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 11/1/2018

    Galea S, Vaughan RD. Multilevel Thinking and Life Course Perspectives Inform Public Health Practice: A Public Health of Consequence, November 2018. Am J Public Health. 2018 Nov; 108(11):1444-1445. PMID: 30303718.

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  • Published on 10/23/2018

    Shultz JM, Kossin JP, Galea S. The Need to Integrate Climate Science Into Public Health Preparedness for Hurricanes and Tropical Cyclones. JAMA. 2018 Oct 23; 320(16):1637-1638. PMID: 30304455.

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  • Published on 10/17/2018

    Gruebner O, Lowe SR, Sykora M, Shankardass K, Subramanian SV, Galea S. Spatio-Temporal Distribution of Negative Emotions in New York City After a Natural Disaster as Seen in Social Media. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Oct 17; 15(10). PMID: 30336558.

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  • Published on 10/15/2018

    Galea S. Will Disruptive Innovation in Health Care Improve the Health of Populations? Milbank Q. 2018 Oct 15. PMID: 30324745.

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  • Published on 10/1/2018

    Galea S, Vaughan RD. Population Health Science as the Basic Science of Public Health: A Public Health of Consequence, October 2018. Am J Public Health. 2018 Oct; 108(10):1288-1289. PMID: 30207758.

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  • Published on 9/25/2018

    Annas GJ, Galea S. Dying Healthy: Public Health Priorities for Fixed Population Life Expectancies. Ann Intern Med. 2018 Oct 16; 169(8):568-569. PMID: 30264128.

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  • Published on 9/11/2018

    Abuelezam NN, El-Sayed AM, Galea S. The Health of Arab Americans in the United States: An Updated Comprehensive Literature Review. Front Public Health. 2018; 6:262. PMID: 30255009.

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  • Published on 9/5/2018

    Chowkwanyun M, Bayer R, Galea S. "Precision" Public Health - Between Novelty and Hype. N Engl J Med. 2018 Oct 11; 379(15):1398-1400. PMID: 30184442.

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  • Published on 9/1/2018

    Shultz JM, Kossin JP, Ettman C, Kinney PL, Galea S. The 2017 perfect storm season, climate change, and environmental injustice. Lancet Planet Health. 2018 Sep; 2(9):e370-e371. PMID: 30177000.

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  • Published on 9/1/2018

    Sampson L, Martins SS, Yu S, Chiavegatto Filho ADP, Andrade LH, Viana MC, Medina-Mora ME, Benjet C, Torres Y, Piazza M, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Cia AH, Stagnaro JC, Zaslavsky AM, Kessler RC, Galea S. The relationship between neighborhood-level socioeconomic characteristics and individual mental disorders in five cities in Latin America: multilevel models from the World Mental Health Surveys. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2018 Sep 01. PMID: 30173317.

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