Neuro-Trauma and Critical Care

Overview

Rhode Island Hospital is a high-volume Level I Trauma Center for both adult and pediatric patients, serving the entire state of Rhode Island as well as southeastern Massachusetts and parts of Connecticut. The neurosurgery service is among the most experienced in the management of the full scope of traumatic brain and spine injuries. The Neurocritical Care Unit (NCCU) is an 18-bed unit directed by fellowship-trained neurocritical care faculty in collaboration with neurosurgeons, and is staffed by specialized critical care nurses dedicated to managing diseases of the brain and spine. The NCCU is one of the busiest units in the hospital, delivering care to patients with traumatic neurological injuries, acute cerebrovascular events, and acute peri-operative care for a variety of conditions. An adjacent stroke unit focuses on patients with non-life-threatening / non-surgical hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke, under the direction of a subspecialty team.

These units provide cutting-edge care to patients with severe neurological illness at the hands of specialized neurosurgical, neurological and nursing teams, and utilize a variety of monitoring systems to track systemic physiology, intracranial pressures and neurophysiological function, as needed. Advanced imaging (MRI and CT) is available nearby, in the same building. These clinicians and resources ensure the best possible outcomes for patients in need of the highest level of neurocritical care.

Conditions We Treat

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Traumatic Spine Injury
  • Traumatic Nerve Injury
  • Post-Traumatic Focal Seizures
  • Post-Traumatic Spinal Cord Dysfunction

Team

Surgical Director

Wael F. Asaad, MD, PhD

Sidney A. Fox and Dorothea Doctors Fox Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience
Director, Functional Neurosurgery and Epilepsy Program
Director, Cognitive Neuro-physiology and Neuro-modulation Laboratory

Medical / NCCU Director

Bradford B. Thompson, MD

Associate Professor, Neurology and Neurosurgery
Director, Division of Neurocritical Care
Medical Director, Neurocritical Care Unit
Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center for Neurocritical Care Services

Neurocritical Care

Ali Mahta, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Neurosurgery and Neurocritical Care
Academic Neurointensivist
Neurologist

Michael Reznik, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Neurologist, Division of Neurocritical Care

Bradford B. Thompson, MD

Associate Professor, Neurology and Neurosurgery
Director, Division of Neurocritical Care
Medical Director, Neurocritical Care Unit
Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center for Neurocritical Care Services

Linda C. Wendell, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Medical Education
Vice-Chair of Education for Neurology
Director, Clinical Neurosciences Clerkship (Neurology)
Director, Sub-Internship in Neurology, Advanced Elective in Neurology

Research

The Center for Innovative Neurotechnology for Neural Repair is an RIH / Brown University DARPA-funded research laboratory focusing on functional repair of spinal cord injury. Epidemiological research on neurotrauma outcomes is carried about by a diverse group of students and clinicians utlizing the local trauma database as well as the National Trauma Databank.

Center for Innovative Neuro-technology for Neural Repair

Rhode Island Hospital
Ambulatory Patient Center
(APC) 6
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
401-793-9128
401-444-2661