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UofT Neurosurgery Hits It Out of Central Park!

For the second year in a row, the Division of Neurosurgery at UofT organized a team to take part in the 8th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament in New York City’s Central Park, June 4th, 2011. This Tournament, supported by the New York Yankees, brought together 22 neurosurgical teams from across the continent. Some of the notable programs included: Johns Hopkins, Emory University, Columbia, Harvard, University of Pennsylvannia, Penn State, and the University of Pittsburgh. The Division of Neurosurgery at UofT was the only Canadian entry in the tournament.

In sharp contrast to the previous year when the UofT team won only one game out of many starts, this year the Toronto squad was successful at defeating Northwestern University in Chicago, the University of Utah, and the University of Colorado before losing to the Barrow Neurological Institute, a phoenix team which went on to win the entire tournament.

This year, the proceeds from the Tournament were used to support the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. The NREF has been pivotal at supplying research fellowship funds to neurosurgery residents. In fact, over the years, many neurosurgery residents have applied for and received research awards from the NREF including Betty Kim, Greg Hawryluk, and Demitre Serletis.

UofT Neursosurgery Team

UofT Neursosurgery Team
Figure Legend: Right to left kneeling: Dennis Izukawa (Trillium Neurosurgery), Ossama Khan, Shobhan Vacchrajani, Carlo Santaguida, James Rutka, Sumit Jhas, Mehdi Shahedi
Right to left standing: Chris Wallace, Greg Hawryluk, Ryan Alkins, DJ Cook, Julius Ebinu, Scellig Stone, Brian Drake, Taufik Valiante, Emily Neilson (base coach).

This year’s neurosurgery team from Toronto was elated with its relative success and progress since last year. All the more so since baseball is not the national sport or pasttime of Canada or Canadians. “Now if it were only hockey, we would show our American colleagues a thing or two!”, said DJ Cook, one of the players on the UofT Team. The entire UofT Team would like to thank Andres Lozano, Professor of Neurosurgery, and Dan Family Chair for his support of the Tournament.

James Rutka

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