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Thomas Gallagher, MD

Professor, Department of Medicine (DOM)
Professor (joint), Bioethics and Humanities
Associate Chair, Department of Medicine, Patient Care Quality, Safety and Value
Director, UW Medicine Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Quality and Safety
Director, Hospital Medicine Program, General Internal Medicine

Education & Training

MD, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1990
Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, Barnes Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1990-1993

Professional Interests

Ethical and communication issues in conflicts of interest
Research ethics
Disclosure of medical errors and adverse events


Phi Beta Kappa, 1986
Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, 1993-1995
Milton W. Hamolsky Junior Faculty Award, 1996
SGIM Initial Mentorship Award, 2000
Samuel L. Goldstein Leadership Award in Medical Student Education, 2001
David E. Rogers Junior Faculty Education Award , 2002
Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars in Bioethics Award, 2003
Marion E. Smith Junior Faculty Research Award, 2003
SGIM Best Published Research Paper of the Year, 2004
Fellow, American College of Physicians, 2004

Selected Publications

Gallagher TH, St Peter RF, Chesney M, Lo B. 2001. Patients' attitudes toward cost control bonuses for managed care physicians. Health affairs (Project Hope). 20(2):186-92.
Gallagher TH, Waterman AD, Ebers AG, Fraser VJ, Levinson W. 2003. Patients' and physicians' attitudes regarding the disclosure of medical errors. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association. 289(8):1001-7.
Gallagher TH, Garbutt JM, Waterman AD, Flum DR, Larson EB, Waterman BM, Dunagan CW, Fraser VJ, Levinson W. 2006. Choosing your words carefully: how physicians would disclose harmful medical errors to patients. Archives of internal medicine. 166(15):1585-93.
Gallagher TH, Studdert D, Levinson W. 2007. Disclosing harmful medical errors to patients.. The New England journal of medicine. 356(26):2713-9.
Gallagher TH. 2009. A 62-year-old woman with skin cancer who experienced wrong-site surgery: review of medical error. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association. 302(6):669-77.
Dudzinski DM, Hébert PC, Foglia MB, Gallagher TH. 2010. The disclosure dilemma--large-scale adverse events. The New England journal of medicine. 363(10):978-86.