Dr. Dilshad Jaff

Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH

Gillings Humanitarian Fellow
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
Global Health Solutions
104 Rosenau Hall
CB #7400
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Dilshad Jaff is the Gillings Humanitarian Fellow as well as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health. He holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Gillings School.

Dr. Jaff has more than 20 years' experience in complex humanitarian crises in conflict zones in the Middle East, largely working with the International Committee of the Red Cross. He has experience in designing, implementing, supervising, and monitoring health projects and programs during and after complex humanitarian emergencies. In addition to his formal studies in medicine and public health, he has studied medical microbiology and has considerable training in conflict resolution.

Dilshad Jaff in the Gillings News

Honors and Awards

Rotary Peace Fellow
2013-2015, Rotary International Foundation

Paul Harris Fellow
2013, Rotary International Foundation

Research Activities

Research Interests:
Dr. Jaff’s research centers on improving understanding of complex emergencies and their implications on public health. His research interests include displaced, refugee and immigrant health, maternal and child health, implementation science, complex emergencies, and monitoring and evaluation.

Research Activities:
- Implementation, scale-up and sustainability of health and humanitarian interventions
- Protection of the medical mission
- Improving health-care delivery in complex emergencies
- Mental health
- Disaster preparedness and management
- Medical microbiology
- Water and sanitation
- Health workforce capacity development

Key Publications

Violence, Armed Conflict and the Burden of Mental Illness in the Middle East and Beyond. (Book Chapter). 1st edition. Dilshad Jaff and Lewis Margolis (2017). Cambridge Scholars Publishing (UK).

Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Iraqi Kurdistan: a challenge. Medicine, Conflict and Survival. Dilshad Jaff  (2017).

Tuberculosis, human rights and ethics considerations along the route of a highly vulnerable migrant from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe. Verina Wild, Dilshad Jaff, N. Sarita Shah, Mike Frick (2017). International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 21(10), 1075–1085.

The importance of mental well-being for health professionals during complex emergencies: it is time we take it seriously. Mary Surya, Dilshad Jaff, Barbara Stilwell, Johanna Schubert (2017). Global Health Science Practice, 5(2), 188-196.

Targeting health care in armed conflicts and emergencies: is it underestimated? Dilshad Jaff, Kavita Singh & Lewis Margolis (2016). Medicine, Conflict and Survival, 32(1), 21-29.

The Incidence of Rotavirus and Adenovirus Infections Among Children with Diarrhea in Sulaimani Province, Iraq. Dilshad O. Jaff, Tariq A. G. Aziz and Natalie R. Smith (2016). Journal of Biosciences and Medicines, 4(1), 124-131.

Molecular and Serological Detection of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus in Sulaimani Province, Iraq. Tariq A.G. Aziz, Dlovan J. Ali, Dilshad O. Jaff (2016). Journal of Biosciences and Medicines, 4(1), 36-42.


  • MPH, Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015
  • Higher diploma (equivalent to a master's degree), Medical Microbiology, College of Medicine, Sulaymaniyah University, 2007
  • M.B.Ch.B. (MD), Medicine / Surgery, College of Medicine, Al-Mustansiriya University, 2000