Psychiatric Neurosurgery Program


Brown University is a world-leader in the application of surgical techniques for severe, intractable psychiatric disorders such as debilitating and otherwise untreatable obsessive compulsive disorder.  Our team of psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons and ethicists carefully consider patients who have failed all other treatments, to assess whether surgery might offer symptom relief and an improved quality of life.

Patients may be referred by their local treating physician or may contact us directly to be considered for treatment.  A comprehensive review of disease history and treatments, as well as detailed psychiatric and neuropsychological evaluations are required.  Surgical options include deep brain stimulation and MRI-guided laser ablation, as well as other potential treatments as part of clinical trials.

As a national and international referral center for those seeking advanced treatment options for severe, medically intractable psychiatric disorders, we have experience managing issues related to insurance, and helping navigate travel and lodging options for patients and families. 

Our Team


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

Athar Malik, MD, PhD

Samuel I. Kennison, M.D. and Bertha S. Kennison Assistant Professor of Clinical Neuroscience
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Brain Injury & Restorative Neurosurgery

Director, Restorative Neuroscience Laboratory

Psychiatric Neurosurgery Committee


Steven Rasmussen, MD, Chair of Psychiatry,
Benjamin Greenberg, MD, PhD
Mohamed Sherif, MD, PhD


Nicole McLaughlin, PhD, Neuropsychologist

Conditions We Treat

Neuropsychiatric Disorders

  • Intractable OCD
  • Intractable Depression (experimental)
  • Intractable Tourette’s Disease (experimental)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease (experimental)


Neurosurgical Robot

Custom 3D-Printed Targeting Platforms

Deep Brain Stimulation

Focused Ultrasound

MRI Guided Laser Ablation

BrainLab AIRO Mobile CT Scanner with Navigation System

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