• Adjunct Associate Professor, Global Health
  • Associate Professor, Health Metrics Sciences
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University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

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Ashkan Afshin, MD, MPH, MSc, ScD, is Assistant Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. In this role, he works on the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project, leading the effort to estimate the disease burden attributable to lifestyle risk factors.

Prior to joining IHME, Dr. Afshin completed a postdoctoral fellowship in epidemiology at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he focused on nutrition, chronic disease, and dietary policy. He is a physician and epidemiologist with formal training and experience in health policy, population health, decision sciences, public health informatics, and health economics.

Dr. Afshin earned an MD from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, an MPH from Johns Hopkins University, and an MSc in Health Policy and a dual ScD in Epidemiology and Global Health and Population from Harvard University.

  • ScD (Harvard University)
  • ScD (Harvard University)
  • MSc (Harvard University)
  • MD (Tehran University of Medical Sciences)
  • MPH (Johns Hopkins University)
Country Affiliations 
  • Persian
Health Topics 
  • Burden of Disease
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Chronic Disease (incl. Cardiovascular, Diabetes)
  • Epidemiology
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Prevention
  • Research
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Afshin A, Sur PJ, Fay KA, Cornaby L, Ferrara G, Salama JS, Mullany EC, Abate KH, Abbafati C, Abebe Z, et al. Health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries, 1990-2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. Lancet. 2019 Apr 3;. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)30041-8. PubMed PMID: 30954305.

Branca F, Lartey A, Oenema S, Aguayo V, Stordalen GA, Richardson R, Arvelo M, Afshin A. Transforming the food system to fight non-communicable diseases. BMJ. 2019 Jan 28;364:l296. doi: 10.1136/bmj.l296. PubMed PMID: 30692128.

GBD 2017 Risk Factor Collaborators. Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 84 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks for 195 countries and territories, 1990-2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. Lancet. 2018 Nov 10;392(10159):1923-1994. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32225-6. Epub 2018 Nov 8. PubMed PMID: 30496105; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6227755.

Schmidhuber J, Sur P, Fay K, Huntley B, Salama J, Lee A, Cornaby L, Horino M, Murray C, Afshin A. The Global Nutrient Database: availability of macronutrients and micronutrients in 195 countries from 1980 to 2013. Lancet Planet Health. 2018 Aug;2(8):e353-e368. doi: 10.1016/S2542-5196(18)30170-0. PubMed PMID: 30082050; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6076406.

Afshin A, Forouzanfar MH, Reitsma MB, Sur P, Estep K, Lee A, Marczak L, Mokdad AH, Moradi-Lakeh M, Naghavi M, et al.Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity in 195 Countries over 25 Years. N Engl J Med. 2017 Jul 6;377(1):13-27. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1614362. Epub 2017 Jun 12. PubMed PMID: 28604169; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5477817.