Message from the Director

Thank you for your interest in the Brown Medical School (BMS) / Rhode Island Hospital (RIH) Residency Program in Neurosurgery.

Curtis Doberstein
Curtis Doberstein, M.D.

The subspecialty you have chosen, neurosurgery, offers tremendous personal and professional rewards. We neurosurgeons grapple with some of the most difficult challenges in medicine. Often, by the time patients and doctors seek our help, they have exhausted all other options. Even so, we find that the toughest problems can be the most gratifying to solve.

As a relatively new field, neurosurgery offers countless opportunities for personal growth. The fast pace of discovery in the basic and clinical neurosciences keeps neurosurgery practice stimulating. Involvement in research brings the added satisfaction of helping to conquer one of the last great medical frontiers.

The BMS / RIH neurosurgery residency program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), enables residents to excel in neurosurgery. Its high patient volume gives our residents the experience they need to succeed.

Our structured and supportive program

  • Helps residents develop advanced clinical skills in neurosurgery;
  • Exposes them to the full spectrum of neurologic diseases and neurosurgical procedures at Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and Women and Infants Hospital;
  • Delivers state-of-the-art neurosurgical care to the people of Rhode Island and southeastern New England;
  • uses a multidisciplinary, team approach to providing care;
  • offers opportunities for conducting basic or clinical research; and
  • prepares residents in an individualized way based on their career goals.

We accept one resident per year into the seven-year program.Graduates of our program have distinguished themselves in both clinical and academic neurosurgery.

With best wishes,

Curtis Doberstein, M.D.

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