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  • Neuro-Oncology

  • Meet the Team

  • Our physicians are faculty members of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where the next generation of neuro-oncology specialists are trained and research is conducted to develop new and more effective treatments for diseases of the brain and central nervous system. Our physicians also participate in the Brown University Oncology Group (BrUOG) and the Radiation Treatment Oncology Group (RTOG), which conduct regional, national and international research in all types of cancer. The close affiliation with Alpert Medical School and the ongoing involvement in research provides patients with access to new treatments through clinical trials.

    Suriya Jeyapalan, MDSuriya Jeyapalan, MD, MPH is the director of the division of neuro-oncology and is also an assistant professor of neurology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She has extensive expertise in neurology and oncology, and works closely with the neurology and neurosurgery departments, as well as the Comprehensive Cancer Center to determine the best course of treatment for each patient. Her research uses genomics to investigate the genetic basis of chemotherapeutic response in patients with central nervous system lymphoma, and she is the principal investigator for clinical trials in the treatment of recurrent central nervous system lymphoma and malignant glioma. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Association for Cancer Research, the Society of Neuro-Oncology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

    Jeyapalan received bachelor of art degrees from Iowa State University and the University of Cambridge, England; a master's degree from the University of Cambridge; her medical degree from the University of Iowa; and a master's in public health (MPH) from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her internship in medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, her residency in neurology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and a fellowship in neuro-oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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    Heinrich Elinzano, MDHeinrich Elinzano, MD is an adult neurologist with subspecialty training in neuro-oncology and spinal cord injury medicine, and is also an assistant professor of neurology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is experienced in the management of tumors of the central nervous system and has a particular interest in conducting clinical trials for the treatment of primary brain tumors and the neurological complications of systemic cancer.

    Elinzano completed his neurology residency training at St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center of New York, his spinal cord injury medicine fellowship training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri and his neuro-oncology fellowship training at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland and The Neuro-Oncology Branch of the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Neurologic Diseases and Stroke. Prior to his current position at Rhode Island Hospital, he was an adult neuro-oncologist at the Cleveland Clinic Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center.

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    Maeve Dargush, NP

    Maeve Dargush, NP received her bachelor's degree in health policy from Providence College in Rhode Island, and her master's in nursing from Massachusetts General Hospital's Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Massachusetts.

    She worked as a nurse practitioner in radiation oncology at St. Joseph's Hospital/Barrow's Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, where she worked with oncology patients, with a special focus on brain tumor patients.