Sandro Galea

Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH

Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor - Boston University School of Public Health


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 dean of Boston University School of Public Health.

One of the most widely-cited scholars in the social sciences, Galea has published more than 1000 scientific journal articles, 75 chapters, and 24 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 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. He currently serves as Chair of the Boston Public Health Commission Board of Health, and 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 Field of Study: Medicine
  • Columbia University School of Public Health, DPH/DrPH Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Harvard University, MPH Field of Study: Quantitative Methods


  • Published on 11/3/2023

    Galea S, Abdalla SM. Data to Improve Global Health Equity-Key Challenges. JAMA Health Forum. 2023 Nov 03; 4(11):e234433. PMID: 37917051.

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  • Published on 10/26/2023

    Dewhurst E, Ettman CK, Hare Bork R, Thornburg B, Abdalla SM, Galea S, Castrucci BC. Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Governmental Public Health Workforce and General Population. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2024 Jan-Feb 01; 30(1):E14-E20. PMID: 37882760.

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  • Published on 10/25/2023

    Gómez EJ, Maani N, Galea S. The Pitfalls of Ascribing Moral Agency to Corporations: Public Obligation and Political and Social Contexts in the Commercial Determinants of Health. Milbank Q. 2023 Oct 25. PMID: 37880820.

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  • Published on 10/23/2023

    Khan A, Abonyi S, Neudorf C, Galea S, Ahmed S. Barriers to and facilitators of human papillomavirus vaccination in an ethnically diverse group of migrant parents: A qualitative mixed methods study. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2023 Dec 15; 19(3):2269721. PMID: 37870066.

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  • Published on 10/15/2023

    Ettman CK, Subramanian M, Fan AY, Adam GP, Abdalla SM, Galea S, Stuart EA. Assets and depression in U.S. adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: a systematic review. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2023 Oct 15. PMID: 37838630.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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