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The use of cutting-edge diagnostic and surgical approaches and equipment ensures safer and more effective surgical procedures, leading to superior clinical outcome. Better diagnosis leads to better treatment. Prior to surgery, precise and high-resolution MRI imaging allows accurate measurement of CSF circulation and better visualization of CSF spaces, revealing abnormal fluid flow or blockade. Monitoring neuronal activity in the brain using intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring further ensures safety and normal function of fragile brain structures. Other techniques used during surgery include stereotactic image guidance and high magnification surgical microscopes.

The B&S-CSF center is managed by a multidisciplinary team of experts from RIH and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Neurosurgeons, pediatric neurologists, pediatric urologists, ear nose and throat specialists, orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons and pediatricians will work together to ensure patients will receive the best care.

Besides being highly skillful, our internationally renowned neurosurgeons are pioneer academic scientists, having on-going research collaborations with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Brown Institute for Brain Science, and Norman Prince Neuroscience Institute. Their exciting scientific discoveries and deep understanding of CSF disorders endows them with the ability and superior skill set to deliver the best of cures for the young, adult and senior populations.

Our Team

Division Director

Ziya L. Gokaslan, MD

Julius Stoll, MD Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital
Clinical Director, Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute
President, Neurosurgery Foundation

Neurosurgery Department Team

Joaquin Q. Camara, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Deus J. Cielo, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Vice-Chair for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
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

Jared S. Fridley, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Spinal Outcomes Laboratory

Maria A. Guglielmo, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Neurosurgery at Kent Hospital
Director, Neurosurgery Pain Program

Petra M. Klinge, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Division
Director, Center for CSF Disorders of the Brain and Spine

Tianyi (Tim) Niu, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Prakash Sampath, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Brain Immunotherapy Program
Director, Neurosurgery at Roger Williams Medical Center

Albert E. Telfeian, MD, PhD

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

Alexios G. Carayannopoulos, DO, MPH

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Justin Y. Li, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Laert Rusha, MD

Attending Physician

Ross Barker, DO

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Multidisciplinary Team

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Conditions We Treat


Neurosurgery Department

The Neurophysiology & Neuromodulation Laboratory

Cerebrovascular Surgery and Endovascular Neurosurgery Outcomes Laboratory

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“The center will treat a variety of CSF disorders across all ages“

– Dr. Petra Klinge