The Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation

The Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation

Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery Trauma Fellow Justin McCarty, DO, and Innovator Award recipient Eric Goralnick, MD

Justin McCarty, DO, Is Named 2018–19 Stepping Strong Trauma Fellow

The Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery Trauma Fellowship, now in its fourth year, enables promising young surgeons and researchers to train with experts to learn the most innovative and advanced techniques to transform trauma care. Justin McCarty, DO, follows in the footsteps of three previous fellows: Trajan Alistair Cuéllar, MB, BCh, Giorgio Giatsidis, MD, and Eugene Y. Fukudome, MD.

Q: Congratulations on your appointment as the Stepping Strong Trauma Fellow. Can you tell us a little about your background?

A: I grew up in Pittsburgh, received my medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida, and I’m now a third-year general surgery resident at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston. I will be pursuing a plastic surgery fellowship when I return to clinical training.

Q: How did you learn about the Stepping Strong fellowship?

A: My program director at St. E’s introduced me to E.J. Caterson, a plastic surgeon at BWH and Innovator Awards recipient who partners with Eric Goralnick on the Stepping Strong emergency preparedness team. I immediately connected with E.J. and was fascinated by the depth and breadth of the Stepping Strong program—both its commitment to building consensus around global standards in disaster medicine and focus on empowering civilians to “stop the bleed” using simple, but life-saving skills, including proper tourniquet application when appropriate.


"The best surgeons have a firm grasp on research. So I am very grateful to the Stepping Strong Center for providing this unique opportunity.” —Stepping Strong Trauma Fellow Justin McCarty, DO


Q: Tell us a little about what you hope to accomplish this year, and how the new skills you are learning can be applied to your career as a plastic surgeon.

A: This year I will be focusing on evidence-based research, so I’m learning about advanced statistical analysis and methods, running and evaluating clinical trials, and finding the best ways to best train laypeople and first responders in the event of an emergency.

As far as how this can be applied to my surgical career, I believe the best surgeons are those who have a firm grasp on research. Surgical residents are not typically trained as scientists during their clinical training, so I am very grateful to the Stepping Strong Center for providing this unique opportunity.

Q: As a core member of the emergency preparedness team, you are helping to plan Stepping Strong’s first Consensus Conference in February. When is the conference, what’s the goal, and who will be attending?

A: The conference, entitled National Agenda for Prehospital Bleeding Control Research, will be held on February 27–28, 2019, in Boston in the Longwood Medical Area. Our goal is to create a national research agenda for use by clinicians, researchers, funding organizations, policymakers, and other key stakeholders, which will be the standard for years to come.

Conference hosts include The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation, the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.