Comprehensive Spine Center


The Comprehensive Spine Center within the Department of Neurosurgery at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital is comprised of surgeons and clinicians dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of patients suffering from a wide range of disorders of the spine and spinal cord. Our team includes world-class experts, utilizing a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach with innovative surgical and nonsurgical techniques specifically designed for and individualized to each patient.

Subspecialty Centers

  • Degenerative Spinal Disorders Center
  • Spinal Column and Spinal Cord Tumor Center
  • Spinal Innovation and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Center
  • Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Center
  • Congenital Spinal Disorders Center
  • Spine Trauma and Spinal Emergencies Center
  • Spinal Radiosurgery Center

Our Team

Department Chair

Ziya L. Gokaslan, MD

Julius Stoll, MD Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital
Clinical Director, Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute
President, Neurosurgery Foundation

Surgical Director

Adetokunbo A. Oyelese, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Spinal Surgery Division
Surgical Director, Comprehensive Spine Center

Medical Director

Alexios G. Carayannopoulos, DO, MPH

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical Director, Comprehensive Spine Center

Neurosurgery Department Team

Deus J. Cielo, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
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

Jared S. Fridley, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Spinal Outcomes Laboratory

Petra M. Klinge, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Division
Director, Center for CSF Disorders of the Brain and Spine

Prakash Sampath, MD

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

Albert E. Telfeian, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery
Vice-Chair, Quality Improvement
Director, Center for Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Multidisciplinary Team

Keith Scarfo, DO
Su Gym Kim, MD
Kyle Sylva, DO
Claudia Wheeler, DO

Jeff Rogg, MD
Mahesh Jayaraman, MD
Ryan McTaggart, MD

Radiation Oncologists
Jarek Hepel, MD
Tim Kinsella, MD
Thomas DiPetrillo, MD

Heinrich Elinzano, MD
Alexander Mohler, MD


Neurosurgery Department

Spinal Surgery Outcomes Laboratory

Clinical Trials
Vertex – Open
In Vivo – Closed
PTRON – Open
MTRON – Open
P. Acnes – In development

Other collaborations 
Brown University – Lisa Merck, MD Emergency Medicine
Brown University – David Borton, PHD Brown Biomed Engineering

In the News

Health Check: Newport Hospital offers procedure to help with back pain

Health Check: Treating Chronic Pain Without Opioids

“We have what we feel is a very comprehensive and sophisticated spine program in that it is multi-disciplinary and multi-subspecialized and entirely patient-centered.”

– Adetokunbo A. Oyelese, MD, PhD

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