• Adjunct Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Health Metrics Sciences
mohsen naghavi

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
2301 5th Avenue, Suite 600
Box 358210
Seattle, WA 98121
United States

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Mohsen Naghavi, MD, MPH, PhD, is a Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. In this role, he leads the Institute’s work on cause of death analysis, Digestive, skin Meningitis , Injuries Hospital data . IHME was established at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2007 and he started his work with IHME from 2007

Dr. Naghavi is a leading expert on primary health care, disease, injury, and cause of death in Iran, having spent most of his career at the Ministry of Health and Medical Education in Iran, where he ran numerous programs and initiatives. At the Ministry, Dr. Naghavi headed up the Applied Research Center for Health . He started death registry systen in Iran from one province and expanded this to 29 provinces of Iran and was in charge of disease control for both the province and the district.

Prior to joining IHME, Dr. Naghavi was a Research Fellow at the Harvard Initiative for Global Health in 2007.

Dr. Naghavi studied at Tehran University and received an MPH, a PhD in Epidemiology, and a medical degree.

  • PhD (Tehran University)
  • MPH (Tehran University)
  • MD (Tehran University of Medical Sciences)
Country Affiliations 
  • Persian
Health Topics 
  • Burden of Disease
  • Cancer
  • Causes of Death
  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Injury, Violence, Trauma and Domestic Violence
  • Maternal Mortality
  • Metrics and Evaluation
  • Mortality
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • War, Conflict, and Peace Studies
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Burden of disease, death registry system and cause of death data, epidemiological study at the national level in developing countries; epidemiology of intentional and unintentional injuries; program evaluation in horizontal health systems; health information systems in developing countries; Health system expansion; management and integration of health programs.


Naghavi M, Wang H, Lozano R, Davis A, Liang X, Zhou M, Vollset SE, Vos T, Lopez AD, Murray CJL et al. Global, regional, and national age-sex specific all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 240 causes of death, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet. 2014 Dec 17. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61682-2.

Naghavi M, Makela S, Foreman K, O’Brien J, Pourmalek F, Lozano R. Algorithms for enhancing public health utility of national causes-of-death data. Population Health Metrics. 2010 May 10; 8:9.

Naghavi M, Abolhassani F, Pourmalek F, Moradi Lakeh M, Jafari N, Vaseghi S, Hezaveh NM, Kazemeini H. The burden of disease and injury in Iran 2003. Population Health Metrics. 2009; 7:9. doi : 10.1186/1478-7954-7-9

Global, regional, and national cancer incidence, mortality, years of life lost, years lived with disability, and disability-adjusted life-years for 32 cancer groups, 1990 to 2015: a systematic analysis for the global burden of disease study : C Fitzmaurice, C Allen, RM Barber, L Barregard, ZA Bhutta, H Brenner, ... M Naghavi

JAMA oncology 13 2016
Mortality from tetanus between 1990 and 2015: findings from the global burden of disease study 2015: HH Kyu, JE Mumford, JD Stanaway, RM Barber, JR Hancock, T Vos, ... M Naghavi
BMC Public Health 17 (1), 179