Gliomas are a type of cancerous brain tumor that grow on the supporting structures of the brain, called the glial cells, and range from slow-growing early-stage tumors to a more developed malignant form called a glioblastoma.

The Glioma Center combines tremendous experience in clinical care with the latest in research discoveries to provide the most advanced care for gliomas. Our first step in treatment for these tumors is surgery, performed by our highly specialized neurosurgeons. As gliomas are often located deep within the brain, complete surgical removal is not always possible, so our team typically follows up with a combination of other treatments including chemotherapy and radiation to complete the tumor treatment. Consideration of alternating electrical fields and clinical trials including immune modulation are also discussed with each patient.

With a dedicated Brown University laboratory at Rhode Island Hospital, our center is also very active in glioma research, including clinical trials to develop new treatments that will bring new hope to patients with gliomas.

Comprehensive Care Center

Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center

Specialty Team

Neurosurgery Department Team

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

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 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

  • Glioma
  • Glioblastoma


Neurosurgery Department

Molecular Neuroscience and Neuro-Oncology Laboratory

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

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 University)
optical coherence tomography (OCT) in glioma

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