Photo of Yousuf Zafar *Yousuf Zafar (Duke University School Medical Center)

Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Policy, Duke University Medical Center

Yousuf Zafar, MD, is a gastrointestinal medical oncologist and Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Policy, and Population Health Science at the Duke Cancer Institute and at Sanford School of Public Policy. He serves as Director of Healthcare Innovation at the Duke Cancer Institute. Dr. Zafar is considered an international expert in identifying and intervening on 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. He approaches this issue 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. Dr. Zafar also serves as Clinical Associate Director of Duke Forge (Health Data Science Center). He is on faculty at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society, among others. Dr. Zafar’s work has been covered by national media outlets including the 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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