Colleen Gallagher, PhD
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose - 12/18/2020

Colleen M. Gallagher, PhD, LSW, FACHE is the Executive Director, Clinical Ethics, Chief of the Section of Integrated Ethics and Professor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Critical Care MedicineShe completed her Doctor of Philosophy at The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

With a focus on the human element of patient care, Dr. Gallagher applies her knowledge of health care ethics, compassion, communication and mediation into the goals of care for patients. Her research and clinical work in this area focuses on the assessment and management of ethical issues concerning patients with complex symptom problems from the time of diagnosis, through treatment, during survivorship and at the end of life. She works with faculty, nurses, social workers, chaplains, patient advocates, etc. to ensure best possible outcomes are reached for everyone involved.

Dr. Gallagher has worked in the fields of social work and health care ethics since 1985. As the Section Chief of Integrated Ethics, Dr. Gallagher oversees a network of clinical rounds, ethics consults and research.  She has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and made presentations on a broad range of topics in the field of health care ethics. She holds appointments on various national and international committees, including Food and Drug Administration Molecular Devices Committee, International Ethics Expert for both UNESCO Chair in Science and Technology and UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights. She has served also as Co-Chair of Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs Committee for American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) and as Ethicist for the Healthcare Quality Professional Task Team of the National Association for Healthcare Quality among her many leadership roles


Research Interests: Shared decision-making at the end of life, Decision Aids and their effectiveness, use of blood and blood products at the end of life, Advanced Care Planning, moral distress prevention and resilience for clinicians.