Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery


Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery Division at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University is a pioneer academic center specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery on patients with a variety of spinal conditions. These typically include herniated discs and pinched nerves, however, treatment can be extended to any pathology of the spine, even spinal tumors. In many cases, patients seek it as a salvage procedure, after failing other surgical techniques like spinal fusion.

Endoscopic Spine Surgery is a cutting edge procedure performed on patients while awake, without general anesthesia, through the smallest incisions and working channel endoscope, resulting in less discomfort and faster recovery time. Our division is led by Dr. Albert E. Telfeian, one of the world’s leading experts, who attracts hundreds of patients worldwide. Significant ongoing research collaborations with international academic centers focus on developing instrumentation and new applications for procedures to improve patients’ lives.

Specialty Team


Albert E. Telfeian, MD, PhD

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

Conditions We Treat

  • Herniated discs
  • Cysts in the spine
  • Patients with bony overgrowth
  • Pinched nerves
  • Spinal tumors (almost any pathology in the spine)
  • Complications from fusion surgeries
  • Spinal stenosis


Kambin Award for his contribution in science and education in the field of endoscopic spine surgery.


Gamma Knife Radiosurgery System

CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System

“Our specialty is in performing awake minimally invasive spine surgery on patients who are able to have their surgery without general anesthesia and go home the same day”

– Albert E. Telfeian, MD, PhD

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