Department of Neurosurgery


Can Brain Surgery Help Slow the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Our own Dr. Wael Asaad appeared on NBC 10 Healthcheck to discuss his clinical trial “ADvance II” which is currently enrolling patients over 65 with a mild Alzheimers diagnosis. This study will explore deep brain stimulation as a means of benefitting patients with mild memory loss:

“In New England, Rhode Island hospital is the only site enrolling for this novel trial.

‘There’s a natural reluctance to have brain surgery done,’ said Dr. Wael Asaad, a neurosurgeon and one of the co-principal investigators in the Alzheimer’s disease study known as ADvance II.

‘This therapy has been around for a long time. It is relatively low risk compared to other brain surgeries,’ said Dr. Umer Akbar, a neurologist and the other principal investigator, both of them out of Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital.”

Read the Full Article and Watch the Video Here: Can brain surgery help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease?


Wael F. Asaad, MD, PhD

Sidney A. Fox and Dorothea Doctors Fox Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience
Vice-Chair, Research
Director, Functional and Epilepsy Neurosurgery Program
Director, Laboratory for Neurophysiology and Neuromodulation
Associate Director, Neurosurgery Residency Training Program
Director, Fellowship in Functional & Epilepsy Neurosurgery