The fellowship program in Neuro-Oncology at Rhode Island Hospital and Alpert Medical School is an effort to create a training program centered on robust multidisciplinary clinical care of patients with brain and spinal tumors, as well as providing opportunities for research and career development. 

Fellowship Program Director: Eric T. Wong, MD

Summary of Program

The Neuro-Oncology Fellowship training program at Brown’s Alpert Medical School & Rhode Island Hospital will accept 1 fellow per year.  This is a fellowship leveraging the broad spectrum of patient cases at Lifespan Health System, one of the biggest hospital systems in New England.  Fellows will receive a broad experience in adult and pediatric neuro-oncology, specifically in the domains of (i) treatment of primary brain tumors and (ii) diagnosis and management of neurological complications of cancer.  These two areas are critical foundations that the fellows need before their advancement to become (i) clinical investigators establishing the efficacy of new treatments or (ii) translational scientists making discoveries at the laboratory bench.  The faculty members in Neuro-Oncology will help the fellow to achieve the fellow in their career goals. 

The fellow will rotate in outpatient neuro-oncology clinics at Rhode Island Hospital.  Required electives (in monthly blocks) include neurosurgery, radiation oncology, pediatric neuro-oncology, neuroradiology, and neuropathology.  Fellows will participate in weekly Adult and Pediatric Brain Tumor Boards, Spine Tumor Conference, and Research Protocol Meeting.  A research concept, either clinical investigation or translational bench research, will be developed near the end of the first year with the help of fellowship director and/or associate director.  It is expected that the fellow will develop, plan and execute a project in the second year and beyond if needed, and the research results may serve as preliminary data for future NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08), Exploratory/Developmental research Grant Award (R21), or Research Project Grant (R01).

Length of training:

2 years of training is preferred. 


Successful completion of an ACGME-accredited Neurology program or an ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine program ( only applicable for candidates pursing a combined fellowship with Hematology and Oncology). 

Core Faculty for Training Program: 

Neuro-Oncology Faculty

Eric T. Wong, MD

Heinrich Elinzano, MD

Sasmit Sarangi, MD, MBBS

Radiation Oncology Faculty

Esther Yu, MD

Sherry Yan, MD

Neurosurgery Faculty 

Steven Toms, MD


Current Fellows

2022: Hetal Mistry, MD ( Combined fellowship in Neuro-Oncology and Hematology/Oncology)