Syed Yousuf Zafar, MD

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine
Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute
Core Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
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 gastrointestinal medical oncologist and Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Policy, and Population Health Science at the Duke Cancer Institute and Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. He serves as Director of Healthcare Innovation at the Duke Cancer Institute. Dr. Zafar also serves as Clinical Associate Director of Duke Forge (Health Data Science Center). Dr. Zafar is considered an international expert in identifying and intervening upon the financial burden of cancer care. His research explores ways to improve cancer care delivery with a primary focus on improving the value of cancer treatment from both patient-focused and policy perspectives.

Dr. Zafar speaks internationally on his research and cancer care delivery. He has over 100 publications in top peer-reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and JAMA Oncology. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society, among others. His work has been covered by national media outlets including New York Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Washington Post. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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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., The University of Toledo, 2002

Publications

Langer, Shelby L., Joan M. Romano, Michael Todd, Timothy J. Strauman, Francis J. Keefe, Karen L. Syrjala, Jonathan B. Bricker, et al. “Links Between Communication and Relationship Satisfaction Among Patients With Cancer and Their Spouses: Results of a Fourteen-Day Smartphone-Based Ecological Momentary Assessment Study.” Front Psychol 9 (2018): 1843. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01843.

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Sitlinger, Andrea, Rishi Sachdev, David Anderson, and S Yousuf Zafar. “Insurance Design and Out-of-Pocket (OOP) Costs: a Comparison of Oral and Intravenous (IV) Treatment Plans for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) in the Era of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).” In Blood, Vol. 130. AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY, 2017.

Scholars@Duke

Coronado, Diana Y Salas, Theresa Hahn, Randy Albelda, Nandita Khera, Oreofe O. Odejide, Robert J. Soiffer, S Yousuf Zafar, and Gregory A. Abel. “Financial Burden and Patient-Reported Outcomes after Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: Impact of Pre-Treatment Awareness of Transplant-Associated Costs.” In Blood, Vol. 130. AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY, 2017.

Scholars@Duke

Chino, Fumiko, Jeffrey M. Peppercorn, Christel Rushing, Arif H. Kamal, Ivy Altomare, Greg Samsa, and S Yousuf Zafar. “Out-of-Pocket Costs, Financial Distress, and Underinsurance in Cancer Care.” Jama Oncol 3, no. 11 (November 1, 2017): 1582–84. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamaoncol.2017.2148.

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Hunter, Wynn G., S Yousuf Zafar, Ashley Hesson, J Kelly Davis, Christine Kirby, Jamison A. Barnett, and Peter A. Ubel. “Discussing Health Care Expenses in the Oncology Clinic: Analysis of Cost Conversations in Outpatient Encounters.” J Oncol Pract 13, no. 11 (November 2017): e944–56. https://doi.org/10.1200/JOP.2017.022855.

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Porter, Laura S., Francis J. Keefe, Donald H. Baucom, Maren Olsen, S Yousuf Zafar, and Hope Uronis. “A randomized pilot trial of a videoconference couples communication intervention for advanced GI cancer.” Psychooncology 26, no. 7 (July 2017): 1027–35. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.4121.

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Zafar, S Yousuf, and Jeffrey M. Peppercorn. “Patient Financial Assistance Programs: A Path to Affordability or a Barrier to Accessible Cancer Care?” J Clin Oncol 35, no. 19 (July 1, 2017): 2113–16. https://doi.org/10.1200/JCO.2016.71.7280.

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Mowery, Yvonne M., Joseph K. Salama, S Yousuf Zafar, Harvey G. Moore, Christopher G. Willett, Brian G. Czito, M Benjamin Hopkins, and Manisha Palta. “Neoadjuvant long-course chemoradiation remains strongly favored over short-course radiotherapy by radiation oncologists in the United States.” Cancer 123, no. 8 (April 15, 2017): 1434–41. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.30461.

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Zullig, Leah L., Steven Wolf, Lisa Vlastelica, Veena Shankaran, and S Yousuf Zafar. “The Role of Patient Financial Assistance Programs in Reducing Costs for Cancer Patients.” J Manag Care Spec Pharm 23, no. 4 (April 2017): 407–11. https://doi.org/10.18553/jmcp.2017.23.4.407.

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Zafar, S Yousuf, Jeffrey Peppercorn, Akwasi Asabere, and Alex Bastian. “Transparency of Industry-Sponsored Oncology Patient Financial Assistance Programs Using a Patient-Centered Approach.” J Oncol Pract 13, no. 3 (March 2017): e240–48. https://doi.org/10.1200/JOP.2016.017509.

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