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Department of Geriatrics 
Professor and Chair

Katherine E. Galluzzi, DO, CMD, FACOFP dist., has been practicing geriatric medicine in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania nearly 30 years. Dr. Galluzzi is a professor and chair of the PCOM Department of Geriatric
and Palliative Medicine as well as director of Comprehensive Care.

Dr. Galluzzi also serves as medical director of VNA Hospice of Philadelphia. Dr. Galluzzi is board certified in family practice/osteopathic manipulative medicine, geriatric medicine, hospice and palliative medicine and pain management. She is also a certified medical director. Dr. Galluzzi is chairperson for the board of directors of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, a local area agency dedicated to improving the quality of life for older Philadelphians. Additionally, she is a member of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians.

Dr. Galluzzi’s expertise and interest in pain management in the midst of the opioid epidemic has led to her delivering lectures nationally to educate physicians on pain management in the older population. She is an investigator in ongoing clinical research trials utilizing novel agents to improve analgesia in patients with persistent pain.


Dr. Galluzzi is a graduate of Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg. She completed an internship at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals - University Medical Center in Stratford, New Jersey, a family practice residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in Camden, a faculty development fellowship in the Department of Community Health at Temple University, and a geriatric faculty preceptorship at the University of Pennsylvania. She also completed the Program in Palliative Care Education and Practice Program (PCEP) at the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care in 2009.


  • Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (FACOFP dist.).
  • 1996 POFPS Frederick J. Solomon, DO Award of Merit in recognition of a family physician who has made a significant contribution to osteopathic education in Pennsylvania.
  • 2005 Barbara Bell, MD Award for distinguished service in the field of geriatric medicine from the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society.
  • Outstanding Female Leader Award from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
  • 2018 Grace W. Harrison Award for distinguished service in the field of Long Term Care.


A member of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, she is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, which is the local Area Agency on Aging. She is a fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, a Past President of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society (POFPS), and a former President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society (now the Delaware Valley Geriatrics Society). She chaired the AOA Council on Palliative Care Issues for many years.