Alabama Academy of Honor


James Garber Galbraith

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1977.



James Garber Galbraith, an eminent neurological surgeon and teacher, was born in Anniston, Alabama, on May 28, 1914. He attended the University of Notre Dame from 1930-32 and received his B.S. degree in 1936 from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He is licensed to practice in the states of Alabama, New York, and Missouri.

Dr. Galbraith served his internship at the Lloyd Noland Hospital, Fairfield, Alabama, 1938-39, and his residency General Surgery also in Lloyd Noland Hospital, 1939-40; neurological surgery residency in the New York Neurological Institute and at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, 1940-43. After his military service, 1943-46, with the U.S. Naval Reserve Medical Corps, Dr. Galbraith began medical practice as a neurological surgeon in Birmingham in 1946, continuing until 1965. Since 1954 he has been Professor of Surgery, Director of the Division of Neurosurgery of the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and Chief of Neurological Service, University of Alabama Hospitals and Clinics.

Prior to present teaching activity Dr. Galbraith was instructor of Neurology, Columbia University, 1942-43; associate professor, Neurological Surgery, University of Alabama School of Medicine, 1945-54. He has consulting appointments with Mt. Vincent's Hospital, Children's Hospital, Lloyd Noland Hospital, Veterans Administration Hospitals in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Montgomery, and the Anniston Memorial Hospital.

His academic honors include membership in Alpha Omega Alpha and Alpha Sigma Nu; citation for Distinguished Service, Columbia University in 1957; Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, University of Alabama Medical Center in 1973; Alumni Merit Award, St. Louis University in 1973: honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, St. Bernard College in 1974. He has received the special honors of House Joint Resolution 151, August 9, 1973, from the Alabama House of Representatives, Montgomery, and the Distinguished Service Award, South Medical Association in 1976.

Dr. Galbraith is associated with many medical associations such as Jefferson County Medical Society, president in 1960; Medical Association of the State of Alabama, president in 1974-75; Southern Neurological Society, president 1956; Southern Medical Association, president 1965-66; American Academy of Neurological Surgery, president 1968; Society of Neurological Surgeons, president 1973-74; Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Diseases; American Board of Neurological Surgery, 1963-74; American Board of Neurological Surgery, Chairman 1972-74; American College of Surgeons, Board of Governors, 1974-77, president of the Alabama Chapter 1973-74; chairman, Residency Review Committee for Neurological Surgery, 1962-74; American Medical Association; American Association of Neurological Surgeons; American Medical Association Committee on Aging in 1972; member, Board of Censors, Medical Association of the State of Alabama 1969-76; Alabama State Board of Mental Health since 1972.

In addition to medical associations, Dr. Galbraith has been affiliated with such organizations as the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce and on their Board of Directors, 1960-63; Board of Governors, St. Bernard College, Cullman, Alabama, 1956-76; Board of Directors, Brooke Hill School, 1956-71; Chairman of the Governor's Committee on Aging and the Indigent from 1960 to 1962; Community Service Council of Birmingham, Board of Directors 1960-62; Alabama Mental Health Board 1973 to present; and Alabama State Committee of Public Health, 1969-73.

He is married to the former Marguerite Stabler and they have four daughters: Ann, Jan, Mary Kay, and Laura.