Department of Geriatrics
Professor and Chair

Katherine E. Galluzzi, DO, CMD, FACOFP dist.


Email: katherineg@pcom.edu
Office: 215-871-6371


Specialty Care at PCOM

Katherine E. Galluzzi, DO, CMD, FACOFP dist., has been practicing geriatric medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania more than 25 years.  Dr. Galluzzi is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geriatrics at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Director of Comprehensive Care at PCOM. She serves as Medical Director of VNA Hospice of Philadelphia, and attends patients at the Inpatient Palliative Care Unit at the Falls Center in East Falls, Philadelphia.  Board certified in Family Practice/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Geriatrics, and certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the AOA and ABHPM, she is a Certified Medical Director through the American Medical Directors Association.


  • Education

    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.

  • Awards

    A distinguished fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (FACOFP dist.), she received the POFPS 1996 Frederick J. Solomon, D.O. Award of Merit in recognition of a family physician who has made a significant contribution to osteopathic education in Pennsylvania. She is the 2005 recipient of the Barbara Bell, M.D. Award for distinguished service in the field of geriatric medicine from the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society. In 2014, she received the Outstanding Female Leader Award from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. She is an active member of numerous local and national organizations/committees and a seasoned national speaker on geriatric topics such as health promotion and disease prevention, screening, dementia, pain and palliative medicine.

  • Publications

    Galluzzi, K: Importance of Immunizations in High Risk Adults. AOA HealthWatch

    Argoff CE, Brennan MJ · Camilleri M, Davies A, Fudin J, Galluzzi KE, Gudin J, Lembo A, Stanos SP, Webster LR: Consensus Recommendations on Initiating Prescription Therapies for Opioid-Induced Constipation Pain Medicine 11/2015; DOI:10.1111/pme.12937 · 2.30 I

    Hsu E.S., Argoff C. Galluzzi K.E., Leo, R.J., Dubin A. Problem-Based Pain Management. Cambridge University Press, New York 2013

    Galluzzi, K. Review, Care at the End of Life: Evidence and Experience. JAOA 2012; 111(9): 552

    Galluzzi, K.: Female sexual function: Addressing special needs. AOA’s Women and Wellness,February 2011:2-3.

    Galluzzi KE, Appelt DM, Balin BJ.: Modern care for patients with Alzheimer disease: rationale for early intervention. The Journal of The American Osteopathic Association 2010 Sep; Vol. 110 (9 Suppl 8), pp. S37-42

    Galluzzi, K.: An abstract of Management of Neuropathic Pain was highlighted in Currents: Pain Management News and Research, December 2007

    Galluzzi, K.: What is a D.O.? How do Osteopathic Physicians Approach the Problem of Pain? The Pain Community News, Fall 2007

    Galluzzi, K.: Providing Patient-Centered Care for Chronic Nonmalignant Pain. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. November 1, 2007; 107 ES1-ES2

    Galluzzi, K.: Management Strategies for Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia. JAOA Supplement, March 2007

    Galluzzi, K. Editorial: Patient-Centered Care for Chronic Nonmalignant Pain. JAOA Supplement, September, 2005.

    Galluzzi, K.: Management of Neuropathic Pain. JAOA Supplement, September, 2005.

    Nichols, K., Galluzzi, K., Bates, B., Husted, B., Leleszi, J., Simon, K., Lavery, D., Cass, C.: AOA's Position Against Use of Placebos for Pain Management in End-of-Life Care. JAOA Supplement, March, 2005.

    Galluzzi, K.: Training needed to dispel negative stereotype of elderly patients. JAOA Editorial, January, 2003.

    Galluzzi, K.: Alzheimer's Disease. JAOA Supplement, December, 2001.

    Galluzzi, K.: Caring for the Caregivers. JAOA Supplement, September, 1999.

    Galluzzi, K., Dwyer, J.: Malnutrition and Depression. Chapter 5 Older Adults, Medical Nutrition and Disease by Morrison and Hark, 2nd Edition; Blackwell Science 1999.

    Galluzzi, K.: House Calls Are Back in Academic Medicine. Hospital and Healthcare News, April 1998.

  • Memberships

    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.