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Curtis Doberstein, MD, is the interim chief of neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital, and the director of vascular neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital. Doberstein received his medical degree in 1988 from McGill University in Montreal and completed his residency in neurosurgery and fellowship at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Doberstein has been board-certified by the American Board of Neurosurgery since 2000. He served as interim chairman of neurosurgery at the
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University from 2007 to 2010. In 1995, Doberstein joined the Neurosurgery Foundation and the Warren Alpert
Medical School of Brown University. He is an associate professor (clinical) in the department of neurosurgery at Brown and serves as the Brown University neurosurgery
residency program director. He directs the section of vascular neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital. He is an active member of the American Association of
Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurologic Surgeons and serves as a MOC/CME committee member for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Doberstein specializes in surgery on the blood vessels of the brain, neck and spinal column. He sees many patients with circulatory problems such as
aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and carotid artery disease. He also treats people with nervous system tumors, including those of the brain and the
skull base. Patients with degenerative spine disorders comprise another large part of his practice.
Curtis Doberstein, MD has conducted basic-science research on apoptosis after stroke and cerebral metabolic alterations following closed head injuries.
At present, he is investigating clinical outcomes following the removal of plaque from a carotid artery. He has performed over 500 of these
surgeries. Specifically, he is exploring the feasibility of same-day discharge after carotid endarterectomry.