Sylvain Palmer M.D., F.A.C.S.

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon


Sylvain Palmer M.D., F.A.C.S.

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

Sylvain Palmer , MD, FACS

Dr. Palmer completed his neurosurgical residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, ranked number one in neurosurgery by The US and World Report. He is board certified and is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of numerous neurosurgical societies and has served as president of The Orange County Neurosurgical Society. He has chaired multiple hospital medical committees and has served as Chief of Staff and as a hospital board member. His research has focused on minimally invasive spine surgery. The techniques he developed are used around the world today. He also has done extensive work in traumatic brain injury and multimodality monitoring. Dr. Palmer continues to practice in Orange County and he and his staff welcome the opportunity to assist you with your healthcare needs.


What does Dr. Palmer’s team offer?

Professional Neurological
Surgery Medical Services


Qualified Physicians

One of Orange County’s top neurosurgeons and specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery.


Personalized Treatment

We provide patient-centered neurological care. Because each patient’s needs are unique, we develop a customized care plan for every patient.



Experienced Medical Staff

Our exceptional medical staff and premier physicians work closely with patients to ensure they are informed and comfortable every step of the way.


Emergency Service

We are based at the Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, CA, and dedicated to offering emergency care for our patients.


Member of the Orange County Neurosurgical Associates

One of Southern California’s Top Neurosurgery Groups

Medical Society Affiliations

Dr. Palmer is a member of numerous neurosurgical societies.

Medical Innovation Research

Dr. Palmer has done groundbreaking research and development in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MIS) since 1996. He has practiced Neurosurgery in Orange County, California since 1981. He has developed 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 worldwide 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.

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Letter from a Dear Patient

Dear Dr. Palmer

This occasion also presents me with a more formal opportunity, Dr. Palmer, to express my sincere gratitude for your exceptional neurosurgery services again during these past twelve months. Every appointment and interaction with you as well as your very welcoming, polite, and cooperative staff members, has consistently been an enjoyable experience for me. Your office team, in my very humble opinion, is an extension of you and the professionalism, which I have admired and valued about you since I was fortunate enough to become one of your many grateful patients. Consequently, my visits to your practice have been both a pleasure and rewarding on so many levels.

Additionally, Dr. Palmer, as I have frequently mentioned in previous communications, I am very thankful for the quality attention, remarkable care, neurosurgery expertise, and of course, the thoughtful, professional courtesy that I have repeatedly received from you. Without reservation, you have always been extremely kind, considerate, accommodating, patient, understanding, informative, and thorough in the guidance that you have so generously and graciously provided concerning my neurological issues. As you surely know, I respect your comprehensive knowledge, timely counsel, and the appropriate recommendations that you have shared with me. Your astute wisdom, insight, and advice are very much appreciated.

With warmest regards,

Ed P.


Kind words from our patients

Patient Testimonials



Dr. Palmer is the ultimate professional!

Dr. Palmer is the ultimate professional. He is thorough in his analysis and proposed the next steps. Ensures that the patient is fully informed, aware of all options, and completely comfortable with the decision to proceed. His expertise is without question.


John R.


Dr. Palmer and his team are the best!

Dr. Palmer and his team are the best. They have taken very good care of me and answered all of my questions. I have had absolutely no pain after having a disc replaced. Dr. Palmer called me after I got home to follow up on how I was feeling. With such good care, I plan on returning to work ASAP. I recommend him to anyone with spinal issues.


T. B.


Excellent to deal with and learn from

Dr. Sylvain Palmer made it so my husband could walk and live again. Thanks doc!! Excellent to deal with and learn from.


Lisa S.

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Working hours

To schedule an appointment, call us or fill out our contact form to let us know your availability. We will contact you to set up the earliest available appointment.

Mon – Th
8 AM to 4 PM
Fri – Sun
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Practice Location


Leonard Cancer Institute
Multi-Specialty Clinic
27799 Medical Center Road, Suite 200
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Mailing Address:
Sylvain Palmer, MD
668 N. Coast Highway, #422
Laguna Beach, CA 92651





In a few words


Sylvain Palmer is a board-certified neurosurgeon and spine surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive surgical options.  Please do not hesitate to email us or call us to schedule an appointment.



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