Comprehensive Care Centers
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 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.
Neurosurgery Department Team
Thomas Miner M.D., General Surgeon, Department of General Surgery
Paul Liu, M.D., Plastic Surgeon, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Heinrich Elinzano, Neuro-oncologist, Department of Neurology
Jarek Hepel, M.D., Radiation Oncologist, Department of Radiation Oncology
Conditions We Treat
Intramedullary – astrocytoma, ependymoma, metastasis, hemangioblastoma, cavernoma.
Extramedullary – meningioma, schwannoma, neurofibroma, ependymoma.