Heather Gallagher

Heather A. Gallagher, DMSc, PA-C

  • Assistant Professor, Institute for Physician Assistant Education

Programs I Teach


  • DMSc, Doctorate of Medical Sciences (2021)
    University of Lynchburg
  • MPAS, Physician Assistant Studies (2006)
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • BS, Physician Assistant Program Certificate (1991)
    George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

About Me

I began my PA career at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences by receiving my BS/PA degree. To further my interest in pediatrics, I completed a pediatric residency for Physician Assistants at Norwalk Hospital/Yale New Haven Hospital. Later, I pursued my masters in PA Studies from University of Nebraska Medical Center.  I recently completed my Doctorate of Medical Science (DMSc) program at University of Lynchburg in June 2021. My academic work has contributed to my clinical expertise and enriched my teaching and research abilities. 

My favorite part of teaching is engaging with students and watching them grow into competent clinicians during the PA program.  It is truly rewarding to see my former students, as colleagues, excelling as providers of quality patient care in the community.

In addition, I have a passion for service learning and volunteerism which I hope to bring to the Widener PA program.   

Areas of Expertise

  • Physician Assistant 
  • Pediatrics
  • Urgent Care 
  • Family Practice

Research Interests

  • Inter-professional education
  • Service learning
  • Pediatrics


  • Gallagher H, Cooper M, Durand C. Effects of an interdisciplinary volunteer experience on students' knowledge of and attitudes toward the health care team. J Physician Assist Educ. 2010;21(3):27-30. doi: 10.1097/01367895-201021030-00005

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants


  • Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (2020)
  • Campus Compact for New Hampshire Presidents' Good Steward Award (2010)