Dr. Patrick Gallagher of Yale University Named Director of Perinatal Research Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital

February 27, 2023

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Patrick Gallagher, MD, from Yale University has been named the new director of the Center for Perinatal Research in the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Gallagher will begin his new role on April 3, 2023.

Dr. Gallagher is a professor in the departments of Pediatrics, Genetics and Pathology at Yale University School of Medicine. He is the director of the Yale Hemophilia Treatment Center, co-director of the Yale NIDDK Cooperative Center of Excellence in Hematology, and director of the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core at the New York Blood Center – Yale Cooperative Program.

Genetics have played a major role in Dr. Gallagher’s research and clinical interests. He and his colleagues discovered the genes responsible for hereditary xerocytosis—a rare inherited form of anemia. This finding allowed commercially available genetic testing for correctly diagnosing this rare disease. His work has also identified several new genetic mechanisms of human disease. Genomics work from Dr. Gallagher’s group has provided many insights into developmental erythropoiesis.

“Dr. Gallagher is a renowned leader focused on cutting-edge research in numerous fields of medicine, including neonatology, genetics and hematology. His unique combination of experience and expertise will substantially benefit our patients and families here and throughout the nation,” said Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE, president, Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's. “We’re very pleased to welcome him back to Ohio, and to Nationwide Children's where he will join an exceptional faculty making a significant impact on neonatal research and care.”

Dr. Gallagher is an active member of the American Society of Hematology and serves on many grant review panels including the Scientific Review Committee for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) Cure Sickle Cell Initiative (CureSCi). Dr. Gallagher is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Perinatology, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine. He is a member of the editorial boards for PLoS One, American Journal of Hematology and Frontiers in Physiology. He is a contributing editor for Blood Cells, Molecules, and Diseases.

Throughout his career, Dr. Gallagher has mentored more than 50 undergraduate, graduate and medical students; presented at more than 100 national and international meetings; and published nearly 250 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, chapters and books. He is currently a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on numerous NIH grants.

Dr. Gallagher received his undergraduate degree from the College of Biological Sciences at Ohio State University and his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Medical University. He completed his internship and residency, including serving as chief resident, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He completed fellowships in neonatal-perinatal medicine and molecular hematology at Yale University School of Medicine.

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-23 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit free-standing pediatric health care systems providing unique expertise in pediatric population health, behavioral health, genomics and health equity as the next frontiers in pediatric medicine, leading to best outcomes for the health of the whole child. Integrated clinical and research programs, as well as prioritizing quality and safety, are part of what allows Nationwide Children’s to advance its unique model of care. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 14,000 that provides state-of-the-art wellness, preventive and rehabilitative care and diagnostic treatment during more than 1.6 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded free-standing pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.