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David Gallagher, MD, SFHM

Chief Medical Officer, Duke University Hospital
David Gallagher, MD, SFHM

David Gallagher, MD, SFHM, is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Duke University Hospital, bringing more than 25 years of extensive experience in physician leadership roles. As CMO, he plays a pivotal role within Duke University Hospital's senior leadership team, actively contributing to the institution's strategic direction and objectives.

Before assuming the role of CMO at Duke University Hospital, Gallagher served as the Chief of Duke Hospital Medicine Programs and Associate CMO. He received his MD degree from George Washington University, followed by the completion of internal medicine residency at the University of California San Francisco. He joined Duke in 2006, after previously holding leadership positions in Hospital Medicine at Sutter Health in Sacramento, CA.

Gallagher is a Professor of Medicine at Duke University, with a career focus on the Clinician Leader - Administrator track, emphasizing clinical practice advancement. Gallagher's scholarly work encompasses a range of topics, including hospital readmissions reduction, venous thromboembolism risk assessment, physical activity promotion for hospitalized elderly patients, and enhancement of hospital workflow processes.

Gallagher remains actively involved in clinical practice as a hospitalist, fulfilling his role as an attending physician for Duke Hospital General Medicine Teaching Services, where he provides patient care. He is board-certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine and has earned recognition as a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine (SFHM) through the Society of Hospital Medicine.