Katherine Gallagher, M.D.

John R. Pfeifer Collegiate Professor of Vascular Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology

5463 Cardiovascular Center




08/1994-06/1998 BS, Physiology and Neurobiology (Highest Honors), University of Maryland, College Park, MD

08/1998-06/2002 MD, Medicine Degree (summa cum laude), University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

07/2002-06/2009 Residency, General Surgery, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

07/2004-06/2006 Postdoctoral Fellow, Vascular Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

07/2009-06/2011 Fellowship, Vascular Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Columbia University Hospital, New York, NY

Areas of Interest

I have had a long-standing defined clinical and translational interest in the mechanisms underlying impaired diabetic wound healing. My long-term goal is to uncover the basic mechanisms responsible for the coordination of immune cells in early tissue repair processes, determine impairments in Type 2 Diabetes and translate this knowledge to the bedside. It is my belief that the diabetic phenotype has systemic effects on bone marrow cells that alter innate immune cell phenotypes resulting in impaired peripheral wound healing.

Since joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, my research has focused on histone methylation changes in bone marrow progenitor cells and the impact on peripheral macrophage phenotypes as it relates to wound healing and inflammation. This work will provide important data on inflammatory macrophages in peripheral tissue and their contribution to chronic inflammation and may lead to novel treatment modalities. I have also trained numerous post-doctoral fellows/residents in my lab under NIH T32, F32, AAS grant, VESS grant and other funding mechanisms. I have a strong interest in training postdocs/residents in translational science.

Honors & Awards


2001-2002 NIH-STSRP Research Award Recipient

2013-present Distinguished Reviewer for Journal of Vascular Surgery


1994-1997 NCAA Scholar-Athlete Award

1996-1998 Howard Hughes Fellowship, NIH

2006 American College of Surgeons Resident Research Vascular Award

2012-2013 Society for Vascular Surgery Women's Leadership Award

2012-2016 Wylie Scholar in Academic Vascular Surgery

2012 Wolfe Family Foundation Award

2014 American College of Surgeons & Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation "Mentored

Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award"

2014 Association for Academic Surgery Best Basic Research Award

2014 Best Overall Basic Science presentation at the American Venous Forum 26th Annual Meeting

2014 VRIC/ATVB Best Abstract Award

2015 AVF Research Award (mentor role)

2015 Frederick A. Coller Surgical Society Jobst Award for Resident Vascular Research (mentor role)

2016 Early Career Reviewer, Center for Scientific Review, NIH

2016 VRIC/ATVB, Best Abstract Award

2017 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award

2017 Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation Resident Research Prize (mentor role)

2019 American Heart Association ATVB Werner Risau Early Career

Investigator Award in Vascular Biology, Most Outstanding paper published in 2018 in Vascular Biology

2019 Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation Resident Research Award (mentor role)