We don’t just work together, but we enjoy time outside of the hospital and celebrate our accomplishments together as well.
Residents graduating from our program endure tremendous demands and undergo rigorous clinical training to become highly skilled neurosurgeons. Graduation is the time we highlight their efforts with sincere appreciation and thanks and send them off in the tradition of the department. The annual George Cohn Lecture and Graduation Dinner have become a tradition for more than 20 years. The lecture is our showcase event followed by a formal black tie awards dinner.
Each year in June, our select team of residents and physicians grabs their bats and gloves and participates in the annual NeuroCharity Softball Tournament in Central Park which helps fund the NREF Research Grants. The annual event draws teams from 40 major neurosurgery residency programs across the country and raises money to benefit brain tumor research and is also sponsored by the New York Yankees.
Each June, the residents and a few attendings with something to prove gather on a Buffalo soccer field, lace up their spikes, pull up their socks, and for one afternoon battle it out to determine the ultimate soccer supremacy. The UBNS Champions Cup has only been around since 2016 but it’s fast becoming a coveted title and allows the winning team one full year of bragging rights.