2013 – Nova Scotia
Making meaningful connections with people is at the heart of Dr Kathy Gallagher’s practice. Throughout her career, Dr Gallagher’s dedication and loyalty to her patients has guided her achievements in family medicine.
A graduate of Dalhousie University, Dr Gallagher spent her first year of practice as an emergency room physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Saint John, New Brunswick. The following year, she completed locums and became “hooked” on family medicine. In 1992, she returned to Bedford where she currently works.
The flexibility of family medicine is part of the appeal for Dr Gallagher. She has had the opportunity to experience many different roles during her career. Currently she is involved in clinic work, and making house calls is part of her regular schedule. Over the years she has provided obstetrical care, emergency room work, hospital care, and nursing home care in addition to her office practice.
Dr Gallagher is particularly proud to be known as a doctor “who really takes the time to listen.” It is this combination of compassion and curiosity that aids her in identifying particularly challenging diagnoses.
A member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada for more than 20 years, Dr Gallagher has also been involved in numerous committees and boards through the CFPC, Doctors Nova Scotia, and Capital Health. Her involvement has helped her learn about comprehensive care, chronic disease management, and medical policies. She was president of the Nova Scotia College of Family Physicians from 2004 to 2006.
Dr Gallagher has been married to her husband, Doug, for 20 years, and together they are the proud parents of Laura, 17 and Sarah, 15. Dr Gallagher is actively involved in CrossFit™, and plays ringette in the winter, softball in the summer, and soccer all year round.