DANBURY, CT - Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) is pleased to welcome board certified thoracic and cardiac surgeon Robert C. Gallagher, MD, as chief of cardiothoracic surgery for WCHN. Most recently, Dr. Gallagher served as a senior attending cardiothoracic surgeon at Hartford Hospital where he founded the robotic cardiothoracic program, which has grown to be the largest program of its kind in New England. He comes to WCHN with extensive experience in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), aortic and mitral value surgery, and video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS).
Dr. Gallagher is the only cardiothoracic surgeon in Connecticut and one of two in New England with advanced expertise in robotic-assisted cardiac surgery, having performed more than 300 cardiac and thoracic procedures. He has been a champion of minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgical techniques since the late 1990s.
Dr. Gallagher earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and completed a general surgery residency at Boston University Medical Center and a cardiothoracic surgical residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. He completed fellowship training in critical care medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine and fellowship training in general surgery and cardiac surgery at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Gallagher also served as a cardiac transplant/ventricular assist device fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian University Hospital.
Certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, Dr. Gallagher is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
An author of numerous scientific publications, Dr. Gallagher’s clinical interests include aortic aneurysm repair, atrial fibrillation, cardiology, coronary artery bypass surgery, esophageal cancer, heart valve surgery, maze procedure for atrial fibrillation, minimally invasive surgery, peripheral vascular surgery, robotic surgery, thoracic aortic surgery, and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
Dr. Gallagher is a member of the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Connecticut State Medical Society and the Hartford County Medical Association.
Dr. Robert Gallagher will see patients and Danbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gallagher, call 203- 739-6950.