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    Albert Telfeian, MD, PhD Director of Neurosurgery

    Prior to joining Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Telfeian was an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and associate professor of neurosurgery at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

    Telfeian is a graduate of Columbia University and the Md/Phd program at Brown University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in epilepsy electrophysiology at yale University and his neurosurgical residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed fellowship training in spine and functional epilepsy surgery at Switzerland’s Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, and a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

    Telfeian has been nationally recognized for both his research and his clinical contributions to neurosurgery. He was the recipient of the American Association of Neurologic Surgeons Stereotactic and functional Neurosurgery Research Award, the American epilepsy Society young Investigator Award, and the J. Kiffin Penry Pediatric epilepsy Award. He was twice named “Surgeon of the year” by Covenant Medical Center and was featured as one of the nation’s 15 leaders in neurosurgery in the October 2011 edition of Newsweek.


    Petra Klinge, MD

    Klinge is an attending neurosurgeon with the Neurosurgery foundation,
    where she provides patient care through Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s neurosurgical services. Klinge specializes in diagnosing and treating pediatric patients with hydrocephalus disorders, congenital diseases of the spine and benign and malignant tumors of the brain and spine. She has extensive expertise in pediatric head trauma and brain injury. She is also an associate professor of neurosurgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her research includes work on adult and pediatric cerebrospinal fluid disorders.

    Klinge received her medical degree at the University of Kiel, Germany, and completed her neurosurgical residency and pediatric neurosurgery training at Hannover Medical School in Germany.

    An internationally renowned researcher, Klinge contributed to the Guidelines for Treatment of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, and is a founding member and current president of the International Society of Hydrocephalus and Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders. She is also the editor for neurosurgery for Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, an international interdisciplinary journal dedicated to the advancement of diagnosis and new techniques in the management of central nervous system disorders.


    Yunkia Presson, CPNP

    Presson has been with Hasbro Children's Hospital since 2008. She received her undergraduate education from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She received her graduate education at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

    Presson has been a nurse practitioner in pediatric neurosurgery since 2001. She started her neurosurgery career at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where she worked for 6 years. Her experience includes both inpatient and outpatient management.