Meet the Team

Our skilled and experienced team provides services for every phase of illness and recovery, from evaluation, diagnosis and treatment to survivorship care. Our pediatric surgeons are well versed in the surgical management of pediatric tumors, as well as the placement of the latest catheters and lines. Our pathologists are expert at diagnosing tumors, as well as disorders in blood and coagulation. Our pediatric radiologists are leaders in the latest imaging and interventional techniques, including CT scan, MRI scan, ultrasound, PET and nuclear medicine.

We coordinate care with a wide variety of pediatric sub-specialists, including colleagues in orthopedics, endocrinology, cardiology, immunology, neurology, urology, nephrology, radiation oncology, ophthalmology and many more. We also have the support of other disciplines, including nutrition, physical therapy, audiology and dental experts.

Director, Rhode Island Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center
Radiation Oncologist

Timothy J. Kinsella, MD, is an internationally recognized radiation oncologist and a research scholar professor of radiation oncology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Kinsella received his undergraduate degree from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY; a master’s degree with honors from Brown University; and both his master of science in radiation biology and his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, NY. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic, fellowship training in medical oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA, and his residency training in radiation oncology at the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. He was a fellow of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. Kinsella has been editor-in-chief of Frontiers in Radiation Oncology and editorial board member of eight other journals. He is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and radiation oncology. His areas of clinical expertise include the treatment of bone and soft tissue sarcomas, brain tumors, lymphomas, gastrointestinal cancers and pediatric cancers. He has laboratory expertise in the development of intraoperative radiotherapy, radiation sensitizing drugs and small molecules that modify DNA repair processing of radiation damage.

Interim Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief and Interim Divison Chief, Pediatric Surgery, Hasbro

Francois Luks, MD, PhD is interim pediatric surgeon-in-chief and interim division chief of pediatric surgery at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. 

Dr. Luks earned his bachelor’s degree from Rijksuniversitair Centrum Antwerpen, his medical degree from Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen, and his PhD in medical sciences from Catholic University Leuven, all in his native Belgium. He completed his residency in general surgery at Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens (NY), then a residency in pediatric surgery at Hospital Ste-Justine in Montreal. He spent two years on a research fellowship through Catholic University of Leuven before joining both Hasbro and Women & Infants as Attending Surgeon in 1994. 

Dr. Luks has taken on progressively senior management roles at Hasbro, serving as director for trauma in the PICU for 15 years from 1995 to 2010, then subsequently director of trauma for the whole of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He has served on and led more than a dozen standing and ad hoc committees at the hospital, from those in his specialty like the Pediatric Trauma Patient Care Committee, which he chaired, to those addressing issues in the broader hospital community, such as the Rhode Island Hospital Strategic Planning Committee. He has also continued to serve concurrently as attending surgeon at Women & Infants, and for several years each as attending surgeon at Morton Hospital (Taunton, MA) and New England Medical Center (Boston, MA). 

His research interests include fetal development and fetal surgery, and in particular the etiology of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. He was the site principal investigator for the first randomized study on endoscopic fetal surgery for this syndrome; the Brown Fetal Treatment Program was the only North American center participating in the study. The program is a founding member of the North American Fetal Treatment Network (NAFTNet); Dr. Luks has been a member of its Executive Committee since 2007.

Dr. Luks has published and presented widely, with more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and more than 100 abstracts. He has served The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for his entire 22 years in Providence, currently as director of the Program in Fetal Medicine, and professor of surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics & gynecology. Throughout the course of his time at Brown he has served as independent course director, faculty sponsor and thesis director to numerous promising medical students.

ECMO Program Medical Director

is a pediatric surgeon at Hasbro Children's Hospital and director of the ECMO programs at Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's Hospital. He is an assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Director, Pediatric Trauma Program, Hasbro Children's Hospital
Director, CSF Disorders and Chiari Center

Petra Klinge, MD is an internationally renowned general neurosurgeon specializing in the surgical treatment of patients with brain tumors, hydrocephalus and Alzheimer’s disease, pediatric diseases and treatment of congenital diseases like Chiari and spinal malformations.

Dr. Klinge joined the Neurosurgery Foundation as attending neurosurgeon and associate professor at Brown University in 2009. Prior to that, she was professor of neurosurgery at the Medical School Hannover, Germany. She received her medical degree at the University of Kiel in 1993 and completed her neurosurgical residency at Hannover Medical School in Germany in 2002. She was senior associate professor of neurosurgery at the International Neuroscience Institute in Hannover, Germany, where she had the opportunity to be educated by Professor M. Samii, a founder of modern skull base surgery.

Dr. Klinge is an active member of the American Association of Neurosurgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. She is editor in chief of the Elsevier journal Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery: Advanced Techniques and Case Management (INAT) and associate editor of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery (CNN). She also serves as reviewer for international scientific journals including NeurosurgeryJournal of NeurosurgeryJournalof NeurologyNeurosurgery & Psychiatry and others. She is past president of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF disorders.

Dr. Klinge’s scientific interests comprise the development of advanced techniques for diagnosing and treatment of dementia, experimental work to advance the understanding of normal aging and dementia and to develop novel biotechnical treatment approaches including stem cell therapy. Her scientific publications are listed by the US National Library of Medicine.

Professional Papers

  • Multiplicity of Cerebrospinal Fluid Functions: New Challenges in Health and Disease Conrad E. Johanson; John A. Duncan; Petra M. Klinge; Edward G. Stopa and Gerald PD. Silverberg. Cerebrospinal Fluid Research 2008
  • Modified calcium accumulation after controlled cortical impact under cyclosporin A treatment: a (45)Ca autoradiographic study. Mirzayan MJ; Klinge PM; Ude S; Hotop A; Samii M; Brinker T; Korkmaz Z; Meyer GJ; Knapp WH; Samii A. Neurol Res. 2008
  • Correlates of local cerebral blood flow (CBF) in normal pressure hydrocephalus patients before and after shunting-A retrospective analysis of [(15)O]H(2)O PET-CBF studies in 65 patients. Klinge PM; Brooks DJ; Samii A; Weckesser E; van den Hoff J; Fricke H; Brinker T; Knapp WH; Berding G. Clinical Neurol Neurosurg 2008
  • A positron emission tomography study of cerebrovascular reserve before and after shunt surgery in patients with idiopathic chronic hydrocephalus. Klinge PM; Berding G; Brinker T; Knapp WH; Samii M. J Neurosurg. 1999 Oct; 91(4): 605-9.
  • Outcome of shunting in idiopathic normal-pressure hydrocephalus and the value of outcome assessment in shunted patients. Klinge P; Marmarou A; Bergsneider M; Relkin N; Black PM. Neurosurgery. 2005 Sep; 57 (3 Suppl):S40-52
  • Correlates of local cerebral blood flow (CBF) in normal pressure hydrocephalus patients before and after shunting-A retrospective analysis of [(15)O]H(2)O PET-CBF studies in 65 patients. Klinge PM; Brooks DJ; Samii A; Weckesser E; van den Hoff J; Fricke H; Brinker T; Knapp WH; Berding G. Clinical Neurol Neurosurg 2008
  • Amyloid and Tau accumulate in the brains of aged hydrocephalic rats. Gerald D. Silverberg, Miles C. Miller, Jason T. Machan, Conrad E. Johanson, Ilias N. Caralopoulos, Crissey L. Pascale, Anna Heile, Petra M. Klinge. BRAIN RESEARCH 1317 (2010) 286 – 296
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Director, Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spinal Surgery, Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's Hospital

Albert Telfeian, MD, PhD, leads the endoscopic spine surgery program. He is a neurosurgeon in the department of neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital and director of pediatric neurosurgery at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He is board certified by The American Board of Neurological Surgery. Previously he was an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and associate professor of neurosurgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He is a graduate of the MD/PhD program at Brown University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University and his neurosurgical residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed fellowship training in spine and functional epilepsy surgery at Switzerland’s Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, and a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Telfeian has published extensively in the areas of epilepsy, functional and spine surgery and is currently involved in the research and development of ultra-minimally invasive endoscopic techniques. He was the recipient of the American Association of Neurologic Surgeons Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Research Award, the American Epilepsy Society Young Investigator Award, and the J. Kiffin Penry Pediatric Epilepsy Award, and was named one of the nation’s 15 leaders in neurosurgery in the October 2011 edition of Newsweek.

Professional Papers

  • Smith SE, Kirkham FJ, , Deveber G, Millman G, Dirks PB, Wirrell E, Telfeian AE, Sykes K, Barow K, Ichord R.Outcome following decompressive craniectomy for malignant middle cerebral artery infarction in children. Dev Med Child Neurol 2010 Aug 30.
  • Simon SL, Auerbach JD, Garg S, Sutton L, Telfeian AE, Dormans JP. Efficacy of spinal instrumentation and fusion in the prevention of postlaminectomy spinal deformity in children with intramedullary spinal cord tumors. J Pediatr Orthop 2008 vol 28, No. 2.
  • Porter BE, Zhang G, Celix J, Hsu FC, Raol YH, Telfeian AE, Gallagher PR, Coulter DA, Brooks-Kayal AR.Heterogeneous GABAA receptor subunit expression in pediatric epilepsy patients. Neurobiol Dis 2005 Apr;18(3):484-91.
  • Sestokas AK, Telfeian AE, Duhaime AC, Sutton L, Sestokas LO, Schwartz DM.Intraoperative motor cortex mapping in children with intractable seizures using motor evoked potential (MEP) threshold gradients. J Clin Neurophys 2005 Oct;22(5).
  • Telfeian AE, Judkins A, Younkin D, Pollock AN, Crino P.Subependymal giant cell astrocytoma with cranial and spinal metastases in a patient with tuberous sclerosis. Journal of Neurosurgery (Pediatrics 5) 2004;100:498-501.
  • Telfeian AE, Landa J, Drummond D.Congenital formation of an intraspinal osseous vertebral ring causing spinal cord compression. Spine 2004 Jan;29(1):E1-3.
Orthopedic Surgeon

Richard Terek, MD is an orthopedic surgeon and musculoskeletal oncologist who specializes in reconstructive surgery and musculoskeletal oncology for adult and pediatric patients. He is an expert in the treatment of patients with bone and soft tissue tumors. He is actively engaged in medical education and is an NIH-funded investigator whose research is focused on understanding how bone cancer grows and spreads to other parts of the body, with the ultimate goal of developing new targeted therapies. He is professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Terek received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois, and was an American Cancer Society Clinical Oncology Fellow in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York.

Dr. Terek is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He is past president of the Rhode Island Orthopedic Society and president-elect of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society.

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Medical Director, Pediatric Sedation, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Inpatient Pediatric Medicine, Hasbro Children's Hospital
Director, Hematopathology
Assistant Director Transfusion Medicine and Coagulation
Program Director

Elissa Jelalian, Ph.D., has been a staff psychologist in the Department of Child and Family Psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital since 1992. She is also an associate professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Jelalian is a graduate of Brandeis University. She earned her doctorate at Miami University, and did her post-doctoral training in the Department of Child and Family Psychiatry, Rhode Island Hospital, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Research Interests

Jelalian’s research program focuses on development and implementation of innovative weight control interventions for children and adolescents, as well as evaluation of state-wide policy to promote healthier school nutrition and physical activity environments.  Her research has been supported by NIH since 1999 and has had a significant impact on the study of behavioral weight control interventions for adolescents.

Her current research investigates innovative strategies for involving parents in adolescent weight control. She is also co-PI on a NIMH treatment development grant evaluating the efficacy of cognitive behavioral intervention combined with exercise in the treatment of overweight and depressed adolescents.

Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist, Bradley Hospital

Gregg  Selke, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist at Bradley Hospital. He is also a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. As a neuropsychologist, he has expertise in a wide range of medical, neurologic, and psychiatric conditions.

Eileen Hansbury
Physcian Assistant
Patricia Carlson, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner
Patricia Flynn, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner
June Mack Bjerregaard, CFNP
Nurse Practitioner
Caitlin Montcrieff, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner
Dianne Hager Carlucci, RN
Research Nurse Supervisor
Rachel Bloch Rogovin, MSW, LICSW
Stephanie Freeman, LICSW, EdM
Sarah Moran, LICSW