Marshall University officials have named a former state legislator with both pharmacy and law degrees as director of pharmacy services.
Brian Gallagher has a joint faculty appointment in both the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and the Marshall University School of Pharmacy. He began his duties with Marshall Health on March 29.
He most recently served as the senior vice president of government affairs for the American Pharmacists Association in Washington, D.C.
Gallagher graduated from West Virginia University in 1981 with a B.S. in pharmacy and received his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1984. He is admitted to the West Virginia, Georgia and Pennsylvania bars and is licensed to practice pharmacy in West Virginia.
Gallagher served for eight years in the West Virginia House of Delegates, where he was chairman of both the Banking and Insurance and Legislative Rule Making Review Committees.
"I'm really excited to be back in West Virginia," Gallagher said. "I've been gone for 17 years. I was born and raised here, and I'm happy to work with Marshall Health and all the good things they've got going on.
"They have a lot of exciting initiatives and services that will improve the lives of patients and ways to integrate health care that reduce costs and increase the quality and access to care for the patients."
The Marshall medical school recently received a Family Medicine "Top Ten" award from the American Academy of Family Physicians for the percentage of its graduates entering family medicine residencies.
The academy reported that an average 18.5 percent of Marshall medical school graduates chose such residencies over a three-year period ending last October.
That ranked the school number five in the country, and it was the only medical school in West Virginia to make the top 10.