Fourth Annual Stepping Strong Symposium: Innovation in the Continuum of Trauma Care: Prevention, treatment and Rehabilitaion

November 18, 2021


The Stepping Strong Center catalyzes multidisciplinary collaborations that inspire groundbreaking innovation, effective prevention, and compassionate intervention to transform care for trauma patients. The Fourth Annual Stepping Strong Symposium features three panel discussions highlighting the continuum of trauma research and care:

• Preventing Injuries by Creating Safer Communities for Walkers, Runners, and Bikers
• Innovations in Bone and Muscle Healing
• Physical, Social, and Emotional Recovery Following Traumatic Injury

Please join the center’s global community of clinicians, scientists, and community partners for an engaging discussion about transforming outcomes for trauma patients through innovative research.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for both internal stakeholders from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Mass General Brigham as well as external stakeholders related to the Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation. Audience members are from various backgrounds such as clinicians, researchers, public health professionals, philanthropists, and healthcare administrators.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

  1. Recognize complexities in the built environment, gaps in research, and avenues for policy change.
  2. Identify multidisciplinary scientific approaches to bone and muscle healing.
  3. Assess barriers and opportunities to recovery following traumatic injury.

Additional Information

Provided by: 

The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong for Trauma Innovation and Mass General Brigham


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.50 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/18/2021 - 2:30pm EST
Event ends: 
11/18/2021 - 6:00pm EST


Time TopicSpeaker



Opening Remarks

Ali Salim, MD



Preventing Injuries by Creating Safer Communities for Walkers, Runners, and Bikers

Moderator: Molly Jarman, PhD, MPH
Panelists: Rebecca Breslow, MD
Sunday Clark, ScD, MPH
Wendy Landman, MCP
Anna Levitan



Innovations in Bone and Muscle Healing

Moderator: Natalie Artzi, PhD
Michael John Weaver, MD
Panelists: Dennis Orgill, MD, PhD
Jinjun Shi, PhD
Su Ryon Shin, PhD
Marc Wein, MD, PhD


Recovery and Rehabilitation

Physical, Social, and Emotional Recovery Following Traumatic Injury

Moderator: Matthew Carty, MD
David Crandell, MD
Panelists: Ara Nazarian, DrSc
Jeffrey Schneider, MD
Tawnee Sparling, MD


Keynote Session

The Present and Future of Complex Tissue Regeneration: Regenerative Engineering

Introduction: Mitchel B. Harris, MD
Keynote Speaker: Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD
Moderator: Natalie Artzi, PhD



Closing Remarks and Stepping
Strong Innovator and Breakthrough Award Announcement

Ali Salim, MD
Audrey Epstein Reny




Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA 02114
United States

Course Director:

Ali Salim, MD

Co-Medical Director, The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong;
Center for Trauma Innovation; Brigham and Women's Hospital;
Distinguished Chair in Surgery; Brigham Chief,
Division of Trauma, Burns, Surgical Critical
Care, & Emergency General Surgery; Professor
of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Ali Salim, MD, is co-medical director of the Stepping Strong Center, chief of the Division of Trauma, Burns, and Surgical Critical Care, a professor of surgery at HMS, and the inaugural Distinguished Chair of Surgery at the Brigham. As a traumatologist and a surgical intensivist, Salim is a clinically active surgeon devoted with equal intensity to research, surgical education, and clinical service. His interests focus on the care of acutely ill trauma patients, emergency surgery, and improving the rate of organ donation.



Natalie Artzi, PhD

Principal Research Scientist, MIT, Institute of Medical Engineering & Science;
Assistant Professor, Brigham and Women’s Hospital;
Department of Medicine, Division of Engineering in Medicine,
Harvard Medical School

Natalie Artzi, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Division of Engineering in Medicine at the Brigham, a principal research scientist at the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science at Massachusetts Institute for Technology, an associate member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and the Stepping Strong Scientific Advisor. Leveraging material science, chemistry, imaging and biology, Artzi’s lab is dedicated to designing smart material platforms and medical devices to improve human health.


Matthew Carty, MD

Director, Lower Extremity Reconstruction Program,
Co-Director, Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction Program,
Director of Innovation and Strategy, Stepping Strong Center;
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School;
Gastrointestinal and General Surgery, Plastic Surgery,
Brigham and Women's Hospital

The director of strategy and innovation at the Stepping Strong Center, Carty serves as director of the Lower Limb Extremity Transplant Program at the Brigham and assistant professor at HMS. Carty is focused on reinventing how lower extremity amputations are performed to provide amputees with greater control of prosthetics and restore their limb responsiveness. In collaboration with colleagues at MIT, Carty invented a surgical method that allows amputee to use a bionic prosthetic that acts like a natural limb.


David Crandell, MD

Medical Director Amputee Program,
Medical Director Adaptive Sports Program,
Director Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness Treatment, Rehabilitation and Recovery,
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
Harvard Medical School

David Crandell, MD, is a member of the Stepping Strong Medical Executive Committee and an academic physiatrist in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. Five years ago, he began leading the Amputee Program at Spaulding. While he has devoted most of his career to clinical care and teaching of medical students, physician assistant students, and residents, he is also interested in collaborative rehabilitation research.


Mitchel Harris, MD

Chief, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,
Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon,
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery,
Harvard Medical School

Mitchel Harris, MD, is co-medical director of the Stepping Strong Center, chief of the Department of Orthopaedics at Massachusetts General Hospital, and professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at HMS. Until 2016, Harris served as the chief of Orthopaedic Trauma at the Brigham, where he was awarded the Stepping Strong Distinguished Chair of Orthopedic Surgery. A beloved teacher and respected colleague, Harris received the Golden Apple Award and the Brigham Hippocrates Society Humanitarian Award.


Molly Jarman, PhD, MPH

Director, Stepping Strong Injury Prevention program;
Investigator, Brigham and Women's Hospital;
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Molly Jarman, PhD, MPH, is the director of the Stepping Strong Injury Prevention program. An investigator at the Center for Surgery and Public Health and an assistant professor at HMS, her research addresses trauma surgery and emergency medical services with a focus on trauma system organization, access to care for underserved populations, and development of methodologies in health services research. Jarman believes that multifaceted, interdisciplinary efforts are essential for preventing injuries.


Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD

Professor, University of Connecticut;
Director, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences;
Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering

Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD is the University Professor and Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut. He is Professor of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the school. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering and the Director of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences at UConn.

Mass General Brigham is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.50 Participation


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