BNI Captures Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament Crown
Forty teams of neurosurgeons from top medical institutions competed on June 8 in New York City’s Central Park as part of the 16th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament. The event was hosted by Columbia University and benefited brain tumor research via the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF).
This year’s competing departments of neurosurgery included: Rutgers; Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI); Case Western; Columbia; Duke; Emory; Harvard; Johns Hopkins; University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); Mayo Clinic; Mount Sinai; New York University (NYU); Thomas Jefferson; Penn State; George Washington; Ohio State; Alabama; University of Buffalo; Tennessee; University of Texas (UT) – Houston; Utah; Florida; Miami; Michigan; Penn; Pittsburgh; Puerto Rico; University of South Florida (USF); Toronto; University of Virginia (UVA); Vanderbilt; Cornell/Memorial Sloan-Kettering; Kansas University; Wake Forest; Washington University (Wash U); Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates (CNSA); Colorado; Indiana; Northwestern; and Yale.
The playoff field included Emory, CNSA, Tennessee, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, USF, UT Houston, Barrow, UCSF, Puerto Rico, Miami, Florida, Buffalo, Indiana, Michigan and Mount Sinai. The elite eight teams were CNSA, Barrow, Vanderbilt, UT Houston, Miami, UCSF, Florida and Puerto Rico. The final four teams were Barrow, Vanderbilt, UCSF and Puerto Rico. BNI claimed their seventh championship in 10 years by beating UCSF in the finals.
Sponsorship was strong again this year, with over $125,000 raised to support neuro-oncology research fellowships. “The event was a success again this year, securing much-needed support for brain tumor research,” according to tournament founder and co-director Ricardo Komotar, MD, FAANS, of the University of Miami.