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Columbia Neurosurgeons Support Aneurysm Awareness at ‘A Cerebral Affair’

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Top left: Dr. Philip Meyers with Natalie Niekro, President and Founder of Joe Niekro Foundation; Bottom left: Dr. E. Sander Connolly, Dr. Philip Meyers, Charlie Prestigiacomo; Right: (Top row left to right) Dr. Dorothea Altschul, Jennifer Meyers, Dr. E. Sander Connolly, Dr, Philip Meyers, Bottom row left to right) Lena Lavine, Dr. Sean Lavine, Christine Connolly

It was a sparkling night on the shores of the Hudson River, where athletes, celebrities and media personalities from all over the world gathered to pay tribute to victims of cerebral aneurysms.

The event was called “A Cerebral Affair,” and it was sponsored by the Joe Niekro Foundation and The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation to benefit brain aneurysm awareness and research. Co-hosted by Gretchen Carlson from Fox News and Bill Ritter from ABC News, the event featured moving memorials from people who have been personally affected by a brain aneurysm.

The NFL Players Choir provided entertainment for the evening, which also included a reception, silent and live auctions and a formal dinner. Several members of the Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Department of Neurosurgery were also invited to this one-of-a-kind event. With spouses in tow, Drs. Philip Meyers, E. Sander Connolly, Sean Lavine, and Dorothea Altschul all gathered for the benefit at The Lighthouse in New York.

A cerebral aneurysm is a condition in the brain in which the walls of a blood vessel become thin and balloon outward. These “balloons” can burst and cause a hemorrhagic stroke, a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention.

Aneurysm awareness is a cause close to the hearts of our doctors here in the Department of Neurosurgery. Those who attended the event all specialize in treating aneurysms and are engaged in research to find better treatments. One of their main goals is to identify risk factors so they can find and treat aneurysms before they become life-threatening.

The Joe Niekro Foundation and the The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation both work to foster awareness about cerebral aneurysms. “A Cerebral Affair” was the first time the two charitable organizations have worked together.

“The evening was quite a success,” said Dr. Meyers. “The Joe Niekro Foundation has worked with us and the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery, funding ongoing scientific research into the treatment and causes of hemorrhagic stroke, and we are pleased to support their efforts.” As pictures from the evening show, a good time was had by all, and all for a good cause.

Learn more about aneurysm and hemorrhagic stroke care at Columbia on the Endovascular Center and Cerebrovascular Center pages.

Learn more about the doctors who came out to support the Joe Niekro Foundation and the Lisa Colagrossi Foundation at their bio pages below:

Image credit: Photos taken by David (photographer for the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery)

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