Meningioma is one of the most common non-cancerous tumors that can occur within the head and brain. Meningioma is a tumor that typically appears on the brain’s outer covering (the meninges) and grows slowly, usually only a millimeter or two per year.

At Rhode Island Hospital, our experienced team treats meningioma with a combination of surgery and / or radiation therapy. Typically, complete surgical removal of the tumor is an effective remedy. Occasionally tumors along the base of the skull cannot be removed in their entirety, and may need radiation therapy.

Radiation can be effectively delivered to the tumor in different ways depending on the tumor size and location, while minimizing radiation exposure to the surrounding tissues, using innovative technologies such as Image-Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), or with our CyberKnife or Gamma Knife technologies. This combination of surgical and non-surgical approaches has been shown effective in treating most meningioma tumors.

Specialty Team


Steven A. Toms, MD

Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology
Vice-Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Brain Tumor and Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program

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

Prakash Sampath, MD

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

Multidisciplinary Team

Heinrich D Elinzano, MD
Alexander C Mohler, MD

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

Douglas C Anthony PhD, MD
Edward G Stopa, MD
John E Donahue, MD

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

Conditions We Treat



TrueBeam Radiotherapy System

Gamma Knife Radiosurgery System

CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System

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