Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH

Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor

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


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


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


  • 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 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Published on 11/1/2017

    Hu H, Galea S, Rosella L, Henry D. Big Data and Population Health: Focusing on the Health Impacts of the Social, Physical, and Economic Environment. Epidemiology. 2017 Nov; 28(6):759-762. PMID: 28682850.

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  • Published on 10/23/2017

    Madureira-Lima J, Galea S. Alcohol control policies and alcohol consumption: an international comparison of 167 countries. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2017 Oct 23. PMID: 29061844.

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  • Published on 10/19/2017

    Siegel M, Xuan Z, Ross CS, Galea S, Kalesan B, Fleegler E, Goss KA. Easiness of Legal Access to Concealed Firearm Permits and Homicide Rates in the United States. Am J Public Health. 2017 Dec; 107(12):1923-1929. PMID: 29048964.

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  • Published on 10/17/2017

    Shultz JM, Galea S. Mitigating the Mental and Physical Health Consequences of Hurricane Harvey. JAMA. 2017 Oct 17; 318(15):1437-1438. PMID: 28892814.

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  • Published on 10/11/2017

    Chiavegatto Filho ADP, Sampson L, Martins SS, Yu S, Huang Y, He Y, Lee S, Hu C, Zaslavsky A, Kessler RC, Galea S. Neighbourhood characteristics and mental disorders in three Chinese cities: multilevel models from the World Mental Health Surveys. BMJ Open. 2017 Oct 11; 7(10):e017679. PMID: 29025841.

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