“Singing Surgeon” honored at Mercy Medical Center

Dr. Gallivan's medical career spanned more than 45 years

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The memory of a beloved former Mercy Medical Center surgeon will live on in a decorative glass wall dedicated at the medical center Wednesday.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the waiting area of Mercy’s surgical suite. The wall honors Dr. Gregory Gallivan, the hospital’s former chief of thoracic surgery, who was known as the “singing surgeon.”

“He always believed that while he was an internationally known baritone and an internationally known thoracic surgeon. He would always say ‘you never sing while you operate and you never operate while you sing,’” said Gregory and Helen Gallivan, son and widow of Dr. Gallivan. “He never mixed his theaters. He kept them separate.”

Dr. Gallivan’s medical career spanned more than 45 years.

He died last October at the age of 78.

The wall also honors Helen Gallivan, a nurse who served as office manager for his clinical practice. The two were married for 53 years.