2015 Winner: Edward J. Caterson, MD, PHD
Medical Director, Craniofacial Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Healing injuries in the traumatized extremity: Protection, decontamination, and regeneration
Traumatic extremity loss is often complicated by soft tissue infections that lead to prolonged recovery, functional loss, and disability. To address these complications, Caterson and his team have developed ways to optimize the healing environment by developing a polyurethane chamber that completely encloses wounds of any size and delivers antibiotics both at the site of injury and in areas at risk of bacterial contamination. The chamber stops extremity injury progression, clears infection, and supports new tissue restoration with the goal of speeding the healing process.
Edward J. Caterson, MD, PhD, is the medical director of craniofacial surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. He was the first graduate of the National Institutes of Health’s first formal PhD program in the country for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. His clinical interests are craniofacial surgery, craniofacial trauma, advanced cutaneous malignancy and complementing the BWH’s composite tissue transplantation research efforts with tissue engineering and regenerative medicine initiatives.