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  • Adetokunbo A. Oyelese, MD, PhD

    Adetokunbo Oyelese, MD, PhD specializes in general neurosurgery and spinal disorders and is the director of neurosurgical trauma and spinal disorders at Rhode Island Hospital.

    Oyelese earned his MD and PhD degrees cum laude from Yale University School of Medicine in 1997, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at Stanford University and fellowship training at the Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders in Los Angeles, California. He is an assistant professor in the department of neurosurgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research interests lie in understanding repair and plasticity within the central nervous system.

    Oyelese’s practice includes patients with benign and malignant brain tumors, hydrocephalus as well as trauma of the head and spine. He also has a special interest in the management and treatment of pain and dysfunction arising from degenerative diseases of the spine, including spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, spinal deformity, as well as treatment of tumors arising from the spine and spinal cord.


    • Fellowship: Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders, Los Angeles, California
    • Residency: Neurosurgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
    • MD: Yale University School of Medicine (1997)
    • PhD: Yale University School of Medicine (1997)

    Clinical Interests:

    • General Neurosurgery
    • Complex Spinal Disorders
    • Brain Tumors
    • Hydrocephalus
    • Spinal Disorders

    Professional Papers

    • Enhancement of GABAA receptor-mediated conductances induced by nerve injury in a subclass of sensory neurons. Oyelese AA, Eng DL, Richerson GB, and Kocsis JD. J. Neurophysiol. 74(2): 673-683 1995
    • The anticonvulsant Gabapentin enhances promoted release of GABA in hippocampus: a field potential analysis. Honmou O, Oyelese AA and Kocsis JD. Brain Research 692: 273-277 1995
    • GABAA receptor-mediated Conductance and Action Potential Waveform in Cutaneous and Muscle Afferent Neurons of the Adult Rat: Differential Expression and Response to Nerve Injury. Oyelese AA and Kocsis JD. J. Neurophysiol. 76(4): 2383-2392 1996
    • Differential Effects of NGF and BDNF on Axotomy-induced Changes in GABAA receptor-mediated Conductance and Sodium Currents in Cutaneous Afferent Neurons. Oyelese AA, Rizzo MA, Waxman SG, and Kocsis JD. J. Neurophysiol. 78: 31-42 1997
    • Staged stereotactic irradiation for acoustic neuroma. Chang SD, Gibbs IC, Sakamoto GT, Lee E, Oyelese A, and Adler JR Jr. Neurosurgery. 56(6): 1254-61 2005
    • Paradoxical cerebral herniation secondary to lumbar puncture after decompressive craniectomy for a large space-occupying hemispheric stroke: case report. Oyelese AA, Steinberg GK, Huhn SL, and Wijman CA. Neurosurgery. 57(3): E594 2005
    • Chronic Epidural Abscess Causing Soft Tissue Deformity Following Cranioplasty. Oyelese AA, Kaufmann D, Johannet, P and Matz PG. In preparation
    • Aggressive Aneurysmal Bone Cyst Involving C2, Requiring Radical Resection and Complex Athrodesis From Clivus to C3. Oyelese AA, Kim D and Huhn SL. In preparation
    • Tumor Control and Hearing Preservation Following Frame-Based Fractionated Stereotactic Radiosurgery in Patients with Vestibular Schwannomas: An Intermediate Follow-up. Oyelese AA, Lee E, Chang SD, Golby AJ, Martin DP, M.D., Hancock SL, Adler JR. In preparation