Meet Our Team - Spine Specialists

The Lifespan Orthopedics Institute is home to some of the most well-respected and skilled spine surgeons. The physicians and staff not only work to give the best care, but also the best possible recovery.

Chief, Division of Orthopedic Spine Surgery, and Director, Adult Spinal Deformity Service at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital

Alan H. Daniels, MD is a board-certified spine surgeon with the Lifespan Orthopedics Institute who specializes in complex spinal disorders. He is chief of the division of spine surgery and is the chief of adult spinal deformity service at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. He is also the director of spine surgery research and is an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Daniels’ practice focuses on treating patients who suffer from scoliosis, kyphosis, flatback syndrome, failed spinal surgery, degenerative spinal disease, as well as spinal trauma and spinal tumors. Many of his patients have undergone one or more previous spinal surgeries, although he also performs primary spinal surgery.

Dr. Daniels, a dual fellowship-trained surgeon, received his medical degree from the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland and completed his orthopedic surgery residency training at Brown University. His research focuses on optimization of outcomes following spinal deformity surgery, surgical complication prevention, and correction of complex spinal deformity.

He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, 300 national and international research posters/presentations, and has edited five orthopedic education textbooks. He is a member of the Lumbar Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and is a candidate member of the Scoliosis Research Society.

Chief, Pediatric Orthopedics, Hasbro Children's Hospital

Craig P. Eberson, MD, is chief of the division of pediatric orthopedics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He is also the director of the orthopedic residency program and the pediatric orthopedic fellowship and an associate professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is a fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of orthopedic disorders in children. His main clinical interests are the treatment of scoliosis and other spine disorders, congenital or acquired problems of the lower extremities in children, and pediatric fracture care. His current research interests include the treatment of spine disorders, improved techniques of educating the next generation of physicians, the treatment of musculoskeletal infections, and the treatment of pediatric musculoskeletal injuries.

Eberson received his medical degree with honors from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey. He went on to complete his residency at Rhode Island Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and fellowship training in orthopedic trauma at Brown University. He completed his training at the renowned Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas, where he served as the Edwards Fellow in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis.

Spine Surgeon

Phillip Lucas, MD, is a specialist in orthopedic spine surgery at Rhode Island Hospital. The majority of his patients suffer from pain and disorders involving the neck and lower back. Spinal disorders may include a variety of problems, from pain to severe injuries and deformities.

Treatment involves a thorough evaluation, followed by development of a definitive plan (specific to each patient.) The goal is returning to an active and healthy life. State-of-the-art surgical and minimally-invasive procedures are employed, combined with a comprehensive rehabilitation program.

Lucas is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the New England Orthopaedic Society, the New England Spine Society, the Scoliosis Research Society, and has been certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery since 1979. He serves as an examiner on the Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

George Pasquarello, DO, FAAO, CAQPM is board certified in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. He is an assistant clinical professor of family medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Pasquarello provides osteopathic manipulative treatment of all types and for all age groups; evaluation and conservative treatment of acute and chronic neuromusculoskeletal conditions such as injuries due to work, sports, trauma, and repetitive motion; and musculoskeletal ultrasound for the diagnosis of injuries. In addition, he administers fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided joint and spine injections, prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma injections for ligament and tendon injuries, and visco-supplementation with hyaluronic acid injections for osteoarthritis.

He received his doctor of osteopathy (DO) from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, and completed his residency at Brighton Medical Center. He was awarded a fellowship in the American Academy of Osteopathy in 2002.

Spine Surgeon

Alexander Robertson, MD, received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. At the conclusion of his orthopedic residency at Rhode Island Hospital, Robertson completed a spine fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

Robertson treats all disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. These conditions include herniated disks, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, instability, deformity, tumor, trauma and infection. His special interests include biologic enhancement of bone fusion, minimally invasive spinal procedures and total disc replacement.

All patients who present with back or neck pain are thoroughly evaluated, given a diagnosis, and a treatment plan is initiated. Whether the patient can best be served by non-operative management or surgery, the goal is the same: restoration of function and a return to an active and healthy life.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Matthew J. Smith, MD, EMHL is a physician leader with more than 20 years of experience in health care delivery systems. He has a background in performance measurement, health policy, and interdisciplinary teams caring for populations of patients with orthopedic conditions. He is a clinical professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Smith provides diagnosis and nonsurgical management of acute and chronic neuromusculoskeletal disorders. He performs fluoroscopically guided back and neck injections and uses pressure-controlled, CT discography for the evaluation of discogenic low-back pain. Patients benefit from Dr. Smith’s background in rehabilitation, osteopathy, and electrodiagnostics as they are directed to therapy, diagnostic/therapeutic injections, or surgery.

Dr. Smith graduated from Queen’s University Medical School in Kingston, Ontario in 1995. He completed a residency at Stanford Hospital, as well as the UCLA Acupuncture for Physicians Course and his training in osteopathic medicine.

In 2016, Dr. Smith graduated from the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership program of the Brown University School of Professional Studies.

Dr. Smith was the founding president of the Rhode Island Pain Society and is an active member of the Value Committee, Performance Measurement Committee and Payor Policy Review Committee of the North American Spine Society.

He also offers consultations as a regional expert in value-based health care reform and medicolegal issues involving disability or impairment of the neurological and orthopedic systems.