Neuro-Intensive Care Unit

Rhode Island Hospital is the only hospital in the state to have a critical care service dedicated to the treatment of patients with neurological trauma.

The neuro-intensive care unit (NeuroICU) offers multidisciplinary care to a full range of critical diseases of the nervous system.

Some of these include:

  • traumatic brain injury
  • ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke
  • acute hydrocephalus
  • refractory epilepsy
  • acute spinal cord injury
  • brain tumors
  • meningitis/encephalitis
  • neuromuscular respiratory failure

Advanced monitoring and treatments available to patients in the NeuroICU include continuous hemodynamic monitoring and support, mechanical ventilation, induced body temperature regulation, continuous EEG monitoring, dialysis and a full range of neuroimaging.

Care in the unit is directed by board-certified neurointensivists and neurosurgeons, critical care physician assistants and nurse practitioners, a doctor of pharmacy and a large staff of critical care nurses, nutritionists and neurorehabilitation specialists.

Neuro-Intensive Care Unit Physicians

Bradford Thompson, MD is the director of neurocritical care at Rhode Island Hospital and an assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Thompson received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago. His research interests include intracerebral hemorrhage and traumatic brain injury and he has been involved in numerous clinical trials focusing on clinical research in acute stroke patients.

Corey Fehnel, MD, MPH is a neurologist at Rhode Island Hospital and an assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and is board certified in neurology and neurocritical care. His research interests include neurology health services research and neurocritical care outcomes, as well as stroke and traumatic brain injury. 

N. Stevenson Potter, MD, PhD is a neurologist at Rhode Island Hospital and an assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is board certified in neurology and neurocritical care and is currently involved in a number of clinical trials focusing on treatment and outcomes in acute stroke and intensive care unit patients. He graduated from Harvard College and received his medical and graduate degrees (including a PhD in immunology) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. 

Linda Wendell, MD is a neurologist at Rhode Island Hospital and an assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is board certified in neurology and neurocritical care and her research interests include brain injury, prevention of ventilator and intensive care unit-related infection and acute stroke research. Wendell graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis and the University of Tennessee School of Medicine.