The Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation

The Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation

Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery Trauma Fellow, Trajan Cuéllar, MB, BCh

Welcome, Trajan Cuéllar, MB, BCh

The Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery Trauma Fellowship, is a unique one-year program designed to train the next generation of plastic surgeons in advanced and innovative techniques for treating acute and complex traumatic injury.

Q: Dr. Cuéllar, welcome to the Stepping Strong Center! Can you explain what “MB, BCh” stands for, and tell us a little about your background?

A: MB, BCh is the equivalent of an MD. I am originally from London and got my bachelor’s degree in Trinity College in San Antonio, Texas, where I majored in economics and minored in biology and chemistry. I returned to Europe in 2000 to get my medical degree from University College Cork, Ireland, and headed back to the states in 2008 to serve as chief resident at the University of Florida. Before I came to BWH, I did a three-year plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, the only Level 1 trauma center in that state. And in-between all that I met my wife and now have twin toddlers!

Q: What an accomplishment! The Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery Fellowship is designed to train the next generation of leaders in advanced and innovative techniques for treating acute and complex traumatic injury. What motivated you to focus on plastic surgery for trauma patients?

A: Historically, we have looked to the military to develop innovations in trauma research and clinical care during times of war. Today, with the rise of mass casualty incidents around the globe, we need a more thoughtful approach to complex reconstruction. When I came to the states, I saw a higher volume of incidents that led to traumatic injury, and that led me on the path to wanting to focus on this unique discipline. I enjoy helping people make positive decisions and like to see them get better. I also love the detail and complexity of microsurgery.

 


"I enjoy helping people make positive decisions and like to see them get better. I also love the detail and complexity of microsurgery."

 

Q: It sounds like your Stepping Strong fellowship is an excellent match.

A: Yes. People at the center collaborate at a very high level, and my hope is to learn all I can about nuanced solutions to complex problems while I’m here.

Q: What is your ideal job after you complete the fellowship?

A: I’d like to take the skills I am learning during this fellowship to an academic medical center. Let me just say, I am very grateful to the folks at Stepping Strong for funding a fellowship of this nature. By doing so, you are creating a pathway for people to express themselves professionally – and those who get trained will use their unique skills to benefit trauma centers around the country.