Curtis E. Doberstein, MD

Dr. Curtis Doberstein, vice chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, received his medical degree in 1988 from McGill University in Montreal and completed his residency in neurosurgery and fellowship at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Curtis Doberstein

Dr. Doberstein has been board-certified by the American Board of Neurosurgery since the year 2000. He served as interim chairman of Neurosurgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University from 2007 to 2010. In 1995, Dr. Doberstein joined the Neurosurgery Foundation and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is an Associate Professor (clinical) in the Department of Neurosurgery at Brown and serves as the Brown Neurosurgery Residency Program Director. He directs the Section of Vascular Neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital. He is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurologic Surgeons, and serves as a MOC/CME committee member for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Doberstein specializes in surgery on the blood vessels of the brain, neck, and spinal column. He sees many patients with circulatory problems such as aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, and carotid artery disease. He also treats people with nervous system tumors, including those of the brain and the skull base. Patients with degenerative spine disorders comprise another large part of his practice.

Curriculum Vitae

Other Team Members

Physician assistant Leanne Llado joined Dr. Doberstein's practice in 2013. Leanne received her undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey and her M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies at Arcadia University. Prior to joining the Neurosurgery Foundation, Leanne worked for several years at an orthopedic specialty center in Pennsylvania. Leanne evaluates new patients, answers patients’ medical questions, orders prescriptions, and assists with surgical procedures. For patients who need surgery, she provides care before, during, and after hospitalization.

Research Interests

Dr. Doberstein has conducted basic-science research on apoptosis after stroke and cerebral metabolic alterations following closed head injuries.

At present, Dr. Doberstein is investigating clinical outcomes following the removal of plaque from a carotid artery.  He has performed over 500 of these surgeries.  Specifically, he is exploring the feasibility of same-day discharge after carotid endarterectomry.  Research studies also look at patients who underwent carotid artery surgery with local anesthesia only. One examines patient satisfaction after surgery; the other assesses post-surgical outcomes in over 500 patients.

Professional Papers

  • Penetrating brain injury after suicide attempt with speargun: cae study and review of literature. Williams JR, Aghion DM, Doberstein CE, Cosgrove GR, Asaad WF.

    Front Neurol. 2014 Jul 7;5:113

  • The safety and feasability of outpatient carotid endarterectomy. Doberstein CE, Goldman MA, Grossberg JA, Spader HS. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2012 Feb;114(2):108-11.
  • Central fever as an early predictor of vasospasm in a child with isolated intraventricular hemorrhage. Spader HS, Doberstein CE, Rao AJ, Jayaraman MV. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2011 Feb;113(2):146-9.
  • Preoperative MRI evaluation of pituitary macroadenoma: imaging features predictive of successful transsphenoidal surgery. Boxerman JL, Rogg JM, Donahue JE, Machan JT, Goldman MA, Doberstein CE. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2010 Sep;195(3):720-8.
  • Cerebellar pial arteriovenous malformations presenting with medullary venous hypertension: imaging and endovascular treatment. Jayaraman MV, McTaggart RA, Sachs GM, Doberstein CE. J Neurointerv Surg. 2010 Mar;2(1):38-40.
  • Safety of intravenous heparin administration after endovascular treatment for ruptured intracranial aneurysms. Vance AZ, Jayaraman MV, Dubel GJ, Doberstein CE, Haas RA. J Neurointerv Surg. 2009 Dec;1(2):136-41.

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