Brentwood, TN - The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) is pleased to announce Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH as Keynote Speaker at the Presidential Symposium of the CPDD Annual Scientific Meeting taking place virtually June 21 – 24, 2021.  Dr. Galea is a physician, epidemiologist and author and is currently Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Galea also previously held academic and leadership positions at the University of Michigan and the New York Academy of Medicine.

Born in Malta, Dr. Galea 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, he traveled to Somalia through Doctors Without Borders. Dr. Galea went on to receive graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University to pursue a career in public health. In 2015, he became the youngest public health dean in the country, assuming leadership of the Boston University School of Public Health.

Dr. Galea’s scholarship lives at the intersection of social and psychiatric epidemiology. He has published more than 900 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters, and 18 books. Dr. Galea was named one of Time magazine’s epidemiology innovators and has been listed as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.” He is past-chair of the board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science, and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Galea will be giving this year’s Presidential Symposium on politics, economics, and the risk of substance use and its consequences.  For more information and to register for CPDD’s 83rd Annual Scientific Meeting, visit