:195-201, 1998.

18. Subach BR, McLaughlin MR, Albright AL, Pollack IP: Current management of pediatric atlanto-axial rotatory subluxation. Spine 23(20) pp, 1998.

19. Comey CH, McLaughlin MR, Jho HD, Lunsford LD, Martinez AJ: Death from a malignant cerebellopontine angle triton tumor despite stereotactic radiosurgery: Case report. J Neurosurg 89:653-658, 1998.

20. McLaughlin MR, Haid R, Comey CH, Rodts G, Erwood S, Smith CD: Laparoscopic Anterior Lumbar interbody fusion: Technique and Preliminary Results. Contemporary Neurosurgery Vol 20 (19) 1998.

21. Wahlig JB, McLaughlin MR, Burke JP, Marion DW: The role of xenon-enhanced computed tomographic in the management of a traumatic cartoid-cavernous fistula: A case report. J Trauma Vol 46 (1) 1998.

22. McLaughlin MR, Clyde BL, Subach BR, Jannetta PJ, Microvascular decompression of cranial nerves: Lessons learned after four thousand four hundred operations: Technical Note. J Neurosurg 90:1-8, 1999.

23. Kondziolka D, Lunsford LD, Flinkenger J, Rutigliano MR, McLaughlin MR: Radiosurgery for acoustic neuromas: Long term outcomes after radiosurgery for acoustic tumors. NEJM 239(20) 1426-1433, 1998.

24. Kondziolka D, Mori Y, Martinez AJ, McLaughlin MR, Flinkinger JC, Lunsford LD: Beneficial effects of the radioprotectant 21-Aminosteroid U-74389G in a radiosurgery rat malignant glioma Model. Int. J. Radiation Oncology Biol. Phys., Vol. 44, 1:179-184, 1999.

25. Subach BR, Morone MA, Haid RW, McLaughlin MR, Rodts GR, Comey CH: Management of Acute Odontoid Fractures with Single Screw Anterior Fixation. Neurosurgery 45:812-820,1999.

26. McLaughlin MR, Zhang XJ, Haid RW, Rodts GE, Comey CH: Laparoscopic Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Technical Note. Neurosurg Focus 7(8), 1999.

27. Barnes B, McLaughlin MR, Birch B, Rodts GE, Haid RW: Threaded Cortical Bone Dowels for Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Technique and Short-Term Results. Neurosurg Focus 7(6), 1999.

28. Schultz, KD, McLaughlin MR, Haid RW, Comey CH, Rodts GE: Single Stage Anterior-Posterior Decompression and Stabilization in Complex Cervical Spine Disorders. J Neurosurgery Spine (in press).

29. Shilpakar SK, McLaughlin MR, Haid RW, Rodts GE, Subach BR: Management of Acute Odontoid Fractures: Operative Techniques and Complication Avoidance. Neurosurgical Focus 8(6): Art 3, 2000.

30. McLaughlin MR, Rodts GE, Haid RW, Subach BR: Current Techniques of Image Guided Spine Surgery. Contemporary Neurosurgery 22(16):Aug., 2000.

31. McLaughlin MR, Haid RW, Rodts GE, Subach BR: Open Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion. Techniques in Neurosurgery (in press)

32. Rodts GE, Haid RW, McLaughlin MR, Subach BR: Neuro-navigation of the spine: Current therapies and Emerging Technology. Spinal Surgery(Japan) 14(3):171-182, 2000.

33. Wahlig JB, McLaughlin MR, Subach BR, Haid RW, Rodts GE: Management of Low Back Pain. The Neurologist 6(6):326-337, 2000.

34. Haid RW, Subach BR, McLaughlin MR, Rodts GE, Wahlig JB: C1-C2 Transarticular Screw Fixation for Atlanto-axial Instability: A Six Year Experience. Neurosurgery 49:65-70, 2001.

35. Barnes B, Rodts GE, McLaughlin MR, Haid RW: Threaded Cortical Bone Dowels for Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Over 1 year mean follow up in 28 patients. J Neurosurg (Spine 2) 94:1-4, 2001.

Papers Submitted for Publication

1. Wadie G, Konefal S, Dias M, McLaughlin MR. Cervical spondylodiscitis from an Ingested Needle. Submitted to Journal of Pediatric Surgery.

Published Abstracts

1. McLaughlin MR, Grady S, Christman C, Valadka A, Fligner C, Povlishock T. Reactive Axonal Change in Traumatically Brain Injured Man: Pathogenesis and Anatomical Distribution. Congress of Neurological Surgeons. October 1992.

2. McLaughlin MR, Pizzi FJ. Sympathy Pains in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, October 1994.

3. McLaughlin MR, Marion DW. The Adequacy of Blood Flow within and around Cerebral Contusions. Eight Scientific Assembly of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. January, 1995.

4. McLaughlin MR, Przybylski GJ, Jho, HD. Uncovertebrectomy An Alternative to Anterior Cervical Discectomy. Spine, Science and Management. November 1994.

5. McLaughlin MR, Jho HD, Kwon Y. Survival of Acute Subdural Hematoma in a Patient with a Ruptured Intracavernous Carotid Artery Aneurysm. North American Skull Base Society. November 1995.

6. McLaughlin MR, Marion DW. Effect of Hyperventilation on the Blood Flow to Cerebral Contusions and Per

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