Christopher Michael Gallagher, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (239 reviews)

Specialities: Medical Oncology

Languages: English

About me

About the Provider
Christopher Gallagher, MD, is Medical Director of Cancer Services of the Washington Cancer Institute and teaching attending physician at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Prior to joining the Hospital Center, Dr. Gallagher served as Chief of Hematology-Oncology Service for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, was the Fellowship Program Director for the National Capital Consortium Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program, and the Deputy Director of the John P. Murtha Cancer Center at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

As an expert in breast medical oncology, Dr. Gallagher specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer through the use of hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. His clinical interests include the treatment of advanced or metastatic disease through the use of novel therapeutic treatments.

Dr. Gallagher received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he graduated with honors and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society. He then joined the Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he completed a residency in internal medicine, and a fellowship in hematology/oncology.

The Washington Cancer Institute offers a comprehensive portfolio of clinical trials that provides novel therapeutic medications for individuals diagnosed with early stage and advanced breast cancer. Dr. Gallagher's research interests include investigating and understanding disparities in outcomes. He is especially interested in enrolling minority groups, such as African-Americans and Latinos, in research trials that are often excluded from larger clinical trials.

Dr. Gallagher is an advocate for the advancement of immunotherapy, or the use of the patient's own immune system in order to treat breast cancer, as well as targeted therapy derived from the genetic sequencing of breast tumors in order to detect abnormalities that may indicate a response from a specific drug. He is widely published and has been invited to speak nationally on numerous occasions regarding his research within the breast cancer field.

Philosophy of Care
"Conversation is the foundation of my practice. My role as a breast medical oncologist is to educate my patients and their family members on the available treatment options for their specific type of breast cancer. I take the time to listen to my patients, to answer their questions, and to address their concerns. By educating my patients, I involve them in their care and empower them in making informed decisions. It is important to me that my patients understand their disease, their treatment, and the big picture of their diagnosis."

"I advocate for my patients. Each day, I take the time to appreciate my mission - taking care of women with breast cancer."
 

Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Brain Metastases
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer During Pregnancy
  • Cancer
  • Cancer During Pregnancy
  • Cancer Pain
  • Cancer Survivor
  • Carcinoma In Situ Of Breast
  • Cystosarcoma Phyllodes
  • Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Dcis
  • Endocrine Complications Of Cancer Therapy
  • Hereditary Cancer Risk
  • Liver Metastases
  • Lobular Carcinoma In Situ Lcis
  • Lung Metastasis
  • Oral Complications Of Cancer
  • Pulmonary Metastases
  • Side Effects Of Cancer Treatment
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Procedures I perform

  • Adjuvant Chemotherapy
  • Biological Targeted Therapy
  • Breast Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Breast Cancer Follow Up
  • Breast Cancer Genetics
  • Breast Cancer Immunotherapy
  • Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Cancer Immunotherapy
  • Chemoradiation
  • Early Detection Of Cancer
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Practice locations

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110 Irving Street Northwest
Washington, DC, 20010

Fax 202-877-8910

Insurance

MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus

Videos

Education

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Fellowship Program: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (2004)

Residency Program: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (2001)

Residency Program: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (1997)

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine (1994)

Hospital affiliations

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

    4.9
  • Provider listened carefully

    4.8
  • Provider gave easy to understand instructions

    4.8
  • Provider knew medical history

    4.8
  • Provider showed respect

    4.9
  • Provider spent enough time with patient

    4.8
  • Jul 22, 2021

    Excellent care

  • Jul 1, 2021

    Love Dr. Gallagher. He has help me ease my fear of cancer.

  • Feb 18, 2021

    Very good.