Dr. Galgiani received his MD from Northwestern Medical School and completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Stanford. In 1978, he joined the faculty of the University of Arizona where he has remained ever since, currently as Professor of Medicine. Dr. Galgiani has focused his career on the special problem of coccidioidomycosis, also known as Valley fever. His work has included studies of the impact of Valley fever on the general population and on special groups such as organ transplant recipients and patients with AIDS and is the lead author on the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s practice guidelines for coccidioidomycosis. In 1996, Dr. Galgiani founded the Valley Fever Center for Excellence. In collaboration with Banner Health, Dr. Galgiani developed and is now implementing a training program for primary care clinicians for prompt recognition and optimal management of patients with new Valley fever infections. The Center’s research has recently developed a vaccine candidate to prevent Valley fever in dogs and potentially in humans.