John Galgiani, MD

  • Director, Valley Fever Center for Excellence
  • Professor, Medicine
  • Professor, BIO5 Institute
  • Associate-Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine

John N. Galgiani, MD, a professor of medicine in infectious diseases at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has been working with Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) for more than three decades. In 1996, he became founding director of the UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence, which was established by the Arizona Board of Regents for the benefit of the entire state. The center is located on the UA Health Sciences campus in Tucson and housed along with Dr. Galgiani’s lab at the UA BIO5 Institute. Its work encompasses public awareness, clinical guidelines and training, and research into rapid detection methods for the disease as well as collaborative efforts toward development of a vaccine for both animals and humans. Dr. Galgiani earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Stanford University and his medical degree from Northwestern University. He did a internship in internal medicine at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle and continued his residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif., as well as a fellowship in infectious diseases at Stanford. He served as chief resident at Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center in San Francisco, before joining the faculty at the UA College of Medicine in 1978. He also was infectious diseases program director at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System from then until 2009. Since 1975, Dr. Galgiani has been a member of the Coccidioidomycosis Study Group—an academic organization created in 1956 to research what was then known as San Joaquin Valley Fever—and has served as lead author for the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s “Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Coccidioidomycosis” from its original publication in 2000 to its most recent revision in 2016. Since 1981, he also has been associated with the National Institutes of Health’s Mycoses Study Group and was a member of the Scientific Working Group for Biological and Emerging Infection Resources at the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Dr. Galgiani has written more than 200 papers and articles relevant to fungal infections, their health consequences and treatment. He also sees patients at the Valley Fever Clinics at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – UMC Phoenix.

Research Interests: 

Valley Fever Infection control Coccidioidomycosis

Faculty Type: 
Core Faculty
  • MD: Northwestern University, 1972
  • BA: Biology, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., 1968
Honors and Awards
  • Voted "Best Doctors in America," 2009-2010
  • Affiliate, American College of Physicians
  • Affiliate, Coccidioidomycosis Study Group (1975 - )
  • Affiliate, Infectious Disease Society of America
  • Affiliate, Medical Mycology Society of the Americas
  • Affiliate, National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards
  • Affiliate, Western Society for Clinical Investigation
  • Affiliate, American Academy of Microbiology
  • Chief Resident, Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, San Francisco, 1976-78
  • Internal Medicine, Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, San Francsico, 1978
  • Internal Medicine, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, Calif., 1974
  • Internal Medicine, Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, 1972-73
  • Infectious Diseases, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., 1974-76
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine

Select Publications


Donovan, F. M., F. A. Ramadan, S. A. Khan, A. Bhaskara, W. D. Lainhart, A. T. Narang, J. M. Mosier, K. D. Ellingson, E. J. Bedrick, M. A. Saubolle, et al., "Comparison of a Novel Rapid Lateral Flow Assay to Enzyme Immunoassay Results for Early Diagnosis of Coccidioidomycosis.", Clin Infect Dis, 2020 Aug 20. PMID: 32818956
Pu, J., F. M. Donovan, K. Ellingson, G. Leroy, J. Stone, E. Bedrick, and J. N. Galgiani, "Clinician Practice Patterns that Result in the Diagnosis of Coccidioidomycosis Before or During Hospitalization.", Clin Infect Dis, 2020 Jun 08. PMID: 32511677
Peng, T., Y. Zong, M. Dl Johnson, S. V. Menghani, M. Lourdes Lewis, and J. N. Galgiani, "A quantitative enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) to approximate complement-fixing antibody titers in serum from patients with coccidioidomycosis.", Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis, vol. 99, issue 1, pp. 115198, 2020 Sep 04. PMID: 32987245


Mead, H. L., M. de Melo Teixeira, J. N. Galgiani, and B. M. Barker, "Characterizing in vitro spherule morphogenesis of multiple strains of both species of Coccidioides.", Med Mycol, vol. 57, issue 4, pp. 478-488, 2019 Jun 01. PMCID: PMC6506604  PMID: 30053114
Van Dyke, M. C. Caballer, G. R. Thompson, J. N. Galgiani, and B. M. Barker, "The Rise of : Forces Against the Dust Devil Unleashed.", Front Immunol, vol. 10, pp. 2188, 2019. PMCID: PMC6749157  PMID: 31572393