Forty for 40: Matthew Gallagher, PT, DPT ’08
As a track and cross-country runner in college, Matthew Gallagher knew what it was like to need physical therapy. His experience as a patient motivated him to pursue a career where he could use his experience to help others recover from their injuries.
Nine years after graduating from the IHP, Dr. Gallagher is director of rehabilitation therapy services at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora.
He oversees a staff of more than 200 physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and support staff that work in an academic medical center with a 600-bed acute care hospital, 12-bed rehabilitation unit, and four outpatient therapy clinics that in total provide over 160,000 therapy visits annually.
Gallagher, who has an MBA in Health Administration from the University of Colorado Denver, has worked on improving the patient flow on the acute rehab unit, and implementing a quality improvement project in the medical ICU that focused on providing early and intense PT to critically ill patients.