Dr. Sean Gallagher, MD

Dr. Sean Gallagher, MD

Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 39
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Dr. Sean Gallagher, MD is an adult reconstructive orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Austin, TX. He is 39 years old and has been practicing for 11 years. Read his story

3901 Medical Pkwy Ste 301

Austin, TX 78756

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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Wrist Fracture
more than 89% of peers
Ankle Fracture
more than 82% of peers
Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
more than 82% of peers

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Dr. Gallagher's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Gallagher "Dr. Gallagher was born and raised in Galveston, TX (a B.O.I. (Born on the Island)). He attended public school in the Galveston Independent School District, graduating in 1997 from Ball High School with Highest Honors. He then moved to Providence, Rhode Island, to attend Brown University. At Brown, Dr. Gallagher was involved in research on neural plasticity and continued this as a research technician at UT Southwestern Center for Neuroscience in Dallas after graduating from Brown with Honors in 2001.In 2002, he began medical school at The University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School at San Antonio. There, he met his wife, Ava, a pediatrician at 411 Pediatrics in Austin. They enjoyed living in the Hill Country during medical school and planned to return after finishing further training. Dr. Gallagher matched in orthopaedic surgery residency at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 2006. At UTMB, he became involved in clinical research and published his work in the orthopaedic literature. In 2011, Dr. Gallagher completed his general orthopaedic training and decided to pursue further expertise in Lower Extremity Reconstruction, Joint Replacement (including revision hip and knee arthroplasty), and Cartilage Transplantation (Fresh Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation) at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. Fellowship in orthopedic surgery is one or two additional years of intense surgical training and clinical research focused on a specialty within the field."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Gallagher "I am honest and follow the golden rule, treating my patients the way I want to be treated in seeking care from a physician. I exhaust all conservative treatment prior to offering surgery."


  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Disorders
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Ligament Rupture
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Ankle
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Injuries
  • Foot Sprain
  • Foot and Ankle Disorders
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Forearm Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Fractured Lower Leg
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Dislocation
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Dysplasia, Beukes Type
  • Hip Injury
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Disorders
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Deformity
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Joint - Varus Deformity
  • Knee Ligament Rupture
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Tendinitis
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Muscle Diseases
  • Nerve Diseases
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Prosthetic Joint Infections
  • Prosthetic Joint Mechanical Failure
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sever's Disease
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Separation
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Strain of Muscle and-or Tendon of Forearm
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Wrist Disorders
  • Wrist Fracture


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  • ACL Surgery
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture Repair
  • Adult Reconstructive Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Amputation
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Fracture Repair
  • Ankle Fusion
  • Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
  • Ankle Replacement
  • Ankle Surgery
  • Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Arthroplasty
  • Arthroscopic Acromioplasty
  • Arthroscopic Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Joint Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Knee Shaving
  • Arthroscopic Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery Reconstruction
  • Articular Cartilage Repair
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cartilage Repair
  • Cartilage Transplant
  • Computer-Assisted Total Hip Replacement
  • Computer-Assisted Total Knee Replacement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Fluoroscopic-Guided Hip Injection
  • Foot Surgery
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Reconstruction Surgery
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Replacement, Cemented
  • Hip Replacement, Cementless
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Fusion
  • Joint Reconstruction Surgery
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Joint Resurfacing
  • Joint Surgery
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Implantation
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Cartilage Treatment
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement
  • Muscle Problem Surgery
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Posterior Mini-Incision Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • Reconstructive Ankle Surgery
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision Surgery
  • Revision of Arthroplasty Surgery
  • Revision of Failed Total Joint Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Revision of Total Joint
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Cartilage Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Total Joint Replacement and Revision
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement Revision
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

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.


  • Brown University / Alpert Medical School
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2001
  • University of Texas Medical School At San Antonio
    Medical School | Graduated 2006
  • University of Texas Medical Branch
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2007
  • University of Texas Medical Branch
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2011
  • Scripps Clinic
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Dr. Gallagher's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Gallagher to family and friends
based on 53 total reviews (21 with comments)
Dr. Gallagher's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (21)
in Austin, Tx |
Dr. Gallagher has been my surgeon for two joint replacements. He listens very well and is an excellent problem solver. He provided options, explained pain management recommendations well & helped me decide on best options for my situation. He stays current with lastest research & has the quality of being able to “think outside the box”. Highly recommend Dr Gallagher!
in Blanco, TX |
I went to my last appointment on August 9 after a hip replacement on June 5, 2017 and Dr. Gallagher released me for full activity. I reviewed Dr. Gallagher about midway through my recovery and I just wanted to continue my praise for him. I am so happy to have my life back. I highly recommend Dr Gallagher! He is a good listener, explains everything well and an awesome surgeon. Follow his instructions, (especially doing Physical Therapy) and you will have an excellent surgery/recovery!
in Austin, TX |
Our daughter is a varsity volleyball player who suffered a "freak" Lisfranc dislocation fracture at the end of her MVP sophomore season. After surgery and rehab, she regained her starting position by mid-season Jr. year, led all hitters during the playoffs, and was named "Most Improved Player" for the season. Senior year, she was a 6-rotation starter and named All-District (25-6A). Thank you, Dr. Gallagher, for making it possible for our daughter to continue following her passion!
in Laredo, TX |
Great experience. Dr. Gallagher took time to discuss and explain my injury in detail. He also discussed all treatment options.
in Austin, TX |
Wouldn't go anywhere else. Professional, explains procedures and what commitment is needed from patient to ensure healing and recovery. Came back today for leg fracture but 4 years ago had broke both bones in forearm and crushed, separated elbow. Luckily Dr Gallagher was at hospital and was able to put it all back together. I never thought I would have full use of arm again but I do. He made it clear that I had to work in therapy to get use back and he was right, use it or lose it. Very grateful
in San Marcos, TX |
This is a fine doctor he replaced my knee October 2016 and revised my 2 hips in March 2017 anyone looking for a doctor this is the one I would choose great results with both operations
Houston, TX |
Step aside Einstein>Dr. Gallagher is pure genius.
in Johnson City, TX |
Cannot say enough good things about Dr. Gallagher, had bilateral knee replacement (Right Sept, Left Jan 2017) and he has greatly improved my life I was in agonizing pain everyday due to being bone on bone in both knees, with spurs.. I have lived with this agony for over 20 years and have never known to live without knee pain, Now I do and I thank Dr. Sean Gallagher for it and providing my life pain free, in my knees..
in Austin, TX |
Dr. Gallagher was awesome, very nice and explained everything to my wife and I so we could actually understand.
in Milano, Texas |
Dr. Gallagher is a very nice doctor and listens to his patients and their needs. I highly recommend him and his office.
in Dripping Springs, TX |
Dr. Gallagher is thorough and skilled. He is amazingly sensitive to providing cost-effective and less stressful approaches to rehab, recommending PT when helpful but explaining ongoing home exercises as well. He does not minimize the necessity of PT but provides kind and insightful guidance in maximizing the benefit of the time invested in rehab. I was extremely fortunate to have Dr. Gallagher as the surgeon for my partial knee replacement surgery, which has been a great success.
in Smithville, TX |
Dr. Gallagher is great. He listens well and is very thoughtful and kind.
in Austin, TX |
Dr. Gallagher SAVED ME from an invasive surgery that two other orthopedic surgeons recommended. After reviewing my file, he diagnosed me with a much milder condition that could be fixed through PT. Instead of sending me to an expensive PT facility, he personally walked me through the exercises and said to try on my own for a few weeks and come back if it didn't fix the issue. SHOCKER! Simple hamstring stretches completely fixed my knee pain after 3 year and 6 PT/Arrosti/Orthopedic doctors. I
in Wimberley, TX |
Dr. Gallagher and his staff are very efficient, friendly and make me very comfortable as I am getting treated for arthritis. Dr. Gallagher is very knowledgeable, thorough, and patient. He takes the time to explain everything and offers all treatments available. I have never had to wait in his office, their scheduling is excellent. When I've had questions over the phone, answers are handled in a timely manner.
in Austin, TX |
I got a tot hip replacement using the superior approach. Hours after surgery I was up and waking and haven't stopped yet! Dr. Gallagher's bedside manner is a cut above the rest. He is calm, positive, thorough, attentive, flexible, and personal. I will, and have already, recommend Dr. Gallagher to everyone. Again, thank you Dr. Gallagher for a wonderful job on my new hip!!
in Austin, TX |
Dr. Gallagher gave me hope again shortly after I fully ruptured my achilles tendon, setting the appropriate expectations or recovery time and providing a significant amount of detail about my upcoming procedure. He's personable and very considerate when treating a patient and each time I hurt myself trying to stay youthful he's the first person I try to call. I have 100% faith in his abilities and obviously his passion shines through his work which explains the high customer satisfaction. MJ Jr
in Austin, TX |
Great Doctor Great work. He helped me out. Gave me what I needed. I highly recommend this doctor. He cares for his patients. Very professional and very friendly and courteous.
in Lakeway |
Did a great job on my knee replacement surgery. Actually called me at home to see how I was doing. Always willing to spend the extra time to answer my questions.
in Laredo, TX |
Dr Gallagher is a knowledgeable and caring physician. He did a reverse shoulder replacement on my left arm, and I am well on my way to recovery, even before any physical therapy. Dr Gallagher not only stopped by my hospital room post surgery, but called me personally to see how I was doing. His office staff was especially helpful both pre- and post- surgery, which made me feel that a whole team was taking care of me.
in Austin, TX |
A human & humane physician with diagnostic skills greatly above several good ones I have consulted. Dr. Gallagher THINKS & he CARES. His analysis goes beyond the time he spends with you in the examining room. He communicates! Without being asked, he took his own time later to review my films & called w/ new possibilities. He confirmed analysis by exam at next meeting. He solved unusual problems with splendid ability & genuine concern for his patient. HE will be my surgeon.
in Austin, TX |
Dr. Gallagher used the most current procedure for my total hip replacement. He's has a great bedside manner and takes the time at your office visit to answer all questions.
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Dr. Gallagher accepts 13 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
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  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
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    Cigna PPO
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
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  • Humana
    Choice Care HMO
    Choice Care Network PPO
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    Choice PPO
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    Humana PPO
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
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Hospitals where Dr. Gallagher has admitting privileges

Seton Medical Center Austin
1201 W 38th St
Austin, TX 78705
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St. David's Medical Center
919 E 32nd St
Austin, TX 78705
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Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Lakeway
100 Medical Pkwy
Lakeway, TX 78738
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Northwest Hills Surgical Hospital
6818 Austin Center Blvd
Austin, TX 78731
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St. David's South Austin Medical Center
901 W Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
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Seton Northwest Hospital
11113 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78759
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