Joseph P Galichia, MD
Joseph P. Galichia, MD, FACC is the founder and former president of Galichia Medical Group, PA, in Wichita, Kansas. Joseph P Galichia, MD was one of the first American doctors to perform the life-saving procedure known as angioplasty.
Dr. Galichia is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of interventional cardiology. In the late 1970’s, he studied in Zurich, Switzerland, under the tutelage of Drs. Ernst Schneider and Andreas Gruntzig, the inventors of the balloon angioplasty technique for treating heart and vascular disease. With an eye to the future, Dr. Galichia broadened the scope of this procedure by establishing the first free-standing outpatient catheterization laboratory. Further, he was the first cardiologist in the region to use Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS Imaging), which allows physicians to acquire images of diseased vessels from inside the artery. In 1984, Dr. Galichia founded the Galichia Medical Group, a medical practice focused on cardiovascular care. In 1987, he established one of Kansas’ most active clinical research organizations designed to conduct pharmaceutical and device research studies for advances such as: thrombolytic therapy, atherectomy, laser, intraluminal ultrasound, stents, and Percutaneous Transluminal Myocardial Revascularization (PTMR).
As a result of Dr. Galichia’s leadership, Galichia Medical Group remains one of the leading centers for the treatment of vascular disease. Dr. Galichia has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and many other scientific publications. In line with his devotion to furthering medical knowledge, he has conducted a monthly interventional training course for treating peripheral vascular disease since 2000. Dr. Galichia is one the founding members of the International Society of Cardiovascular Interventionists and a past, two-term president of that organization.
Over the years, he has lectured and trained physicians in China, Japan, Chile, Switzerland, Argentina, Italy, and the U.S. In 2001, Dr. Galichia founded the Galichia Heart Hospital. This comprehensive medical center has set a new standard for cardiovascular care by studying new, technologically advanced medicine with a five-star-hotel dedication to patient care. The Galichia Heart Hospital, one of the only centers in the region that is involved in research with carotid stenting, robotic surgery, and electrophysiological advances. Galichia Heart Hospital was sold to HCA in 2012.
From 1976 to the recent transfer of the practice, Dr. Galichia has served the people of Kansas in their home towns, bringing advanced technology to them through use of mobile testing with a team of highly trained medical specialists and a dedication to rural medicine that honors the experience of the patients served. The Galichia Medical Group cardiologists have traveled to rural communities throughout the state of Kansas.
A noted medical spokesman, Dr. Galichia has appeared on a syndicated radio talk show and segments on CBS News Wichita affiliate station KWCH-TV. He has also served as a moderator for the National Lifetime Medical Television Network. Dr. Galichia currently hosts a daily, Facebook podcast, "Take Your Health to Heart" with co-host and veteran t.v. personality, Brett Harris of Wichita.