Spinal Cord Tumor


The Brown University Spinal Cord Tumor Center at Rhode Island Hospital combines extensive experience and technical expertise in the multidisciplinary treatment of spinal cord tumors. Our center is led by the Chairman of the Brown /Lifespan Neurosurgery Department, Dr. Ziya L. Gokaslan, a world-renowned neurosurgeon with unique expertise in spinal cord tumor treatment.

These tumors can arise within the spinal cord itself, (intramedullary) or below the dura surrounding the spinal cord (extramedullary). In many cases, surgery is the first line treatment option for these tumors. Treatment of spinal cord tumors requires technical expertise and a multidisciplinary approach to tumor treatment. Our team of neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, oncologists, and radiation oncologists work together to ensure patients receive personalized specialty care to ensure an optimal treatment outcome.

Comprehensive Institute

Norman Prince Spine Institute

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

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Spinal Outcomes Laboratory
Director, Center for Innovative Neurotechnology for Neural Repair (CINNR Lab)

Adetokunbo A. Oyelese, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery
Vice-Chair, Strategy and Business Development
Director, Norman Prince Spine Institute
Director, Spinal Surgery Division

Multidisciplinary Team

General Surgery

Thomas J. Miner, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery
Chief, Surgical Oncology


Heinrich Elinzano, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology and Medicine, Clinician Educator
Co-Director, Brain Cancer Committee
Co-Director, Brown University Oncology Research Group
Neuro-Oncology Medical Lead, Lifespan Cancer Institute

Eric T. Wong, MD

Professor of Neurology, Medicine, Neurosurgery & Radiation Oncology
Director of Medical Neuro-Oncology

Plastic Surgery
Paul Liu, MD, Plastic Surgeon, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Radiation Oncology
Jarek Hepel, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Department of Radiation Oncology

Conditions We Treat

Intramedullary – astrocytoma, ependymoma, metastasis, hemangioblastoma, cavernoma.
Extramedullary – meningioma, schwannoma, neurofibroma, ependymoma.


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

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