Dr. Galan trained in OB/GYN at Texas A&M University/Scott & White Memorial Hospital and completed his Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) Fellowship at the University of Texas at Houston where he was mentored by Robert Creasy, MD, one of the early pioneers in field of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Galan then moved to Colorado to work with renown fetal physiologists Frederick Battaglia, MD, Giacomo Meschia, MD and Steven Abman, MD as part of a NIH Perinatal Research Training grant. In a broad sense, Dr. Galan’s research has been focused on fetal disorders in which there is hope for fetal therapy. Early work in residency and fellowship was focused on demonstrating that normal fetal breathing motions and fetal swallowing could be used to deliver substances injected into the amniotic fluid to the fetal lungs and gastrointestinal tract as a mechanism of delivering therapy to these organs. Subsequently, he began to work on the uteroplacental and fetal pulmonary circulations with mentorship from Russell Anthony, PhD focused on intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and nutrition, and transitioning this work to human pregnancy. He is an Editor of the widely used textbook Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies (known as “Gabbe Obstetrics”). While at the University of Colorado School of Medicine he progressed to the rank of Professor serving as the Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division in the Dept of OB/GYN and he continues to be Director of the MFM Fellowship. In May of 2012, he relinquished the role of MFM Division Director to join Dr. Crombleholme as Co-Director of the Colorado Fetal Care Center.
Dr. Galan’s clinical interests are in ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis of fetal anomalies, fetal intervention procedures including fetal shunt placement, fetal blood transfusion, EXIT procedures and twin-twin transfusion syndrome, as well as complex maternal medical, surgical and obstetrical conditions that complicate pregnancy, labor and delivery.