Dr. Riyadh Lafta is a Professor of Medicine at Mustansiriya College of Medicine in Baghdad, Iraq, and has been a partner and Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington Department of Global Health for the last decade. We have conducted several war-related health research projects together, including a hospital-based study of leukemia among children in Basra, a household survey study of Iraq mortality attributable to the U.S. invasion, and another survey study of disability and injury in Baghdad. (links to those papers below) In all this time, our work has been conducted remotely or during meetings in Erbil or Vancouver BC. The UW’s Department of Global Health has sought to bring Dr. Lafta to Seattle since 2006, but war-related instability made it impossible for him to obtain a visa for travel until this year.
Dr. Lafta will be visiting Seattle at the end of this month, and we would like to invite you to his talk, “Life in Baghdad today: Thirteen years after the US invasion, what is the state of public health?” to be held on Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 -8:30 p.m., in Foege Auditorium (Room S-060), 3720 15th Ave NE, located at the corner of 15th Ave NE and NE Boat Street. He will be introduced by Pramila Jayapal, 37th District Senator for Washington State.
Parking is available in the S-1 Parking Garage (map) for both the reception and the talk.
Some publications to illustrate his areas of expertise:
· Mortality after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: a cross-sectional cluster sample survey (The Lancet, two papers: 2004, 2006)
· Injuries, Death, and Disability Associated with 11 Years of Conflict in Baghdad, Iraq: A Randomized Household Cluster Survey
· Needs of Internally Displaced Women and Children in Baghdad, Karbala, and Kirkuk, Iraq
· Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among Male Adolescents in Baghdad
· Effects of witnessing or exposure to community violence on mental health of Iraqi men
· Trends in Childhood Leukemia in Basrah, Iraq, 1993–2007