Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center


The Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center at Lifespan 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-oncologists, and radiation oncologists share deep expertise in the treatment of acoustic neuromas, pituitary tumors, meningiomas, metastatic disease, gliomas and lymphomas.

We offer a range of treatments including surgery, 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.

Specialty Team

Neurosurgery Department Team

Clark C. Chen, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Brain Tumor Program
Co-Director, Stereotactic Radiosurgery 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

Curtis E. Doberstein, MD

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

Prakash Sampath, MD

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

Konstantina A. Svokos, DO, MS

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics
Director, Fetal Neurosurgery
Co-Director, Neuroplastics
Co-Director, Center for Surgical Treatment of the Developing Brain and Spine

Multidisciplinary Team


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

Eric T. Wong, MD

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


John E. Donahue, MD

Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Ivana Delalle, MD, PhD

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

Radiation oncologist
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


Molecular Neuroscience and Neuro-Oncology Laboratory

Neurosurgery Department
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

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

Jack Elias, MD (Brown University)
The role of 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


CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System

Gamma Knife Radiosurgery System

TrueBeam Radiotherapy System

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