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Sandro Galea

Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology

Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, is a physician and an epidemiologist. Dr. Galea is interested in the social production of health of urban populations. His work explores innovative cells-to-society approaches to population health questions. His primary focus is on the causes of brain disorders, particularly common mood-anxiety disorders and substance abuse. He has long had a particular interest in 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. The National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and several foundations have funded his research.He has published over 400 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters and commentaries, and 7 books and his research has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and many other media outlets. During Dr. Galea's tenure as Chair, the Department of Epidemiology has launched several new educational initiatives and substantially increased its focus on six core areas: chronic, infectious, injury, lifecourse, psychiatric/neurological, and social epidemiology. Dr. Galea chairs the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Community Services Board and sits on its Health Board. He is past-president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.

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Education & Training:

    DrPH, 2003, Columbia University

    MPH, 2000, Harvard University

    MD, 1994, University of Toronto

Honors and Awards:
  • Member, Institute of Medicine
  • Fellow, American Epidemiologic Society
  • Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
  • Past-President, Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • Selected Editorial Boards

    • Associate Editor American Journal of Epidemiology
    • Editorial Board, Depression and Anxiety
    • Editorial Board, International Journal of Drug Policy
Selected Publications:
  • Galea S, Freudenberg N, Vlahov D. Cities and population health Social Science and Medicine 60(5) 1017-1033 2005
  • Kruk M, Goldmann E, Galea S. Borrowing and Selling to Pay for Health Care in Low-and Middle-Income Countries. Health Affairs. 28(4) 1056-1066 2009
  • Galea S, Resnick H Post-traumatic stress disorder in the general population after mass terrorist incidents: Considerations about the nature of exposure. CNS Spectrums 10(2) 107-115 2005
  • Koenen K, Aiello AE, Bakshis E, Amstadter AB, Ruggiero K, Acierno R, Kilpatrick DG, Gelertner J, Galea S. Modification of the association between serotonin transporter genotype and risk of posttraumatic stress disorder in adults by county-level social environment. American Journal of Epidemiology. 169(6) 704-711 2009
  • Galea S, Nandi A, Vlahov D The social epidemiology of substance use. Epidemiologic Reviews 26 36-52 2004
  • Galea S, Vlahov D, Resnick H, Ahern J, Susser E, Gold J, Bucuvalas M, Kilpatrick D. Trends in probable Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in New York City after the September 11 Terrorist Attacks. American Journal of Epidemiology 158(6) 514-524. 2003
  • Galea S, Brewin CR, Jones RT, King DW, King LA, McNally RJ, Ursano RJ, Petukhova M, Kessler RC. Exposure to hurricane-related stressors and mental illness after hurricane Katrina. Archives of General Psychiatry. 64(12) 1427-1434. 2007
  • Ahern J, Jones MR, Bakshis E, Galea S. Revisiting Rose: Comparing the benefits and costs of population-wide and targeted interventions. Milbank Quarterly 86(4) 581-600 2008
  • Ahern J, Galea S, Fernandez WG, Koci B, Waldman R, Vlahov D. Gender, social support, and posttraumatic stress in postwar Kosovo. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 192(11) 762-770. 2004
  • Galea S, Ahern J, Tracy M, Rudenstine S, Vlahov D. Education inequality and use of cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 90 (Suppl 1) S4-S15. 2007

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