Dr. Katherine Gallagher is Professor of Surgery, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and the Leland Ira Doan Research Professor of Vascular Surgery. Dr. Gallagher graduated with highest honors from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Physiology and Neurobiology in 1998. During this time, she was a Howard Hughes Fellow at the NIH studying embryonic hair cell regeneration. She graduated with honors (cum laude) from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2002. She did her General Surgery Residency at the University of Maryland from 2002-2009. Concurrently, she pursued a 2 year post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gallagher completed her Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical Center/Columbia University Medical Center in 2011.
Since joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Dr. Gallagher’s research has focused on the intercept between epigenetics and metabolism in macrophages as it impacts peripheral macrophage phenotypes and controls inflammation in wound healing and vascular disease. Dr. Gallagher is an NIH-funded researcher with a focus on the role of bone marrow stem cells in diabetic wound healing. She is a founding member of the NIH-NIDDK Diabetic Wound Consortium. She has also received funding most notably from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award, Wylie Scholars, Society of Vascular Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons. She has received numerous honors and awards which include the American Heart Association’s ATVB Investigator of the Year, Gill Award in Cardiovascular Research, Distinguished Fellow of the Society of Vascular Surgery, and is a Taubman Scholar.
Her clinical interest and expertise is in the management of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), particularly in patients with diabetes. As the director of the Multidisciplinary PAD clinic, she has a clinical practice focused on endovascular and open surgical revascularization for PAD.