STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK – On a pleasant weekend in early March of this year, recognition of an extraordinary accomplishment was celebrated by over 300 attendees at the Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation’s annual spring gala held at the Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn in New York.
It was the first time the veterinary community was recognized by a foundation dedicated to alleviating the burden of humans afflicted with the Chiari malformation and syringomyelia by honoring Dr. Dominic J. Marino, chief of staff at Long Island Veterinary Specialists, for the work done in both research, education, service and application of newer surgical techniques in pets afflicted with Chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia. This work is fostered by The New York Veterinary Foundation of which Dr. Marino is both founder and board member.
Veterinary oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, internists, neurologists and exotics specialists from the tri-state region, veterinarians, physicians and dedicated patrons of this struggle to “bridge the divide” between human and veterinary medicine filled the ballroom as never before and the funds raised will assist in furthering the work of the Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation also known as “CSF”. The executive board of the Police Surgeons Benevolent Association along with members of the New Jersey State Troopers, New York City Police Department, Nassau County Police Department, Suffolk County Police Department, and Captain Paul Esposito, USN were in attendance. The American College of Veterinary Surgeons’ members in attendance included : Drs. Jacqueline Carver, Catherine Loughin, Curtis Dewey, Karen Cherrone, and Katherine Salmeri. Mr. Paul Farrell, chairman and founding member of CSF, a syringomyelia patient himself, spoke to the issue of the condition and its progression, and Mr. Joe Fitzpatrick , also a founding member served as master of ceremonies. Executive director, Dorothy Poppe, described her path to The Chiari Institute at the North Shore-LIJ Heath system in Great Neck, LI, with her afflicted son and to Dr. Marino with her dog who had Chiari-like malformation, her son operated on at The Chiari Institute and her dog at The Canine Chiari Institute at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. She graciously praised Dr. Marino’s work for the CSF as both a contributor and member of the CSF Medical Research Board.
Specialists from The Chiari Institute in Great Neck, NY, were in attendance at the gala and internationally recognized Chiari malformation neurosurgeon, Dr. Paolo Bolognese, introduced the honoree with praise for his surgical abilities and lauded his work at The Canine Chiari Institute at Long Island Veterinary Specialists also known as “LIVS”. Dr. Marino received the honor on behalf of the co-founders of The Canine Chiari Institute, Dr. Curtis Dewey and Dr. Catherine Loughin, the entire staff of LIVS, and the general practice veterinarians who support LIVS in its service to the veterinary community.
About Dominic Marino
Dr. Dominic J. Marino is the Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Staff of Long Island Veterinary Specialists, an internationally recognized veterinary specialty center with a staff of over 180. He is the founding director of the Canine Chiari Institute at LIVS and founding board member of the New York Veterinary Foundation. Dr.Marino was honored with both the Martin and Beatrice Weiser Outstanding Research Award and the North Shore Animal League Petering Scholarship Award during his residency. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is the former head of Orthopedic/Neurosurgery service at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.
Dr. Marino has published many scientific articles, and authored chapters in veterinary medical textbooks as well as editor and contributing author of Chiari – like malformation and syringomyelia, a handbook for veterinary professionals. He lectures extensively on many surgical topics including soft tissue, orthopedic and neurosurgery. Dr. Marino served as chairman of the Eastern Veterinary Orthopedic Society for several years and was on the National Advisory Board of North Shore Animal League of America. He served as the surgical consultant to Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY.
He currently serves as surgical consultant for: The Humane Society of New York, NY. North Shore Animal League of America, Port Washington, NY; Bide-A-Wee Animal Adoption Center, NY, The Guide Dog Foundation, Smithtown, NY; Sweet Briar Nature Preserve, Smithtown, NY; and is on the executive board of the Police Surgeons Benevolent Association.
Dr. Marino is the veterinary surgeon for New York City Police Department, MTA Police Department, Nassau County Police Department, Nassau County Sherriff’s Department, Suffolk County Police Department, Port Authority of the State of New York, US Customs and Border Patrol, Federal Air Marshalls and the Secret Service.
Dr. Marino’s areas of special interest include joint replacement surgery, neurosurgery and trauma involving the nervous system.
The Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization built on leadership, vision and commitment to find a cure for Chiari malformation (CM), syringomyelia (SM) and related CSF (Cerebrospinal Fluid) disorders, was founded in October 2007.Many recognized world-class physicians, scientists and professionals agreed to collaborate and form a superior Medical Research Board. The trusted and dedicated members of our Board of Directors and Board of Trustees include community and business leaders, educators, legal experts, families, and patients, who have been advocates in the CM/SM community for years. They have the skills and passion to create, fund, and direct programs and research that will change the lives of the 300,000 families affected by CM/SM. For more information on CSF visit www.csfinfo.org.