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Lenox Hill neurosurgery staff honored for advancing brain tumor research by Oligo Nation

From left: Northwell Health's John Boockvar, MD, and Tamika Wong, MPH, honored by Oligo Nation.
From left: Northwell Health's John Boockvar, MD, and Tamika Wong, MPH, honored by Oligo Nation.

Research at Brain Tumor Center explores new therapies


John Boockvar, MD, vice chair of neurosurgery and director of the Brain Tumor Center at Lenox Hill Hospital and Tamika Wong, MPH, the hospital’s director of neurosurgery clinical research, were honored at Oligo Nation’s Uniting for a Cure event held May 1 at the Taj II Lounge in New York City. 

Oligo Nation was founded in 2014 to bring together those living with oligodendroglioma, a rare type of brain tumor, and to mobilize funding of medical research for new and more effective treatments. Comprised of survivors and their families, Oligo Nation has a research strategy to capitalize on the breakthrough approaches succeeding against other cancers, but have not been tested against oligodendroglioma, including immunology and stem cell therapies.

Focus on Oligodendroglioma

At Oligo Nation’s fundraising event, Dr. Boockvar received the Nobility in Science Award in recognition of his unwavering commitment in furthering brain tumor research and for his outstanding surgical expertise in providing patients with safe, effective and minimally invasive treatments for brain tumors.

Ms. Wong received the Compassionate Care Award in recognition of her dedication in working with patients who may be eligible to participate in critical brain tumor research studies. 

“It was a great honor to be recognized by Oligo Nation,” said Dr. Boockvar. “We are constantly researching new and more effective treatments for all types of brain tumors. Tamika and I are delighted to be a part of Oligo Nation and share in its mission in identifying new therapies for the treatment of oligodendroglioma.”

To learn more about Lenox Hill’s Brain Tumor Center, click here or call 212-434-3900.

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