Brain Tumor Surgery


The Brown University Brain Tumor Surgery Division at Rhode Island Hospital combines multidisciplinary clinical care with cutting edge basic research in the diagnosis and treatment of intracranial benign and malignant tumors. Our team of specialized neurosurgeons, neuro-oncolongists, and radiation oncologists share deep expertise in the treatment of acoustic neuromas, pituitary tumors, meningiomas, metastatic disease, gliomas and lymphomas.

We offer treatments ranging from surgery to chemotherapy, and advanced radiation therapies, such as Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), Gamma Knife and CyberKnife. Our division has a dedicated laboratory for brain tumor research collaborating with leading academic institutions to develop novel treatments for our patients.

Our Team

Neurosurgery Department Team

Prakash Sampath, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Brain Immunotherapy Program
Director, Neurosurgery at Roger Williams Medical Center

Curtis E. Doberstein, MD

Professor of Neurosurgery
Executive Vice-Chair, Clinical Operations
Director, Cerebrovascular and Skull-base Surgery Division
Director, Neurosurgery Residency Training Program

Deus J. Cielo, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Vice-Chair for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
Director,Peripheral Nerve Surgery Division
Co-Director,Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program
Director,Miriam Hospital Neurosurgery Program

Multidisciplinary Team


Eric T. Wong, MD

Professor of Neurology, Medicine, Neurosurgery & Radiation Oncology
Director of Medical Neuro-Oncology

Heinrich Elinzano, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology and Medicine, Clinician Educator
Co-Director, Brain Cancer Committee
Co-Director, Brown University Oncology Research Group
Neuro-Oncology Medical Lead, Lifespan Cancer Institute


Ivana Delalle, MD, PhD

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

John E. Donahue, MD

Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Radiation Oncologists
Timothy J. Kinsella, MD
Jaroslaw T. Hepel, MD
Thomas A. DiPetrillo, MD
M. Yakub Puthawala, MD
Kara Lynne Leonard, MD

Advanced Practitioners
Joseph Flynn, NP – Neurosurgery
Arieana A. Carcieri, NP – Neurology

Conditions We Treat

Benign Tumors
acoustic neuromas (vestibular schwannoma), pituitary tumors (or pituitary adenoma), meningiomas

Malignant Tumors
metastatic cancers, gliomas, lymphomas, chordomas, chondrosarcomas, esthesioneuroblastoma


Neurosurgery Department

Molecular Neuroscience and Neuro-Oncology Laboratory

Glioma cell migration
Glioblastoma stem cells
RNA regulation of glioblastoma
2D and 3D co-culture models

The Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Research Laboratory

CAR-T cells in glioblastoma

Other Labs

Robert Langer, Phd (MIT)
Hydrogels and drug delivery

Irving Weinberg,MD PhD
Advanced MRI and magnetic nanoparticles in drug delivery

Bodour Salhia, PhD (USC)
Epigenetics of metastasis. study why cancers move and especially why they migrate to the brain

Jack Elias, MD (Brown University)
The role of the chitosome and inflammation in cancer

Ou Chen, Phd (Brown University)
Development of nanoparticles for drug delivery and tumor detection (department of nanoparticles for glioma discovery / therapy)

Jonghwan Lee, Phd (Brown Univeristy)
optical coherence tomography (OCT) in glioma


TrueBeam Radiotherapy System

Gamma Knife Radiosurgery System

CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System

“It’s very exciting to be able to meet with patients and tell them ‘we have some novel therapies and I hope we’ll be able to help you survive this cancer for a long time.'”

– Steven A. Toms, MD

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