Dr. Stephen Saris, MD

Dr. Stephen Saris, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 63
Dr. Stephen Saris, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Providence, RI and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from Boston University School Of Medicine in 1979 and specializes in neurosurgery and neurological spine surgery.Read his story

1 Davol Sq Ste 302

Providence, RI 02903

Contact Information

(401) 453-3545

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Herniated Disc
more than 80% of peers
Intervertebral Disc Disease
more than 75% of peers
more than 66% of peers

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Dr. Saris' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Saris "Dr. Saris is the most senior, active neurosurgeon in Rhode Island. He began his training with a surgical internship in 1979 at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. The Beth Israel is a major teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School. After exposure to the various surgical subspecialties, he decided to pursue a career in Neurosurgery. Dr. Saris completed his Neurosurgical residency at Duke Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina in 1985. He completed two fellowships prior to entering clinical practice. The first was at the Massachusetts General Hospital during which he studied under such internationally-known surgeons as Drs. Robert Ojemann, Peter Black, and Nicholas Zervas. His second was a four-year fellowship doing research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Saris has written dozens of papers dealing with subjects ranging from spinal disorders to the diagnosis of pituitary tumors to novel treatments of malignant brain tumors. After this fellowship, he became an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Tufts Medical Center in Boston that is the main teaching hospital of the Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Saris spent four years at NEMC during which time he was promoted from an Assistant to an Associate Professor. He continued his research interest in brain tumors with the creation of a research laboratory. In 1993, he joined the faculty at the Brown University School of Medicine. He took a position as an Associate Professor, and soon thereafter assumed the acting Directorship of the New England Gamma Knife Center. Dr. Saris was the Director of the Brain Tumor Program at Brown University for many years and was Co-Chair of the Neuro-Oncology Committee of the Brown University Oncology Group. He additionally was Brown's principal investigator for a National Institutes of Health study looking at spine metastases. He is currently the author of over 25 refereed, scientific articles, in addition to five textbook chapters, and numerous abstracts. For many years he was on the Neurosurgery Sub-committee of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group and Neuro-Oncology Co-Chair of the Brown University Oncology Group. In 1999, Dr. Saris left academic medicine to create a private neurosurgical group of his own and to take the Chair Position in Neurosurgery at St. Joseph's Hospital in Providence. He has been voted by other physicians in the state as a Top Doc since 1996 by Rhode Island Magazine."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Saris "To provide state of the art neurosurgical care."

2  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

17  Conditions Treated

11  Procedures

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Boston University School Of Medicine
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1975
  • Boston University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Med Ctr, Harvard U
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1981
  • Duke University Hosp
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985
  • National Institutes Of Health
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1989
  • National Institutes Of Health
    Other Education | Completed 1990

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Saris has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Saris' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Saris to family and friends
252 total reviews (45 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (252)

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Dr. Saris' Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (45)

Dr. Saris performed my surgery and was completely pain free immediately. Sorry I didn't know about Dr. Saris sooner.
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i was afraid that I would end up in a wheelchair after surgery but everything Dr. Saris told me came true. I no longer have back or leg pain.
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Spinal fusion at L4/5. Pain greatly improved!
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From the initial consult, Dr. Saris was straight forward in his diagnosis and prognosis. His down-to-earth explanation of options was a welcome relief. He and his staff were expeditious in scheduling the necessary surgery. Follow-up was also problem-free.
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I had severe nerve pain due to s shattered disk. Dr. Saris did a midrosurgery and I feel GREAT! Back to bartending. Thanks, Rodd and Dr. Saris!
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