Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH

Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor
Sandro Galea


Sandro Galea, a physician, epidemiologist, and author, 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. He has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature, and is a regular contributor to a range of public media, about the social causes of health, mental health, and the consequences of trauma. He has been listed as one of the most widely cited scholars in the social sciences. He is 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 is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Galea has received several lifetime achievement awards. 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.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine


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


  • Published on 8/1/2020

    Maani N, Abdalla SM, Galea S. The Firearm Industry as a Commercial Determinant of Health. Am J Public Health. 2020 Aug; 110(8):1182-1183. PMID: 32639903.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/22/2020

    Ettman CK, Gradus JL, Galea S. Reckoning With the Relation Between Stressors and Suicide Attempts in a Time of Covid-19. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 Jul 22. PMID: 32696066.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/22/2020

    Raifman J, Larson E, Barry CL, Siegel M, Ulrich M, Knopov A, Galea S. State handgun purchase age minimums in the US and adolescent suicide rates: regression discontinuity and difference-in-differences analyses. BMJ. 2020 07 22; 370:m2436. PMID: 32699008.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/15/2020

    Galea S, Keyes K. Understanding the Covid-19 pandemic through the lens of population health science. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 Jul 15. PMID: 32666083.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/14/2020

    Shultz JM, Kossin JP, Hertelendy A, Burkle F, Fugate C, Sherman R, Bakalar J, Berg K, Maggioni A, Espinel Z, Sands DE, LaRocque RC, Salas RN, Galea S. Mitigating the Twin Threats of Climate-Driven Atlantic Hurricanes and COVID-19 Transmission. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2020 Jul 14; 1-10. PMID: 32660664.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/10/2020

    Shapiro LT, Jimenez V, Espinel Z, Galea S, Kossin JP, Shultz JM. Preparing Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury for Catastrophic Hurricanes in the Time of Climate Change. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2020 Jul 10. PMID: 32657822.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/1/2020

    Rollston R, Galea S. COVID-19 and the Social Determinants of Health. Am J Health Promot. 2020 07; 34(6):687-689. PMID: 32551932.

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  • Published on 6/12/2020

    Galea S, Abdalla SM. COVID-19 Pandemic, Unemployment, and Civil Unrest: Underlying Deep Racial and Socioeconomic Divides. JAMA. 2020 Jun 12. PMID: 32530457.

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  • Published on 6/11/2020

    Galea S, Abdalla SM, Sturchio JL. Social determinants of health, data science, and decision-making: Forging a transdisciplinary synthesis. PLoS Med. 2020 Jun; 17(6):e1003174. PMID: 32525875.

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  • Published on 5/22/2020

    Galea S. Compassion in a time of COVID-19. Lancet. 2020 06 20; 395(10241):1897-1898. PMID: 32450108.

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