Our Team

The Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute is led by co-directors with deep experience in neuroscience research, clinical care, and research administration.

Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital

Ziya L. Gokaslan, MD, FAANS, FACS, serves as the chief of neurosurgery at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, director of the Comprehensive Spine Center at Rhode Island Hospital, and clinical director of the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute. In addition, Dr. Gokaslan is the Gus Stoll Professor of Neurosurgery, chair of the department of neurosurgery, and director of the Complex Spinal Surgery Fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Gokaslan earned his medical degree from the University of Istanbul in Turkey. He completed an internship in general surgery, a fellowship in neurotraumatology, a residency in neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and a fellowship in clinical spinal surgery at New York University Medical Center. He is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards and an active member of several professional societies.   

Gokaslan comes to Lifespan from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, where he was vice chairman of the department of neurosurgery, director of the neurosurgical spine program, and director of the neurosurgical spine metastasis center, as well as professor of neurology, oncology, and orthopedic surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His practice focuses on complex spinal reconstruction and radical surgical treatment of both primary and metastatic spinal tumors, sacral neoplasms, and spinal cord tumors.

Chief of Neurology, Rhode Island, The Miriam and Bradley hospitals

Karen Furie oversees the clinical research programs for the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute. Furie is chief of neurology at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and Bradley Hospital, and serves as chair of the Department of Neurology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, which includes experts in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system, including stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, movement disorders and epilepsy. Furie also serves as executive chief of neurology at each of the Alpert Medical School’s affiliated hospitals, including Butler Hospital and the Providence VA Medical Center, and is a member of the Brown Institute for Brain Science.

Furie comes to Rhode Island from Massachusetts General Hospital, where she served as a vascular neurologist and director of the stroke service. She held the position of associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and was an associate faculty member at the Center for Human Genetic Research. She has played a prominent role in national and international efforts to advance the field through participation in the development of guidelines such as Stroke Treatment Academic Industry Roundtable (STAIR) recommendations, and holds leadership positions within the American Stroke Association, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the American Academy of Neurology.

Furie is a graduate of Brown University’s program in liberal medical education and received her medical degree from Alpert Medical School. She received her master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her residency in neurology and a fellowship in stroke/neurosonology at Rhode Island Hospital. Furie has received awards that include the Women’s Health Research Award from Mass General and the Aronson Award for Excellence in Neurosciences from Brown University.