Dr. Mark Stern

Dr. Mark Stern

Neurosurgeon at Palomar Health Orthopedic & Spine Center

Meet Dr. Mark Stern

Dr. Mark Stern is a board-certified, fellowship-trained Neurosurgeon in Escondido, California. Dr. Stern specializes in cervical and lumbar spine surgery, skull and cranial base surgery, and peripheral nerve surgery. His primary clinical interests include spinal disorders, pain management, and pediatric neurosurgery. He continues to strive for excellence as the only option in his practice, and welcomes the opportunity to provide the care, education, and professionalism that you require.

Dr. Stern began his medical training at the Albany Medical College in New York. Upon completing his fellowship, he accepted an internship and residency at Georgetown University, where he was immersed in general surgery. His primary interest however remained spinal disorders, pain management, and pediatric neurosurgery. During this time, he 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, Dr. Stern moved to Los Angeles to finish his residency training at the University of Southern California. Here he continued to perfect his microsurgical skills in the areas of vascular tumors, aneurysms, cranial base brain tumors, and all manner of spinal pathology.

While utilizing his expert training, experience, and the latest technology, Dr. Stern also collaborates with other spine specialists at Palomar Health Orthopedic & Spine Center to achieve optimal results for each patient.

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Listening and closely communicating effectively leads to greater patient satisfaction.

Directions to our primary location in

Escondido, CA

How Dr. Mark Stern Can Help You


  • Neurosurgeon


  • Aneurysm
  • Back Pain
  • Brain Injuries
  • Brain Tumors
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Complex Spinal Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Head Injury
  • Herniated Disc / Bulging Disc
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Leg Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Neck Disorders
  • Neck Pain
  • Pediatric Spine Disorders
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Sciatica / Radiculopathy
  • Scoliosis and Deformity
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spine Conditions
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • TMJ
  • Tumors
  • Upper Back Pain


  • ALIF (anterior lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy / Decompression
  • Anterior Cervical Fusion
  • Artificial Disc Replacement - Cervical
  • Artificial Disc Replacement - Lumbar
  • Bone Graft Substitutes
  • Cervical Spine Fusion Instrumentation
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Cranial Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy / Decompression Surgery
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lower Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Corpectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion Instrumentation
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Pediatric Spine Treatments - Non-Surgical
  • Pediatric Spine Treatments - Surgical
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Posterior Cervical Decompression
  • Posterior Cervical Discectomy
  • Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • TLIF (transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Upper Back Surgery
  • Vertebroplasty
  • XLIF (lateral lumbar interbody fusion)

Accolades for Dr. Mark Stern

Professional Distinctions

  • Founder, Friends of Neurosurgery International
  • Healthcare Champions Award
  • Fellowship, Neurological Surgery - National Institute of Health

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Neurosurgeons
  • California Neurosurgeons Association
  • San Diego Academy of Neurosurgeons
  • American Medical Association

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified, American Board of Neurological Surgery

Office Information for Dr. Mark Stern

Additional Locations

Palomar Medical Center
2185 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, CA 92029
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2067 West Vista Way
Suite 250
Vista, CA 92083
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15611 Pomerado Road
Suite 525
Poway, CA 92064
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