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 the youngest public health dean in the country, assuming leadership of Boston University School of Public Health.

One of the most widely-cited scholars in the social sciences, Galea has published more than 950 scientific journal articles, 70 chapters, and 19 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 as a result of 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.

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 10/13/2022

    Gradus JL, Rosellini AJ, Szentkúti P, Horváth-Puhó E, Smith ML, Galatzer-Levy I, Lash TL, Galea S, Schnurr PP, Sørensen HT. Pre-trauma predictors of severe psychiatric comorbidity 5 years following traumatic experiences. Int J Epidemiol. 2022 Oct 13; 51(5):1593-1603. PMID: 35179599.

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  • Published on 9/1/2022

    Miglani T, Kannarkat J, Galea S. Reshaping Social Determinants-Charting a Path Forward for Providers. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2022 Sep-Oct 01; 28(5):445-447. PMID: 35867499.

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  • Published on 8/1/2022

    Gradus JL, Galea S. Reconsidering the definition of trauma. Lancet Psychiatry. 2022 08; 9(8):608-609. PMID: 35843252.

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  • Published on 7/26/2022

    Faviero GF, Stocking BM, Hoffman SJ, Liu A, Bausch DG, Galea S, Gostin LO, Gurría Á, Halton J, Kulzhanov M, Leite RB, Mahama JD, Mahmood JB, Miranda LC, Del Rio C, Weinstein M, Saavedra J, Szapocznik J. An effective pandemic treaty requires accountability. Lancet Public Health. 2022 Sep; 7(9):e730-e731. PMID: 35905744.

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  • Published on 7/22/2022

    Tao TJ, Lee TMC, Fung ALC, Li TW, Ettman CK, Galea S, Hou WK. Low assets predict persistent depression through living difficulties amid large-scale disasters: A cohort study. J Affect Disord. 2022 Oct 15; 315:282-290. PMID: 35872246.

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  • Published on 7/22/2022

    Abdalla SM, Cohen GH, Tamrakar S, Sampson L, Moreland A, Kilpatrick DG, Galea S. Mitigating the mental health consequences of mass shootings: An in-silico experiment. EClinicalMedicine. 2022 Sep; 51:101555. PMID: 35898317.

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  • Published on 7/18/2022

    Rudenstine S, Bhatt K, Schulder T, McNeal K, Ettman CK, Galea S. Examining the role of material and social assets on mental health in the context of COVID-19 among an urban public university sample. Psychol Trauma. 2022 Jul 18. PMID: 35849368.

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  • Published on 7/5/2022

    Hamad R, Galea S. The Role of Health Care Systems in Bolstering the Social Safety Net to Address Health Inequities in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA. 2022 07 05; 328(1):17-18. PMID: 35704339.

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  • Published on 6/30/2022

    Sampson L, Cabral HJ, Rosellini AJ, Gradus JL, Cohen GH, Fink DS, King AP, Liberzon I, Galea S. Stressful life events and trajectories of depression symptoms in a U.S. military cohort. Sci Rep. 2022 Jun 30; 12(1):11026. PMID: 35773360.

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  • Published on 6/27/2022

    Abdalla SM, Galea S. Invited Commentary: Toward a Better Understanding of Disparities in Overdose Mortality. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Jun 27; 191(7):1280-1282. PMID: 35301520.

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