Prof Lafta has graduated from Baghdad Medical School on1984, and got Board degree in Family and Community Medicine on 1994. He is professor in Epidemiology and Head of Family and Community Medicine Department, Mustansiriyah Medical School. He worked as a consultant with the United Nations from 2005 through 2012. Prof Lafta led many health projects with Stony Brooke University, Simon Fraser, and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He also affiliated as Prof. Global Health Department, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He has granted many international scientific awards, and published more than 140 articles in different branches of Medicine with more focus on effect of violence, war, and armed conflicts on health.