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Meet Dr. Mark Stern of So California Institute of Neurological Surgery in Escondido

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Mark Stern.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York in an underprivileged community and endured great hardships, both socially and financially, to reach where I’m today. I attended Brooklyn Technical High School which is the only engineering high school in North America. As an undergraduate student, I began my Bachelor’s degree in engineering, but switched my interests to biological sciences.

After excelling in my undergraduate career and playing football, briefly at Adelphi University, I was encouraged by my father to pursue a path in neurosurgery. I began my medical training at the Albany Medical College in New York. While in medical school, I was awarded a fellowship in oncology at Leads Infirmary in Leads, England.

Upon completing my fellowship, I accepted an internship and residency at Georgetown University, where I was immersed in general surgery. My primary interest however remained spinal disorders, pain management, pediatric neurosurgery. During this time, I focused on writing a number of research articles on these topics and would eventually be rewarded with a fellowship in neurological surgery from the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Upon completion of this second fellowship, I moved to Los Angeles to finish my residency training at the University of Southern California. Here I continued to perfect my microsurgical skills in the areas of vascular tumors, aneurysms, cranial base brain tumors, and all manner of spinal pathology.

I have been practicing in Escondido for the past 30 years. During my time as chief of neurosurgery at Palomar Medical Center, I instituted a number of protocols at the hospital such as Radiosurgery, Stereotactic surgery and minimally invasive neurosurgery and micro neurosurgery. However, one of the most important items I brought was the introduction of breakthrough technology, such as image-guided procedures. My persistence to use new technology to provide high quality and efficient care has enhanced the success rate of numerous surgeries. In addition, I have immensely reduced hospital costs by identifying extraneous equipment that was deemed unnecessary.

Has it been a smooth road?
As the landscape in medicine in general has been changing, it has been challenging to expand my practice. Many of the physicians are joining large groups which I feel is advantageous for the physicians however it seems to take away the personal connection a physician should have with their patients. In these large groups, physicians are faced with meeting the bottom line and unable to utilize conservative treatments as often as they should.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with So California Institute of Neurological Surgery – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Above all, the staff and I at the Southern California Institute of Neurological Surgery, are here to meet the needs of our patients. One of my favorite sayings is “listening closely and communicating effectively leads to greater patient satisfaction”. Over the years, I have found these words to be very true. After all, how can I as a provider be satisfied if our patients are not?

My staff and I understand that surgery, although routine for us, is very unique for our patients. We pride ourselves to spend the extra time and effort to thoroughly answer any questions or concerns that our patients may have regarding their surgery. In our practice, excellence is our only option.

Our services include brain and skull-based surgery, spastic management, pain management, spine-based surgery, peripheral nerves and biopsies. Additional information can be found on our website www.scins.org and our Facebook page.

I focus on keeping up to date on new medical technologies such as two level cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacement surgery and minimally invasive spine and brain procedures.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 705 E. Ohio Ave, Escondido 92025
    2067 W. Vista Way, ste 250 Vista 92083
  • Phone:  760 489 9490


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