Thomas Gallagher, headshot
Professor
Medicine
Professor
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

Faculty Information

Biography
Education & Training: 
MD
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
1990
Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine
Barnes Hospital, Washington University
St. Louis, MO
1990–1993
Honors: 
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
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research
2008
SGIM Physician-Investigator of the Year Award
2008
President, Society of General Internal Medicine Northwest Region
2009
Elected to 3-Year Term on Council, Society of General Internal Medicine
2010
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Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 

Dr. Gallagher's research explores the interfaces between healthcare quality, accountability, and communication. Over the last twenty years, he has led a variety of qualitative and quantitive research projects addressing the optimal response to adverse events and errors in healthcare, work that has supported the development of what are known as Communication and Resolution Programs (CRPs). CRPs are comprehensive, principled, and systematic programs for preventing and responding to harm events in healthcare. This body of research was recognized in 2017 with the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Individual Achievement, presented by the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission. Dr. Gallagher recently received a 4-year, $4 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to partner with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital on an ambitious research project to detect cases of delayed diagnosis of cancer in real time and respond to these situations with patient support and learning. His research also seeks to promote more effective approaches to professionalism and self-regulation, specifically addressing the challenges of ensuring the safe practice of physicians as they age.  

In addition to this scholarship, Dr. Gallagher built and leads a national program to advance the implementation of highly reliable CRPs, the Collaborative for Accountability and Improvement (CAI). The CAI supports a variety of initiatives to support healthcare organizations with their work on CRPs; promotes CRP-related policy at the federal, state, and local levels; and drives CRP innovation. 

 

Research Interests

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

Publications
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