James J. Gallagher, MD

Surgical Critical Care (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Surgery (Board Certified)
Office Phone: (646) 962-3581


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 tie 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, and 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 questi6ns and bring mindfulness to this cause.

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Aetna [HMO, Medicare, PPO]

Aetna [Weill Cornell Employee Plan]

Affinity [Access (Exchange)]

Affinity [HMO]

Amida Care


Emblem Select Care


Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, Child Health Plus, EPO, HMO, Mediblue (Senior), Pathway (Exchange), PPO]

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Pathway Enhanced]

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

Fidelis Care





Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Advantage]

Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter (HMO)]


Rockefeller University - CoreSource

United Empire

UnitedHealthcare [Community Plan, Compass (Exchange), EPO, HMO, Medicare, POS, PPO]



1992 State University of New York Health Sciences Center

Residency: 1997 Robert Packer Hospital

Fellowship: 2004 Stony Brook University Medical Center

Fellowship: 2005 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center


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Associate Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell Univ