Syed Yousuf Zafar, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Campus mail Duke Box 3505, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 684-8111
Email address yousuf.zafar@duke.edu

Dr. Zafar is a health services researcher with a focus in improving care delivery for patients with advanced cancer. He has obtained advanced training in health services research and has participated in single-institution, multi-institution and national studies focusing on access to care, cost of care, and comparative effectiveness of care delivery between health systems. His primary area of interest is in the cost of cancer care. He has conducted institutional and national studies on how treatment-related costs impact cancer patients' experience. His current work in this arena is focused on patient preferences regarding cost-related communication and decision-making.

A second field of interest is palliative care. Dr. Zafar has collaborated with national and international palliative care leaders to improve the design and delivery of palliative care in cancer clinical trials. Methodologically, this work has centered around systematic literature reviews, iterative surveys, and prospective clinical trials.

Dr. Zafar is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Health Disparities and Clinical Practice Guideline Committees. He is a member of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology's Health Disparities and Health Outcomes Committees. Dr. Zafar's work has been funded by the American Cancer Society, the HealthWell Foundation, the Duke Cancer Prevention and Control Program, the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and the CALGB Foundation.

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Education and Training

  • Fellow in Hematology-Oncology, Medicine, Duke University, 2005 - 2008
  • Resident, Medicine, University of Cincinnati, 2002 - 2005
  • M.D., University of Toledo, 2002

Publications

Porter, LS, Keefe, FJ, Baucom, DH, Olsen, M, Zafar, SY, and Uronis, H. "A randomized pilot trial of a videoconference couples communication intervention for advanced GI cancer." Psycho-oncology 26, no. 7 (July 2017): 1027-1035.

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28691761
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Zafar, SY, and Peppercorn, JM. "Patient Financial Assistance Programs: A Path to Affordability or a Barrier to Accessible Cancer Care?." Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 35, no. 19 (July 2017): 2113-2116.

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28459612
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Mowery, YM, Salama, JK, Zafar, SY, Moore, HG, Willett, CG, Czito, BG, Hopkins, MB, and Palta, M. "Neoadjuvant long-course chemoradiation remains strongly favored over short-course radiotherapy by radiation oncologists in the United States." Cancer 123, no. 8 (April 2017): 1434-1441.

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27984651
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Zullig, LL, Wolf, S, Vlastelica, L, Shankaran, V, and Zafar, SY. "The Role of Patient Financial Assistance Programs in Reducing Costs for Cancer Patients." Journal of managed care & specialty pharmacy 23, no. 4 (April 2017): 407-411.

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28345445
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Zafar, SY, Peppercorn, J, Asabere, A, and Bastian, A. "Transparency of Industry-Sponsored Oncology Patient Financial Assistance Programs Using a Patient-Centered Approach." Journal of oncology practice 13, no. 3 (March 2017): e240-e248.

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28140745
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Zafar, SY, Newcomer, LN, McCarthy, J, Fuld Nasso, S, and Saltz, LB. "How Should We Intervene on the Financial Toxicity of Cancer Care? One Shot, Four Perspectives." American Society of Clinical Oncology educational book. American Society of Clinical Oncology. Meeting 37 (January 2017): 35-39.

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28561659
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Zullig, LL, Schroeder, K, Nyindo, P, Namwai, T, Silayo, E, Msomba, A, Munishi, MO, Karia, F, Muiruri, C, Bartlett, J, Maro, V, and Zafar, SY. "Validation and Quality Assessment of the Kilimanjaro Cancer Registry." Journal of global oncology 2, no. 6 (December 2016): 381-386.

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28717724
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Mowery, YM, Salama, JK, Zafar, SY, Moore, HG, Willett, CG, Czito, B, Hopkins, MB, and Palta, M. "Radiation Oncologists' Practice Patterns and Attitudes Regarding Neoadjuvant Short-Course Radiation Therapy for Rectal Cancer in the United States." October 1, 2016.

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Chino, F, Peppercorn, JM, Rushing, C, Samsa, G, Nicolla, J, Altomare, I, and Zafar, SY. ""Going for Broke": Out-of-Pocket Costs, Financial Distress, and Patient-Reported Willingness to Pay and Sacrifice in Cancer Care." October 1, 2016.

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Mowery, YM, Salama, JK, Zafar, SY, Moore, HG, Willett, CG, Czito, B, Hopkins, MB, and Palta, M. "Radiation Oncologists' Practice Patterns and Attitudes Regarding Neoadjuvant Short-Course Radiation Therapy for Rectal Cancer in the United States." October 1, 2016.

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