Gawande Named Chairman, CEO of New Health Care Venture

Atul Gawande

BWH surgeon, author and researcher Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, was selected to lead a new Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, Berkshire Hathaway nonprofit that aims to improve health care delivery and affordability for the three companies’ U.S. employees. Gawande, who will continue to practice at the Brigham, joined the newly formed, Boston-based organization as chairman and CEO on July 9.

As part of this transition, Gawande will also become chairman Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation of BWH and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Gawande, who founded Ariadne, will move from his current role of executive director to chairman when a new leader for Ariadne is selected. He will also continue to write, including for The New Yorker magazine. Gawande will remain a practicing surgeon at BWH and a professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.


Matt Carty


Ali Salim

New Leaders of The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation Announced

Ali Salim, MD, FACS, has been appointed co-director of The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at BWH. In addition, Matt Carty, MD, has been appointed director of strategy and innovation. Salim and Carty will join the core Stepping Strong leadership team – which includes 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.

Carty also serves as the director of the BWH Lower Limb Extremity Transplant Program and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. He focuses on innovations in lower extremity amputations to allow greater control and responsiveness of prosthetics. Recently, Carty and his team performed six modified amputation procedures that make it possible for an amputee to use a bionic prosthetic that acts like a natural limb.

In his new role at the Stepping Strong Center, Carty will be helping to define the Center’s vision and mission and develop its short- and long-term strategic plan.

Salim is a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and the chief of the Division of Trauma, Burns, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency General Surgery at BWH. He focuses on acute trauma care, emergency surgery, intensive care, traumatic brain injury and organ donation. His most recent research has focused on racial disparities in organ donation.

Salim will co-lead the Stepping Strong Medical Executive Committee, along with Mitchel Harris, MD, and provide strategic leadership of Stepping Strong’s programs. He will help advance the center’s goal to research and implement innovative strategies to care for patients with traumatic injuries.