Author: Ricardo J. Komotar, MD
Thirty-two teams of neurosurgeons from top medical institutions competed on June 7th in New York City’s Central Park as part of the 11th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament (www.NeuroCharitySoftball.org). The event was hosted by Columbia University, and benefited brain tumor research.
This year’s competitors included neurosurgeons from 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, LSU, Hopkins, Mayo, Jefferson, Vanderbilt, Emory, Barrow, USF, Penn, Florida, Pittsburgh, Harvard, Columbia, Alabama and Mount Sinai. The elite eight teams were Miami, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, Barrow, USF, Pittsburgh, Columbia and Alabama. The final four teams were Miami, Barrow, Pittsburgh and Columbia. BNI claimed their fourth championship in five years by beating Pittsburgh in the finals.
Sponsorship was strong again this year, with nearly $100,000 being raised to support neuro-oncology fellowships for much-needed support for brain tumor research. For the eleventh consecutive year, the Steinbrenner family and New York Yankees sponsored the tournament. The event also was supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who declared the date “Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament Day” in New York City. An industry-sponsored post-tournament reception was held at Hotel Novotel in Midtown.
Tournament pictures may be viewed at: https://2014neurosurgerybenefitsoftball.shutterfly.com/
Planning has already begun for the 12th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament, to be held in June 2015.
For more information, visit: www.NeuroCharitySoftball.org
Ricardo Komotar, MD