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Advancing Medicine.

Touching Lives. Rho de Is l and H o s pita l • 2017

Patient’s New Lease on Life Page 4


rom recruiting world-renowned physicians, to creating unique programs that address some of the most pressing health concerns of our community, this issue of Advancing Medicine. Touching Lives. is full of stories that make me especially proud to be the president of Rhode Island Hospital. In the cover story, you’ll meet preeminent neurosurgeon Steven Toms, MD, and his very grateful patient, Jean-Jacques “JJ” Bouvard. JJ has a new lease on life thanks to the intricate brain surgery and compassionate cancer care he received at Rhode Island Hospital and our Lifespan Cancer Institute. You’ll also read in this issue about the world of difference that philanthropy makes to our work in the widening fields of neurosciences, behavioral health, burn care, and more.

Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH President, Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Thanks to your generosity, great things are happening every day throughout the hospital. I’m proud of the support we’ve received from all of our donors that allows us to fulfill our mission of delivering health with care. It’s a privilege to recognize you and our wonderful community of caring philanthropists in the 2016 Honor Roll of Supporters. I am so grateful to you and all you make possible. Thank you for being by our side.

Advancing Medicine. Touching Lives., a publication of Rhode Island Hospital Foundation, is published for our friends and supporters. At times we share news and information with our donors electronically. If you’d like to receive timely updates by email and help us reduce paper and postage costs, please email We invite you to learn more by contacting Ryan Whalen at 401-444-6311 Giving-to-Rhode-Island-Hospital

COVER: Patient Jean-Jacques Bouvard and his wife Sue-Ellen are grateful for each day and credit Rhode Island Hospital for making it happen.

More than a New Name


ancer care services at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, Newport Hospital, and an outpatient center in East Greenwich, have been renamed the Lifespan Cancer Institute. Formerly known as the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Lifespan Cancer Institute unites all of the system’s clinical services and its robust research program under a single name. The naming reflects enhanced collaboration to ensure that every patient has access to a full array of comprehensive treatments, medical technology, support services, and clinical trials. The Lifespan Cancer Institute, directed by David E. Wazer, MD, recently named internationally renowned researcher and clinician Howard Safran, MD, as its Chief of Hematology/Oncology. While it currently cares for nearly 4,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients every

year, the Lifespan Cancer Institute expects that number to increase, coinciding with an aging population. Offering patients active clinical trials and the latest protocols gives patients access to groundbreaking immunotherapies and other new and emerging cancer treatments at various stages of diagnosis and across many cancer types. To learn more about LCI, visit


be reversible, others may not. I knew I’d find a way to handle it. I just wanted to wake up and be alive!” On January 10, 2017, Dr. Toms assembled his team and JJ went in for the six-hour surgery to remove the tumor. “A lot of the tumor was under the motor and sensory part of the brain so it was delicate work to get to those areas, not damage the motor fibers that control his left leg, and still remove the tumor,” explains Dr. Toms.

Dr. Steven A. Toms; Jean-Jacques Bouvard; and Dr. Heinrich Elinzano

Neurosurgical Oncology Gives Patient New Lease on Life


ost mornings 54-year-old Jean-Jacques “JJ” Bouvard is up early and at the gym before heading to the office. But on December 19, 2016, he was abruptly woken earlier than usual when his left arm and leg began shaking uncontrollably. When it stopped, he brushed it off and started his day working out like any other. Later in the week he could no longer ignore the twitching and uncontrollable tremors on his left side. “It was getting scarier by the moment,” JJ says. He called his primary care doctor who was able to see him later that day. After a CT scan and MRI, JJ and his wife Sue-Ellen soon learned that the tremors were actually seizures, caused by a grapefruit-sized tumor enmeshed in the right side of JJ’s brain.


With 98 percent of the tumor safely removed and the remaining portion to be treated with chemotherapy, Dr. Toms and his team began to close the surgical site when JJ’s body temperature began to rise. Recognizing the signs of an incredibly rare and potentially fatal allergic reaction to general anesthesia—malignant hyperthermia—everyone in the operating room jumped into action. “It’s very rare; nobody in the OR had ever seen it, but we all knew how to handle it,” explains Dr. Toms. “Everyone responded perfectly: recognizing the signs early, they followed protocol, bringing in the cryogenic cooling blankets, and administering the appropriate medication.”

“There’s no time like the present,” JJ recalls saying. “Let’s get this thing out.”

“When Dr. Toms came down to the waiting room to tell me they had removed most of the tumor, but that there was a complication, you could see the genuine concern he had for JJ,” says Sue-Ellen. “He is so human and compassionate. He makes you feel like you’re his only patient.”

World-renowned neurosurgeon Steven A. Toms, MD (see Q&A on page 6), reviewed the MRI and recommended a biopsy. Pathology came back with grim news. It was stage 3 anaplastic astrocytoma, a highly aggressive cancer. His best chance for survival was a complex surgery, which was not without risk.

After surgery, JJ was monitored closely in the ICU before being transferred to Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center at Newport Hospital. At Vanderbilt, where he spent nearly three weeks receiving speech, physical, and occupational therapy twice a day, he relearned how to swallow, walk, and use his left side.

“Dr. Toms determined a path to get the tumor out,” says JJ. “He told us that my left side would likely be compromised; and that while some of the effects would

Pathology from the tumor resection showed that his tumor was downgraded to a less aggressive stage 2 oligodendroglioma with favorable molecular markers, meaning the only further treatment needed was six

“It was two days before Christmas,” Sue-Ellen remembers, “and it was a huge thing for our family to deal with.”

months of oral chemotherapy. “What was left of his tumor is minimally visible on MRI,” says Heinrich Elinzano, MD, JJ’s neuro-oncologist at the Lifespan Cancer Institute. JJ is slowly returning to his normal self: he’s back to work as an executive and going to the gym. “He thinks he can do more than he can, but that’s also his personality,” says Sue-Ellen with a smile. JJ’s left side remains hypersensitive to touch and temperature but he is learning to live with that. There is hope that with time the sensitivity will subside. JJ adds: “Dr. Toms’ superb execution of the tumor removal, coupled with his availability and constant communication with us, was outstanding. When there was a problem, he recognized it and fixed it. What more could anyone ask for?” JJ will continue to be monitored, but he, Sue-Ellen, and their 20-year-old daughter Nina are looking forward to years of quality time and travel, and a renewed commitment to health, nutrition, and exercise thanks to the care from the Lifespan Cancer Institute. “When you’re given a number of months to live, you view things through a different lens. Every day is a gift and I remind myself of that often,” says JJ.

JJ back on his stand-up paddle board


Meet Neurosurgeon Dr. Steven A. Toms quickly became interested in the brain. I decided to put the two together to fight glioblastoma. What have you enjoyed most since being back at Rhode Island Hospital? What has been exciting is the open, collaborative, and inclusive research environment here that is frequently not the norm in research. We have a group from engineering, chemistry, and biology that meets weekly to look at glioblastoma research and we’re working together to submit grant applications that could have significant impact on patient care in the very near future.

Dr. Steven A. Toms


fter training and practicing at some of the most recognized medical centers in the country, among them Cleveland Clinic, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Johns Hopkins University, neurosurgeon Steven A. Toms, MD, recently returned to his medical school alma mater, Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital. Serving as Rhode Island Hospital’s Vice Chair of Neurosurgery and Director of the Brain Tumor Program, his vision for neurosurgical oncology at the Lifespan Cancer Institute is making a dramatic impact on patients’ lives. We sat down with Dr. Toms to learn more. When did you know you wanted to be a neurosurgeon? My grandfather died of cancer a month before I was born and my mom constantly talked about him. As a result, I always knew I wanted a career in cancer research. It was my first research job as a student here at RIH when I discovered an interest in microsurgery and


You often operate on tumors that other surgeons won’t operate on. Why is that? I trained and learned from the very best, including Ziya L. Gokaslan, MD, who is also the Chair of Neurosurgery here at Rhode Island Hospital. Because of that, I am comfortable with new techniques and doing whatever it takes to give our patients the best chance for a positive outcome. Often it’s a millimeter or less in microsurgery that makes the difference between a great outcome and something quite different, so it takes tough discussions with families about their choices and a terrific, dedicated team to get the best results. Your son, who is now in his 20s, was diagnosed with leukemia at a very young age. How did that experience impact you as a physician? Going through the emotional rollercoaster of our son’s cancer treatment definitely made me a more empathic caregiver and surgeon. I feel I have a deeper understanding and appreciation of what my patients are thinking and feeling—the tsunami of disbelief and fear that a cancer diagnosis brings.

Neurologist Creates Podcast Curriculum


passionate neurologist and educator, Julie L. Roth, MD, turned to another of her passions when thinking about neurology’s impact on obstetrics for physicians in training. An avid listener of podcasts—This American Life and Reply All being her favorites—Dr. Roth decided to take the entertainment radio model one step further, because neurological disorders during pregnancy are increasingly recognized. “As we become more subspecialized in our individual areas, it can be difficult to keep up in more than your one field of focus,” says Dr. Roth, who is Director of Women’s Neurology at Rhode Island Hospital. “Instead of writing a textbook on neurological issues in pregnancy, I wanted to do something different. No one has really done case-based learning podcasts.” Finding the project both interesting and innovative, the Rhode Island Foundation awarded Rhode Island Hospital and Dr. Roth a $62,500 grant to make her vision a reality. With patients more than willing to tell their stories anonymously, and access to some of the finest experts in the world, Dr. Roth developed the curriculum for a series of clinical cases that illustrate key concepts in the care of pregnant women with neurological disorders. Among the cases the podcasts explore are stroke, epilepsy, migraine, and neurological issues with preeclampsia. “Whether a patient is predisposed or not, pregnancy can exacerbate these conditions,” says Dr. Roth. This fall, Dr. Roth will broadly release her six-episode series titled Pregnancy and Neurology: Safeguarding Moms and Babies through a website developed with grant funding. Each 15-minute podcast will also be available as a written case.

Dr. Julie L. Roth

“As the next generation of medical professionals is emerging at a time of startling advances in technology, this approach to delivering curricular material— especially on a subject less commonly encountered by trainees during medical school—puts Rhode Island Hospital at the forefront of innovation and connecting disciplines to enhance patient care,” says Dr. Roth.


over 5,000 individuals ages 18 to 26. Demand continues to grow. Currently, the clinic receives up to 200 new referrals a month, largely from college counseling centers whose patients are too ill for campus care and require longer-term treatment. One exciting new approach to outpatient treatment is the Positive Affect Intervention for young adults with depression and anxiety. Designed by Shirley Yen, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, the four-week group program teaches the skills needed to increase positive emotions. After each session, Dr. Yen texts the participants as a way to reinforce the skills they’ve learned.

Young Adult Psychiatric Services Thrive on Philanthropy


magine an 18-year-old college student sitting alone in a dorm room late at night. His thoughts race and he can’t concentrate. He hasn’t slept well for weeks. The interests that once were so engaging—sports, movies, politics—have disappeared. Now he’s irritable and anxious. Avoiding friends, missing classes, ignoring calls from home, he barely functions day to day. He’s not alone. More than 6 million young adults in the United States—or one in five—struggle with a mental health disorder. More than 1 million have a serious psychiatric condition. In fact, the most severe mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression, strike during young adulthood. Untreated, these conditions can lead to lifelong disability and suicide.


But thanks to the vision of psychiatrist and researcher Laura Whiteley, MD, and the compassion of generous donors, Rhode Island Hospital offers a lifeline for young people with serious mental illness through its Young Adult Behavioral Health clinic (YABH). It’s the only specialty clinic of its kind in the state. “Philanthropy is so meaningful to developing innovative research projects and interventions that benefit young adults. Without this support, our clinic wouldn’t be what it is today,” says Dr. Whiteley, who founded YABH in 2013 with significant support from an anonymous donor. Since it opened, YABH has provided affordable, accessible, and age-appropriate mental health care for

“We believe this approach will lead to better problemsolving, greater resilience, and improved overall mental health,” says Dr. Yen. “The participants really like the groups and the texting component. This is a very exciting project that wouldn’t be possible without philanthropy.” In addition, YABH clinicians are gaining expertise in using cognitive behavioral therapy to treat young adults with psychosis—a loss of contact with reality that can occur in the most severe of mental illnesses. More than 20 percent of the clinic’s patients have psychosis or schizophrenia. The Rhode Island Foundation provided early funding for YABH to coordinate services with primary care providers and college counseling centers. Today, YABH receives referrals from the Community College of Rhode Island, University of Rhode Island, Johnson and Wales University, Bryant University, Brown University, Providence College, and Rhode Island School of Design. Shauna Summers, PhD, is Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at RISD. She says the college offers a range of health and wellness resources to

support students, including those who are coping with mental health issues. “The past few years have brought an amazing amount of support and resources for college mental health in Rhode Island, particularly in Providence,” says Dr. Summers. “Programs like the Young Adult Behavioral Health clinic at Rhode Island Hospital have been great assets in complementing our on-campus supports.” Future directions for YABH include expanding collaborations with primary care providers and advancing substance abuse interventions and research. “The Young Adult Behavioral Health clinic helps people navigate during an extremely vulnerable time of life. We are so grateful to the caring donors who partner with us to help these young adults find their way,” says Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Did you know? One in five young adults in the United States struggles with a mental health disorder. More than 1 million young adults have a serious psychiatric condition. The most severe mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression, often strike during young adulthood.


Family Keeps Hospital in its Heart


eith Ulich of Newport was an avid outdoorsman who loved ice hockey and fishing. He was a hard worker who overcame a learning disability to earn his MBA. He was beloved by family, friends, and associates as a man who grabbed life in a bear hug and lived it to the fullest.


The 38-year-old bonds trader was doing just that on July 3, 2008, soaring over Aquidneck Island with his flight instructor and wife. Suddenly, their small plane lost power and crashed. Keith alone survived, suffering terrible burns over 75 percent of his body. He spent 10 weeks in an induced coma at Rhode Island Hospital’s Burn Center, where the medical team waged a pitched battle to save his life. But on September 15, 2008, Keith succumbed to his overwhelming injuries.

Dr. David T. Harrington

“To have so much support from the hospital during such an awful time made a big difference to my family,” he says.

His death was crushing, but to this day Keith’s parents and two brothers remain deeply grateful to the Burn Center. They appreciate not only the expert and compassionate care Keith received, but also the kindness shown to the family. In recognition, the Keith T. Ulich Foundation—which raises funds for charities at an annual New York golf outing—recently made a generous gift to the Burn Center. “We wanted to give back,” says youngest brother Michael Ulich, MD, a Louisiana pediatrician.

Center Helps Patients Overcome Addiction

Trauma surgeon David T. Harrington, MD, Director of the Burn Center, says the Foundation’s generosity will provide support for families like the Ulichs during the long journey of burn care. “Families are our partners,” says Dr. Harrington, Keith’s doctor. “We need them to tell us about the patient, to paint a picture of who we’re fighting for. They bear so much.” In his mind, Dr. Harrington can still see the family photo of Keith pinned above his hospital bed. “Crazy hair, a guy’s guy, life just radiating from his eyes,” the surgeon says, smiling. “It inspired me every day.” Keith’s family was inspired, in turn. “I learned so much about care and caring from the Burn Center,” says Michael. “Rhode Island Hospital is forever in our hearts.”

Special Thanks


ansas City Royals baseball pitcher Jason Hammel, formerly of the Chicago Cubs, stopped by the Lifespan Cancer Institute (LCI) to thank physicians and caregivers for the wonderful care his father-in-law, William Nichols, is receiving. Jason was thoughtful enough to bring along a signed jersey that reads, “Dr. Safran, Thanks for joining our team in this fight against cancer!”

mbracing its responsibility to address the state’s growing opioid abuse epidemic, Lifespan opened the Lifespan Recovery Center on June 19. Operating as a Rhode Island Hospital program, the center is uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive outpatient treatment fully integrated into a complete medical center for those seeking to overcome opioid addiction. “This is an evidence-based, multidisciplinary recovery program that regards opioid abuse as a chronic medical illness,” says Richard J. Goldberg, MD, Lifespan Senior Vice President of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. “We know that if you offer psychological therapies and peer review support in addition to medication, more patients have a better outcome and get their lives on track again.” The center is located at 200 Corliss Street in Providence and its employees are all experienced in treating patients struggling with substance use. Along with prescribing physicians, two of whom serve as co-medical directors, there are psychology services, a physician assistant, program manager, care coordinator, recovery coach, and administrative staff, all working in a coordinated team approach to care. “Patients are identified through emergency departments, inpatient units, primary care practices, and self-referral,” says James P. Florio, Jr., MBA, Director of Psychiatry Operations and Business Development at Rhode Island Hospital. “All care is coordinated seamlessly with patients’ primary care physicians and all insurances are accepted. Right now there are 250 people in our care, with capacity for 650. The need for this integrated approach is extraordinary.” The center’s medication-assisted recovery program focuses on the use of Suboxone, a pill containing

buprenorphine and naloxone, and carries a low risk of abuse, addiction, or serious side effects. It is an effective treatment for maintaining a safe, medically supervised method of stabilizing opioid use, and offers the ability to wean off potentially deadly opioids. Following an intake that helps physicians identify any underlying psychiatric or medical problems a patient may have, and once stabilized on Suboxone, patients participate in individual or group therapy. Specially trained recovery coaches—who have been through opioid addiction and reclaimed their lives—provide support and engagement. “Lifespan and Rhode Island Hospital have taken the initiative to create a state-of-the-art treatment capability that addresses one of our most important community health needs,” concludes Dr. Goldberg. “Too often, stigma keeps many people from seeking the help they need. We are working to change that. I encourage anyone who’s interested in learning more to please come visit our program.”

William Nichols; John Reagan, MD; and Jason Hammel.



2016 Honor Roll of Supporters

A Message from the Foundation


he new and exciting medical advances and research discoveries happening at Rhode Island Hospital are truly amazing. It gives me great pride to know we have an abundance of world-class medical expertise right here in our small state.

Rhode Island Hospital Foundation is proud to recognize its generous supporters whose philanthropy enables the hospital to provide exceptional, compassionate, patient-centered care to the people of Rhode Island and beyond. This list reflects cumulative gifts and pledges of $250 or more in the calendar year 2016. Many thanks for your generosity!

I also take great pride in chairing the Rhode Island Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, working alongside a wonderful group of community leaders who are committed to the health and well-being of our state and beyond. Their tireless support of the hospital’s philanthropic mission ensures Rhode Island Hospital continues to remain on the cutting edge of medicine, research, and education.

Roger Begin Chairman Rhode Island Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees

Rhode Island Hospital Guild Ms. Rita G. Schacter Mark E. Stamoulis University Orthopedics, Inc. Estate of Armand D. Versaci


On behalf of the hospital and all those we serve, I’d like to thank all of our board members (see page 15) for all they do, and you, our donors, for your unwavering support that makes so much of what we accomplish possible. It’s a privilege to introduce you to one of our board members: Douglas Scala.

Meet Douglas E. Scala


oming from a family of medical professionals, Doug Scala welcomed the opportunity to serve on the Rhode Island Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.

“My late father was an orthopedic surgeon at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam. My late mom was an occupational therapist, and my sister is an emergency room physician,” says Doug, who is regional president for Webster Bank. “This is my own way of pitching in. I certainly wasn’t going to be a doctor, but I know my parents would be proud.” Believing every state needs a strong hospital, Doug takes great pride in his work on the board to both build awareness and help raise critical funds for the hospital. “Our entire region relies on the hospital and the Lifespan network not only for health care, but from an economic and quality of life standpoint as well,” says Doug. “The support given to those struggling economically is critical; helping disadvantaged children and their families by providing access to programs and services they need makes such an important difference.” He sees his participation as not only an opportunity to learn about what is going on in the hospital and to be an ambassador, but to give back, which includes attending the President’s Pursuit of Excellence Dinner and the Hasbro Children’s Hospital ball annually. Doug comments that the leadership at the hospital and board level is second to none and he enjoys getting the word out to others about the world-class medical care Rhode Island Hospital provides, including recent innovations within the neurosciences. “I know someone personally who has been the recipient of our hospital’s world-class neurologic care. It’s incredible what the doctors here are able to accomplish and what the future holds,” he says.

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Living Heritage Society Anonymous (3) Dr. and Mrs. Reid S. Appleby, Jr. Mr. Kenneth Arnold Marilyn Baker Dr.* and Mrs. John T. Barrett Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Bert Kay Cooper Sophie S. Danforth Mr. John P. Denkowski Mr. Michael Dinkes* Michael W. Grossi* Mr. David E. Garamella Sandra G. Gross Betty L. Holloway W. Curt LaFrance Jr., MD, MPH Dr. and Mrs. John B. Lawlor Ms. Louise S. Mauran Richard McGanty Mr. A. Joseph Mega Raymond F. and Dorothy T. Morin* Sheila L. Pellegrini Judge and Mrs. Bruce M. Selya Mr. Dennis E. Stark Lorna E. Wayland Mrs. James W. Winston

2017 Rhode Island Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees

$250–$499 Paul Adler Mr. and Mrs. Leonel F. Andrade, Jr. Anonymous Bentley Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Born Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Bowman Mr. and Mrs. Roy O. Brady, Jr. Bucknam, Masseur and Associates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Carvalho Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Chafee Mr. Theodore D. Colvin* Mr. and Mrs. James T. Conway, Jr. Cranston Teachers’ Alliance Local 1704 AFT Cumberland Glass Co., Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Kristopher Davignon Diabetes Charities of America Donna M. Dumouchel, RN Mr. William T. Durkin Elite Physical Therapy, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Alfredo R. Esparza Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Feldstein FI Services Holdings, LLC Harold J. Field Fund Dr. Sharon E. Gibson Mr. and Mrs. Theodore L. Giusti

UBS Financial Services, Inc. United Seating & Mobility LLC d/b/a Numotion Safa F. Wagdi, MD Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wagner Mr. Jerome N. Weinstein West Warwick Police & Fire Disability Association Mr. and Mrs. Maurice G. Wilkins, Jr. Jane and John Williams Ms. Nidia Williams Mr. Kevin T. Wright

R. T. Nunes & Sons, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Roger D. Raymond Drs. Murray and Nitzan Resnick Mr. Andrew C. Rodgers Ms. Joan E. Salhany Mr. Everett C. Sammartino Dr. Thomas H. Chun and Mrs. Audrey C. Sinesi Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Sperling Strategic Visions in Healthcare, LLC Ms. Cornelia B. Sturgis Ms. Abigail B. Test Thirsty Beaver Smithfield LLC Ms. Susan B. Tiller Mr. James A. Tollefson Ms. Donna M. Travers Mr. Gregory G. Troy*

Roger N. Begin – Chair Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH – President Ellen A. Collis – Treasurer Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. – ex-officio Timothy J. Babineau, MD – ex-officio Sheryl Amaral Mary Ellen Baker Arthur A. Bert, MD Elizabeth Burke Bryant Anthony Calandrelli James L. Carr, Jr. Michael V. D’Ambra Edwin G. Fischer, MD Ralph V. Fleming, Jr. Kristen Haffenreffer Edward O. Handy, III Elizabeth Huber Dolph L. Johnson Scott B. Laurans Robert J. Manning Joseph J. MarcAurele Elizabeth J. Perik James A. Procaccianti Douglas E. Scala Michael P. Zechmeister



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Richard McGanty


rom long-distance kayaking 60 to 70 miles a week, to being unable to sit for 30 minutes without searing pain, Richard McGanty knows too well the debilitating impact of tethered cord syndrome. It was 1990 when the now-58-year-old began having back problems, experiencing electrical shocks known as Lhermitte that travel the body when the neck is bent or flexed. “I went through all sorts of testing and was told I had a B-12 deficiency,” says Richard, who works for a geo-environmental consulting firm in his native Massachusetts. “I started taking weekly shots and my body responded well at first, but it didn’t last.” When the electrical shocks returned, doctors in Boston were baffled. That’s when Richard’s own research led him to Petra M. Klinge, MD, PhD, Director of the Center

for Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders of the Brain and Spine at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Klinge reviewed Richard’s imaging and quickly diagnosed tethered cord syndrome; instead of the spinal cord hanging loose in the spinal canal, free to move with growth, bending and stretching, the cord is held taut at its end. If left untreated, tethered cord syndrome leads to progressive spine damage. Within three weeks, Richard underwent surgery to untether his spinal cord. Four days later, he was back home—the pain he had been living with in his tailbone nearly nonexistent. Now a year after surgery, with continued physical therapy, Richard has his sights set on getting back to kayaking. But first, the grateful patient made arrangements to include the hospital as a beneficiary on his group life insurance policy in support of Dr. Klinge’s tethered cord syndrome research. “I can’t say enough about how impressed I was with Dr. Klinge’s knowledge of a condition that can be difficult to diagnose,” says Richard. “There is no question that I found the gold standard of care at Rhode Island Hospital.” He continues, “Medical science is a never-ending learning experience—there’s still so much that we don’t know. It was an easy decision to support Dr. Klinge’s work; she is a passionate spokesperson about this condition and if this gift can help her make an even greater impact for patients in the future, that would mean a lot to me.” To learn more, visit

Advancing Medicine. Touching Lives. 2017  

A publication for friends and supporters of Rhode Island Hospital.

Advancing Medicine. Touching Lives. 2017  

A publication for friends and supporters of Rhode Island Hospital.