THOMAS H. GALLAGHER,
Office: 4311 11th Ave NE, Suite 230
Phone: (206) 616-7158
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Thomas H. Gallagher, M.D., is a general internist who is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington. Dr. Gallagher received his medical degree from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Barnes Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis, and completed a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, UCSF.
Dr. Gallagher’s research addresses the interfaces between healthcare quality, communication, and transparency. Dr. Gallagher has published over 85 articles and book chapters on patient safety and error disclosure, which have appeared in leading journals including JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, Surgery, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Archives of Internal Medicine, Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, and the Joint Commission Journal. His work in error disclosure received the 2004 Best Published Research Paper of the Year award from the Society of General Internal Medicine, as well as the 2012 MITSS Hope Award. He also received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He is the principal investigator on two grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, including an AHRQ patient safety and medical liability demonstration project entitled “Communication to Prevent and Respond to Medical Injuries: WA State Collaborative.” He also is principal investigator on grants from the National Cancer Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Greenwall Foundation. He is senior author of the book Talking with Patients and Families About Medical Errors: A Guide for Education and Practice, published in 2011 by The Johns Hopkins University Press. At the University of Washington, he directs the UW Medicine Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Quality and Safety, and also directs the UW Program in Hospital Medicine. He is an appointed Commissioner on the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform.
Dr. Gallagher is an active member of many professional organizations, including the American College of Physicians (Fellow), the Society for General Internal Medicine, and the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities.
- Gallagher TH, Mello MM, Levinson W, Wynia M, Sachdeva AK, Sulmasy LS, Truog RD, Conway J, Mazor K, Lembitz A, Bell SK, Sokol-Hesner L, Shapiro J, Puopolo AL, Arnold R. Talking with patients about other clinicians’ errors. N Engl J Med 2013:369;1752-1757.
- Gallagher TH, Prouty CD, Brock DM, Liao JM, Weissman A, Holmboe ES. Internists’ attitudes about assessing and maintaining clinical competence. J Gen Intern Med. Dec 3, 2103.
- Gallagher TH, Levinson W. Physicians with multiple patient complaints: Ending our silence. BMJ Quality and Safety. Jul 2013;22(7)521-524.
- Iedema R, Allen S, Britton K, Piper D, Baker A, Grbich C, Allan A, Tuckett A, Williams A, Manias E, Gallagher TH. The ‘100 patient stories’ project: Patient and family member views on how clinicians (should) enact Open Disclosure-a qualitative study. BMJ 2011;343:d4423.
- Dudzinski DM, Hebert PC, Foglia MB, Gallagher TH. The disclosure dilemma: Large scale adverse events. NEJM 2010;363(10)978-986.
- Gallagher TH, Garbutt JM, Waterman AD, Flum DR, Larsen EB, Waterman BM, Dunagan WC, Fraser VJ, Levinson W. Choosing your words carefully; how physicians would disclose harmful errors to patients. Arch Intern Med. 2006;166:1585-1593.
- Gallagher TH. Clinical Crossroads: A 62 year-old woman with skin cancer who experienced wrong site surgery. JAMA. 2009;302(6):669-677.
- Gallagher TH, Studdert DM, Levinson W. "Disclosing harmful medical errors to patients." N Engl J Med 2007;356:2713-9.
- Gallagher TH, Waterman A, Ebers A, Fraser V, Levinson W. "Patients’ and physicians’ attitudes towards the disclosure of medical errors." JAMA, 2003;289:100-1007
- Gallagher TH, Garbutt JM, Waterman AD, Flum DR, Larsen EB, Waterman BM, Dunagan WC, Fraser VJ, Levinson W. "Choosing your words carefully; how physicians would disclose harmful errors to patients." Arch Intern Med. 2006;166:1585-1593.
- “Disclosing Medical Errors to Patients: Challenges
and Opportunities in Graduate Medical Education.” Plenary
Speaker, Patient Safety in GME meeting, University of New Mexico,
- “Identifying and Safely Overcoming the Barriers to
Disclosure.” Invited presentation, 6th Annual NPSF
Patient Safety Congress, Boston, MA 5/4/04.
- “Teaching Ethics Through Effective Communication,” co-presenter,
American Society of Bioethics and Humanities Annual Meeting, Philadelphia
- “Alternatives to Litigation-Roundtable Discussion,” invited
co-presenter, A Prescription for Patient Safety and Medical Liability:
New Solutions to an Old Dilemma,” conference convened by
the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations,
Alexandria, VA; 11/8/04.
- “Should We Disclose Harmful Medical Errors to Patients,
and If So How?” Invited presentation, ACGME Annual
Meeting, Chicago, IL; 2/13/05
- “Enhancing the Process for Disclosing Harmful Medical
Errors to Patients,” keynote speaker, Baptist Health South
- “Searching for Safer Healthcare: A Leadership Forum,” Keynote
speaker, SUNY Buffalo, 3/30/05.
- “Talking With Your Patients About Medical Mistakes,” Invited
presentation, American College of Physicians Annual Meeting, San
- “Medical Errors in Oncology: Patients’ and Physicians’ Attitudes
and Management Strategies,” Invited presentation, American
Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, Orlando 5/13/05.
- “US and Canadian Surgeons’ Attitudes Towards
Disclosing Harmful Medical Errors to Patients.” Invited Grand
Rounds presentation, Dept. of Surgery, Emory University, 7/27/05.
- “Error Disclosure and Apology Workshop”, Invited
presentation, The Patient Safety Imperative, Harvard Medical School
CME Course, Boston, 10/21/05.
- “Risk Managers’ and Physicians’ Attitudes
Regarding Error Disclosure”, Invited presentation, ASHRM
Annual Meeting, San Antonio, 10/24/05
- “Should Surgeons Disclose Harmful Medical Errors to
Patients?, If So, How?”, Invited presentation, Surgical Caucus
of the AMA, Dallas, 11/5/05.
- “What to Do With the Unanticipated Outcome? Does Apologizing
Make A Difference? How Does Early Resolution Impact Settlement
Outcome?” Invited presentation, Medical Liability and Healthcare
Loss Seminar, Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting, 3/1/06.
- “Should We Disclosure Harmful Medical Errors to Patients?,
If So, How?, Invited presentation, American Association of Physiatry
Annual Meeting, 3/4/06.
- “Surgeons’ Disclosure of Harmful Errors to Patients:
What is the data telling ?” Parviz Kamangar Humanities In
Surgery Lectureship”, American Society of Colon and Rectal
Surgeons Annual Meeting, 6/6/06.
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