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Samuel M. Galvagno, DO, PhD

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Administrative Title:

Executive Vice Chair of Anesthesiology; Interim Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology


UMMC, S11C10

Phone (Primary):

(410) 328-9837


(410) 328-5531

Education and Training

BS (cum laude):  Mount Saint Mary's University
DO: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
PhD: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Certificate: Lean Six SIgma Black Belt, Villanova University

MS: Air University, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL                  
Internship: St. Vincents Midtown Medical Center, New York, NY
Residency: Brigham and Woman's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Fellowship: Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation (GTPCI), Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


Dr. Galvagno is a Tenured Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Galvagno graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2000. After an internship at St. Clare’s / St. Vincent’s Midtown Hospital in New York, New York, Dr. Galvagno entered active duty as a general medical officer and emergency physician.  Following his active duty tour, he received residency training at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, where he was elected Chief Resident during his final residency year.  He pursued a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine after residency, and also completed a research fellowship and extensive training in epidemiology and biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He defended his Ph.D. in 2012 with a thesis focused on helicopter emergency medical services for adults with major trauma. Dr. Galvagno also attained Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training from Villanova University and is a graduate of the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.

Dr. Galvagno's research goal is to coordinate, develop, and lead efforts to advance the science of critical care, combining regional applications with a global perspective, through the cultivation of a versatile and robust research methodology. He has secondar interests in patient monitoring, resuscitation, safety & quality improvement in the intensive care unit, and medical education. He has authored over 120 peer-reviewed papers and has authored several textbooks and textbook chapters. He has received funding from the NIH and DoD.

He is board-certified in anesthesiology (ABA), critical care medicine (ABA), neurocritical care (UCNS and ABMS), emergency medical services (ABEM) and public health (NBPHE). Dr. Galvagno presents serves as the Medical Director for the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center Multi Trauma Critical Care Unit and is the Deputy Director for the Shock Trauma "Go-Team." In addition to appointments within the Society of Critical Care Medicine's Anesthesiology Section, he serves on the ABA Critical Care Exam Committee, the ABPN Neurocritical Care Exam Committee and was elected as a fellow to the Academy of Critical Care Medicine in 2016.

Research/Clinical Keywords

aeromedical critical care, helicopter emergency medical services, critical care medicine, prehospital emergency care, patient safety, intensive care medicine, trauma resuscitation

Highlighted Publications

Research Interests

Aeromedical Critical Care, Patient Monitoring, Resuscitation, Safety & Quality Improvement in the Intensive Care Unit, Medical Education

Clinical Specialty Details

Anesthesiology - Board Certified
Critical Care Medicine - Board Certified
Public Health - Board Certified
Neurocritical Care - Board Certified

Emergency Medical Services - Board Certified

Transesophageal Echocardiography (Basic)

Critical Care Ultrasonography

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Professional Activity

Colonel, United States Air Force Reserve

Individual Mobilization Augmentee, Headquarters, United States Air Force, Reserve Medical Directorate