The Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation

The Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation

The Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation

Plastic Surgery Trauma Fellowship Team

The Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery Trauma fellowship, the first of its kind in the nation, is a unique one-year program designed to train the next generation of plastic surgeons in advanced and innovative clinical care and scientific research. Our inaugural fellow (2015-2016), Eugene Y. Fukudome, MD, spent a year learning surgical techniques for treating acute and complex traumatic injuries in a multidisciplinary setting.

This year, the team is excited to welcome Giorgio Giatsidis, MD, as a research fellow. Giatsidis will collaborate with Dennis P. Orgill, MD, PhD, Indranil Sinha, MD, and other physicians and scientists at The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation on research efforts including muscle regeneration and post-traumatic soft tissue repair.

The clinical co-directors of the fellowship are Eric Halvorson, MD, and Christian Sampson, MD.

Eric HalvorsonEric Halvorson, MD, received his undergraduate degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He then attended Duke University School of Medicine, from which he graduated in 1998. He trained at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, in general surgery and then went on to train in plastic surgery at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts. Following his residency programs, Halvorson completed a microsurgery fellowship at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

In 2006, Halvorson joined the staff at the hospitals of the University of North Carolina as a plastic surgeon. During his time at UNC, Halvorson was director of microsurgery as well as residency program director. In 2013, Halvorson joined BWH as an associate surgeon in plastic surgery and burn surgery, an affiliate physician at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and lecturer at Harvard Medical School.

Halvorson’s clinical interests include craniofacial and lower extremity trauma reconstruction, microsurgery, burn reconstruction, advanced techniques in implant breast reconstruction, and perforator flap breast reconstruction (DIEP, SGAP, TUG, PAP). His research interests include negative pressure wound therapy for burns, preventing surgical infections, breast reconstruction outcomes, and surgical history.

Christian E. SampsonChristian E. Sampson, MD, is the director of residency in the Division of Plastic Surgery at BWH and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. He received a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University, a master’s degree from Boston University, and his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine.

Sampson trained in general surgery at Boston University and in plastic surgery at BWH and Harvard Medical School. He completed a fellowship in hand surgery at C.V. Starr Hand Surgery Center at Roosevelt Hospital in New York, New York. Learn more about Sampson’s work with Stepping Strong here.

Giorgio Giatsidis, MDGiorgio Giatsidis, MD, completed his training in plastic surgery with honors at the University of Padova (Italy), with a strong interest in trauma care and reconstructive microsurgery. He joined the Plastic Surgery Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2013 as a research fellow and, since 2016, has served as an instructor in surgery, focusing his research on the development of novel therapeutic approaches for soft tissue repair.

Giatsidis also teaches anatomy at Harvard Medical School. His goal is to be an effective academic surgeon-scientist integrating collaborative research, clinical care, and education to improve outcomes and quality of life for trauma patients. Learn more about Giatsidis’ work with Stepping Strong here.

For information on making a leadership gift to The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation, please contact Catherine J. Young at or 617-424-4316.