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  Licensure and Certification:




Massachusetts      license number: 71248


Rhode Island         license number: 8444
Date of birth:
May 15, 1954
  Insurance coverage: Coverys ProMutual, Issuance date 1/1/1999


Roxbury Latin School
Boston, Massachusetts


Boston University, Boston, MA
Six Year Program, Liberal Arts and Medicine
M.S. Degree; Magna Cum Laude


Edinburgh University, Faculty of Arts
Edinburgh, Scotland


Edinburgh University, Faculty of Medicine
Western General Hospital


Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA
M.D. Degree

  Postdoctoral Training:  


Surgical Intern, Beth Israel Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts



Fellow in Neurosurgery,
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts


Resident in Neurosurgery, Duke Hospital
Duke Medical School
Durham, North Carolina


Senior Staff Fellow
Clinical Neurosurgery Section

National Institute of Neurological
Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

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  Post-Training Positions:  


Assistant Professor
New England Medical Center
Department of Neurosurgery
750 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111



Associate Professor
New England Medical Center
Department of Neurosurgery
750 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111


Associate Professor
Rhode Island Hospital
Department of Neurosurgery
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903


Chair, Division of Neurosurgery
Saint Joseph's Hospital
200 High Service Avenue
North Providence, RI 02904
Robert Buonanno, M.D., Department Chief
Current and Past Hospital Appointments:


Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI


Newport Hospital, Newport, RI


Women & Infants' Hospital, Providence, RI


Westerly Hospital, Westerly, RI


Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, MA


Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, North Providence, RI


Roger Williams Hospital, Providence, RI


Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket, RI


Kent County Hospital, Warwick, RI


Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI


Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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Committees, Positions





Acting Director, New England Gamma Knife Center

Director, Rhode Island Brain Tumor Clinic

Director, Rhode Island Neuro-Oncology Board

Neurosurgery Subcommittee, Radiation Therapy
Oncology Group (RTOG)


Teaching Affliation:




Brown Neurosurgical Residency Program










American Board of Medical Examiners, Diplomate

Congress of Neurosurgery

American Board of Neurological Surgery, Diplomate

Research Society of Neurological Surgery

Tumor Section
American Association of Neurological Surgeons

American Society of Clinical Oncology

Spine Section
American Association of Neurological Surgeons

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Editorial boards:

I have reviewed papers for the following journals

  • Cancer Research
  • Cancer
  • Neurosurgery
  • Journal of Biological Response Modifiers
  • Journal of Immunotherapy
  • Journal of Neurosurgery


refereed clinical and scientific articles

1. Saris SC: Chorea caused by caudate infarction. Arch Neurol 40:590-591,1983
2. Saris SC, Vavoulis G, Linder J, Friedman A: Fibrosarcoma of the heart metastatic to the brain. Neurosurg 13:327-329,1983
3. Saris SC, Bigner SA, Bigner DD: Intracerebral transplantation of a human glioma line in immunosuppressed rats. J Neurosurg 60:582-588,1984
4. Bullard DE, Saris SC, Bigner DD: Internal carotid artery injections in 40-99 gram Fischer rats: Technical note and evaluation of blood flow by various techniques. Neurosurg 14:406-411,1984
5.  Saris SC, Nashold BS Jr: Dorsal root entry zone coagulation for post-amputation pain. J Neurosurg 62:72-76,1985
6. Saris SC, Silver J, Vieira J, Nashold BS Jr: Sacral rhizotomy for perineal pain. Neurosurg 19:789-793,1986
7. Saris SC, Rawlings CE III, Muraki A, Friedman A: Syringomyelia in a man with sarcoidosis. Neurosurg 16:805-807,1986
8. Saris SC, Patronas N, Loriaux L, Cutler GB, Niemann L, Chrousos G, Doppman J, Oldfield EH: Pituitary CT scanning in Cushing Syndrome. Radiology 162:775-777,1987
9. Saris SC, Shook D, Blasberg R, Doppman J, Dedrick R, Lutz R, Blacklock JR, Bankiewicz K, Oldfield EH: Intracarotid drug delivery with diastole-phased, pulsed infusion. J Neurosurg 67:721-725,1987
10. Saris SC, Wright DC, Oldfield EH, Blasberg RG: Intravascular streaming and variable delivery to brain following intracarotid artery infusions in the Sprague-Dawley rat. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 8:116-120,1988
11. Saris SC, Nashold BS Jr: Successful treatment of phantom pain with dorsal root entry zone lesions. Appl Neurophysiol 51:188-197, 1988
12. Saris SC, Vieira FS, Nashold BJ Jr: Dorsal root entry zone coagulation for intractable sciatica. Appl Neurophysiol 51:206-211, 1988
13. Saris SC, Rosenberg SA, Friedman R, Rubin JT, Barba D, Oldfield E: Penetration of interleukin-2 across the human brain-cerebrospinal fluid barrier. J Neurosurg 69: 29-34, 1988
14. Alexander JA, Saris SC, Oldfield EH: The effect of interleukin-2 on the blood-brain barrier in the 9L gliosarcoma rat model. J Neurosurg 70: 92-96,1988
15. Barba D, Saris SC, Holder C, Rosenberg SA, Oldfield EH: Intratumoral LAK cell and interleukin-2 therapy of human gliomas. J Neurosurg 70: 175-182, 1989
16. Plunkett RJ, Saris SC, Bankiewicz K, Weber R: Implantation of dispersed cells into primate brain. J Neurosurg 70: 441-445, 1989
17. Saris SC, Alexander JA, Frank, Dwyer A, Rosenberg SA, Rubin JT, Oldfield EH: The effect of intravenous interleukin-2 on brain water content. J Neurosurg 71:168-174, 1989
18. McCutcheon I, Baranco R, Katz D, Saris SC: Adoptive immunotherapy of brain metastases in mice. J Neurosurg 72: 102-109, 1990
19. Saris SC, Blasberg RG, Carson RE, DeVroom HL, Lutz R, Dedrick RL, Pettigrew K, Chang R, Doppman J, Wright DC, Herscovitch P, Oldfield EH: Intravascular streaming during carotid artery infusions: Demonstration in humans and reduction using diastole-phased, pulsatile administration. J Neurosurg 74: 763-772, 1991
20. Akbasak A, Oldfield EH, Saris SC: Expression and modulation of mouse primary brain tumor major histocompatibility antigens in vitro. J Neurosurg 75: 922-929, 1991
21. Saris SC, Spiess P, Lieberman D, Wallbridge S, Lin S: Adoptive immunotherapy of brain metastases in mice with tumor infiltrating lymphocytes. J Neurosurg 76: 513-519, 1992
22. Saris SC, Solares G, Wazer D, et al. Boron neutron capture therapy for murine malignant gliomas. Cancer Research 52: 4672-4677, 1992
23. Wexler LH, DeLaney T, Saris SC, Horowitz M. Long-term survival after CNS relapse in a patient with osteosarcoma. Cancer 72: 1203-1208, 1993
24. Solares GR, Zamenhof RG, Wazer DE, DiPetrillo TA, Saris SC, Cano G, Harling OK. Effects of fractionation of boron neutron capture therapy in a mouse glioma model. In press, Proceeding of the Fourth International Symposium on Boron Neutron Capture Therapy.
25. Perez-Cruet M, Adelman L, Anderson M, Roth P, Ritter A, Saris SC. CT-guided stereotactic biopsy of non-enhancing brain lesions. Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, 61:105-117, 1993.
26. Burgess F.W., S. Saris. Interventional Pain Management. Issues in Pain Management. December 1994. Volume 1:2.
27. Cano GC, Anderson M, Borden J, Saris SC. Hydromyelia associated with a posterior fossa cyst. Surgical Neurology, February 1995.
28. Brem H and the Polymer-Brain Tumor Treatment Group (Saris S, Principal Investigator, New England Medical Center) Placebo-controlled trial of safety and efficacy of intraoperative controlled delivery by biodegrdable polymers of chemotherapy for recurrent gliomas. Lancet 345: 1008-1012, 1995
29. Glantz MJ, Choi K, Kearns CM, Cole BF, Mills P, Zuhowski EG, Saris S, Rhodes CH, Stopa E, Egorin MJ. Phase I study of weekly outpatient paclitaxel and concurrent cranial irradiation in adults with astrocytomas. J Clin Onc 14: 600-609, 1996
30. Zunkeler B, Carson RE, Olson J, Blasberg RG, DeVroom H, Lutz RJ, Saris SC, Wright DC, Kammerer W, Patronas NJ, Decdrick RL, Herscovitch P, Oldfield EH. Quantification and pharmacokinetics of blood-brain barrier disruption in humans. J Neurosurg 85: 1056-65, 1996
31. Saris S. Multidisciplinary approach to malignant gliomas. Rhode Island Medical Journal, 1997
32. Ulin K, Bornstein LE, Ling M, Saris S, Wu J, et al. A technique for accurate planning of stereotactic brain implants prior to head ring fixation. Int J Radiation Oncology Biol Phys 39: 757-767, 1997
33. Glantz M, Mills P, Saris SC, et al. High dose intravenous methotrexate for patients with leptomeningeal carcinomatissis: Is intrathecal chemotherapy necessary. J Clin Onc 16: 1561-1567, 1998
34. Patchell RA, Tibbs PA, Regine WF, Payne R, Saris S, Kryscia RJ, Young B. A randomized trial of direct decompressive surgical resection in the treatment of spinal cord compression caused by metastasis. Proceedings of ASCO 22:1, 2003.
35. Regine WF, Tibbs PA, Young A, Payne R, Saris S, Kryscio RJ, Patchell RA. Metastatic spinal cord compression: a randomized trial of direct decompressive surgical resection plus radiotherapy vs. radiotherapy alone. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics 1;57(2 Suppl):S125, 2003.
36. Patchell RA, Tibbs PA, Regine WF, Payne R, Saris S, Kryscio RJ, Young B.
A randomized trial of direct decompressive surgical resection in the treatment of spinal cord compression caused by metastasis. Jourrnal of Clinical Oncology 1;21(23 Suppl):237, 2003.
37. Patchell RA, Tibbs PA, Regine WF, Payne R, Saris S, Kryscio RJ, Young B.
A randomized trial of direct decompressive surgical resection in the treatment of spinal cord compression caused by metastasis. Submitted to: The New England Journal of Medicine, September 2004.

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1. Saris SC, Bigner DD: Experimental Neuro-oncology, Chapter 24 in Foundations in Neurosurgery. Crockard A, Hayward R, Hoff J (eds), Blackwell Scientific Publications, London, England. pp 392-416, 1985
2. Bronec P, Saris SC, Nashold BS Jr: Dorsal Root Entry Zone Coagulation, In Operative Surgery, Symonds L (ed), Butterworths, London/Boston, 1990 (in press)
3. Heilman C, Saris SC: Malignancies of the brain. In Primary Malignancies, Cameron R. (ed), Lange Series, Chaper 54, pp 435-443.
4. Roth P, Saris SC: Neurologic Emergencies. In Primary Malignancies, Cameron R. (ed), Lange Series, 1994, Chapter 11, pp 53-59.
5.  Harling OK, Zamenhof RG, Yanch JC, Choi R, Saris SC, et al: Boron neutron capture and radiation synovectomy research at the M.I.T research reactor. In Boron neutron capture therapy.
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