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Dr. Anthony Gerald Gallagher

Dr. Anthony Gerald Gallagher is Director of Research and Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning in the ASSERT Centre, College of Medicine and Health, University College Cork, Ireland. He completed a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Psychology (1984 -1988) at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown in Northern Ireland and his Ph.D. in Psychology at the Trinity College Dublin (1989 – 1992). He was the first academic from Ireland to be awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Scholarship and during this time worked with Prof. Richard Satava at Yale University (2000 – 2001). In 2011 along with his colleague Prof. Gerry O’Sullivan (University College Cork) he completed an authored book, Fundamentals of Surgical Simulation; Principles and Practices which was published in 2011. His principal research interests currently include virtual reality, minimal access surgery, endovascular interventions, pacemaker implantation and validation of medical devices for training and assessment. During his time at Yale he was the scientific lead in the first group to demonstrate in a prospective, randomized double-blinded study the power of virtual reality training for improved operating room performance. In 2013 he was awarded his D.Sc. for his published work on ‘Assessment and training of surgeons and physicians for image guided medicine’. In 2015 he gave The Hamilton Russell Memorial Lecture, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), Perth, Australia as well as being the International Education Visitor, RACS. At NextMed/Medicine Meets Virtual Reality (MMVR22), Los Angeles, California, USA he was presented with the 20th Satava Award for his contributions to advanced technologies in medicine. In a recent study published by the Journal of Surgical Education, on the 100 most cited articles in the area of surgical education Dr Gallagher achieved the greatest number of first author publications in the top 100, authored two of the top ten ranked articles including the number one cited paper “Virtual Reality Training improves Operating Room Performance”. In total he co-authored eight of the top 100 articles and his publications underpinned three of the institutions he worked at (i.e., Queens University Belfast (UK), Yale University (USA) and Emory University (USA) being ranked in the the top 20 Institutions with the highest number of articles in the top 100). Dr. Gallagher is also a regular keynote and invited speaker at national and international medical, surgical, cardiology, science and ergonomics conferences. He is considered one of the leading exponents and international experts in the world for the design, application and validation of VR in medicine.