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.

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 MD, General Surgeon, Department of General Surgery
Plastic Surgery
Paul Liu, MD, Plastic Surgeon, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Heinrich Elinzano, MD, Neuro-oncologist, Department of Neurology
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