CentraState doc holds workshop for West Point (USMA) Army football coaches

Neurosurgeon uses surgery to teach teamwork

Jul 08, 2013, 15:06 ET from CentraState Healthcare System

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, N.J., July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CentraState Healthcare System is proud to announce board-certified neurosurgeon Mark R. McLaughlin, MD, is holding a hands-on workshop for West Point Army head football coach, Rich Ellerson, and his entire coaching staff on Monday, July 15. The Army Black Knights football program represents the United States Military Academy. Dr. McLaughlin will guide the coaches as they perform mock surgery on spine and brain models to learn concentration, precision and execution under stress, and eliminating self-limiting behaviors and thoughts. The training will be in the OR (operating room) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at CentraState Medical Center, 901 W. Main Street, Freehold, NJ. 

Dr. McLaughlin's neurosurgery boot camp is about how to improve concentration, execution and overall performance as it relates to what a surgeon does in the OR and what a football coach and team does on the field. The West Point Army football coaches will learn how to help create a stronger environment within their coaching staff and inspire their team.

Dr. McLaughlin developed the concept that performance is non-specific; whether you're a surgeon, football coach, a military officer or parent, every task has to be done with focus and commitment as well as eliminating distractions that make us less effective.

The workshop's purpose is to show the coaching staff that the discipline of concentration, precision, and execution of neurosurgery can be paralleled in their own profession and more effectively enlist their players in being better football players and commissioned officers.

Dr. McLaughlin is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, VA. He completed a residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA, and a fellowship in complex spine surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.                                                                                                        

In addition to being on the medical staff at CentraState Medical Center, Dr. McLaughlin is the medical director at Princeton Brain & Spine Care. He provides individualized care to emergency patients, inpatients and outpatients suffering from neurologic disorders. His areas of expertise are cranial conditions and specific spine disorders. He is also the author of numerous articles about his research interests and editor of spineuniverse.com—a website dedicated to patient and physician education of spinal disorders. 

Earlier this year, Dr. McLaughlin was selected by the independent polling company, Best Doctors, Inc., as one of the Best Doctors in America®. Recipients of this award must be nominated through a rigorous peer review survey that draws from more than 45,000 physicians from across the nation.

Dr. McLaughlin's practice, Princeton Brain & Spine Care, has an office located in CentraState's Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus, Suite 267, at 901 W. Main Street in Freehold.  He can be reached by calling (732) 333-8702.

CentraState Healthcare System is a non-profit community health organization consisting of an acute-care hospital, a health and wellness campus, three senior living communities, a Family Medicine Residency Program, and a charitable foundation. CentraState's teaching program is sponsored by UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.


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