Saint Anne’s Hospital welcomes neurosurgeons to medical staff

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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Fall River, MA – Saint Anne’s Hospital has announced the appointment of two respected neurosurgeons to its medical staff.

Charles W. Kanaly, MD, and Prakash Sampath, MD, of the Rhode Island Neurosurgical Institute, bring a wide range of expertise to caring for patients at Saint Anne's Hospital who require surgical treatment of the central nervous system. This includes diseases or conditions that include the brain, spinal cord and spinal column, peripheral nerves, and arteries in the neck.

Drs. Kanaly and Sampath are performing surgery at Saint Anne’s Hospital and maintain local offices in Fall River and North Dartmouth.

About Charles W. Kanaly, MD
Dr. Kanaly graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor’s Charles W. Kanaly, MD, neurosurgeondegree in biology and a certificate in neurobiology. He earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, followed by an internship in general surgery and residency and chief residency in neurological surgery at Duke University. During his residency at Duke, he was awarded the prestigious Preuss Research Award for neuro-oncology research.

Dr. Kanaly’s clinical and research interests include primary and metastatic brain and spine tumors, skull base neurosurgery (including acoustic neuromas, eningiomas, and pituitary tumors), microsurgery for trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm, minimally invasive spine surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery for both brain and spinal disorders, and general adult neurosurgery.

A clinical instructor at Boston University, Dr. Kanaly is the co-author of articles in numerous medical journals, including Neurosurgery, the Journal of Neuro-Oncology, and Neurological Research. He also is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Society for Neuro-Oncology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

About Prakash Sampath, MD
Board certified in neurological surgery, Dr. Sampath’s clinical and research interests encompass all aspects of adult neurosurgery with a focus on brain tumors.Prakash Sampath, MD, neurosurgeon

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, Dr. Sampath earned his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, followed by a general surgery internship, neurosurgery residency and fellowship in neuro-oncology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He also served as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Sampath has served in a number of leadership and academic roles. Formerly director of neurosurgical oncology at Rhode Island Hospital, he is currently chief of the division of neurosurgery at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence where he leads hospital’s brain tumor laboratory. He is an associate professor at Boston University School of Medicine and an associate professor (adjunct) at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Sampath is the author or co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, as well as more than a dozen reviews and book chapters, and has presented at more than 40 lectures and conferences worldwide. He serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals, including Neurosurgery Quarterly, Journal of Spinal Disorders, Neurosurgery, and the Journal of Neuro-Oncology.

In 2008, Dr. Sampath founded the Rhode Island Brain and Spine Tumor Foundation to increase awareness of brain and spine tumors, support patients and caregivers, and develop more resources for patient care and research. He has been named by Rhode Island Monthly as one of the state’s top doctors and as a top doctor by U.S. News and World Report.

About Saint Anne’s Hospital’s surgical program
Neurosurgery is the latest addition to Saint Anne’s growing surgical program. The hospital’s medical staff of more than 150 surgical specialists provides adult and pediatric inpatient and outpatient care at locations in Fall River, North Dartmouth and Attleboro. In addition to neurosurgery, specialties include general surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, urology, gynecology, breast surgery, ear, nose and throat surgery, endoscopy procedures, plastic surgery, podiatry, thoracic surgery, and vascular surgery.

Saint Anne’s Hospital is a community hospital with comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care services, serving adults and children at its main campus in Fall River, in Rhode Island, and at its community satellites. Founded in 1906 by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, Saint Anne's Hospital is a member of Steward Health Care, the largest fully integrated community care organization in New England. Saint Anne’s has been recognized time and again for quality, safety and service by such organizations as The Joint Commission (“Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for Heart Attack, Surgery and Pneumonia Care”); Healthgrades (Stroke Care Excellence Award 2013); The Leapfrog Group, “A” for patient safety); Harvard Pilgrim (Hospital Honor Roll for top 15% in U.S. for quality, safety and patient satisfaction); and Blue Cross Blue Shield (“Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement”).


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