Dr. Sylvain Palmer, MD

Dr. Sylvain Palmer, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 65
Dr. Sylvain Palmer, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Mission Viejo, CA and has been practicing for 41 years. He graduated from Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med in 1977 and specializes in neurosurgery and minimally invasive neurological spine surgery.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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more than 96% of peers
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more than 95% of peers
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more than 95% of peers

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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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2  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

38  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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10  Procedures

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
41 total reviews (14 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (41)

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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

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (14)

My second surgery with Dr. Palmer. One in 2003 and one in 2017. He is an excellent surgeon with an excellent staff. Excellent follow up care, great recovery, attention to detail and listening to the needs of the patient couldn’t be better. Thanks Dr. Palmer and Rose for giving me the relief I...more
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Thank you Dr. Palmer for your professionalism and expertise in repairing my spine!! I am so excited to get back to a more active lifestyle - and now I know I will!! I am excited to not be experiencing Sciatica/back/discs issues!! I highly recommend you and am so grateful for a successful surgery!...more
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Dr. Palmer and the entire staff is amazing. I could not imagine going to anyone else. He has been my Dr. For many years and has preformed two cervical spine surgeries on me. His patience and the time spent making sure I understood everything is unparalleled. Rosemary and Rose make sure if...more
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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...more
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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...more
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