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 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.

Justin McCartyJustin C. McCarty, DO, is the 2018-2019 Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery Trauma fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), where he works under the mentorship of E.J. Caterson, MD, PhD, director of craniofacial surgery, and Eric Goralnick, MD, MS, director of emergency preparedness. Prior to joining the Stepping Strong Center, he completed his first three years of general surgery training at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston. He has worked extensively over the past year studying bleeding control methods among laypersons to decrease preventable deaths from trauma in mass gathering areas. His research interests include innovation in the field of layperson empowerment and bleeding control, large database research to answer important policy and clinical questions related to trauma and plastic surgery, and outcomes following reconstruction for breast cancer and burns. McCarty is in the process of completing his master of public health degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. After completing his residency at St. Elizabeth’s, he plans to complete a plastic surgery fellowship followed by subspecialty training in either craniofacial surgery or microsurgery. Read an interview with Dr. McCarty.

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