Dr. Sylvain Palmer, MD

Dr. Sylvain Palmer, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 65
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Dr. Sylvain Palmer, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Mission Viejo, CA. He is 65 years old and has been practicing for 40 years. Read his story

26732 Crown Valley Pkwy Ste 561

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Contact Information

(949) 364-1060

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Molina Healthcare

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Cervical Spine Myelopathy
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Dr. Palmer's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Palmer "Dr. Sylvain Palmer grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Cornell University and completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree at The Johns Hopkins University, in 1974, where he was in the top 10% of his class and was admitted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society. He received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in 1977, where he was in the top 10% his class and was admitted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honors society. He completed his surgical internship and his neurosurgical residency at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital, ranked the number one hospital in the US by The US and World Report. Dr. Palmer has been board certified since 1986. He is a member of numerous neurosurgical societies including The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, The Congress of Neurological Surgeons, The Joint Spine and Peripheral Nerve Section, The Joint Brain Trauma Section, The California Association of Neurological Surgeons, The American Medical Association, The California Medical Association, and The Orange County Medical Association. He has served as Secretary, Treasurer, and President of the Orange Country Neurosurgical Society. He has also served as Chief of Neurosurgery, Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff, and was a board member of Mission Hospital and Regional Medical Center. Dr. Palmer has practiced Neurosurgery in Orange County, California since 1981. He has done groundbreaking research and development, since 1996, in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MIS). He has development minimally invasive techniques in MIS that are now used around the world. He has a particular interest in the MIS treatment of herniated cervical and lumbar disks and spinal stenosis with or without instrumentation. He lectures and teaches extensively in this area as well as having published numerous articles and book chapters on MIS techniques. Dr. Palmer was an early and pivotal member of the Mission Hospital Trauma Team, since 1981, which won the 2000 Ernest B. Codman award from the National Joint Committee on Accreditation of Hospitals. He was a pioneer in the treatment of traumatic brain injury and has published numerous articles and has lectured world- wide in this area. He was a founding member of the Adam Williams Traumatic Brain Injury Initiative, which has trained over 50 hospitals in advanced brain injury treatment techniques. Dr. Palmer and his staff's main focus is on the patient experience from first consultation, through treatment, until final discharge. The patient is encouraged to fully understand his problem, his treatment options, and his anticipated outcomes. The patient, thereby, becomes an active participant in his health care leading to improved results and higher patient satisfaction."


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  • Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spine Fracture Treatment

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1977
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Palmer has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Palmer's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Palmer to family and friends
based on 36 total reviews (11 with comments)
Dr. Palmer's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (11)
San Juan Capistrano, CA |
I recently had a very successful procedure done by Dr. Palmer and that's really what matters here. He's obviously beyond qualified and one of the best neurosurgeons around so to have him here close to home was a blessing. The recovery was a breeze and I couldn't be happier with the results of the surgery. The only negatives have nothing to do Dr. Palmer himself but his staff. Some are very helpful, some probably shouldn't be working there and their outdated paperwork leads to confusion.
in Capistrano Beach, CA |
I only have praise and admiration for Dr. Palmer and their staff. He was able to give me my life back after completing 5 different procedures on my back, all done at one time. It has been over four years and I have even been able to get back to the best golf that I have played without any pain. I have recommended him to several friends whom have also shared in successful procedures. He's the best and I highly recommend him.
in San Clemente, CA |
Dr. Palmer preformed my surgery 6 months ago. My recovery & results are better than expected. He and his staff are very caring.
in Mission Viejo, CA |
Dr. Palmer has previously performed cervical and lumbar surgeries on my back and now, trusting him absolutely and completely, he's going to perform thorasic surgery next month. I HIGHLY recommend him to everyone who is, unfortunately, in need of a top notch neurosurgeon!
in Mission Viejo, CA |
Dr Palmer is wonderful, and so it his wife Rosemary and his coordinator, Rose. I was very fortunate to be a patient of his. He performed emergency spinal surgery on my back in 2012 due to a tumor that was found in an MRI. He did a beautiful job. I have not had any problems since. However, this past week, I did something to my back and was in a lot of pain. When I called the office, they called me right back and I was able to see Dr Palmer the next day. I am so grateful to be his patient.
in Trabuco Canyon, CA |
I can't say enough about how great Dr. Palmer is. I am an R.N. and Dr. Palmer just performed my spinal surgery. I had three prior spinal surgeries over 20 years ago so the last thing that I wanted was another one. Dr. Palmer reviewed my case and discussed options. He spends quality time with his patients. I am six weeks post op and this was the easiest recovery. My pain, tingling and numbness are so much better. Rosemary and the office staff are great. The office is so organized and well managed
in San Clemente, CA |
Dr. Palmer is a rock star. Thorough, patient and cordial. Getting in to see him requires some follow through but worth it. Once you are in their system, the office staff is very responsive.
in Santa Ana, CA |
Great doctor, very thorough, made my girlfriend's father (chiropractor) extremely comfortable. Quick and out-patient procedure. Yvette in scheduling is a mess. Have Rosemary assist.
in Dove Canyon, CA |
Second time I have come to Dr. Palmer for bulging disc in lower back. In each case he was extremely thorough and did everything he could to avoid any surgery. Very clear describing the multiple alternatives and allowed me to make my own decisions. Staff is outstanding and very responsive.
Mission Viejo, CA |
I was in chronic pain for years. Dr S. Palmer repaired a bulging disk and did a laminar procedure. It was the first time I was pain free for years, It has been 5 years, and although I have experienced a couple relapses, they have been far less severe and of much shorter duration.
Orange, CA |
The office staff is so unorganized that after two weeks of trying to make an appointment, I give up! I heard he is a good doctor but good luck going through the office administrator. I am going to look for another doctor and not waste my time on trying to get a hold of office coordinator, all you can do is a leave a message!!!
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
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  • Cigna
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Hospitals where Dr. Palmer has admitting privileges

Mission Hospital - Mission Viejo
27700 Medical Center Rd
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Saddleback Memorial Medical Center- Laguna Hills
24451 Health Center Dr
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
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