• Affiliate Professor, Global Health
Riyadh Lafta
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Graduated from Baghdad Medical School 1984, Board degree in Family and Community Medicine 1994. Assistant Prof. 2001, Professor in Epidemiology 2006, Head of Family and Community Medicine Department, Mustansiriyah Medical School since 2017. Worked as a consultant with the United Nation from 2005 through 2012. Led many health projects with Stony Brooke University, Simon Fraser, and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Affiliated Prof., Global Health Department, University of Washington/Seattle, USA since 2011 to present, published more than 120 articles in different branches of Medicine with more focus on effect of violence, war, and armed conflicts on health.

  • MD (Baghdad University)
  • PhD (Iraqi Committee for Medical Specialization)
Country Affiliations 
  • Arabic
Health Topics 
  • Adult Mortality
  • Burden of Disease
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Disparities
  • Infectious Diseases (other than STDs)
  • Mental Health
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

1. Riyadh Lafta, Maha Al-Nuaimi, Laith R. Sultan, Hazem Rihawa, Gilbert Burnham. Health care and care seeking in Mosul one year after defeat of ISIS. DMPHP 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2021.112.

2. Maha S Younis, Riyadh K Lafta. The plight of women in Iraq: Gender disparity, violence, and mental health, Review article. International journal of social psychiatry; 67 (3): DOI: 10.1177/00207640211003602.

3. Riyadh K Lafta, Auhood Merza. Women's mental health in Iraq post-conflict. Medicine, Conflict and Survival 2021. 37(2): 146-159. Doi:10.1080/13623699.2021.1946903.

4. Riyadh K Lafta, Noor Qusay, Gilbert Burnham. Violence against doctors in Iraq during the time of Covid-19. PloS One 2021.

5. Riyadh K Lafta. Ghaidaa R Hameed. Domestic violence in time of unrest, a sample from Iraq. Medicine, Conflict and Survival 2021. 37 (2):