Brigid Halloran, DO
Midwestern University-Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
The first 22 years of Dr. Brigid Halloran’s life were mainly spent in South Bend, Indiana (besides a few adventures living abroad in Australia, Costa Rica, and Mexico). After completing a degree in Spanish literature at the University of Notre Dame, she was ready to skip town and attended Midwestern University-Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The time Dr. Halloran spent studying abroad in Mexico was very formative for her–she spent some time in rural areas learning about traditional healers and midwives, which shifted the framework with which she viewed medicine and healthcare and contributed to her interest in Osteopathic Medicine and its philosophy of the body. She also had an internship in an urban women’s hospital–this opened her eyes to the harsh reality of an over-crowded, government-run hospital where supplies were scarce and resources were limited. Upon return to the US, Dr. Halloran uncovered a passion through volunteer work with a bilingual community health program, “Healthy Diabetics,” that emphasized preventive medicine, education, and culturally-sensitive care. Witnessing the impact of a small program on the individuals served by the program as well as on the community was incredible, and a fiery passion for this type of holistic medicine was ignited within her.
Dr. Hallowran knew Beth Israel’s Residency in Urban Family Medicine was where she wanted to be from the first time she discovered the program: a combination of truly inspiring faculty, residents, and staff focused on advocacy and care for the underserved; special emphasis on women’s health, HIV primary care, and integrative medicine; and the opportunity to train in an FQHC!