Petra Klinge, MD is an internationally renowned general neurosurgeon specializing in the surgical treatment of patients with brain tumors, hydrocephalus and Alzheimer’s disease, pediatric diseases and treatment of congenital diseases like Chiari and spinal malformations.

Dr. Klinge joined our team as attending neurosurgeon and associate professor at Brown University in 2009. Prior to that, she was professor of neurosurgery at the Medical School Hannover, Germany. She received her medical degree at the University of Kiel in 1993 and completed her neurosurgical residency at Hannover Medical School in Germany in 2002. She was senior associate professor of neurosurgery at the International Neuroscience Institute in Hannover, Germany, where she had the opportunity to be educated by Professor M. Samii, a founder of modern skull base surgery.

Dr. Klinge is an active member of the American Association of Neurosurgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. She is editor in chief of the Elsevier journal Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery: Advanced Techniques and Case Management (INAT) and associate editor of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery (CNN). She also serves as reviewer for international scientific journals including Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, Journalof Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry and others. She is past president of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF disorders.

Dr. Klinge’s scientific interests comprise the development of advanced techniques for diagnosing and treatment of dementia, experimental work to advance the understanding of normal aging and dementia and to develop novel biotechnical treatment approaches including stem cell therapy. Her scientific publications are listed by the US National Library of Medicine.


Habilitation (Postdoctoral lecture qualification “Venia Legendi”)
in Neurosurgery, Hannover Medical School, Germany

1988 – 1993
Dr. med., Magna Cum Laude
Kiel, Germany

2004 – 2009
Attending Neurosurgeon, International Neuroscience
Institute,Hannover, Germany (Mentor and Director:
Professor Dr. Madjid Samii)

1995 – 2002
Neurosurgery – Department of Neurosurgery 01/95 – 10/02
Medical School Hannover, Germany

1993 – 1994
Neurosurgery – Department of Neurosurgery 06/93 – 11/94
Westküstenhospital, Heide-Holstein, Germany

Board Certifications
Schleswig-Holstein, German Medical License

Accreditation for Medical Specialization in Neurosurgery
Medical Association of Lower Saxony

Rhode Island Medical License


Professor of Neurosurgery
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Division Director, Center for Surgical Treatment of the Developing Brain and Spine

Awards, Memberships and Publications
Dr. Klinge has many honors. Her awards, memberships and publications are far too long to list. Download her CV for a full record of her credentials.


Advanced Techniques and Case Management


Clinical Interests

alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors, dementia, hydrocephalus, pediatrics, skull base surgery, spinal malformations

Contact Information

LPG Neurosurgery
593 Eddy Street, APC6
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 793-9166
Fax: (401) 444-2788