Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH

Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor

Sandro Galea
715 Albany St Talbot Building


Sandro Galea, a physician, epidemiologist, and author, is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. In 2015, he became the youngest public health dean in the country, assuming leadership of Boston University School of Public Health.

One of the most widely-cited scholars in the social sciences, Galea has published more than 950 scientific journal articles, 70 chapters, and 19 books. He has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature about the social causes of health, mental health, and trauma. He has documented 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. His research has been principally funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and philanthropic foundations.

He is past chair of the board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science. He 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. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

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 media, including The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, The Boston Globe, TEDMED, and The New York Times.

Galea was born in Malta and emigrated to Canada with his family at the age of 14. After receiving his medical degree, Galea worked in Somalia with Doctors Without Borders before attending graduate school in the United States.

Galea holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto, graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow. Prior to his appointment at Boston University, 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.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Family Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine


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


  • Published on 10/10/2023

    Gradus JL, Galea S. Moving From Traumatic Events to Traumatic Experiences in the Study of Traumatic Psychopathology. Am J Epidemiol. 2023 Oct 10; 192(10):1609-1612. PMID: 37218615.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/1/2023

    Dyer Z, Alcusky MJ, Galea S, Ash A. Measuring The Enduring Imprint Of Structural Racism On American Neighborhoods. Health Aff (Millwood). 2023 Oct; 42(10):1374-1382. PMID: 37782878.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/16/2023

    Abdalla SM, Koya SF, Rosenberg SB, Stovall IB, Biermann O, Zeinali Z, Cohen GH, Ettman CK, Galea S. Pandemic stressors and mental health indicators in eight countries. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2023 Aug 16. PMID: 37587229.

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  • Published on 8/10/2023

    Galea S. Looking Back: Comment on "Economic Crisis, Restrictive Policies, and the Population's Health and Health Care: The Greek Case". Am J Public Health. 2023 Oct; 113(10):1050-1052. PMID: 37561971.

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  • Published on 8/7/2023

    Cohen GH, Wang R, Sampson L, Lowe SR, Ettman CK, Abdalla SM, Wellenius GA, Cabral H, Ruggiero K, Galea S. Depression and PTSD among Houston Residents who Experienced Hurricane Harvey and COVID-19: Implications for Urban Areas Affected by Multiple Disasters. J Urban Health. 2023 Aug; 100(4):860-869. PMID: 37550501.

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  • Published on 8/2/2023

    Gradus JL, Smith ML, Szentkúti P, Rosellini AJ, Horváth-Puhó E, Lash TL, Galea S, Schnurr PP, Sumner JA, Sørensen HT. Antihypertensive Medications and PTSD Incidence in a Trauma Cohort. J Clin Psychiatry. 2023 Aug 02; 84(5). PMID: 37530605.

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  • Published on 8/1/2023

    Galea S, Woolf SH. The Persistent Challenge of Preventable Death in the US. JAMA Intern Med. 2023 Aug 01; 183(8):856-857. PMID: 37399034.

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  • Published on 8/1/2023

    Lavallee M, Galea S, Abuelezam NN. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Emergency Allotments and Food Security, Hospitalizations, and Hospital Capacity. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Aug 01; 6(8):e2326332. PMID: 37556142.

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  • Published on 7/31/2023

    Cohen GH, Bor J, Keyes KM, Demmer RT, Stellman SD, Puac-Polanco V, Galea S. What was the impact of tobacco taxes on smoking prevalence and coronary heart disease mortality in the United States -2005-2016, and did it vary by race and gender? Prev Med. 2023 Jul 31; 175:107653. PMID: 37532031.

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  • Published on 7/7/2023

    Galea S, van Schalkwyk MCI. Understanding the US Health Care Industry as a Commercial Determinant of Health. JAMA Health Forum. 2023 Jul 07; 4(7):e232795. PMID: 37440244.

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