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KU Neurosurgery plays charity softball tournament in Central Park

July 22, 2019

KU faculty and residents play charity softball tourney in Central Park to benefit brain tumor research.
KU faculty and residents huddle during a charity softball tournament in New York City's Central Park. The by-invitation-only annual tournament benefits brain tumor research.

Faculty and residents in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center competed in an annual charity softball tournament in New York City's Central Park.

A squad of seven faculty members and nine residents from KU, including Paul J. Camarata, M.D., chair of the department, took the diamond June 8 in the by-invitation-only 16th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament hosted by the Department of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. The event, which benefits brain tumor research, included 40 neurosurgery programs from around the country.

"The games and the camaraderie were outstanding. It was fun to cheer and root each other on during the competitive games," said Kushal Shah, M.D., assistant professor in the neurosurgery department at KU Medical Center. "This was our third year of participation and each year we have improved and won more games."

It wasn't all play, though. The 5th annual Andrew T. Parsa Memorial Symposium was offered the day before the tournament, with speakers and panelists providing insight on how to be successful during and after residency as well as establishing a specialty practice in neurosurgery. Participants also had a chance to meet and network with other residents and faculty from across the nation during a reception on the evening of the tournament.

The team from KU finished with a 2-1 record.

Last modified: Jul 22, 2019