Department of Neurosurgery


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“An estimated 10 million Americans are living with a condition most commonly misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s Disease called essential tremor (ET), and doctors in Rhode Island are able to help treat it with neurosurgical technology.

Rhode Island Hospital is only the second facility in New England to obtain the technology, with the first being at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Essential tremors are described as the uncontrollable trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs or body…

In addition to treating essential tremors, the Focused Ultrasound can also be used to reduce the signs and symptoms of Tremor-Dominant Parkinson’s Disease.

At least five patients have received the treatment at Rhode Island Hospital’s Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute since late last year, according to Asaad.

“Each one of them has had a very dramatic improvement in tremors, and nobody has had any concerning side effects,” Asaad said.”

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Wael F. Asaad, MD, PhD

Sidney A. Fox and Dorothea Doctors Fox Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience
Vice-Chair, Research
Director, Functional and Epilepsy Neurosurgery Program
Director, Laboratory for Neurophysiology and Neuromodulation
Assistant Director, Neurosurgery Residency Training Program

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