James Barrese, MD, FAANS: Combining Science Fiction and Surgery

August 29, 2023

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…

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High School Pitcher Back on the Mound After Innovative, Non-Surgical Treatment of UCL Tear

July 17, 2023

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,…

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Virtual Lecture with Dr. McLaughlin: Living Your Limitless Life

March 25, 2021

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.

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The Electrician vs. the Carpenter Revisited

March 16, 2021

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/

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The Pandemic is Stressing Our Bodies

August 7, 2020

Featured in Suburban Life Magazine https://digital.southjersey.com/issue/3/3228/57/

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Dr. Joseffer: Treating Back Pain

May 18, 2020

Featured in Princeton Health Magazine: Dr. Joseffer, Chief of Neurosurgery at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center (PMC), and Co-director of PMC Spine Services

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2020 Top Doctors

May 18, 2020

Congratulations to Nirav Shah, MD on being named one of Philidelphia Magazine Top Doctors 2020!                     https://www.phillymag.com/find-a-doctor/nirav-shah/

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Fear: Facing the Moment in Current Time

April 8, 2020

Listen to Dr. Mark McLaughlin speak with Dr. Jeanette Gallagher about the current times we are in and how to handle the fear and uncertainty you may be facing.  

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Patient Testimonials

Lives changed. Hope restored.

From Patient to Prospective Practitioner…

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…

Thanks to Dr. Joseffer, I’m no longer in pain.

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.…

Achilles Tendonitis – Dr. Balar

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…

Dr. Balar’s PRP Testimonial

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.…

Dr. Tormenti – Spine Surgery Restores William to Walking

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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