Metastatic Brain Tumor Center

Overview

Metastatic brain tumors, also called brain metastases, are the most common type of cancerous brain tumors in adults. These tumors are a result of a cancer that started in another part of the body (for example, lung, breast or colon) and spread to the brain through the bloodstream.

The Metastatic Brain Tumor Center uses the latest advancements in surgery as well as radiation therapy to treat all types of brain metastases. Our team of experts decide on the appropriate treatment approach based on a patient’s tumor size, number and location.

For small size, multiple tumors (five-eight or fewer), we usually treat with a single or multiple session radiation treatment with our Gamma Knife or CyberKnife technologies. For more than than eight or ten small size tumors, radiation therapy on the whole brain may be a more effective option.

For larger size, single / few tumors, or if the tumor is in an area that is pressing on the brain and causing neurological problems (such as a speech problem, weakness, or numbness), surgery is our treatment of choice.

Specialty Team

Director

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

Neuro-Oncologists

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

Pathologists

Douglas C. Anthony, MD, PHD

Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Neurology
Chief, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Medical Director, Lifespan Laboratories, Lifespan Academic Medical Center
Associate Director for Translational Research
Lifespan Cancer Institute

John E. Donahue, MD

Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

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

Metastatic brain tumors (brain parenchyma, skull base, leptomeningeal carcinomatosis)

Research

Bodour Salhia, PhD (USC)
Epigenetics of metastases

Jack Elias, MD (Brown University)
The role of the chitosome and inflammation in cancer

METIS Trial
Alternating electrical fields for brain metastases

Technology

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