Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH

Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor

Sandro Galea
(617) 638-4644
715 Albany St Talbot Building

Biography

Dr Galea is a physician and an epidemiologist. He is the Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean at the Boston University School of Public Health. Prior to his appointment at Boston University, Dr Galea served as the Gelman Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He previously held academic and leadership positions at the University of Michigan and at the New York Academy of Medicine.

In his scholarship, Dr Galea is centrally interested in the social production of health of urban populations, with a focus on the causes of brain disorders, particularly common mood-anxiety disorders and substance abuse. He has long had a particular interest in the consequences of mass trauma and conflict worldwide, including as a result of the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, and the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This work has been principally funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and several foundations. He has published over 650 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters, and 12 books and his research has been featured extensively in current periodicals and newspapers. His latest book, co-authored with Dr Katherine Keyes, is Population Health Science, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016.

Dr Galea has a medical degree from the University of Toronto, and graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University; he has an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow. He 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” for the Social Sciences. He is past-president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and of the American Epidemiological Society. Dr Galea has received several lifetime achievement awards for this research, including the Rema Lapouse Award from the American Public Health Association and the Robert S Laufer Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress. He is a regular contributor to Fortune magazine and has published widely in lay press including in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, the Boston Globe, and The New York Times. His research has been cited in these journals and in BBC, Slate, WBUR, and NPR, among others.

Dr Galea serves frequently on advisory groups to national and international organizations. He currently serves on the Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities and has formerly served as chair of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Community Services Board and as member of its Health Board.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Education

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

Publications

  • Published on 2/1/2018

    Galea S, Vaughan RD. On Creating Positive Spillovers to Improve the Health of Populations: A Public Health of Consequence, February 2018. Am J Public Health. 2018 Feb; 108(2):171-172. PMID: 29320281.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Galea S, Vaughan RD. Can Public Health Narrow the Health Gap Between the United States and Its Peer Nations? A Public Health of Consequence, January 2018. Am J Public Health. 2018 Jan; 108(1):25-26. PMID: 29211529.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/7/2017

    Cerdá M, Sarvet AL, Wall M, Feng T, Keyes KM, Galea S, Hasin DS. Medical marijuana laws and adolescent use of marijuana and other substances: Alcohol, cigarettes, prescription drugs, and other illicit drugs. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 Dec 07; 183:62-68. PMID: 29227839.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/1/2017

    Galea S, Vaughan RD. Out of Our Comfort Zone to Improve Population Health: A Public Health of Consequence, December 2017. Am J Public Health. 2017 Dec; 107(12):1867-1868. PMID: 29116857.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/1/2017

    Cohen GH, Tamrakar S, Lowe S, Sampson L, Ettman C, Linas B, Ruggiero K, Galea S. Comparison of Simulated Treatment and Cost-effectiveness of a Stepped Care Case-Finding Intervention vs Usual Care for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder After a Natural Disaster. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017 Dec 01; 74(12):1251-1258. PMID: 28979968.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/20/2017

    Ramaswami R, Bayer R, Galea S. Precision Medicine from a Public Health Perspective. Annu Rev Public Health. 2017 Nov 20. PMID: 29166244.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/14/2017

    Shultz JM, Thoresen S, Galea S. The Las Vegas Shootings-Underscoring Key Features of the Firearm Epidemic. JAMA. 2017 11 14; 318(18):1753-1754. PMID: 29052716.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/1/2017

    Worthen M, Rathod SD, Cohen G, Sampson L, Ursano R, Gifford R, Fullerton C, Galea S, Ahern J. Risk and Protective Factors for Difficulty Controlling Violent Behavior in National Guard and Reserve Service Members. J Interpers Violence. 2017 Nov 01; 886260517737552. PMID: 29294977.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/1/2017

    Galea S, Vaughan RD. On the Promise and Peril of Technology for Population Health: A Public Health of Consequence, November 2017. Am J Public Health. 2017 Nov; 107(11):1703-1705. PMID: 29019771.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/1/2017

    Sullivan L, Galea S. A Vision for Graduate Public Health Education. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2017 Nov/Dec; 23(6):553-555. PMID: 28957902.

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