Residency Program

Neurosurgery residency training at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University takes place at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Curtis Doberstein, MD is the vice-chair of the department and the director of the neurosurgery residency program.

Resident training at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital provides experience in all areas of neurosurgery including:

  • neuro-oncology, including Gamma Knife radiosurgery
  • cerebrovascular and skull base neurosurgery
  • complex and minimally invasive spine surgery for both traumatic and degenerative conditions
  • stereotactic and functional neurosurgery
  • pediatric neurosurgery
  • peripheral nerve surgery
  • epilepsy surgery

The medical school’s department of neurosurgery works closely with colleagues in neurology, neuropathology, neuroradiology, interventional radiology, neuroscience and pediatrics.

Residents gain critical care experience in the intensive neurosurgical care unit (INCU), the trauma intensive care unit (TICU), the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and the surgical intensive care unit (SICU). They may conduct research at any of the seven Brown-affiliated hospitals or at Brown University and medical school.

We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service/National Resident Matching Program process. Please check their websites for timelines and information on the application process. and