Patrick G. O'Malley


Colonel, Army

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs; Division Director, General Internal Medicine
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Clinical Epidemiology
Primary Care
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Williams College, BA (Chemistry), 1987
University of Rochester School of Medicine, MD, 1991
Uniformed Services University, MPH, 1998
Walter Reed Army Medical Center -- Internship, Residency, Fellowship (Internal Medicine)


Dr. O’Malley serves as a Professor of Medicine, Division Director of General Internal Medicine, Co-Director of the Foundation in Medicine Module, and Course Director for the Medical Interviewing and Physical Exam courses. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Williams College, Medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a Master of Public Health degree from USU. He completed a residency and fellowship in Internal Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. An active clinician, he sees patients at Walter Reed and attends in the Internal Medicine Residency Continuity Clinic.

Over the course of his 30 year military career, COL O’Malley has served military families as a staff internist at Fort Belvoir, as Chief of General Internal Medicine at Walter Reed, and as a primary care provider and hospitalist throughout his career. He is currently the Councilor of the USU Gamma Chapter of AOA, Co-Chair of the VA/DoD Dyslipidemia Guideline, and Associate Program Director of the General Internal Medicine Fellowship.

Over the course of his career, he has published over 150 peer reviewed publications, book chapters, and editorials, including publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, Archives/JAMA Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine, Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and Military Medicine, among others. He was a Senior Deputy Editor for JAMA Internal Medicine from 2004-2019, and serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Co-morbidity. His research is focused on clinical epidemiology, unexplained symptoms, technology assessment of diagnostic tests, patient-physician interaction, and meta-analysis. His teaching has been focused on clinical skills acquisition and clinical reasoning. He is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine, Association of Chiefs and Leaders of General Internal Medicine (as a Founding Member), and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

Division Director, General Internal Medicine

Co-PI, Prospective Army Coronary Calcium (PACC) Project

Harvard-Macy Scholar

William Crosby Superiority in Research Award

Co-Chair, VA/DoD Dyslipidemia Clinical Practice Guidelines

VA Cooperative Studies Scientific Evaluation Committee

US Army Surgeon General's "A Designator"

Councilor, Alpha Omega Alpha, USU Gamma Chapter

Co-Director, Foundation in Medicine Module

Course Director, Medical Interviewing and Physical Examination Courses

Representative Bibliography

O’Malley PG, Feuerstein IM, Taylor AJ. The impact of Electron Beam Tomography, with or without case management, on motivation to change, behaviors, and the cardiovascular risk profile: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2003;289:2215-2223.

O’Malley PG, Jones DL, Feuerstein I, Taylor AJ. Lack of positive correlation between psychological variables and sub-clinical coronary artery disease. N Engl J Med. 2000;343:1298-304.

Taylor AJ, O’Malley PG. Self-referral of patients for electron beam computed tomography to screen for coronary artery disease. N Eng J Med 1998;339:2018-20.

O’Malley PG, Taylor A, Gibbons RV, Jones DL, Feuerstein I, Brazaitis M, Vernalis M. Rationale and design of the Prospective Army Coronary Calcium (PACC) Study: The utility of EBCT as a screening test for coronary artery disease, and as an intervention for risk factor modification among over 40 active duty personnel. Am Heart J 1999;137:932-41.

O’Malley PG, Taylor A, Jackson JL, Doherty T, Detrano R. The prognostic value of coronary electron beam computed tomography for coronary heart disease events in asymptomatic populations: a critical review and meta-analysis. Am J Cardiol 2000;85:945-948.

O’Malley PG, Jackson JL, Santoro J, Tomkins G, Balden E, Kroenke K. Antidepressant therapy for unexplained symptoms: a critical review. J Fam Pract 1999;48:980-990.

O’Malley PG, Jackson J, Kroenke K, Yoon IK, Hornstein E, Dennis GJ. The value of screening for psychiatric disorders in patients referred to rheumatology. Arch Intern Med. 1998;158:2357-62.

O’Malley PG, Kroenke K, Dy N, Ritter J, Omori D, Pangaro L. What learners and teachers value most in ambulatory learning encounters: a prospective, qualitative study. Acad Med 1999;74:186-91.

O’Malley PG, Balden E, Jackson JL, Tomkins G, Santoro J, Kroenke K. Antidepressant therapy for fibromyalgia: a meta-analysis. J Gen Intern Med Sept 2000.

O'Malley PG, Becher D, Grace K, Hanson J, Lee J, Jackson JL. Impact of a Patient Tool to Improve Interactions in Adult Primary Care: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. Can Fam Physician (in press)