Adetokunbo Oyelese, MD, PhD, FAANS

Director, Spinal Surgery Division, Director, Norman Prince Spine Institute

Adetokunbo Oyelese, MD, PhD, FAANS is the director of the spinal surgery division and the director of the Norman Prince Spine Institute at Lifespan. He is board certified by The American Board of Neurological Surgery and specializes in complex spinal disorders. He is a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and the assistant program director of the neurosurgery residency program at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research interests lie in understanding repair and plasticity within the spine and spinal cord.

His practice includes patients with trauma to the spine. He also has a special interest in the management and treatment of complex degenerative diseases of the spine, including spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and spinal deformity, as well as treatment of tumors arising from the spine and spinal cord. He offers patients cutting-edge surgical techniques such as minimally invasive spine surgery, artificial disc replacement surgery and Cyberknife stereotactic radiosurgery for tumors involving the spine and spinal cord.

Dr. Oyelese earned his medical and doctoral degrees from Yale University School of Medicine, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honor medical society. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at Stanford University and fellowship training at the Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders.



Lifespan Physician Group Neurosurgery, Rhode Island Hospital
Ambulatory Patient Center (APC Building) (directions)
110 Lockwood St., 6th Floor
Providence, RI 02903


  • Medical School:  Yale University School of Medicine
  • Residency:  Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship:  Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles


Professional Papers

  • Enhancement of GABAA receptor-mediated conductances induced by nerve injury in a subclass of sensory neurons. Oyelese AA, Eng DL, Richerson GB, and Kocsis JD. J. Neurophysiol. 74(2): 673-683 1995
  • The anticonvulsant Gabapentin enhances promoted release of GABA in hippocampus: a field potential analysis. Honmou O, Oyelese AA and Kocsis JD. Brain Research 692: 273-277 1995
  • GABAA receptor-mediated Conductance and Action Potential Waveform in Cutaneous and Muscle Afferent Neurons of the Adult Rat: Differential Expression and Response to Nerve Injury. Oyelese AA and Kocsis JD. J. Neurophysiol. 76(4): 2383-2392 1996
  • Differential Effects of NGF and BDNF on Axotomy-induced Changes in GABAA receptor-mediated Conductance and Sodium Currents in Cutaneous Afferent Neurons. Oyelese AA, Rizzo MA, Waxman SG, and Kocsis JD. J. Neurophysiol. 78: 31-42 1997
  • Staged stereotactic irradiation for acoustic neuroma. Chang SD, Gibbs IC, Sakamoto GT, Lee E, Oyelese A, and Adler JR Jr. Neurosurgery. 56(6): 1254-61 2005
  • Paradoxical cerebral herniation secondary to lumbar puncture after decompressive craniectomy for a large space-occupying hemispheric stroke: case report. Oyelese AA, Steinberg GK, Huhn SL, and Wijman CA. Neurosurgery. 57(3): E594 2005
  • Chronic Epidural Abscess Causing Soft Tissue Deformity Following Cranioplasty. Oyelese AA, Kaufmann D, Johannet, P and Matz PG. In preparation
  • Aggressive Aneurysmal Bone Cyst Involving C2, Requiring Radical Resection and Complex Arthrodesis From Clivus to C3. Oyelese AA, Kim D and Huhn SL. In preparation
  • Tumor Control and Hearing Preservation Following Frame-Based Fractionated Stereotactic Radiosurgery in Patients with Vestibular Schwannomas: An Intermediate Follow-up. Oyelese AA, Lee E, Chang SD, Golby AJ, Martin DP, M.D., Hancock SL, Adler JR. In preparation