Shakir Jawad, MD

Shakir Jawad, MD

Name: Shakir Jawad, MD

Department of Primary Appointment:
Position: USU Staff
Title: International Health Systems Advisor

Affiliated Center: CGHE

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Dr. Jawad joined the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences in October 2006 as a faculty member and Assistant Professor at the Military and Emergency Medicine Department. During that time, he also served as a senior technical Adviser to Project Hope. In 2007, he was extensively involved in developing the International Health Division at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs where his primary role was to develop DoD policy on Global Health Engagements through considering the host nation’s perspective. Dr. Jawad has served as senior adviser and subject matter expert in assessing training requirements and curriculum development and testing for the Defense Medical Language Initiative (DMLI) pilot program. Currently, Dr. Jawad is a senior International Health Systems Advisor, providing his subject matter expertise to the Defense Threat reduction Agency/Cooperative Biological Engagement Program. Dr. Jawad is an Affiliate Professor and distinguished senior fellow at the Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices at George Mason University and is a member of the editorial board of the World Medical and Health Policy Journal.

Prior to arriving to the United States in August 2006, Dr. Jawad, served as Director General for operations and technical affairs at the Iraqi Ministry of Health. He played a critical role in reconstructing and overseeing the medical component of the New Iraqi army. At great personal risk and sacrifice to himself and his family, Dr. Jawad proposed and led the Ministry of Health effort to rehire 18,000 health providers from the disbanded Iraqi Ministry of Defense. This was in coordination with the Coalition Provisional Authority’s Health Team. His work with the coalition forces to resuscitate and stabilize the Iraqi national health system reduced the impact and damage caused by the invasion and saved thousands of lives. Before 2003, Dr. Jawad served with distinction for 26 years as a military medical officer in different units; his last rank was MG (sel) serving as the chair of the department of Orthopedic Surgery at Hammad Shihab Military teaching Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq. Dr. Jawad was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq and graduated from Al Almustansiryah medical school in 1981; he is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and has a combined experience of 39 years serving in and outside Iraq.