Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH

Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor
Sandro Galea


Sandro Galea, a physician and an epidemiologist, 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. Galea’s scholarship has been at the intersection of social and psychiatric epidemiology, with a focus on the behavioral health consequences of trauma, including firearms. He has published more than 700 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters, and 13 books, and his research has been featured extensively in current periodicals and newspapers. His latest book, "Healthier: Fifty Thoughts on the Foundations of Population Health," was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. 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 by Thomson Reuters as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.” He is past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Epidemiological Society. 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 "Fortune" magazine and has published widely in the lay press, including the "Wall Street Journal," "Harvard Business Review," the "Boston Globe," and "The New York Times." His research has been cited by these publications as well as BBC, Slate, WBUR, and NPR, among others.

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 12/4/2018

    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 Nov 20. 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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  • Published on 11/15/2018

    McClure E, Feinstein L, Cordoba E, Douglas C, Emch M, Robinson W, Galea S, Aiello AE. The legacy of redlining in the effect of foreclosures on Detroit residents' self-rated health. Health Place. 2018 Nov 15. PMID: 30448354.

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  • Published on 11/8/2018

    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, 2002-2016: Trends overall and by race/ethnicity. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2018 Nov 08. PMID: 30408209.

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  • Published on 11/1/2018

    Galea S, Vaughan RD. Multilevel Thinking and Life Course Perspectives Inform Public Health Practice: A Public Health of Consequence, November 2018. Am J Public Health. 2018 Nov; 108(11):1444-1445. PMID: 30303718.

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  • Published on 10/23/2018

    Shultz JM, Kossin JP, Galea S. The Need to Integrate Climate Science Into Public Health Preparedness for Hurricanes and Tropical Cyclones. JAMA. 2018 Oct 23; 320(16):1637-1638. PMID: 30304455.

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  • Published on 10/17/2018

    Gruebner O, Lowe SR, Sykora M, Shankardass K, Subramanian SV, Galea S. Spatio-Temporal Distribution of Negative Emotions in New York City After a Natural Disaster as Seen in Social Media. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 10 17; 15(10). PMID: 30336558.

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