Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH
Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor
Boston University School of Public Health

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

Pronouns: he/him/his

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.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

I consider an engagement with diversity—of identities, perspectives, approaches— as central to the work of population health science. I think there is empiric and moral justification for embedding diversity in all we do, and I try to embody this in my own scholarship, teaching, and leadership. On the former, much of my work has been concerned with understanding forces that general health gaps, to point to ways in which we can create a more equitable world, where everyone has an opportunity to thrive and flourish. I have written extensively on these topics in the scientific and public space. I have done this writing in partnership with a broad range of colleagues, and my work has been made much better for it. In education I have tried to ensure that the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice inform both my mentoring and formal in class teaching. And in leadership I have tried to instill the values of diversity and inclusion in all institutions I have had the privilege of engaging with. At the School of Public Health, in partnership with our DEIJ Dean, I have shepherded a 10-point plan to promote DEIJ in all we do as a school. I have also engaged with organizations outside the School on issues related to DEIJ including that National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and others.

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Family Medicine

Mass Violence Resource Center
07/01/2022 - 06/30/2025 (Multi-PI)
PI: Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH
Medical University of South Carolina Victims of Crime

Optimizing Efforts to Restore Psychiatric and Social Function After a Major Hurricane
04/10/2020 - 02/29/2024 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Developing recommendations for aligning RWJF's grantmaking with the goal of unraveling the impact of structural racism on health
09/15/2021 - 02/14/2023 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Rockefeller Commission on Health Determinants, Data and Decision-making (3-D Commission)
11/01/2019 - 10/31/2022 (PI)
The Rockefeller Foundation

The burden of mental health during COVID-19: CLIMB Wave 2
10/15/2020 - 10/29/2022 (PI)
de Beaumont Foundation

Advancing Health Equity: International lessons for unique US challenges
06/01/2021 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
The Commonwealth Fund

Factors associated with non-fatal firearm injuries: a spatiotemporal approach
01/01/2018 - 06/30/2022 (Multi-PI)
PI: Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH
Department of Justice/NIJ

Bounce Back Now: A Low-Cost Intervention to Facilitate Post-Disaster Recovery
08/20/2015 - 06/30/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Medical University of South Carolina NIH NIMH

Mass Violence Resource Center
10/01/2017 - 09/30/2020 (Subcontract PI)
Medical University of South Carolina Dept of Justice

Predeployment, Perideployment, and Postdeployment Trajectories and Mechanisms of Psychopathology, Psychological Health and Resilience Over 9 years of Prospective Follow-Up in the Reserves
06/01/2015 - 05/31/2020 (Subcontract PI)
University Hospitals of Cleveland DOD Army Med Resrch

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2022 Optimizing Efforts to Restore Psychiatric and Social Function After a Major Hurricane 5R01MH119193-03
2021 Optimizing Efforts to Restore Psychiatric and Social Function After a Major Hurricane 5R01MH119193-02
2020 Optimizing Efforts to Restore Psychiatric and Social Function After a Major Hurricane 1R01MH119193-01A1
2018 Bounce Back Now: A Low-Cost Intervention to Facilitate Post-Disaster Recovery 5R01MH107641-04 9
2017 Bounce Back Now: A Low-Cost Intervention to Facilitate Post-Disaster Recovery 5R01MH107641-03 9
2016 Bounce Back Now: A Low-Cost Intervention to Facilitate Post-Disaster Recovery 3R01MH107641-02S1 9
2016 Bounce Back Now: A Low-Cost Intervention to Facilitate Post-Disaster Recovery 5R01MH107641-02 9
2015 Bounce Back Now: A Low-Cost Intervention to Facilitate Post-Disaster Recovery 1R01MH107641-01 9
2015 Regional Network for Mental Health Research in Latin America 5U19MH095718-05 22
2015 Regional Network for Mental Health Research in Latin America 3U19MH095718-05S1 22
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  1. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35179599; PMCID: PMC9799210; DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyac030;
  2. 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
  3. Gradus JL, Galea S. Reconsidering the definition of trauma. Lancet Psychiatry. 2022 08; 9(8):608-609.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35843252
  4. 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; PMCID: PMC9323292; DOI: 10.1016/S2468-2667(22)00192-X;
  5. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35898317; PMCID: PMC9310116; DOI: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101555;
  6. 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; PMCID: PMC9304334; DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2022.07.040;
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35773360; PMCID: PMC9246834; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-14496-0;
  10. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35301520; PMCID: PMC9383559; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwac053;
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