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 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.

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.

Professor
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
5R01MH119193-04

Developing recommendations for aligning RWJF's grantmaking with the goal of unraveling the impact of structural racism on health
09/15/2021 - 01/31/2024 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Mental Health in U.S. Adults: Trends, Risk, Resilience, and Policy Approaches: Wave 4
01/01/2023 - 12/31/2023 (PI)
de Beaumont 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 (Multi-PI)
PI: Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH
Medical University of South Carolina NIH NIMH
5R01MH107641-04

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


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2023 Optimizing Efforts to Restore Psychiatric and Social Function After a Major Hurricane 5R01MH119193-04
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
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  1. Shultz JM, Galea S, Espinel Z, Nori-Sarma A, Shapiro LT, Dimentstein K, Shepherd JM, Nogueira LM. Safeguarding medically high-risk patients from compounding disasters. Lancet Reg Health Am. 2024 Apr; 32:100714.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38510788; PMCID: PMC10951501; DOI: 10.1016/j.lana.2024.100714;
     
  2. Abba-Aji M, Moreland A, Abdalla SM, Rancher C, Galea S, Davies F, Kilpatrick DG. Prevalence and Risk Factors of Depression and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder After a Mass Shooting. JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Mar 04; 7(3):e242739.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38502130; PMCID: PMC10951730; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2024.2739;
     
  3. Koya SF, Ganesh S, Selvaraj S, Wirtz VJ, Galea S, Rockers PC. Determinants of private-sector antibiotic consumption in India: findings from a quasi-experimental fixed-effects regression analysis using cross-sectional time-series data, 2011-2019. Sci Rep. 2024 Feb 29; 14(1):5052.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38424115; PMCID: PMC10904839; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-024-54250-2;
     
  4. Galea S, Buckley GJ. Social media and adolescent mental health: A consensus report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. PNAS Nexus. 2024 Feb; 3(2):pgae037. PMID: 38415222; PMCID: PMC10898856; DOI: 10.1093/pnasnexus/pgae037;
     
  5. Kofman YB, Selbe S, Szentkúti P, Horváth-Puhó E, Rosellini AJ, Lash TL, Schnurr PP, Sørensen HT, Galea S, Gradus JL, Sumner JA. Sex Differences in Psychopathology Following Potentially Traumatic Experiences. JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Feb 05; 7(2):e240201.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38386319; PMCID: PMC10884878; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2024.0201;
     
  6. Torres I, Villalba JJ, López-Cevallos DF, Galea S. On preserving integrity and advancing health policy debates: author's reply to Mejía & Garzón. Lancet Reg Health Am. 2024 Mar; 31:100686. PMID: 38328476; PMCID: PMC10847795; DOI: 10.1016/j.lana.2024.100686;
     
  7. Cohen GH, Wang R, Rosenberg SB, Sampson L, Lowe SR, Cabral H, Ruggiero K, Galea S. Neighborhood-level economic characteristics and depression and PTSD symptoms among Houstonians who have experienced Hurricane Harvey and COVID-19. Psychiatry Res. 2024 Mar; 333:115766.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38335779; PMCID: PMC10964477; DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2024.115766;
     
  8. López-Cevallos DF, Torres I, Villalba JJ, Galea S. On conflicts of interest, transparency, and accountability of private actors influencing national health policy: authors' reply to Morejón-Terán. Lancet Reg Health Am. 2024 Mar; 31:100685. PMID: 38332852; PMCID: PMC10850113; DOI: 10.1016/j.lana.2024.100685;
     
  9. Vandenbroucke JP, Sørensen HT, Rehkopf DH, Gradus JL, Mackenbach JP, Glymour MM, Galea S, Henderson VW. Report on the Joint Workshop on the Relations between Health Inequalities, Ageing and Multimorbidity, Iceland, May 3-4, 2023. Clin Epidemiol. 2024; 16:9-22.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38259327; PMCID: PMC10801289; DOI: 10.2147/CLEP.S443152;
     
  10. Galea S. Guiding Values for Health Policy in Divided Times. JAMA Health Forum. 2024 Jan 05; 5(1):e240111. PMID: 38270926
     
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