Our Team at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Our physicians are nationally known for their expertise in advanced epilepsy care, and in the development of treatments for non-epileptic seizures. Rhode Island Hospital's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program (CEP) offers epilepsy care that is on par with the very best in the world.

Our team of experts includes:

Adult Neurology

Director Adult Epilepsy, EEG Lab & CEP
Director, Women's Health in Epilepsy

Pediatric Neurology

Director, Division of Child Neurology
Jessica Mulligan, MS, RD, LDN
Ketogenic and Metabolic Nutrition Specialist


Director of Functional Neurosurgery and Epilepsy Program, Co - Director of Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center, and Director of Laboratory for Cognitive Neurophysiology and Neuromodulation

Wael Asaad, MD, PhD received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College in 1993, then earned a PhD in systems neuroscience from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001, and his MD from Yale University in 2003. Asaad completed a general surgery internship and neurosurgical residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. During his residency, he undertook additional training in functional neurosurgery. In 2011, he joined the department of neurosurgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Asaad's clinical interests include functional neurosurgery for movement disorders and psychiatric disease, traumatic brain injury, and general neurosurgery of the brain and spine.

His basic science interests focus on the ways in which neuronal circuits in the frontal cortex and basal ganglia underlie visual-motor learning, memory and decision-making, and how a better understanding of these might lead to strategies to alleviate the cognitive aspects of psychiatric and neurological diseases, including traumatic brain injury and stroke.

Learn more about Deep Brain Stimulation.

Learn more about the Department of Neurosurgery.

Learn more about the Movement Disorders Program.

See Dr. Asaad's publication list at Google Scholar.

Other Principle Partners

Director of Neuropsychology

Geoffrey Tremont, PhD completed his PhD in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University, did his clinical neuropsychology internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and his fellowship at Brown University. He is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and human hehavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and director of neuropsychology at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. He is board certified in clinical neuropsychology and conducts comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations in older adults with cognitive impairments. His primary research interests are psychosocial treatments for dementia caregivers, telephone-based assessment of mild cognitive impairment, and mind-body approaches for mild cognitive impairment. 

Clinical Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Director, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Center

Michael A. Friedman, MD is the director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Center and a clinical associate professor of psychiatry and neurology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He performs diagnostic evaluations of new patients referred to the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center and provides expert consultations for those with particularly difficult or challenging behavioral problems.

Director, Imaging Research
Sandra Sylvestre, RN, CNRN
Epilepsy Nurse Coordinator
Rita A. Stamatopoulos
Administrative Coordinator
Glen L. Palmer
Administrative Support, Rhode Island Hospital