Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH

Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor

Sandro Galea
715 Albany St Talbot Building


Sandro Galea, a physician and an epidemiologist, is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. Galea’s scholarship has been at the intersection of social and psychiatric epidemiology, with a focus on the behavioral health consequences of trauma, including firearms. He has published more than 700 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters, and 13 books, and his research has been featured extensively in current periodicals and newspapers. His latest book, “Healthier: Fifty Thoughts on the Foundations of Population Health,” was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. Galea holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto and graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow. Galea was named one of “Time” magazine’s epidemiology innovators, and has been listed by Thomson Reuters as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.” He is past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Epidemiological Society. Galea has received several lifetime achievement awards for his research, including the Rema Lapouse Award from the American Public Health Association and the Robert S. Laufer, PhD, Memorial Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He is a regular contributor to “Fortune” magazine and has published widely in the lay press, including the “Wall Street Journal,” “Harvard Business Review,” the “Boston Globe,” and “The New York Times.” His research has been cited by these publications as well as BBC, Slate, WBUR, and NPR, among others.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine


  • University of Toronto, MD
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MPH
  • Columbia University School of Public Health, DPH


  • Published on 5/1/2018

    Galea S, Vaughan RD. Moving Beyond the Cause Constraint: A Public Health of Consequence, May 2018. Am J Public Health. 2018 May; 108(5):602-603. PMID: 29617607.

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  • Published on 5/1/2018

    Galea S. A Typology of Nonfinancial Conflict in Population Health Research. Am J Public Health. 2018 May; 108(5):631-632. PMID: 29617617.

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  • Published on 4/10/2018

    Shultz JM, Ettman C, Galea S. Insights from population health science to inform research on firearms. Lancet Public Health. 2018 Apr 10. PMID: 29653896.

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  • Published on 4/6/2018

    Shultz JM, Kossin JP, Shepherd JM, Ransdell JM, Walshe R, Kelman I, Galea S. Risks, Health Consequences, and Response Challenges for Small-Island-Based Populations: Observations From the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2018 Apr 06; 1-13. PMID: 29622053.

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  • Published on 4/5/2018

    McGuire AP, Gauthier JM, Anderson LM, Hollingsworth DW, Tracy M, Galea S, Coffey SF. Social Support Moderates Effects of Natural Disaster Exposure on Depression and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms: Effects for Displaced and Nondisplaced Residents. J Trauma Stress. 2018 Apr; 31(2):223-233. PMID: 29623684.

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  • Published on 4/1/2018

    Galea S, Vaughan RD. The Invisible Forces That Create the Health of Populations: A Public Health of Consequence, April 2018. Am J Public Health. 2018 Apr; 108(4):445-446. PMID: 29513579.

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  • Published on 3/21/2018

    Byllesby BM, Elhai JD, Tamburrino M, Fine TH, Cohen G, Sampson L, Shirley E, Chan PK, Liberzon I, Galea S, Calabrese JR. Corrigendum to "General distress is more important than PTSD's cognitions and mood alterations factor in accounting for PTSD and depression's comorbidity" [J. Affect. Disord. 211 (2017) 118-123]. J Affect Disord. 2018 07; 234:289. PMID: 29554618.

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  • Published on 3/2/2018

    Shultz JM, Shepherd JM, Kelman I, Rechkemmer A, Galea S. Mitigating tropical cyclone risks and health consequences: urgencies and innovations. Lancet Planet Health. 2018 Mar; 2(3):e103-e104. PMID: 29615220.

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  • Published on 3/1/2018

    Galea S, Vaughan RD. Causes and Causes of Causes of Population Health: A Public Health of Consequence, March 2018. Am J Public Health. 2018 Mar; 108(3):304-305. PMID: 29412717.

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  • Published on 2/22/2018

    Sarvet AL, Wall MM, Fink DS, Greene E, Le A, Boustead AE, Pacula RL, Keyes KM, Cerdá M, Galea S, Hasin DS. Medical marijuana laws and adolescent marijuana use in the United States: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Addiction. 2018 Feb 22. PMID: 29468763.

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