Norman Prince Spine Institute


Spinal Surgery Division within the Department of Neurosurgery at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital is comprised of surgeons and clinicians dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of patients suffering from a wide range of disorders of the spine and spinal cord. Our team includes world-class experts utilizing a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach with innovative surgical and nonsurgical techniques specifically designed for, and individualized to, each patient.

Subspecialty Centers

  • Degenerative Spinal Disorders Center
  • Spinal Column and Spinal Cord Tumor Center
  • Spinal Innovation and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Center
  • Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Center
  • Congenital Spinal Disorders Center
  • Spine Trauma and Spinal Emergencies Center
  • Spinal Radiosurgery Center

Our Team

Department Chair

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


Adetokunbo A. Oyelese, MD, PhD

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

Keith-Austin Scarfo, DO, MS

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Co-Director, Norman Prince Spine Institute

Neurosurgery Department Clinical Faculty

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

Associate 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 Surgical Treatment of the Developing 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

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

Neurosurgery Department Clinical Staff 

Allison Malo

PA-Norman Prince Spine Institue

Rose Moriarty

NP - Norman Prince Spine Institute

Dylan Godyn

PA - Norman Pince Spine Institute

Other collaborations 
Brown University – David Borton, PhD, Biomedical Engineering

“We have what we feel is a very comprehensive and sophisticated spine program in that it is multi-disciplinary and multi-subspecialized and entirely patient-centered.”

– Adetokunbo A. Oyelese, MD, PhD

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

Spine Surgery Booklet PDF