South County Hospital Spine Center
Treating Spine Conditions and Pain Management
The South County Hospital Spine Center is a partnership between South County Hospital and the Brain & Spine Neurosurgical Institute. The philosophy of our Spine Center, in Wakefield, RI, is to provide individualized, timely, comprehensive, evidence-based and compassionate care to the patient with back pain caused by the spine. Our highly-trained staff strives to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of your spinal condition so that the best possible treatment plan is followed.
Headed by Sumit Das, MD, board certified in Neurosurgery, our Spine Center team will follow you through your initial diagnosis, interventional pain management, and, if needed, neurosurgical consultation and surgery. When you are referred to the South County Hospital Spine Center, a complete history and physical is performed and appropriate radiologic studies are ordered. Every patient is seen as an individual, and a plan of treatment is developed for you based on your unique condition. This plan may include conservative management, physical therapy, injections or surgery.
Patients of the Spine Center benefit from the collaborative expertise of neurosurgeons, general surgeons, interventional pain specialists, registered nurses and other clinicians all focused on one thing: providing top quality care. At every step, they strive to ensure that each patient has a thorough understanding of the spinal condition and the treatment plan.
The office of the South County Hospital Spine Center is located in suite 214 in the Medical Office Building at 70 Kenyon Avenue, Wakefield, RI (the Medical Office Building entrance is directly adjacent to the Hospital’s main entrance.)
Better Care by Design
- Our Spine Center physicians have extensive experience in neurosurgery and general surgery to provide our patients with a wide variety of treatment options, from epidural steroid injections to minimally invasive surgical procedures.
- Highly respected, expert surgeons, nurses, and therapists committed to an optimal patient-centered experience
- Electronic medical records access for staff
Your Spine Center Team:
Sumit Das, MD
Dr. Sumit Das received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan in biomedical sciences and continued at Michigan for his degree in medicine. He received various awards at Michigan, including the prestigious Edgar A. Kahn Award in Neurosurgery. After completing his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Kalmon D. Post, Dr. Das served as an integral part of practices in Washington and Rhode Island. After only a few years in Rhode Island, Dr. Das founded the Brain & Spine Neurosurgical Institute, which has become one of the few multidisciplinary practices in the area.
In the field of neurosurgery Dr. Das' interests include minimally invasive spine surgery with the utilization of sophisticated radiographic and microscopic techniques. He strives to keep up with the ever-emerging challenges in neurosurgery, including fusion techniques and artificial disc replacement procedures.
Dr. Das is also an active member of the neurosurgical community through his participation in the American Association of Neurosurgery.
When Dr. Das is not in the office or the operating room, you can find him on the tennis court playing with or teaching tennis to his two young children, Nikhil and Aunjoli.
Christopher Ottiano, MD
Dr. Christopher Ottiano is a native Rhode Islander. He attended St. George's School in Newport before going on to receive his degree in chemistry from Wesleyan University. From there, Dr. Ottiano earned his degree in medicine from Tufts Medical School. He is a board certified general surgeon who has completed specialized training in spine intervention.
Dr. Ottiano has performed over 20 thousand epidural steroid injection procedures. He is also an active member of the International Spine Intervention Society.
Ronald Hillegass, MD
Dr. Ronald Hillegass is an orthopedic surgeon by training. He is a graduate of Princeton University and received his degree in medicine from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He then went on to complete his residency at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Hillegass moved to Rhode Island in 1973. During his time in Rhode Island, Dr. Hillegass has served as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Roger Williams Medical Center and has held professorships at distinguished institutions such as University of Pittsburgh, Brown University, and Boston University School of Medicine. He has also served as president of the Rhode Island Orthopedic Society and the Eastern Orthopedic Society.
Dr. Hillegass remains dedicated to the orthopedic community by serving on the Board of Councilors of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery as well as their Occupational Medical Committee. He is a founding member of the North American Spine Society as well as an Emeritus member of the same.
Dr. Hillegass has previously served as the orthopedic consultant to the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Rhode Island Reds hockey team, and the Wheaton College athletic teams.
Because of Dr. Hillegass' years of experience he serves as a valuable component to the Spine Center team. His position as a surgical consultant contributes greatly to the non-surgical care of patients.
Thomas Rocco, MD
Dr. Thomas Rocco has lived in Rhode Island since 1993 when he began his general surgery training at Brown University. Prior to moving, he grew up and went to high school in Long Island, NY. His undergraduate studies were at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received his degree in biology. He obtained his medical degree while attending University Health Sciences/Chicago Medical
Dr. Rocco has completed a board certification in general surgery. He has additional training in a Surgical Critical Care fellowship and is Wound Care Certified. Dr. Rocco has trained in spinal injections and is an active member of the North American Spine Society.
Katherine Williams, MD
Dr. Katherine Williams went to high school in Radnor, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and her degree of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Williams completed her residency training at Brown University. She has enjoyed living in Rhode Island since 1997.
Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Williams is board certified with additional training in interventional pain management. She is an active member of the North American Spine Society.