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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Gallagher is an Associate professor of Neurology (CHS) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She is also a staff physician at the Middleton VA Hospital. She specializes in movement disorders with special interests in young onset Parkinson’s disease, atypical Parkinsonian syndromes and normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH). She performs botulinum toxin injections with electromyographic guidance and diagnostic electromyographic studies at the VA.



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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Neurology

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Neurology
Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Internship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Medical School University of Colorado, Denver, 1993

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Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

  • Lumbar Puncture

Dr. Gallagher has initiated research projects in normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) and Parkinson’s disease. Her most significant focus is in the correlation between positron emission tomography images and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. She has recently received a career development grant from the Veterans Administration that will focus on Parkinson’s disease. At the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Gallagher is an educator of medical students, residents and fellows. She is the former director of the Integrated Clinical Neurosciences course for senior medical students and has received several awards for her teaching accomplishments.

PubMed Articles
Gallagher CL Bell B Palotti M Oh J Christian BT Okonkwo O Sojkova J Buyan-Dent L Nickles RJ Harding SJ Stone CK Johnson SC Holden JE . Anterior cingulate dopamine turnover and behavior change in Parkinson's disease. Brain Imaging Behav. 2014 Dec 16;
[PubMed ID: 25511521]
Okonkwo OC Schultz SA Oh JM Larson J Edwards D Cook D Koscik R Gallagher CL Dowling NM Carlsson CM Bendlin BB LaRue A Rowley HA Christian BT Asthana S Hermann BP Johnson SC Sager MA . Physical activity attenuates age-related biomarker alterations in preclinical AD. Neurology. 2014 Nov 4;83(19):1753-60
[PubMed ID: 25298312]
Schultz SA Larson J Oh J Koscik R Dowling MN Gallagher CL Carlsson CM Rowley HA Bendlin BB Asthana S Hermann BP Johnson SC Sager M LaRue A Okonkwo OC . Participation in cognitively-stimulating activities is associated with brain structure and cognitive function in preclinical Alzheimer's disease. Brain Imaging Behav. 2014 Oct 31;
[PubMed ID: 25358750]
Boots EA Schultz SA Oh JM Larson J Edwards D Cook D Koscik RL Dowling MN Gallagher CL Carlsson CM Rowley HA Bendlin BB LaRue A Asthana S Hermann BP Sager MA Johnson SC Okonkwo OC . Cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with brain structure, cognition, and mood in a middle-aged cohort at risk for Alzheimer's disease. Brain Imaging Behav. 2014 Oct 16;
[PubMed ID: 25319359]
Li CT Palotti M Holden JE Oh J Okonkwo O Christian BT Bendlin BB Buyan-Dent L Harding SJ Stone CK DeJesus OT Nickles RJ Gallagher CL . A dual-tracer study of extrastriatal 6-[18F]fluoro-m-tyrosine and 6-[18F]-fluoro-L-dopa uptake in Parkinson's disease. Synapse. 2014 Aug;68(8):325-31
[PubMed ID: 24710997]
Sridharan A Bendlin BB Gallagher CL Oh JM Willette AA Alexander AL Kemnitz JW Colman RJ Weindruch RH Johnson SC . Effect of age and calorie restriction on corpus callosal integrity in rhesus macaques: a fiber tractography study. Neurosci Lett. 2014 May 21;569:38-42
[PubMed ID: 24686192]
Okonkwo OC Xu G Oh JM Dowling NM Carlsson CM Gallagher CL Birdsill AC Palotti M Wharton W Hermann BP LaRue A Bendlin BB Rowley HA Asthana S Sager MA Johnson SC . Cerebral blood flow is diminished in asymptomatic middle-aged adults with maternal history of Alzheimer's disease. Cereb Cortex. 2014 Apr;24(4):978-88
[PubMed ID: 23236200]
Okonkwo OC Oh JM Koscik R Jonaitis E Cleary CA Dowling NM Bendlin BB Larue A Hermann BP Barnhart TE Murali D Rowley HA Carlsson CM Gallagher CL Asthana S Sager MA Christian BT Johnson SC . Amyloid burden, neuronal function, and cognitive decline in middle-aged adults at risk for Alzheimer's disease. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2014 Apr;20(4):422-33
[PubMed ID: 24621494]
Johnson SC Christian BT Okonkwo OC Oh JM Harding S Xu G Hillmer AT Wooten DW Murali D Barnhart TE Hall LT Racine AM Klunk WE Mathis CA Bendlin BB Gallagher CL Carlsson CM Rowley HA Hermann BP Dowling NM Asthana S Sager MA . Amyloid burden and neural function in people at risk for Alzheimer's Disease. Neurobiol Aging. 2014 Mar;35(3):576-84
[PubMed ID: 24269021]
Racine AM Adluru N Alexander AL Christian BT Okonkwo OC Oh J Cleary CA Birdsill A Hillmer AT Murali D Barnhart TE Gallagher CL Carlsson CM Rowley HA Dowling NM Asthana S Sager MA Bendlin BB Johnson SC . Associations between white matter microstructure and amyloid burden in preclinical Alzheimer's disease: A multimodal imaging investigation. Neuroimage Clin. 2014;4:604-14
[PubMed ID: 24936411]
Birdsill AC Carlsson CM Willette AA Okonkwo OC Johnson SC Xu G Oh JM Gallagher CL Koscik RL Jonaitis EM Hermann BP LaRue A Rowley HA Asthana S Sager MA Bendlin BB . Low cerebral blood flow is associated with lower memory function in metabolic syndrome. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Jul;21(7):1313-20
[PubMed ID: 23687103]
Gallagher C Bell B Bendlin B Palotti M Okonkwo O Sodhi A Wong R Buyan-Dent L Johnson S Willette A Harding S Ninman N Kastman E Alexander A . White matter microstructural integrity and executive function in Parkinson's disease. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2013 Mar;19(3):349-54
[PubMed ID: 23321049]
Willette AA Gallagher C Bendlin BB McLaren DG Kastman EK Canu E Kosmatka KJ Field AS Alexander AL Colman RJ Voytko ML Weindruch RH Coe CL Johnson SC . Homocysteine, neural atrophy, and the effect of caloric restriction in rhesus monkeys. Neurobiol Aging. 2012 Apr;33(4):670-80
[PubMed ID: 20691506]
Struck AF Hall LT Kusmirek JE Gallagher CL Floberg JM Jaskowiak CJ Perlman SB . (18)F-DOPA PET with and without MRI fusion, a receiver operator characteristics comparison. Am J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2012;2(4):475-82
[PubMed ID: 23145363]
Gallagher CL Johnson SC Bendlin BB Chung MK Holden JE Oakes TR Brooks BR Konopacki RA Dogan S Abbs JH Xu G Nickles RJ Pyzalski RW Dejesus OT Brown WD . A longitudinal study of motor performance and striatal [18F]fluorodopa uptake in Parkinson's disease. Brain Imaging Behav. 2011 Sep;5(3):203-11
[PubMed ID: 21556744]
Gallagher CL Christian BT Holden JE Dejesus OT Nickles RJ Buyan-Dent L Bendlin BB Harding SJ Stone CK Mueller B Johnson SC . A within-subject comparison of 6-[18F]fluoro-m-tyrosine and 6-[18F]fluoro-L-dopa in Parkinson's disease. Mov Disord. 2011 Sep;26(11):2032-8
[PubMed ID: 21638324]
Gallagher CL Oakes TR Johnson SC Chung MK Holden JE Bendlin BB McLaren DG Xu G Nickles RJ Pyzalski R DeJesus O Brown WD . Rate of 6-[18F]fluorodopa uptake decline in striatal subregions in Parkinson's disease. Mov Disord. 2011 Mar;26(4):614-20
[PubMed ID: 21449008]
Bendlin BB Newman LM Ries ML Puglielli L Carlsson CM Sager MA Rowley HA Gallagher CL Willette AA Alexander AL Asthana S Johnson SC . NSAIDs may protect against age-related brain atrophy. Front Aging Neurosci. 2010;2
[PubMed ID: 20877426]
Ward MA Bendlin BB McLaren DG Hess TM Gallagher CL Kastman EK Rowley HA Asthana S Carlsson CM Sager MA Johnson SC . Low HDL Cholesterol is Associated with Lower Gray Matter Volume in Cognitively Healthy Adults. Front Aging Neurosci. 2010;2
[PubMed ID: 20725527]
Bordini BJ Garg A Gallagher CL Bell B Garell PC . Neuropsychological effects of bilateral deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus in Parkinson's disease. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2007;85(2-3):113-20
[PubMed ID: 17228177]