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Syed Yousuf Zafar

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine
Medicine, Medical Oncology
Duke Box 3505, Durham, NC 27710
Seeley G. Mudd Building, Rm 43, 10 Bryan Searle Dr., DUMC 3505, Durham, NC 27710


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.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine · 2022 - Present Medicine, Medical Oncology, Medicine
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 2005 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers
Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute · 2011 - Present Duke Global Health Institute, University Institutes and Centers
Core Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy · 2019 - Present Duke-Margolis Institute for Health Policy, Initiatives
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society · 2020 - Present Duke Science & Society, Initiatives

Education, Training & Certifications

The University of Toledo · 2002 M.D.