Ali Salim, MD, FACS, Appointed Associate Chair of Surgical Critical Care

Ali Salim, MD, FACS, has been appointed associate chair of Surgical Critical Care in the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). In this new role, Ali is accountable for the 24-hour operational management, implementation and evaluation of staff and patients on the Surgical directed Intensive Care Units (S-ICU), including general surgery, trauma/burn, thoracic and cardiac surgery. Additionally, he will collaborate with the medical directors and chiefs of the Divisions of Trauma, Burn, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery and the chair for the Department of Surgery in the development of S-ICU service programs and processes to serve the inpatient, outpatient and community needs, with implementation of effective cost containment measures.


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Ali Salim, MD, FACS


Ali Salim, MD, FACS
Associate Chair of Surgical Critical Care, Department of Surgery
Division Chief, Trauma, Burn, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency General Surgery
Professor of Surgery
, Harvard Medical School

Ali Salim, MD, FACS, is a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and the chief of the Division of Trauma, Burn, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency General Surgery at the Brigham and Woman’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, MA. He leads a team of trauma specialists in providing expert, multidisciplinary care for thousands of trauma and burn patients each year.

Prior to joining BWH, Dr. Salim was an attending physician and program director of the General Surgery Residency Educational Program, and director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Duke University, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and his medical degree from the Howard University College of Medicine. Dr. Salim completed his general surgery internship and residency as well as his fellowship in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

Dr. Salim is both a Traumatologist and a Surgical Intensivist at BWH. He is a clinically active trauma, general, and critical care surgeon and devotes his time with equal intensity to research, surgical education and clinical service. His clinical interests focus on the care of the acutely ill trauma, emergency surgery and intensive care unit patient. Dr. Salim’s clinical research is focused on the care and outcomes of trauma patients, traumatic brain injury, improving the physiology of organ donors and improving the rate of organ donation. He has authored or co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications. His most recent research has focused on racial disparities in organ donation for which Dr. Salim was a principal investigator for a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).