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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.
Born in Malta, Sandro is an immigrant twice over, moving to Canada at the age of 14, then to the United States in his late 20s. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, Sandro traveled to Somalia through Doctors Without Borders. It was there he had a defining realization. “…I got this feeling, like I’m standing on the side of the river, pulling people out. I was doing that over and over and over again. And I felt I was doing a lot of good, but I also knew that once I left, the same thing would keep happening. So I really wanted to understand who was throwing people in the river to begin with.” This experience inspired him to switch careers, "leaving the immediate gratification of medicine to labor in the vineyard of public health." Read more about Sandro’s experiences in "The Other End of the River" by Barbara Moran.
Sandro went on to receive graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University to pursue his career at “the other end of the river” — a career in public health. In 2015, he became the youngest public health dean in the country, assuming leadership of Boston University School of Public Health.
Pandemic Resiliency & Health Equity: Reflections w/ Dr. Sandro Galea | The Institute for Science & Policy
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fundamental weaknesses in American healthcare. Systemic racism, socioeconomic inequities, and disjointed processes have contributed to increased mortality from the disease over the past 18 months. But those underlying forces did not take root overnight, and COVID likely won't be the last pandemic we ever face. What would it mean to truly address these challenges? What would it take to build a more inclusive and resilient healthcare future for the U.S.?
As a physician, epidemiologist, and author of The Contagion Next Time, Dr. Galea discusses the social determinants of health and reflect on lessons learned about the societal consequences of an epidemic that has changed life as we know it.
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