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The inaugural Tulane Urology Golf Tournament encouraged participants to a round of play with serious implications – battling prostate cancer 

October 20, 2011

Maureen King
mking2@tulane.edu


Dr. Raju Thomas (left), chair of the Tulane Department of Urology, talks with Archie Manning at the inaugural Tulane Urology Golf Tournament. Manning played in a foursome with Argil Wheelock, George Donegan and Tony Fuselier. (Photo by Pat Garin)

On the last day of September, a group of doctors, golfers and self-described duffers turned out in impressive numbers at Audubon Park Golf Course for a round of play with serious implications battling prostate cancer.

The inaugural Tulane Urology Golf Tournament was launched in conjunction with National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to raise funds for research and remind men that early diagnosis is crucial.

As the golfers sat quietly idling in their carts in anticipation of tee-off time, Dr. Raju Thomas, professor and chair of the Tulane Department of Urology, kicked off the competition.

“Gentleman, start your engines,” he said before joining his foursome for the afternoon.

Back at his office, Thomas heads up a team of surgeons and researchers that is working to unravel the genetic link behind prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer in men. They hope events like the tournament will help promote the benefits of early diagnosis and treatment. 

Tulane urologists have long been known for conducting both basic science and clinical research into the mysteries of prostate cancer, and Dr. Asim Abdel-Mageed of Tulane’s molecular biology program has achieved rock-star status among colleagues for his cutting-edge research. One of Mageed’s studies investigates the disproportionate incidence of prostate cancer and mortality rates in African American men.

His current research is funded through grants from the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society. And that is just the beginning, says the urology professor.

We want to translate findings into practical application, taking research from ‘bench to bedside’ with clinical trials,” says Mageed, who confessed to never picking up a golf club. He was encouraged to play a round at the tournament, but he didn’t want to hurt the Tulane team’s chances. To his delight, Tulane urology took home the honors, coming in at 12 under par.


Tulane urology's winning team included (from left) Dr. Arthur Caire; medical student Niels Johnson; Dr. Ash Bowen; and Dr. Kush Patel. (Photo by Pat Garin)

The tournament raised more than $10,000 for prostate cancer research. To donate to the cause or for more information, please contact Tiffany Palermo at tpalermo@tulane.edu or 504-314-7628.

Tulane Cancer Center offers free prostate screenings on the second Tuesday of every month.

Maureen King is a senior writer in the Office of Development.

 

 

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