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Yousuf Zafar, MD


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Dr. Yousuf Zafar obtained is medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio and his post-graduate training in Internal Medicine from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at Duke University Medical Center. He also completed a Fellowship in Heath Services Research and obtained a Master of Health Science in Clinical Research. Dr. Zafar is an Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Oncology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Zafar is clinically focused on treating gastrointestinal malignancies. His research focuses on how characteristics of patients, providers, and care delivery systems impact the quality of cancer care, the cost of care, as well as the relationship between clinical practices and outcomes.

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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