Neuro-Trauma and Critical Care


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


Surgical Director

Wael F. Asaad, MD, PhD

Sidney A. Fox and Dorothea Doctors Fox Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience
Vice-Chair, Research
Director, Functional and Epilepsy Neurosurgery Program
Director, Laboratory for Neurophysiology and Neuromodulation
Associate Director, Neurosurgery Residency Training Program
Director, Fellowship in Functional & Epilepsy Neurosurgery

Medical / NCCU Director

Neurocritical Care

Ali Mahta, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Neurosurgery and Neurocritical Care
Academic Neurointensivist

Michael Reznik, MD

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

N. Stevenson Potter, MD

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


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 Neurotechnology for Neural Repair

Rhode Island Hospital
Ambulatory Patient Center
(APC) 6
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903