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 more than 800 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters, and 13 books, and his research has been featured extensively in current periodicals and newspapers. His latest book, “Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health”, will be published by Oxford University Press in May 2019; Arianna Huffington has called it “a deeply affecting work from one of the important and innovative voices in American health and medicine." 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 as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.” He is past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science and chair-elect of the board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Epidemiological Society. Galea has received several lifetime achievement awards, including the Rema Lapouse Award from the American Public Health Association and the Robert S. Laufer Memorial Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He is a regular contributor to, and his work is regularly featured in, a range of public media, including a standing column in "Fortune" magazine.

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 2/1/2019

    Galea S, Vaughan RD. Making Decisions That Narrow, or Widen, Health Gaps: A Public Health of Consequence, February 2019. Am J Public Health. 2019 Feb; 109(2):196-197. PMID: 30649952.

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  • Published on 1/28/2019

    Kalesan B, Zuo Y, Vasan RS, Galea S. Risk of 90-day readmission in patients after firearm injury hospitalization: a nationally representative retrospective cohort study. J Inj Violence Res. 2019 Jan 28; 11(1). PMID: 30686818.

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  • Published on 1/15/2019

    Galea S. Physicians' Voices on Gun Violence and Other Important Public Health Issues. JAMA. 2019 Jan 15; 321(2):141-142. PMID: 30548080.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/18/2018

    Adams JW, Lurie MN, King MRF, Brady KA, Galea S, Friedman SR, Khan MR, Marshall BDL. Potential drivers of HIV acquisition in African-American women related to mass incarceration: an agent-based modelling study. BMC Public Health. 2018 Dec 18; 18(1):1387. PMID: 30563496.

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  • Published on 12/10/2018

    Weinberger AH, Pacek LR, Giovenco D, Galea S, Zvolensky MJ, Gbedemah M, Goodwin RD. Cigarette Use Among Individuals with Alcohol Use Disorders in the United States, 2002 to 2016: Trends Overall and by Race/Ethnicity. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2019 Jan; 43(1):79-90. PMID: 30408209.

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  • Published on 12/4/2018

    Kalesan B, Vyliparambil MA, Zuo Y, Siracuse JJ, Fagan JA, Branas CC, Galea S. Cross-sectional study of loss of life expectancy at different ages related to firearm deaths among black and white Americans. BMJ Evid Based Med. 2018 Dec 04. PMID: 30514715.

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  • Published on 12/1/2018

    Galea S, Vaughan RD. The Public Conversation and the Public's Health: A Public Health of Consequence, December 2018. Am J Public Health. 2018 Dec; 108(12):1590-1591. PMID: 30403502.

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  • Published on 11/28/2018

    Shultz JM, Zakrison TL, Galea S. Hate and the Health of Populations. Milbank Q. 2018 Nov 28. PMID: 30484899.

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  • Published on 11/20/2018

    Uddin M, Ratanatharathorn A, Armstrong D, Kuan PF, Aiello AE, Bromet EJ, Galea S, Koenen KC, Luft B, Ressler KJ, Wildman DE, Nievergelt CM, Smith A. Epigenetic meta-analysis across three civilian cohorts identifies NRG1 and HGS as blood-based biomarkers for post-traumatic stress disorder. Epigenomics. 2018 Dec; 10(12):1585-1601. PMID: 30456986.

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  • Published on 11/19/2018

    Sampson L, Galea S. An Argument for the Foundations of Population Mental Health. Front Psychiatry. 2018; 9:600. PMID: 30510524.

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