Comprehensive Spine Center


The Comprehensive Spine Center at Rhode Island Hospital and Newport Hospital, is made up of surgeons and clinicians who are 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 that uses innovative surgical and nonsurgical techniques specifically designed and individualized for each patient.

Our multidisciplinary team offers a full complement of effective treatment options and services, including:

  • Surgical treatment
  • Medical management
  • Spine-specific physical and occupational therapy
  • Interventional procedures
  • Complementary and alternative medical options
  • Behavioral health services


Highly specialized physicians provide services ranging from surgical intervention to minimally invasive spine surgery, injections, and other interventions, including:

  • Discectomy
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Spinal cord stimulators
  • Percutaneous or open spinal instrumentation and fusion for back and neck pain
  • Radical tumor resection and reconstruction
  • Spinal reconstruction for traumatic spine injuries
  • Highly complex spinal deformity correction with osteotomies
  • Disc replacement
  • Intrathecal pumps
  • Dynamic stabilization


Conditions we treat:

  • Congenital spinal disorders
  • Degenerative disc disease (Spondylosis)
  • Disc herniation
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Lumbar radiculopathy (Sciatica)
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Post-laminectomy syndrome
  • Tumors of the spine
  • Spine trauma or injury

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

Joaquin Q. Camara, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

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

Maria A. Guglielmo, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Neurosurgery at Kent Hospital
Director, Neurosurgery Pain Program

Petra M. Klinge, MD, PhD

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

Tianyi (Tim) Niu, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

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


Alexander Mohler, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology and Medicine
Attending Neurologist, Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and Newport Hospital
Co-Director of the Neuro-Oncology Clinic, Lifespan Cancer Institute

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


Jerrold L. Boxerman, MD,PhD, FACR

Professor of Diagnostic Imaging
Section Director, Neuroradiology
Medical Director, Brain Science Program MRI Research Facility

Jeffrey M. Rogg, MD

Associate Professor of Diagnostic Imaging
Director, Neuroradiology
Medical Director, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Rhode Island Hospital

Glenn A. Tung, MD, FACR

Professor of Diagnostic Imaging

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

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


Neurosurgery Department

Spinal Surgery Outcomes Laboratory

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

“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

Spine Surgery Booklet PDF

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