Dr. James Gallagher, MD

Dr. James Gallagher, MD

Critical Care Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
52 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. James Gallagher, MD is a critical care surgery specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 13 years. He specializes in critical care surgery and general surgery.Read his story

Weill Cornell Trauma, Burns, Acute and Critical Care

525 E 68th St Fl 7

New York, NY 10065
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Cigna
  • CoreSource
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Fidelis Care
  • HealthFirst
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • VNS Choice
  • WellCare

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Dr. Gallagher's Experience

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  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Critical Care Surgery
  • Board certified in Critical Care Surgery and General Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found

Dr. Gallagher's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Gallagher "James Gallagher, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery and Director of the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. A board certified surgeon, Dr. Gallagher has extensive experience in the treatment of burns, surgical critical care, and international surgery. His areas of special interest include surgical education, international surgical outreach, the burned hand, burn resuscitation, and surgical care of the burn wound. Dr. Gallagher is known for his international experience in burn care. He is committed to teaching and sharing his expertise in this field with the ultimate goal of improving burn care, preventing burn injuries, and burn first aid. It is with this passion and dedication to burn care that led Dr. Gallagher to Tanzania where he has helped develop a comprehensive pediatric burn center. James Gallagher, M.D. received his B.S. Summa Cum Laude in Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1988 and his M.D. from SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York in 1992. He completed his internship and residency training in general surgery at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pennsylvania in June 1997. After completing training in General Surgery, he spent four years in private practice in Dansville, New York before deciding to sell his home and move his entire family to Cameroon, West Africa. For more than a year, Dr. Gallagher was the solo surgeon in a rural missionary hospital there and it was during this tie that he was first exposed to patients with burn injuries and developed an interest in specializing in this field. Upon returning home to the United States, Dr. Gallagher completed fellowships in surgical critical care and trauma surgery at Stonybrook University and burn surgery at the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Gallagher was an attending burn surgeon at The Shriners Burns Hospital for Children and the Blocker Adult Burn Unit at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He was appointed chairman of performance improvement and infectious disease at The Shriners Hospital. While at Shriners he was part of a team of American and Mexican burn reconstructive surgeons who traveled to Guadalajara twice a year to treat children in need of surgical care to help relieve long term effects of burn scars on the growing bodies. In 2008, Dr. Gallagher and his family relocated to New York City and Dr. Gallagher rejoined the team at the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell for children and adults, and is the only burn center in the City of New York verified by the American Burn Association. Most recently, James Gallagher, M.D. has been featured on WABC for Operation 7 Save A Life, which is a half hour special devoted to increasing public awareness about fire safety and hazards in the home. He was able to answer questi6ns and bring mindfulness to this cause."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Gallagher "As a burn surgeon, I am privileged to care for the burn injured patient from the smallest child to the most senior members of our society. Burn injury is sometimes a small blister that requires only my reassurance that healing will take place naturally to complete devastation of the body, and at times a home and family. One of my greastest honors comes in my participation in the care of our injuried Fire Fighters. Being a New Yorker and having lost a family member who was a member of the FDNY, the ability to serve those who serve us is indeed a privilege.

Effective burn care is a result of paying close attention to detail as well as employing the state-of-the-art technology we have available here at NewYork-Presbyterian-Weill Cornell. Another important factor is to treat the whole person, not just the burn, being sensitive and aware of the many challenges burn patients and their families face as they recover and assisting them through our multi-disciplinary approach to burn care. Our goal is to facilitate complete reintegration into society for all the burn patients we treat, allowing them to lead happy and productive and painfree lives."

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2  Specialties

  • Critical Care Surgery
  • General Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • Critical Care Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

4  Conditions Treated

  • Burn Injuries
  • Chronic Non-Healing Wounds
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Traumatic Injuries

4  Procedures

  • Burn Surgical Procedure
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Pediatric Surgical Procedures
  • Surgery, Trauma

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • State University Of New York Health Sciences
    Medical School | Graduated 1992
  • Robert Packer Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1997
  • Stony Brook University Medical Cente
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2004
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2005

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Gallagher has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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What People Say About Dr. James Gallagher, MD
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Grateful for the expertise and care received by Dr Gallager and the incredible team of nurses and technicians at Cornell Weill burn unit . Thank you all!!
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Dr. Gallagher is an ideal doctor. The entire check in process very fast and efficient. The intake was done by an Assistant Doctor. Afterwards, Dr Gallagher came to make his diagnosis and treatment plan. He assured me I was healing very well despite my concern. Dr. Gallagher has a very pleasant...Read More
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The staff and Dr. Gallagher are excellent in what they do. My two year old daughter suffered a second degree burn. The kind of care and concern they showed during our first visit exceeded my expectations. Thank you so much.
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The entire staff was amazing during my visits to the outpatient burn clinic. Professional and caring with a deep concern for my recovery and health.
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Thanks to Dr. Gallagher evaluation of burn injuries that I suffered late last August 2017 I avoided A possible infection that might’ve cost me my legs or my life. I had seen in emergency room surgeon for days prior to seeing Dr. Gallagher. That surgeon did not recognize how serious and...Read More
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