Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH

Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor
Sandro Galea
Talbot – T301C
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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 Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles 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 600 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters, and 10 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, forthcoming from 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 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


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


  • Published on 8/1/2016

    Galea S, Vaughan R. A Public Health of Consequence: Review of the August 2016 Issue of AJPH. Am J Public Health. 2016 Aug; 106(8):1354-5. PMID: 27400345.

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  • Published on 7/8/2016

    Canetti D, Kimhi S, Hanoun R, Rocha GA, Galea S, Morgan CA. How Personality Affects Vulnerability among Israelis and Palestinians following the 2009 Gaza Conflict. PLoS One. 2016; 11(7):e0156278. PMID: 27391240.

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  • Published on 7/5/2016

    Galea S, Annas GJ. Public Health and Human Rights--Reply. JAMA. 2016 Jul 5; 316(1):104-5. PMID: 27380359.

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  • Published on 7/1/2016

    Ganocy SJ, Goto T, Chan PK, Cohen GH, Sampson L, Galea S, Liberzon I, Fine T, Shirley E, Sizemore J, Calabrese JR, Tamburrino MB. Association of Spirituality With Mental Health Conditions in Ohio National Guard Soldiers. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2016 Jul; 204(7):524-9. PMID: 27065107.

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  • Published on 7/1/2016

    Aiello AE, Feinstein L, Dowd JB, Pawelec G, Derhovanessian E, Galea S, Uddin M, Wildman DE, Simanek AM. Income and Markers of Immunological Cellular Aging. Psychosom Med. 2016 Jul-Aug; 78(6):657-66. PMID: 27187853.

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  • Published on 6/23/2016

    Sapra KJ, Joseph KS, Galea S, Bates LM, Louis GM, Ananth CV. Signs and Symptoms of Early Pregnancy Loss: A Systematic Review. Reprod Sci. 2016 Jun 23. PMID: 27342274.

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  • Published on 6/16/2016

    Santaella-Tenorio J, Cerdá M, Villaveces A, Galea S. The Authors Reply. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Jul 1; 184(1):83-5. PMID: 27313217.

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  • Published on 6/1/2016

    Galea S, Vaughan R. A Public Health of Consequence: Review of the June 2016 Issue of AJPH. Am J Public Health. 2016 Jun; 106(6):973-4. PMID: 27153011.

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  • Published on 6/1/2016

    Elliott JC, Delker E, Wall MM, Feng T, Aharonovich E, Tracy M, Galea S, Ahern J, Hasin DS. The Importance of Context: Neighborhood Drinking Norms and Heavy Drinking Among HIV Patients. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016 Jun 1; 72(2):e55-7. PMID: 26959191.

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  • Published on 5/28/2016

    Gruebner O, Sykora M, Lowe SR, Shankardass K, Trinquart L, Jackson T, Subramanian SV, Galea S. Mental health surveillance after the terrorist attacks in Paris. Lancet. 2016 May 28; 387(10034):2195-6. PMID: 27302026.

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