To provide state of the art neurosurgical care.
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.