Center for Surgical Treatment of the Developing Brain and Spine


Welcome to the Center for Surgical Treatment of the Developing Brain and Spine, where we offer comprehensive surgical management for congenital disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system for both adult and pediatric patients. Our dedicated team is committed to providing the highest level of care for your neurologic condition throughout your life.

At our center, our expert team focuses on relieving pain, restoring function, and implementing effective treatments for a wide range of neurologic conditions affecting the spine and spinal cord. Our goal is to address your symptoms, correct the form and function of brain and spine structures, maximize cognitive and motor function, and prevent the development of neurological deficits that may arise with growth and aging. We are your lifelong partners in health and your team for life.

Located at RIH and Hasbro, our center is staffed by esteemed pediatric and adult neurosurgeons specializing in neurosurgical congenital conditions. Our fully equipped pediatric and adult ICUs ensure the best care for every patient.

To provide the best possible care based on our unique expertise, our team convenes a board meeting each Friday to reach consensus and discuss patient diagnoses, cases, and surgical planning. We also stay up-to-date with the latest developments in neurosurgery and integrate our research findings and studies into clinical care.

Our approach at the Center for Surgical Treatment of the Developing Brain and Spine is truly multidisciplinary. Our team includes orthopedic and general surgeons, neurologists, pain management specialists, and palliative care providers, all working collaboratively to address your individual needs.

For more information about our center and the services we offer, please visit our websites at Hasbro and Lifespan.

Thank you for considering the Center for Surgical Treatment of the Developing Brain and Spine. We look forward to providing you with exceptional care and support throughout your journey to better health.

Specialty Team


Petra M. Klinge, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Division
Director, Center for Surgical Treatment of the Developing Brain and Spine

Konstantina A. Svokos, DO, MS

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics
Director, Fetal Neurosurgery
Co-Director, Neuroplastics
Co-Director, Center for Surgical Treatment of the Developing Brain and Spine

Neurosurgery Team

Patricia Leigh Zadnik Sullivan, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Center for Spine Tumor & Chordoma Research
Member, Legoretta Cancer Center

Conditions We Treat

  • Hydrocephalus
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Aqueductal Stenosis
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Dandy Walker Malformation
  • Arachnoid Cysts
  • Tethered Cord Syndrome
  • Occult Tethered Cord Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Diastomyelia
  • Syringomyelia
  • Hydromyelia
  • Syringobulbia
  • Cranio-cervical Instability
  • Meningocele
  • Open Myelomeningocele
  • Fetal Myelomeningocele
  • Fetal Hydrocephalus
  • Lipomyelomeningocele
  • Encephalocele
  • Fatty Filum Terminale
  • Spinal Cord Lipomas
  • Low Lying Conus
  • Dermal Sinus
  • Congenital Vertebral Anomalies


Our ongoing research projects are aimed at advancing the field of neurosurgery and improving patient outcomes. For more information on our research initiatives, please visit the Brown University website.

Chiari and cognition
New biomarkers for hydrocephalus and CSF disorders
Novel research in tethered cord syndrome

CSF Disorders Laboratory

“The center will treat a variety of CSF disorders across all ages“

– Petra M. Klinge, MD, PhD

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

Online Resources

Recent Patient Oriented Webinars

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