Prof. Salman Rawaf

Professor of Public Health, Director of World Health Organization Collaborating Centre, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, UK

Professor Salman Rawaf is chair of Public Health and Director of WHO Collaborating Centre in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health at Imperial College London. He acquired his qualification in medicine, with training in paediatrics and public health, and spent the breadth of his career in the NHS; including 26 years as an Executive Director: County Medical Adviser, Medical Director, District Medical Officer and Director of Public Health. In the latter 23 years of his service in the NHS, Professor Rawaf served as the Director of Public Health in South-West London, from which he then moved to Imperial College as Professor of Public Health, and the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training, which supports several WHO Regions and their Member States. 

Professor Rawaf is globally recognised for his international work and contribution to global public health, primary care in research and service delivery.  His work is well documented in supporting countries to strengthen their health systems and service development; including Bahrain, Brazil, China, Iran, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the State of Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Oman, Poland, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Palestine, Qatar, Sudan and Yemen.

He is an adviser to the World Health Organisation on primary care, public health, health systems, medical education and human resource for health; a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians London and the UK Faculty of Public Health; a Member of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine Ireland; and the UK Faculty of Public Health Global Health Adviser. He is also involved in many national and international advisory works including; Executive Member of the International Committee of the UK Academy of the Royal Medical Colleges, a Member of WHO Advisory Committee for Health research, Foundation Trust Councillor for Chelsea and Westminster, and Programme Leader of the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Family Medicine Middlesex University. He is an Honorary Professor at Ghent University-Belgium, Middlesex University-London and King Saud University-Riyadh.

His research interests are in health systems organisation and management, primary care organisation, public health, Diabetes and other NCD, training and medical education, and translation of research findings.

Professor Rawaf is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Public Health Medicine and a member of a number editorial boards. He has published numerous scientific papers, five books and many international reports.