“It has been an honor to educate, guide, and mentor the first five Stepping Strong Trauma Fellows. These talented individuals have taken what they have learned about trauma research and management of complex upper- and lower-extremity wounds and helped spread the Stepping Strong message to other institutions in Boston and across the country.” —Christian Sampson, MD, Director, Stepping Strong Trauma Fellowship
It is only recently that trauma has emerged as a medical discipline. The Stepping Strong Center is dedicated to training the next generation of medical leaders and providing educational and funding opportunities for healthcare professionals and learners who wish to contribute to the field and/or expand their understanding of traumatic injury.
Now in its fifth year, the Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery Trauma Fellowship is a unique educational opportunity that enables promising young surgeons and researchers to train with experts to learn the most advanced, innovative techniques to transform trauma care. Under the direction of Christian E. Sampson, MD, fellows have the opportunity to learn from and train alongside some of the world’s leading surgeons and researchers in collaboration with multidisciplinary colleagues from trauma, orthopaedic, vascular, plastic surgery, and other services.
We are grateful to our previous Stepping Strong Trauma Fellows, who are now applying lessons learned about caring for trauma patients.
- Yori Endo, MD (2019–20)
- Justin C. McCarty, DO (2018–19)
- Giorgio Giatsidis, MD (2016–17)
- Eugene Y. Fukudome, MD (2015–16)
Tal Kaufman-Goldberg, MD, is the 2020–21 Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery Trauma Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Kaufman-Goldberg completed her medical degree in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her plastic and reconstructive surgery residency in Tel Aviv University. During her training, Tal investigated the innervation of bioengineered muscle tissue with the goal of creating functional artificial muscle. She recently finished her pediatric craniofacial surgery fellowship at Boston Children‘s Hospital. While at the Brigham, Kaufman-Goldberg will participate in the multidisciplinary care of trauma patients and be trained in advanced techniques for treating complex traumatic injuries.
Christian E. Sampson, MD, is the director of the Stepping Strong Trauma Fellowship program, a co-investigator in the Department of Plastic Surgery, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. He specializes in complex hand and microsurgery, including tendon transfers, nerve repairs, and vascular conditions. 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 the Brigham and Harvard Medical School. Read an interview with Dr. Sampson.