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The 2005 Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament


Posted on: 07/02/2005

The 2005 Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament

was played on June 11th in the Great Lawn of Central Park in New York City. The event was hosted by Columbia University and sponsored by George Steinbrenner and Alex Rodriquez of the New York Yankees, with all proceeds benefiting pediatric brain tumor research. Competing teams included the Departments of Neurosurgery from eight of the nation's top medical centers - Columbia, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, NYU, Yale, Albert Einstein, and Mt. Sinai. In honor of one of the former Chairman at Columbia and pioneers of neurosurgery, the championship trophy was named "The J. Lawrence Pool Memorial Trophy" and will be housed at the winning institution. This year Columbia claimed the championship by beating Cornell 9-2 in the finals, while Albert Einstein defeated Harvard 10-6 to place 3rd.

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Organized by Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D., a neurosurgery resident at Columbia University, this year's tournament raised nearly $70,000 for the Columbia University Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund (www.KidsBrainResearch.org). Columbia is set to defend their title in June of 2006.
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