Fellowship Programs

Fellowship Program in Complex Spinal Surgery

Director: Ziya L. Gokaslan, MD
The Department of Neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital, in affiliation with the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, offers a one-year, advanced, subspecialty experience in the management of complex spinal disorders. Neurosurgeons accepted into the program are appointed as junior faculty with the full spectrum of surgical and clinical privileges in the Neurosurgery Department.

The program fellows will manage their own surgical cases with appropriate feedback and support from more senior faculty in the department. As graduation requirements of the program, the spinal surgery instructors are expected to demonstrate competency in all aspects of spinal surgery including osteotomies, deformity correction, complex spinal fixation, fusion, minimally invasive spinal procedures and spinal tumor resection and reconstruction, as well as stereotactic radiosurgery. They are also expected to participate in the training and education of neurosurgery residents and medical students, as well as to take part in clinical and basic science research activities leading to at least one peer-reviewed publication before graduation.

Please direct inquiries to Krystyna Marsella at krystyna.marsella@lifespan.org

Past Complex Spine Fellows:
Hesham Soliman, MD – Attending Neurosurgeon at the University of Wisconsin

Jared Fridley, MD – Attending Neurosurgeon at Brown University / Rhode Island Hospital

David Choi, MD – Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Division of Surgery, University of Connecticut

Thomas Kosztowski, MD

Michael Galgano, MD – Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Director of Spinal Oncology, Director of Complex Spine Surgery
Upstate Medical University

Current Spine Fellows:
Sean Barber, MD (University of Texas)

Sanjay Konakondla, MD (St. Matthews University)

Jonathan Nakhla, MD (Duke University)

Fellowship Program in Neurosurgical Oncology

Director: Steven A. Toms, MD
The Department of Neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital, in affiliation with the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, offers a one-year, advanced, subspecialty experience in Neurosurgical Oncology. The fellow will receive instruction in surgical anatomy of brain, spine and peripheral nerve oncological procedures, including the management of complex neuro-oncological patients including primary and metastatic tumors, as well as the care of pain in the advanced cancer patient. Neurosurgeons accepted into the program are appointed as junior faculty with the full spectrum of surgical and clinical privileges in the neurosurgery department.

The program fellow will manage his or her own surgical cases with appropriate feedback and support from more senior faculty in the department. They will develop increased proficiency in surgical exposure for craniotomy (including awake craniotomy and neurophysiology) and open and endoscopic skull base surgery, anterior and posterior cervical, thoracic, and lumbar oncologic surgery, as well as other peripheral nerve and brachial plexus oncologic surgeries. The fellow will gain experience in stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for the brain and body using Varian Trilogy linear accelerator, CyberKnife linear accelerator, and the Gamma Knife unit. The fellow will gain exposure in the surgical treatment of advanced cancer pain using augmentive and ablative procedures including pain pumps, rhizotomies, and cordotomies. The fellow will become proficient in the use of intraoperative endoscopy, ultrasound, frameless stereotaxy and neurophysiologic methods for neuro-oncological surgery and will gain familiarity with commonly employed spinal instrumentation and fusion techniques.

Please direct inquiries to Krystyna Marsella at krystyna.marsella@lifespan.org

Previous Neurosurgical Oncology Fellow:
Mayur Jayarao

For inquiries,
contact Krystyna Marsella
krystyna.marsella@lifespan.org