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Mayor Bloomberg Declares June 9th Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament Day in NYC

Posted on: 05/05/2012

Mayor Bloomberg Declares June 9th Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament Day in NYC


Brain Tumor Research Fund to benefit from 9th Annual Tourney


May XX, 2012 – The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) along with the Neurosurgery Research Education Foundation (NREF) announced today the 9th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament, supported by the New York Yankees and hosted by Columbia University to benefit brain tumor research.  Neurosurgeons, faculty, fellows and residents from universities all over the U.S. and Canada are set to play ball on June 9, 2012 in Central Park.

“The event shows a real commitment to research. It is a tribute that these teams are willing to spend so much time and money to come out for this event,” says Dr. Ricardo Komotar, founder of the event and Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Miami.  “It reflects the competition, camaraderie, and dedication of participating programs, particularly the traveling teams.”

“It’s amazing how quickly and to what extent this event has grown,” says Dr. Komotar, a former Duke University baseball player, who got the idea for the tournament almost a decade ago when he was at resident at Columbia University in an effort to raise awareness about brain tumors.  “Brain tumors are a devastating disease.  We hope to communicate the magnitude of their impact and improve the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of brain tumors.”

Dr. Ricardo Komotar, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery at the Miller School of Medicine at Miami University. He graduated summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience from Duke University, spending a year at Oxford University in England to focus on Neuropharmacology. He received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with highest honors and completed his internship and neurosurgical residency at Columbia University Medical Center/The Neurological Institute of New York, followed by a surgical neuro-oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to specialize in brain tumors.


For more information on the 9th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament or Dr. Ricardo Komotar please contact Kathryn Kelly at 508-643-8000 or . 

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