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, Marcello, JE, Wheeler, JL, Rowe, KL, Morse, MA, Herndon, JE, and Abernethy, AP. "Longitudinal patterns of chemotherapy use in metastatic colorectal cancer." J Oncol Pract 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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Bullock, KE, Hurwitz, HI, Uronis, HE, Morse, MA, Blobe, GC, Hsu, SD, Zafar, SY, Nixon, AB, Howard, LA, and Bendell, JC. "Bevacizumab (B) plus everolimus (E) in refractory metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC)." May 20, 2009.

Scholars@Duke

Abernethy, AP, Zafar, SY, Coeytaux, R, Rowe, K, Wheeler, JL, and Lyerly, HK. "Electronic patient-reported data capture as the foundation of a learning health care system." May 20, 2009.

Scholars@Duke

Bullock, KE, Hurwitz, HI, Uronis, HE, Morse, MA, Blobe, GC, Hsu, SD, Zafar, SY, Nixon, AB, Howard, LA, and Bendell, JC. "Bevacizumab (B) plus everolimus (E) in refractory metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC)." Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 27, no. 15_suppl (May 2009): 4080-.

PMID
27961646
Scholars@Duke

Abernethy, AP, Zafar, SY, Coeytaux, R, Rowe, K, Wheeler, JL, and Lyerly, HK. "Electronic patient-reported data capture as the foundation of a learning health care system." Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 27, no. 15_suppl (May 2009): 6522-.

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27964028
Scholars@Duke

Dupont, A, Wheeler, J, Herndon, JE, Coan, A, Zafar, SY, Hood, L, Patwardhan, M, Shaw, HS, Lyerly, HK, and Abernethy, AP. "Use of tablet personal computers for sensitive patient-reported information." J Support Oncol 7, no. 3 (May 2009): 91-97.

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19507456
Scholars@Duke

Abernethy, AP, Wheeler, JL, and Zafar, SY. "Detailing of gastrointestinal symptoms in cancer patients with advanced disease: new methodologies, new insights, and a proposed approach." Curr Opin Support Palliat Care 3, no. 1 (March 2009): 41-49. (Review)

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19365160
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Zafar, SY, Alexander, SC, Weinfurt, KP, Schulman, KA, and Abernethy, AP. "Decision making and quality of life in the treatment of cancer: a review." Support Care Cancer 17, no. 2 (February 2009): 117-127. (Review)

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18802727
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Zafar, SY, Abernethy, AP, and Currow, D. "To the editor." Journal of Clinical Oncology 27, no. 5 (2009): 829--.

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