Matthew J. Carty, MD, Awarded $3M Department of Defense Grant to Study New Surgical Approach to Upper Extremity Amputation

Matthew J. Carty, MD, has been awarded a $3M Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP) grant for his study, “A Novel Approach to Upper-Extremity Amputation to Augment Volitional Motor Control and Restore Proprioception.

This clinical trial will evaluate a fundamentally new surgical approach to upper extremity amputation, with the goal of providing significantly improved voluntary motor control and restored sense of position (proprioception) in the residual limb. This surgical approach is also the focus of an ongoing parallel study in lower extremities. The proposed study is aligned with the PRORP-Clinical Trial Award Surgical Care Focus area, specifically Soft Tissue Trauma.


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Matthew J. Carty, MD

Matthew J. Carty, MD
Associate Surgeon, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Director,  Lower Extremity Transplant Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Matthew J. Carty, MD, is an associate surgeon in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab Center for Extreme Bionics.

Dr. Carty’s clinical expertise is in complex reconstruction of the extremities and trunk, for which he serves as the director of the BWH Lower Extremity Transplant Program and the co-director of the BWH Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction Program.

His primary research interests involve surgical approaches to maximize limb function in the setting of severe traumatic injury, including novel procedures related to limb amputation, limb salvage and bioprosthetic neural linkage systems.