Introducing New Stepping Strong Center Leadership

Introducing New Stepping Strong Center Leadership

The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation appointed Ali Salim, MD, FACS, (left) as co-director and Matt Carty, MD, (right) as director of strategy and innovation

The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is proud to announce the appointment of Ali Salim, MD, FACS, as co-director and Matt Carty, MD, as the director of strategy and innovation for the center. Salim and Carty will join the Stepping Strong leadership team comprising Mitchel Harris, MD, center co-director and chief of the Department of Orthopaedics at Massachusetts General Hospital; Audrey Epstein Reny, co-founder and chair of the Stepping Strong Advisory Board; and Nish Acharya, MPA, program director for the center.

“It is truly an honor and privilege for me to join the Stepping Strong team,” Salim said. “I have spent my entire academic career treating trauma patients and am excited to collaborate with a group dedicated to improving the lives of these patients. I am looking forward to joining a team that has already accomplished a tremendous amount for survivors of trauma in our city of Boston.”

“I feel incredibly honored to be part of the Stepping Strong community,” says Carty. “In the past four years, grants from the Stepping Strong Innovator Awards program have made it possible for us to make amazing advances in treatments for trauma patients, notably in the way we perform amputations. I look forward to helping the center build on this foundation and explore new approaches to clinical innovations that we could have never imagined before.”

Salim is a leader in trauma care research and developing communication and support programs for survivors of traumatic injury. His research interests and program leadership experience align closely with Stepping Strong and its mission to advance trauma research, education, community engagement and policy advocacy. In his new role, Salim will co-lead the Stepping Strong Medical Executive Committee, along with Harris, and provide strategic leadership of Stepping Strong’s programs.

In addition to serving as Stepping Strong’s medical director, Salim is a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the chief of the Division of Trauma, Burns, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency General Surgery at BWH. He leads a team of trauma specialists in providing expert, multidisciplinary care for thousands of patients each year.

As a traumatologist and a surgical intensivist at BWH, Salim is a clinically active trauma, general and critical care surgeon and devotes his time with equal intensity to research, surgical education and clinical service. His clinical interests focus on the care of acutely ill trauma, emergency surgery and intensive care unit patients. His clinical research is focused on the care and outcomes of trauma patients, traumatic brain injury, improving the physiology of organ donors, and improving the rate of organ donation. He has authored and co-authored more than 280 peer-reviewed publications. Salim’s most recent research has focused on racial disparities in organ donation, for which he was a principal investigator for a National Institutes of Health study. Prior to joining BWH, Salim was an attending physician and program director of the General Surgery Residency Educational Program and director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Duke University, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and his medical degree from the Howard University College of Medicine. Salim completed his general surgery internship and residency, as well as his fellowship in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Matt Carty, MD, is director of the Lower Limb Extremity Transplant Program at BWH and an assistant professor at HMS. He is focused on reinventing how lower extremity amputations are performed in order to provide amputees with greater control of prosthetics and restore their limb responsiveness. In collaboration with Hugh Herr, PhD, from the Center for Extreme Bionics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and with funding from Stepping Strong, Carty’s team has completed multiple studies in animal models and human simulations. In 2016, Carty and colleagues filed for a patent for a series of designs developed to enable the construction of muscle pairings in limb amputations. These designs formed the basis for ongoing work to reinvent the surgical approach used for lower limb amputation at BWH and are informing efforts to develop the next generation of lower extremity prostheses at MIT. Recently, Carty and his team performed a modified amputation procedure in six patients. The pioneering surgery makes it possible for an amputee to use a bionic prosthetic that acts like a natural limb.