Marlene Shaw-Gallagher, MS, PA-C

Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS) PhD Student
Nephrology Physician Assistant, Michigan Medicine
Assistant Professor, University of Detroit Mercy


Marlene Shaw-Gallagher is a Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems PhD student. She has a BS in Zoology and Biological Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Marlene holds a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Detroit Mercy. She works clinically as Nephrology PA in outpatient dialysis at Michigan Medicine and as an Assistant Professor in the PA Program at the University of Detroit Mercy.
What attracted you to the HILS Program?  
I was drawn to HILS innovative model of learning health cycles and how they could be applied to improving quality of life in the setting of chronic disease. 

Areas of Interest

Research and scholarly interests: 
End Stage Renal Disease, Chronic Disease Prevention, Quality of Life Indicators, 
Other professional highlights: 
Serves as the Secretary of the American Academy of Nephrology Physician Assistants, is a member of the National Kidney Foundation Council of Advanced Practitioners and is currently appointed to the National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings CME Committee.

Published Articles or Reviews

  • Shaw-Gallagher M, Boyle, R, Zuber, K. “Longitudinal Survey of Clinician Behavior Change in CKD Management.” JAAPA. 2019 Apr;32(4):39-43.
  • Shaw-Gallagher M. “When Can You Stop Dialysis?” Clinician Reviews. 2019 March;29(3):11e
  • Shaw-Gallagher M. “How to Interpret Positive Troponin Tests in CKD.” Clinician Reviews. 2017 October;27(10):18-19

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