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"Trauma affects everyone, regardless of age, race, or economic status. Stepping Strong aims to reduce the number and severity of traumatic injuries in Boston and beyond."
—Ali Salim, MD, Stepping Strong Center Medical Co-Director

"A moment that defines my commitment to leading the center was when Gillian and I participated in B.A.A. 5K race. Our goal is to fuel innovation programs that lead to happy endings like Gillian’s."
—Mitchel B. Harris, MD, Stepping Strong Medical Co-Director

“For patients with a high level of chronic pain, amputation can be the best form of salvage. Ewing Procedure patients enjoy more precise control of their limb and increased sensory freedom.”
— Matthew J. Carty, MD, Stepping Strong Center Director of Strategy and Innovation

“Our goal is to provide the brilliant professionals at the Brigham with the funding to help patients with devastating traumatic injuries achieve the best possible outcomes."
—Steven, Audrey, Danielle, and Gillian Reny

The mission of The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation is to catalyze multidisciplinary collaborations that inspire groundbreaking innovation, effective prevention, and compassionate intervention to transform care for civilians and military heroes who endure traumatic injuries and events.

The Stepping Strong Innovator Awards program inspires multi-institutional faculty to pursue groundbreaking innovation with a goal of transforming outcomes for civilians and military heroes worldwide.

The Stepping Strong Injury Prevention and Intervention program aims to reduce the number and severity of traumatic injuries resulting from elderly falls, gun violence, distracted driving, and substance use.

The Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery Trauma Fellowship is a unique program designed to train the next generation of medical leaders in advanced and innovative techniques for treating acute and complex injury.

True to the Boston Strong spirit of kindness and collaboration, the members of the Stepping Strong community are inspired to come together to help those with traumatic injuries step strong again.

Update from another awesome #steppingstrong @bostonmarathon runner @juliarivka:

“This body is so strong.
This body ran, power hiked, & sprinted 13.7 miles of technical single track trails last weekend.
This body is fighting cancer.
This body deadlifts, back squats, bench presses, & pull-ups.
This body has rolls, cellulite, fat, dents, & bruises.
This body may look imperfect, but this body will beat cancer while training for an ultramarathon.
So don’t tell me to smile or run faster or think positive thoughts. Don’t tell me I don’t “look like a runner.” Don’t tell me I don’t “look like I have cancer.”
I’m over here doing strong girl shit.
Try & keep up. “

Head over to @juliarivka to read about her progress and fundraising


The 4th Annual #SteppingStrong #Trauma #Research and #Innovation Symposium will be held on the 18th of November. More info soon!

We are excited to welcome Cato Laurencin, MD, PhD, as keynote speaker.

Topic: The Present and Future of Complex Tissue Regeneration

Caption: Dr. Cato T. Laurencin of the UConn Health Center has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Photo by Lanny Nagler.

@watiekite30 will be running the @bostonmarathon as part of the #steppingstrong team (the best team!)

Head over to her profile to find out more about her progress, training and fundraising!!

“ll be running the @bostonmarathon for the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at Brigham and Women’s! Any size donation helps get me closer to my goal. If you can, please consider donating, and please share with friends and family!

For more information about Stepping Strong or to donate to my page, check out the link in my bio.”

Save the date!!

September 9 | 12:00-1:00pm

Join us for an exciting panel discussion featuring Kenzie Bok, Boston City Councilor for District 8, Becca Plevin, MD, a trauma surgeon from University of California San Fransisco, Wendy Landman, Senior Policy Advisor of WalkBoston, and Shavel’le Olivier, Executive Director of Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition. The conversation will center around ways to make community roadways and infrastructure safer for walking and biking.
#steppingstrong #turningtragedyintohope

In a new interview (link in our bio) @mollypjarman, director of the #SteppingStrong #InjuryPrevention program and lead investigator at the Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH) at @brighamandwomens talks about harnessing the power of injury prevention through #research, #education, and community #outreach. ...

Thanks to Drs. Andrea Pusic and Chris Sampson for hosting the annual #SteppingStrong surgery fellowship event. We bid a fond farewell to Dr. Tal Kaufman-Goldberg @talkaufman9 and welcomed Dr. Michelle Jo to the team.

We are #grateful to train and learn from the next generation of #trauma leaders!

So proud of our hospital @brighamandwomens that has once again earned a spot on the @usnews Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals, ranking No. 14.

The rankings are based on a point system and follow a comprehensive, national evaluation of hospitals in 15 adult specialties. The Brigham was ranked in 11 of the 15 specialties and also earned the highest distinction of “high performing” in 16 of 17 most common, serious and complicated medical conditions and procedures.

#honolist #americasbesthospitals

One of the moments in @massgeneralbrigham 's new TV spot is footage of #SteppingStrong Center patient @morganstickney
- a 2021 #Paralympic athlete and the first person to undergo a bilateral #EwingAmputation under the care of our very own Dr. Matt Carty! Good luck in #tokyo Morgan!!. 💖💖

@mjc7001 @harvard_plastic_surgery

Today is the deadline for the 2021 #steppingstrong #innovator #award submission!! Good luck to everyone who submitted an application, we look forward to reading your proposals and to selecting the 2021 #innovators 💖💖 #turningtragedyintohope ...

THANK YOU, Audrey Epstein Reny and Steven Reny for hosting the #SteppingStrong Boston Marathon team!
Each year, the Renys open their home and hearts to members of the Marathon team, and it is such a special way for everyone to get to know each other while learning about the center's mission to accelerate research and transform care for civilian and military #trauma survivors.
#Runners, we are in awe of your spirit, dedication, and awesomeness. We can't thank you enough for choosing to run with the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

#TurningTragedyIntoHope #BostonMarathon2021

@mrsdjbrogs and @djbrogs will be running the #bostonmarathon this October in support of #steppingstrong and @brighamandwomens

Head over to their accounts to #support their training !!

Thank you Paul and Kelsey for your #fundraising and for your #strong #support to our center and efforts to #turntragedyintohope

In a new bioRxiv preprint Jessica A. Lehoczky, MD, 2018 #steppingstrong innovator award winner, showed that Lgr6, a receptor involved in bone homeostasis and repair, is necessary for wildtype levels of osteoblast proliferation and differentiation, and achieving peak bone mass.

Title of the study: LGR6 is necessary for attaining peak bone mass and regulates osteogenesis through differential ligand use 

#turningtragedyintohope #innovation

Full applications for the #steppingstrong innovator award are due on the 23rd of July!

This year we introduce a special focus topic on the care of blast-telated injuries. If you are working on Innovation and research related to the treatment of injuries due to explosive devices make sure to submit your application. Ideas include projects focusing on pulmonary barotrauma, tympanic membrane and middle ear injury, abdominal hemorrhage and perforation, and globe rupture or penetrating ocular injuries.

Good luck!

#turningtragedyintohope #funding #research #innovation

Caption: The 2019 Stepping Strong Innovator Award winners.

“#SteppingStrong Center funding has enabled me to successfully take my research on skin transplantation from the bench to a large mammal pig model that closely resembles human skin. The procedure now has high potential for translation to human burn patients, for whom it could promote healing and boost survival. I am using this new data to secure additional funding from the NIH. This would not have been possible without the center’s support for my 2019 Breakthrough Award.” —Reza Abdi, MD ...

From 2001-2014, more than 25,000 pedestrians were struck by #vehicles in #Massachusetts, resulting in high numbers of preventable injuries. The #steppingstrong center awarded a startup grant to WalkBoston to implement a training program at Greater Boston’s Level 1 Trauma Centers. The program will give staff the tools to pursue pedestrian safety improvements as part of their injury prevention efforts and laying the groundwork for national efforts. #turningtragedyintohope ...

Christopher will be running the #bostonmarathon this year as part of our #steppingstrong team:

“As many of you know, we were so inspired by the care my dad received during his unexpected time and ultimate passing at Brigham and Women’s in 2018, that I run the 2019 Boston Marathon in his honor to give back. I am honored to run on the charity team again this year to support the Stepping Strong foundation, founded by Gillian Reny’s family following her injury and care at the Brigham in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and continuing their research and innovation for victims of traumatic injury to this day.”

Thank you Christopher!!

#appreciate #grateful #humbled #baa

When a joint breaks and is not adequately reconstructed, instability, joint degeneration, and other complications can seriously affect a patient’s
quality of life.

Arvind von Keudell, MD, #steppingstrong #innovator and director of Geriatric Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery and Research, is developing software that will allow doctors to perform preoperative planning for bone and joint reconstructions based on musculoskeletal data, patient-specific fracture patterns, and 3D-printed anatomical models. Augmented reality features will allow the surgeon to visualize fracture details, planned reconstructions, and CT scans within the operating environment, resulting in more precise and effective surgical outcomes while reducing the long-term impact of traumatic bone injury.

@marjorie_louise who ran the Boston Marathon in 2020:

“Boston Marathon? Been there, ran that. 🏃🏻‍♀️ When the marathon was initially postponed in April and rescheduled to September, and ultimately cancelled, I genuinely did not think I was going to run the virtual marathon. But then I quickly remembered the spirit of the @steppingstrongcenter marathon team, and knew I couldn’t give up.”
#steppingstrong #bostonmarathon #marathon #boston

There is still time to join the 2021 #SteppingStrong Team and run with our team for the 125th @BostonMarathon on October 11. Our team of novice to experienced marathoners are all united with the same purpose – to raise critical funds for trauma survivors. Teammates receive personalized training from team coach John Furey, have access to our team physician to prepare for race day, branded team apparel, fundraising assistance, team events AND memories that you will cherish forever!

Visit to learn more and apply. If you have questions contact @ali_she_ya

We look forward to cheering you on!

@em.tucker6 will be running the #bostonmarathon as part of our #steppingstrong #team

“I am so blessed and privileged to be running for an organization that focuses on trauma research and giving back to survivors as well as families impacted by a traumatic event.

I now have my “why” staring right back at me if I’m on the treadmill or on the bike.

I’m still raising funds, and over HALF way there!

Please check out my link in my bio to check out my web page and donation link “

Head over to @em.tucker6 for webpage and link 💝💝💝🙏🙏🙏

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