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Martin Gallagher

(Australia) Staff Specialist and Head of Department, Renal Unit Concord Repatriation and General Hospital Senior Research Fellow The George Institute

Harkness Project Title: International Comparison of Hospital Outcomes Using ICD Coding and Risk Standardization

Mentors: Harlan Krumholz, M.D., and Elizabeth Bradley Ph.D. (Yale School of Public Health)

Placement: Yale School of Medicine

Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Martin Gallagher, M.B.B.S., FRACP, a 2009–10 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, is a nephrologist at Concord Hospital in New South Wales and a senior research fellow at the George Institute for International Health. He is also currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program and chair of the Steering Committee of Caring for Australians with Renal Impairment, the national renal guidelines body for Australian and New Zealand. Previous positions include chair of the National Chronic Disease Strategy Reference Group for the Australian Department of Health and Ageing and chair of the NICS Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Program Advisory Committee, overseeing a national program involving 39 hospitals that saw significant increases in the use of proven preventive treatments. He also previously directed a hospital-wide quality improvement program at The Canberra Hospital. Gallagher's research centers on quality improvement, particularly on the uptake of evidence-based treatment guidelines.

Project: Martin Gallagher sought to compare mortality and readmission rates between Australian and U.S. hospitals.  As part of this project, he tested the feasibility of using U.S. methods for calculating hospital outcomes using Australian administrative data.  He used data from the Centre for Health Record Linkage at Sydney University, and risk standardization models developed at the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Yale University for public reporting the U.S.

Current positions:(updated 7/2013)

  • Director, Renal and Metabolic Division,The George Institute for Global Health 
  • Associate Prof of Medicine, University of New South Wales 
  • Staff Specialist Nephrologist, Concord Repatriation and General Hospital

Email: [email protected]

Harkness-Related Publications

M. Gallagher and H. Krumholz, "Public Reporting of Hospital Outcomes: A Challenging Road Ahead," Medical Journal of Australia, June 20, 2011 94(12):658–60.