Author: Ricardo J. Komotar, MD
Thirty-two teams of neurosurgeons from top medical institutions competed this past May in the 12th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament in New York City’s Central Park. The event was hosted by Columbia University, with proceeds benefitting brain tumor research.
This year’s competing departments of neurosurgery teams included Albert Einstein, Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, LSU, Mayo, Mount Sinai, NYU, Northwestern, Penn, Penn State, GW, Ohio State, Alabama, Tennessee, Utah, Thomas Jefferson, Colorado, Florida, Miami, Barrow, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Puerto Rico, USF, Toronto, Vanderbilt, Cornell/MSK, and Yale University. The playoff field included Miami, Emory, Columbia, Colorado, Alabama, Sinai, Duke, Mayo, Tennessee, LSU, Harvard, Jefferson, USF, Pitt, Penn State, and Barrow.
The “elite eight” teams were Barrow Neurological Institute, Columbia University, Duke University, Emory University, Harvard University, University of Alabama, University of South Florida, and University of Tennessee.
The “final four” teams were Barrow Neurological Institute, Duke University, Emory University, and University of Tennessee.
Barrow claimed their fifth championship in six years by beating Emory, 8–6, in the finals. A celebratory industry-sponsored post-tournament reception was held at the Hotel Novotel in Midtown Manhattan.
Sponsorship continued to be strong, with $100,000 raised to support neuro-oncology fellowships. The event was a great success again this year, securing much-needed support for brain tumor research.
Planning already has begun for the 13th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament in June 2016. For more information about the tournament, visit www.NeuroCharitySoftball.org, or contact tournament co-directors Ricardo Komotar (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jeffrey Bruce (email@example.com).