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The Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation (CSF) to honor Dr. Dominic Marino for his groundbreaking research on a disease which affects both humans and animals

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PLAINVIEW, NEW YORK – The Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation is honoring Dr. Dominic J. Marino, Chief of Staff at Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS) in Plainview, New York at its 4th annual Charity Ball to be held Saturday, March 5, 2011 6:00pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, New York. 

Dr. Marino is the founding board member of New York Veterinary Foundation (NYVF) and a pioneer in the field of Chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia (CLM/SM) in dogs.  He has recently launched the Canine Chiari Institute (CCI), a research arm of Long Island Veterinary Specialists which focuses on providing the latest research data to veterinarians as well as an educational tool for owners and breeders. CCI provides information and in depth descriptions of the conditions that affect the mainly small breed dogs that exhibit characteristic symptoms and signs of cerebellar compression and impaired CSF flow. NYVF has been funding this critical research over the past decade, which has lead to numerous innovations and countless successful outcomes for dogs and their families. Dr. Marino has presented his findings at human medical conferences around the world.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by “The Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation,” said Dr. Dominic Marino - Chief of Staff at LIVS “It is very rewarding to know that the work we are doing to fight this debilitating disease in the veterinary world is being acknowledged by the human medical community.”

“We felt compelled to honor Dr. Marino and recognize the important work that he is doing with Chiari and Syringomyelia and also his commitment to bridging the knowledge gap between human and veterinary medicine,”  Said Dorothy Poppe – executive director of the CSF “so many people will benefit from the collaboration that Dr. Marino is forging with the human medical 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.


About  CSF
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.