Sacral Tumor Center


The Brown University Sacral Tumor Center at Rhode Island Hospital combines extensive experience and technical expertise in the multidisciplinary treatment of sacral tumors. Our center is led by the chairman of the Brown/Lifespan neurosurgery department, Dr. Ziya Gokaslan, a world-renowned neurosurgeon with unique expertise in sacral tumor treatment.  Sacral tumors are rare and require specialists with experience in their treatment.

There are many different types of sacral tumors. They can broadly be classified as either being a metastasis or a primary bone tumor. Treatment ultimately depends on the tumor type. Our team of neurosurgeons, general surgeons, plastic surgeons, oncologists, and radiation oncologists work together to ensure patients receive personalized specialty care to ensure an optimal treatment outcome.

Specialty Team


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

Jared S. Fridley, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Spinal Outcomes Laboratory

Adetokunbo A. Oyelese, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Spinal Surgery Division
Surgical Director, Comprehensive Spine Center

Multidisciplinary Team

General Surgery
Thomas Miner M.D., General Surgeon, Department of General Surgery
Plastic Surgery
Paul Liu, M.D., Plastic Surgeon, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Heinrich Elinzano, Neuro-oncologist, Department of Neurology
Radiation Oncology
Jarek Hepel, M.D., Radiation Oncologist, Department of Radiation Oncology

Conditions We Treat

  • Metastases
  • Chordoma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Giant cell tumor
  • Aneurysmal bone cyst
  • Osteoblastoma
  • Ewing’s sarcoma
  • Schwannoma
  • Neurofibroma
  • Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor


Participant in the Primary Tumor Research and Outcome Network (PTRON) study


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