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

De Boer, C., N. Niyonzima, J. Orem, J. Bartlett, and S. Y. Zafar. “Prognosis and delay of diagnosis among Kaposi's sarcoma patients in Uganda: A cross-sectional study.” Infectious Agents and Cancer 9, no. 1 (May 20, 2014). https://doi.org/10.1186/1750-9378-9-17.

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Bestvina, Christine M., Leah L. Zullig, Christel Rushing, Fumiko Chino, Gregory P. Samsa, Ivy Altomare, James Tulsky, et al. “Patient-oncologist cost communication, financial distress, and medication adherence.” J Oncol Pract 10, no. 3 (May 2014): 162–67. https://doi.org/10.1200/JOP.2014.001406.

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Chino, Fumiko, Jeffrey Peppercorn, Donald H. Taylor, Ying Lu, Gregory Samsa, Amy P. Abernethy, and S Yousuf Zafar. “Self-reported financial burden and satisfaction with care among patients with cancer.” Oncologist 19, no. 4 (April 2014): 414–20. https://doi.org/10.1634/theoncologist.2013-0374.

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Strickler, John H., Shannon McCall, Andrew B. Nixon, John C. Brady, Herbert Pang, Christel Rushing, Allen Cohn, et al. “Phase I study of dasatinib in combination with capecitabine, oxaliplatin and bevacizumab followed by an expanded cohort in previously untreated metastatic colorectal cancer.” Invest New Drugs 32, no. 2 (April 2014): 330–39. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10637-013-0042-9.

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Ryn, Michelle van, Sean M. Phelan, Neeraj K. Arora, David A. Haggstrom, George L. Jackson, S Yousuf Zafar, Joan M. Griffin, et al. “Patient-reported quality of supportive care among patients with colorectal cancer in the Veterans Affairs Health Care System.” J Clin Oncol 32, no. 8 (March 10, 2014): 809–15. https://doi.org/10.1200/JCO.2013.49.4302.

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Peppercorn, Jeffrey, S Yousuf Zafar, Kevin Houck, Peter Ubel, and Neal J. Meropol. “Does comparative effectiveness research promote rationing of cancer care?” Lancet Oncol 15, no. 3 (March 2014): e132–38. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(13)70597-7.

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Bartley, Angela N., Stanley R. Hamilton, Randa Alsabeh, Edward P. Ambinder, Michael Berman, Elaine Collins, Patrick L. Fitzgibbons, et al. “Template for reporting results of biomarker testing of specimens from patients with carcinoma of the colon and rectum.” Arch Pathol Lab Med 138, no. 2 (February 2014): 166–70. https://doi.org/10.5858/arpa.2013-0231-CP.

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Yousuf Zafar, S., J. A. Tulsky, and A. P. Abernethy. “It's time to have 'The talk': Cost communication and patient-centered care.” Oncology (United States) 28, no. 6 (January 1, 2014): 13.

Scholars@Duke

Peppercorn, J., S. Y. Zafar, K. Houck, P. Ubel, and N. J. Meropol. “Does comparative effectiveness research promote rationing of cancer care?” The Lancet Oncology 15, no. 3 (2014): e132–38.

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