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 is a unique one-year program designed to train the next generation of plastic surgeons in advanced and innovative clinical care and scientific research.

In July 2017 we welcomed plastic surgeon Trajan Cuellar, MB, BCh, as the new Stepping Strong trauma fellow. Cuellar follows in the footsteps of Eugene Y. Fukudome, MD (2015–16), and Giorgio Giatsidis, MD (2016–17).


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, MDTrajan Alistair Cuéllar, MB, BCh, is the 2017–18 Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery fellow. Born in London, he did his medical residency at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, where he trained exclusively in plastic and reconstructive surgery for the last six months of the program. Seeking a broader volume of patients and increased complexity in his training, Cuellar moved to the USA to pursue general surgery at the University of Florida (UF). He completed his plastic surgery training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he received the highest score in the program on the in-service exam. His research interests include microsurgical breast reconstruction and lower extremity traumatic reconstruction. Cuellar’ wife and infant twins live in Texas, and he plans to join them after completing the fellowship. Learn more about Cuellar’s 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 cjyoung1@partners.org or 617-424-4316.