You want a wider handlebar with flared drops and larger bends.
Turning the shifters some degrees inwards will give you less stress on the carpals (wrist)
since you now probably have a handlebar wider than your shoulders.
I'm running the Ritchey Biomax bars which are similar @ one size wider than my road bike. This set-up works well for me. Here's a pic of my Salsa with the bars. I have since rotated the bars down just a bit. I'm running a Thomson MTB stem.