Department of Neurosurgery

Our Turn: Athena Poppas, Ziya Gokaslan and David Wazer: Merger threatens life-saving care in R.I.

“Our patients often face the most serious and life-threatening diagnoses and we as physicians — cardiologists, neurosurgeons, and oncologists, among other specialties — provide high-quality care for a great many of those patients. One example is the over 200 patients who receive innovative, nonsurgical repair of their heart valves annually at our hospitals. We lead teams of experienced, nationally recognized physicians who care compassionately for patients with complex problems and train the next generation of specialists.

Rhode Islanders should be aware that this stellar, life-saving care and educational mission is now threatened. Boston-based Partners HealthCare is in the midst of an effort to take over the Care New England hospitals, and we believe this acquisition will be detrimental to overall patient care in our state…”

Read the Full Story: Merger threatens life-saving care in R.I.


Ziya L. Gokaslan, MD

Julius Stoll, MD Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital
Clinical Director, Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute
President, Neurosurgery Foundation