Department of Neurosurgery


Lifespan among first-of-its-kind program to perform robotic spine, brain surgery

“Cutting-edge technology is now available in Rhode Island, allowing doctors to perform minimally invasive spine surgery.

The ExcelsiusGPS Robotic Navigation System is the product of a partnership between Lifespan and Brown University…

“This is robotic-assisted surgery as opposed to the robot doing the surgery,” said Oyelese…

This technology isn’t just used on the spine, but the brain, making this one of the few of its kind programs in the country.

It’s less invasive.

“Smaller incisions, if we’re talking about the spine, for instance, lower error rates in an area where precision is paramount. And better patient outcomes,” said Oyelese.

This computer-assisted, robot-assisted technology, as it pertains to brain surgery, is used to remove tumors. But it’s also used on patients with movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s to help place delicate electrodes in the brain.

Oyelese said this is all made possible through partnerships with Brown Neurosurgery and Brown Neurology, as well as Butler Hospital.”

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Wael F. Asaad, MD, PhD

Sidney A. Fox and Dorothea Doctors Fox Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Associate 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