Who We Are
Sandro Galea

Sandro Galea

Dean, Boston University School of Public Health

A healthier world for longer, healthier lives.


The US spends more on health than any other country in the world. And yet we live sicker, shorter lives. Why? Fundamentally we mis-invest in healthcare at the expense of the forces around us that determine the quality of where we live, work, and play, and therefore our health. This presentation will discuss how we can change our thinking around what drives health to the end of creating a healthier country.


Sandro Galea, a physician, epidemiologist, and author, is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature, and is a regular contributor to a range of public media, about the social causes of health, mental health, and the consequences of trauma. He has been listed as one of the most widely cited scholars in the social sciences. He is 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 is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Galea has received several lifetime achievement awards. 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.