John E. Donahue, MD, is a neuropathologist at Rhode Island Hospital. In his more than 25 years studying and working as a medical professional, Dr. Donahue has received accreditation as a lead or co-author in over 40 articles published in highly rated scientific journals. He is an associate professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and teaches fellows of Rhode Island Hospital in the field of neuropathology. He has received multiple awards and certificates of recognition at The Warren Alpert Medical School for his dedication and distinction as a professor.

Dr. Donahue is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Association of Neuropathologists, the American Academy of Neurology and the Rhode Island Neurological Society.



M.D., Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Honors:  David L. Kasdon (M’71) Prize (presented to a senior student who has shown interest and outstanding achievement in the neurosciences)

B.S. in Mathematics, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Honors:  Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa (elected as a junior),
Dean’s List (every semester)

Resident in Neurology
Tufts-New England Medical Center
750 Washington St., Boston, MA  02111

Intern in Internal Medicine
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of Boston
(now Caritas-St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center)
736 Cambridge St., Boston, MA  02135

Fellow in Neuropathology
Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy St., Providence, RI  02903
(includes one year of Anatomic Pathology)

Board Certifications

Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, Parts I-III,  (1993)

Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Neurology),  (1997; recertified in 2007 and 2017)

Diplomate, American Board of Pathology (Neuropathology),  (1999)


Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Awards, Memberships and Publications
Dr. Donahue has many honors, memberships and publications. To see a full list of credentials, download his CV.

Clinical Interests

brain tumors, neurodegenerative diseases, epilepsy pathology, perinatal ischemia, collagenous abnormalities in tethered cord syndrome, and small-fiber neuropathy

Rhode Island Hospital Department of Pathology
593 Eddy Street, POB 322
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 444-7968
Fax: (401) 444-8514