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

Zafar, SY, Currow, DC, Daugherty, CK, and Abernethy, AP. "Standards for palliative care delivery in oncology settings." Cancer J 16, no. 5 (September 2010): 436-443. (Review)

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20890139
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Bull, J, Zafar, SY, Wheeler, JL, Harker, M, Gblokpor, A, Hanson, L, Hulihan, D, Nugent, R, Morris, J, and Abernethy, AP. "Establishing a regional, multisite database for quality improvement and service planning in community-based palliative care and hospice." J Palliat Med 13, no. 8 (August 2010): 1013-1020.

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20649439
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Jackson, GL, Melton, LD, Abbott, DH, Zullig, LL, Ordin, DL, Grambow, SC, Hamilton, NS, Zafar, SY, Gellad, ZF, Kelley, MJ, and Provenzale, D. "Quality of nonmetastatic colorectal cancer care in the Department of Veterans Affairs." Journal of Clinical Oncology : Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 28, no. 19 (July 2010): 3176-3181.

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20516431
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Abernethy, AP, Ahmad, A, Zafar, SY, Wheeler, JL, Reese, JB, and Lyerly, HK. "Electronic patient-reported data capture as a foundation of rapid learning cancer care." Med Care 48, no. 6 Suppl (June 2010): S32-S38.

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20473201
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Abernethy, AP, Wheeler, JL, and Zafar, SY. "Management of gastrointestinal symptoms in advanced cancer patients: the rapid learning cancer clinic model." Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care 4, no. 1 (March 2010): 36-45. (Review)

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19952928
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Chrischilles, EA, Pendergast, JF, Kahn, KL, Wallace, RB, Moga, DC, Harrington, DP, Kiefe, CI, Weeks, JC, West, DW, Zafar, SY, and Fletcher, RH. "Adverse events among the elderly receiving chemotherapy for advanced non-small-cell lung cancer." Journal of Clinical Oncology : Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 28, no. 4 (February 2010): 620-627.

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20038726
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Zafar, SY, Marcello, JE, Wheeler, JL, Rowe, KL, Morse, MA, Herndon, JE, and Abernethy, AP. "Treatment-related toxicity and supportive care in metastatic colorectal cancer." J Support Oncol 8, no. 1 (January 2010): 15-20.

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20235419
Scholars@Duke

Cherny, NI, Abernethy, AP, Strasser, F, Sapir, R, Currow, D, and Zafar, SY. "Improving the methodologic and ethical validity of best supportive care studies in oncology: lessons from a systematic review." J Clin Oncol 27, no. 32 (November 10, 2009): 5476-5486. (Review)

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19564538
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Zafar, SY, Marcello, JE, Wheeler, JL, Rowe, KL, Morse, MA, Herndon, JE, and Abernethy, AP. "Longitudinal patterns of chemotherapy use in metastatic colorectal cancer." Journal of Oncology Practice 5, no. 5 (September 2009): 228-233.

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20856733
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Abernethy, AP, Barbour, SY, Uronis, H, Zafar, SY, Coan, A, Rowe, K, Pupa, MR, Wheeler, JL, and Herndon, JE. "Quality management of potential chemotherapy-induced neutropenic complications: evaluation of practice in an academic medical center." Support Care Cancer 17, no. 6 (June 2009): 735-744.

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19096882
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