James J. Gallagher, M.D.
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James J. Gallagher, M.D.


Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English
Insurance: 40 accepted  View

Locations and Appointments



  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Surgery


  • Burn Surgery
  • Burn
  • Wound Healing
  • Trauma
  • Pediatric Burn Care


Board Certifications

  • Surgery

Clinical & Academic Positions

  • Associate Attending Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education & Training

  • M.D., State University of New York Upstate Medical University, 1992
  • B.S., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1988


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Personal Statement

As a burn surgeon, I am privileged to care for the burn injured patient from the smallest child to the most senior members of our society. Burn injury is sometimes a small blister that requires only my reassurance that healing will take place naturally to complete devastation of the body, and at times a home and family. One of my greatest honors comes in my participation in the care of our injured Fire Fighters. Being a New Yorker and having lost a family member who was a member of the FDNY, the ability to serve those who serve us is indeed a privilege.

Effective burn care is a result of paying close attention to detail as well as employing the state-of-the-art technology we have available here at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. Another important factor is to treat the whole person, not just the burn, being sensitive and aware of the many challenges burn patients and their families face as they recover and assisting them through our multi-disciplinary approach to burn care. Our goal is to facilitate complete reintegration into society for all the burn patients we treat, allowing them to lead happy and productive and pain free lives. 

Dr. James J. Gallagher describes the painful aftermath his patients endure following home fires.



James Gallagher, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery and Director of the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. A board certified surgeon, Dr. Gallagher has extensive experience in the treatment of burns, surgical critical care, and international surgery. His areas of special interest include surgical education, international surgical outreach, the burned hand, burn resuscitation, and surgical care of the burn wound.

Dr. Gallagher is known for his international experience in burn care. He is committed to teaching and sharing his expertise in this field with the ultimate goal of improving burn care, preventing burn injuries, and burn first aid. It is with this passion and dedication to burn care that led Dr. Gallagher to Tanzania where he has helped develop a comprehensive pediatric burn center. 

James Gallagher, M.D. received his B.S. Summa Cum Laude in Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1988 and his M.D. from SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York in 1992.  He completed his internship and residency training in general surgery at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pennsylvania in June 1997.

After completing training in General Surgery, he spent four years in private practice in Dansville, New York before deciding to sell his home and move his entire family to Cameroon, West Africa.  For more than a year, Dr. Gallagher was the solo surgeon in a rural missionary hospital there and it was during this time that he was first exposed to patients with burn injuries and developed an interest in specializing in this field.

Upon returning home to the United States, Dr. Gallagher completed fellowships in surgical critical care and trauma surgery at Stonybrook University and burn surgery at the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center. 

Dr. Gallagher was an attending burn surgeon at The Shriners Burns Hospital for Children and the Blocker Adult Burn Unit at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He was appointed Chairman of performance improvement and infectious disease at The Shriners Hospital. While at Shriners he was part of a team of American and Mexican burn reconstructive surgeons who traveled to Guadalajara twice a year to treat children in need of surgical care to help relieve long term effects of burn scars on the growing bodies.

In 2008, Dr. Gallagher and his family relocated to New York City and Dr. Gallagher rejoined the team at the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell for children and adults, which is the only burn center in the City of New York verified by the American Burn Association.

Most recently, James Gallagher, M.D. has been featured on WABC for Operation 7 Save A Life, which is a half hour special devoted to increasing public awareness about fire safety and hazards in the home. He was able to answer questions and bring mindfulness to this cause.


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X Enhanced
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care - Medicare
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care - Community Plan
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare Health Plans

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

New York SuperDoctor: an Honor given to 5% of all New York physicians 

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