Department of Neurosurgery


‘New generation of surgical technology’ comes to RI Hospital

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island Hospital is using new robotic technology designed with improved accuracy and safety to help guide neurosurgeons through brain and spine surgeries.

Lifespan’s Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute added two new Globus ExcelsiusGPS robotic surgical systems and is the first site in New England to use the technology for cranial and spinal applications… Dr. Wael Asaad, director of the Functional Neurosurgery and Epilepsy division, performed the first cranial surgery using the device…The device uses a surgical plan specific to the patient’s anatomy and guides surgeons like a GPS, allowing surgeons to perform not just the procedure, but the planning for it in the same setting…“That allows us to do things like treat the movement problems in Parkinson’s disease, treat epilepsy, even treat some really debilitating psychiatric problems such as intractable OCD,” he added…“When you tell patients that we can instead do this with a robot, that’s very attractive to most patients,” he said.

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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