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About Princeton Brain & Spine

A Different Kind of Medicine

Princeton Brain & Spine was founded in 2005 by Mark R. McLaughlin, MD, FACS, FAANS, who believed medicine should be personal and patient-focused rather than rooted in managed care policies. Our first office was small, but the dream was big—and it resonated with patients searching for compassionate, one-on-one care. Still, the concept was risky, and many people told Dr. McLaughlin it would never work since medicine had increasingly become “big business.”

Taking the Leap

In August 2005, Nirav K. Shah, MD, FACS joined the practice and shared Dr. McLaughlin’s vision—and the two surgeons never looked back. Today, Princeton Brain & Spine has grown significantly, but our commitment remains the same: to be a patient-centered practice focused on relationships. Here, you’ll find neurosurgeons, clinicians and staff members who genuinely care about your health, healing and quality of life. And, while we accept many insurance carriers, we do not allow insurance to dictate your treatment. Instead, we put you in the driver’s seat.

For over 10 years, PBS has pursued the belief and dream that there is a place for a unique patient-to-doctor relationship: A relationship rooted in old-fashioned care that calls on the most sophisticated treatment techniques and industry technologies available. It turns out, Dr. McLaughlin was a pioneer—and we celebrated a decade of excellence in March 2015. For more practice history, view the commemorative book published for our 10th-anniversary event.

To learn more about the PBS team or schedule an appointment with our award-winning medical team, connect by phone or online.

Princeton Brain & Spine Mission, Vision & Core Values

Mission & Vision

Princeton Brain & Spine is committed to exceptional care and compassionate patient support. We wish to be an organization of exemplary professionals dedicated to the health and well-being of our patients and their families.

Core Values:

  • We seek to provide outstanding neurosurgical, sports medicine and nutrition care.
  • We are committed to professionalism and integrity when performing our duties.
  • We believe the cornerstone of good medicine lies in the education of our patients and caregivers.
  • We understand that innovation and financial responsibility are keys to a successful practice that puts patients first, even in a constantly changing healthcare environment.

Additional Resources

Request an Appointment

Submit an appointment request on our patient portal or contact our New Jersey and Pennsylvania campuses to speak with a patient advocate.