University Orthopedics Taps Dr. Alan Daniels as Spine Surgery Division Chief

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — University Orthopedics is pleased to announce Dr. Alan Daniels has been appointed to Chief of the Division of Spine Surgery.

Dr. Daniels has been a member of the University Orthopedics family for years – completing both his residency training and his Trauma and Spine Fellowships here. He has been serving as Interim Chief since August of 2019 – helping to guide the Department of Orthopaedics through a very difficult time after the untimely passing of his predecessor, Dr. Mark Palumbo.

“In his time as Interim Chief, Dr. Daniels has worked diligently with the Spine Service physicians and we could not be any more thrilled that he has agreed to take on this role permanently,” said Dr. Edward Akelman, President of University Orthopedics. “In addition to the wealth of knowledge and insight he brings to his specialty, Dr. Daniels is committed to a higher level of patient care – a mission that is at the very heart of our practice. “

Dr. Daniels is a board-certified spine surgeon who specializes in complex spinal disorders. He serves as the Chief of the Adult Spinal Deformity Service at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. He is also the Director of Spine Surgery Research, an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and Co-Director of the Brown Spine Surgery Fellowship.

Dr. Daniels, a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, received his medical degree from the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland and completed his orthopedic surgery residency training at Brown University. His research focuses on spinal biomechanics, optimization of outcomes following spinal deformity surgery, complication prevention, and correction of complex spinal deformity.

About University Orthopedics

University Orthopedics (UOI,, with clinic locations in Barrington, East Greenwich, East Providence, Johnston, Providence, Middletown, North Providence, and Westerly, is a regional center for orthopedics, sports medicine, and rehabilitation. UOI includes more than 40 board-certified orthopedic, fellowship-trained musculoskeletal and sports medicine physicians.  These specialists are faculty members of the Department of Orthopaedics at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University who teach medical students, orthopedic residents, and fellowship sub-specialty surgeons.