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After going to grade school in Seattle, Dr. Galloway graduated from Southlake high school in St. Clair Shores as valedictorian in 1953. He went to the University of Michigan for both college and Medical School and graduated in 1959. During his time in Ann Arbor he belonged to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Phi Rho Sigma fraternities and played on the university freshman baseball team as well as other amateur and semiprofessional teams in Detroit and Ann Arbor with ice hockey in the winter. Returning to Seattle for a rotating internship at King County Hospital he really “became a doctor” and married his wife Bobi, now for over 50 years and 3 grown children. He also re-discovered what he had forgotten in his 10 years in Michigan, it rains in Seattle, a lot. A complete 4 year general surgery residency at the Los Angeles VA and LA Children’s Hospitals (where it doesn’t rain) taught him to “be a surgeon” and allowed him to be accepted into one of only 3 (at that time) plastic surgery residencies on the West Coast, at the UCLA Medical center. (The other 2 were at Stanford and University of California, both in the San Francisco area). This was really his prime accomplishment in his 17 years of training for plastic surgery. A full 3 year plastic surgery residency finished in 1967 with passing the boards in both general and plastic surgery (1974). Another year, with 6 months visiting plastic surgery centers in Europe and a 6 months fellowship in hand surgery with Dr. Joseph Boyes in Los Angeles was followed by 2 year in the Navy at the US Naval hospital in Oakland, where he taught and repaired severe injuries from the Vietnam War. His hand fellowship was put to great use in that time from 1968 to 1970. He also learned to play tennis with the other plastic surgeon and went on for 30 years as a “ranked player” on the amateur tennis circuit, playing all over the US, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
In June of 1970 he pioneered plastic and reconstructive surgery in his wife’s home state of Montana (Billings), the Big Sky country, and in 1978 built one o the first complete office surgeries in the US where he did the bulk of his cosmetic plastic surgery for over 10 years. With the massive collapse of the oil industry in Montana and the loss of population in the mid 1980s this facility became too expensive to run and he moved his practice for pure cosmetic plastic surgery to Carmel, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. He learned to inline roller blade and with superb coaching skated road races all over the US and even Canada. This worked well while most of the other plastic surgeons were doing insurance covered “reconstructive surgery” but about 10 years ago the remuneration for that work was markedly reduced by the insurance industry. The other plastic surgeons flooded to Carmel and his big office and high fixed costs drove him to look elsewhere. A surgeon friend told him of an opportunity in his old home state near Ann Arbor and he moved here in 2006. Again high fixed costs and time stimulated him to open a new practice with more modern marketing tools and less expensive office facilitiles. Dr Jeffery Flagg, who had trained and practiced in Chicago for 25 years, joined him in using top quality hospitals and surgicenters. They can do superb quality cosmetic plastic surgery at a very reasonable cost. Both Dr. Galloway and Dr. Flagg are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and are long time members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons .Dr. Galloway has been, and is, a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for over 30 years and Dr. Flagg is now a candidate member of that society.