Dr. J. Robert Galvin was appointed Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health on December 1, 2003.  Dr. Galvin has broad experience in the field of medicine and public health.  He has been a physician since 1965, and over the course of his career, has practiced primary care, emergency, and aviation medicine. 

Dr. Galvin received his medical degree from Tufts University in 1964, and graduated from the Army War College in 1986.  He received a Masters in Public Health from the University of Connecticut in 1996 and currently has credits toward a Masters of Business Administration from UCONN. Dr. Galvin was also appointed an Associate Professor at the UCONN School of Medicine.

Dr. Galvin is retired from the U.S. Army where he attained the rank of Brigadier General and received nine individual decorations, including the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star for combat service in Viet Nam.

As Commissioner, Dr. Galvin’s priorities include public health preparedness, children’s health, and eliminating health disparities.  Dr. Galvin is also committed to ensuring quality health care for all Connecticut residents. 

Dr. Galvin is married to Pat, who is a retired schoolteacher and attorney.  He has 5 children and 2 grandchildren.