James M. Galloway, MD

Background

Dr. James M. Galloway is an Assistant US Surgeon General, Rear Admiral in the United States Public Health Service and Regional Health Administrator in Region V, Chicago, Ilinois.

Dr. Galloway was appointed to the position of Regional Health Administrator in March, 2007 by the Assistant Secretary of Health (ASH) and is the lead federal physician, the principal federal public health official and the senior USPHS officer for Region V, which encompasses the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.  Dr. Galloway reports directly to the Assistant Secretary of Health and serves as the Department's principal representative for public health in the field for this region.  Dr. Galloway provides advice on matters of health care and public health and participates in policy development and implementation at the regional and national levels.  As the Regional Health Administrator, Dr. Galloway's leadership responsibilities include disease prevention, health promotion, women's and minority health, the reduction of health disparities, the fight against HIV/AIDS, the Medical Reserve Corps, pandemic influenza and emergency planning. He is actively involved in the push for enhanced access to quality health care.  

Dr. Galloway was also appointed by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response as the Senior Federal Official for Pandemic Influenza and Bioterrorism for Region C (covering 12 states of the midwest and west). Dr. Galloway is now a Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Northwestern College of Medicine.

Admiral Galloway was previously assigned to the University of Arizona where he was an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the College of Medicine as well as an Associate Professor of Public Health in the College of Public Health. As Director of the Native American Cardiology Program prior to coming to Chicago, Dr. Galloway organized and provided direct cardiac care to Native Americans in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, California and New Mexico. He was the senior cardiologist nationally for the Indian Health Service and the director of the National Native American CVD Prevention Program.

Dr. Galloway received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency at the University of Vermont. Following residency he served as an internist and consultant at the Keams Canyon Hospital on the Hopi Indian Reservation. He then served as the medical director and chief of staff at the Whiteriver PHS Hospital on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation and as a special assistant to the Phoenix area IHS Director at San Carlos Apache PHS Hospital. Subsequently, Dr. Galloway performed a cardiology fellowship at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Dr. Galloway is board-certified in both internal medicine and cardiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Chest Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Dr. Galloway has published well over 100 articles, abstracts, book chapters and one book "Primary Care of Native American Patients: Diagnosis, Therapy and Epidemiology." He has participated in a number of NIH study sections and has received numerous awards, including being named the Outstanding Clinician for the Indian Health Service nationally in 1997, the Secretary of Health and Human Services Award for Distinguished Service in 2000 from Secretary Shalala and again in 2004 from Secretary Tommy Thompson.

He was also awarded the Arizona Healthcare and Hospital Association's 2001 Salsbury Award for his dedication, leadership and outstanding contributions to the health of the people of Arizona. He has been awarded several Public Health Service medals, including the Commendation Medal. The Physicians Professional Advisory Committee to the U.S. Surgeon General elected Dr. Galloway as the 2005 Clinical Physician of the Year. Dr. Galloway has been selected by his peers repeatedly as one of the "Best Doctors in America." Dr. Galloway was selected by the then-U.S. Surgeon General Carmona as the Governor for the American College of Cardiology to represent the United States Public Health Service and was subsequently elected by his peers as the ACC Governor for Arizona. He was also selected by Governor Napolitano to serve on her Governor's Commission on Health, Physical Activity and Sports for the state of Arizona.

Dr. Galloway has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, interviewed on CNN and has written numerous articles for medical journals as well as the general press, including Newsweek. Dr. Galloway works with the American College of Cardiology in its efforts with the American Diabetes Association in the "Make The Link" Program, an educational and public health approach focusing on the link between diabetes and heart disease. For this work, Dr. Galloway received the national American Diabetes Association's 2003 C. Everett Koop Award for Health Promotion and Awareness on behalf of the American College of Cardiology.

Along with his involvements in the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the American Diabetes Association, he is also involved in a number of Tribally requested research initiatives, focusing on the epidemic of heart disease in underprivileged populations, including the Strong Heart Study and SANDS (Stop Atherosclerosis in Native Diabetics Study) as well the co-founder of an initiative to increase the numbers of American Indians and Alaska Natives in health professions, entitled "Pathways into Health." He is also a co-founder in the large collaborative entitled "Building A Healthier Chicago," an urban wellness intervention being developed as a national model.

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