Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH

Research Advisor for Conflict Prevention and Disaster Preparedness Global Health Solutions
Adjunct Assistant Professor Department of Maternal and Child Health

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Global Health Solutions

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Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH, is a research advisor for conflict prevention and disaster preparedness at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Global Health Solutions. He also is a Rotary Peace Fellow and holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Gillings School. Dr. Jaff has more than 15 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, with considerable training in conflict resolution.

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

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