Taking the Lead: An Inside Look at Eskenazi Health's Leadership- Dr. Gallagher

As an innovative plastic surgeon, Dr. Sidhbh Gallagher offers her patients the latest advancements and techniques in a rather broad field of plastic surgery. During her short time as a member of the Eskenazi Health family, she has helped launch the Eskenazi Health Transgender Health and Wellness Program. Dr. Gallagher is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She is also the surgical director of the Eskenazi Health Transgender Health and Wellness Program.

Dr. Gallagher grew up in Dundalk, Ireland, which is located about an hour north of Dublin. She earned her medical degree from University College in Dublin, where she graduated in the top 3 percent of her class. So what brought her to the United States? About a year prior to her graduation, Dr. Gallagher came to the U.S. on a scholarship to Emory University in Atlanta for three months. This led to her becoming a board-certified general surgeon by taking her talents to Philadelphia’s Abington Memorial Hospital to complete a general surgery residency from 2007 to 2012.

Eventually, Dr. Gallagher landed in the Hoosier state to fulfill a three-year plastic surgery fellowship at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Despite her resume of accomplishments and certifications, there was still more training to do in order to perform surgeries for transgender patients.

On her own initiative, Dr. Gallagher spent three and a half months training with prominent surgeons in California, Miami, Australia and Belgium. This training paid off as she was hired on at Eskenazi Health in September 2015 and then later as surgical director of the Eskenazi Health Transgender Health and Wellness Program.

Dr. Gallagher also performs an innovative surgery aimed at relieving chronic pain that Eskenazi Health now offers. The peripheral nerve surgery utilizes techniques to improve the conditions and symptoms associated with diabetic and chemotherapy-induced neuropathy of the hands and feet. Patients who are candidates undergo a 20-minute outpatient procedure. In addition to relieving chronic pain, there is evidence that this procedure also assists in preventing ulcerations and amputations and can improve the patient’s overall balance.

In her spare time, Dr. Gallagher loves running, and kite-surfing in order to stay active. She draws and paints to help her relax. Additionally, she is passionate about traveling and frequently makes it back to Ireland to see her family.