Neurosurgeon James Barrese, MD, FAANS, almost didn’t become a doctor. His father, an anesthesiologist, tried to talk him out of a career in medicine. Instead, Dr. Barrese studied neuroscience—particularly technology’s impact on the brain and nervous system. Fascinated by the field, he applied to medical school and never looked back. “Once I started shadowing surgeons in medical school, I just fell in love with neurosurgery,” he explains. “I became interested in movement disorders and newer technology like deep brain stimulation and brain-machine interfaces, really science fiction type stuff.” Dr. Barrese, who grew up in Rockland County, New…Read More
High school junior Nicholas Lennon has been playing baseball since he was 6 years old. When he began to experience elbow pain that wouldn’t go away, he turned to Princeton Brain, Spine and Sports Medicine for help. Nicholas, 16, a pitcher and outfielder, plays baseball for Howell High School and is also active in a travel baseball league and local baseball academy. And while all of this time on the field has allowed him to hone his skills, it also led to intermittent elbow pain. In 2020, an MRI of Nicholas’s right elbow showed inflammation,…Read More
Register for: Living Your Limitless Life: A Brain Surgeon’s Approach to Longevity Join Dr. Mark McLaughlin on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00pm for a virtual lecture. Neurosurgeon, author, speaker, coach, and Founder of PBSSM Dr. Mark McLaughlin will share how we can live healthier, more fulfilling lives by focusing on three key areas: creating new habits, caring for our back and spine, and curating our minds. An email link to the Zoom presentation will be sent to registered participants the morning of the event.Read More
Dr. Mark R McLaughlin, MD, FAANS, FACS revisits and updates the discussion exploring one of the most common internet queries for patients: who is better qualified to perform spine surgery? An orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon? The Electrician vs the Carpenter Revisited https://www.aansneurosurgeon.org/feature/the-electrician-vs-the-carpenter-revisited/Read More
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How one brilliant Neurosurgeon changed the course of one patient’s destiny. Today, Alexis LeDantec-Boswell is a young and vibrant Biological Sciences graduate who is working through the 2024 medical school application cycle with hope and eager anticipation of fulfilling her life’s mission, “servitium aliis per medicinam.*” However, Alexis’ prospects for living a full and rewarding…
As a member of the administrative staff, I’ve watched the doctors at Princeton Brain, Spine and Sports Medicine take care of our patients with compassion and professionalism. Then, when I needed two emergency spine surgeries in six days, I experienced it first-hand. I’d never had surgery before and suddenly needed emergency surgery on my spine.…
Susan’s Success Story: I received 2 injections of Platelets for a chronic Achilles tendonitis from Dr. Balar. Prior to these injections, I could not wear a closed shoe and was in a boot for over 1.5 years. After receiving my second injection within a month or so the swelling decreased and the pain subsided. I…
Diane’s Success Story: After Diane was suffering from ankle pain for months, she discovered she had a partial tear in her Achilles Tendon. She was then referred to Dr. Balar here at Princeton Brain, Spine and Sports Medicine. Dr. Balar disused all her options, one of them being a combination of PRP and Dry Needling.…
On 2/16/2017, I was brought into St. Mary’s emergency department with a spine injury. Dr. Tormenti was called to help me on his day off. He quickly got me into surgery, giving me only a 1% chance of walking again. He and his staff worked tirelessly for hours to help me. Thank God for Dr.…
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