Yousuf Zafar MD

Yousuf Zafar

Core Faculty

Yousuf Zafar, MD


MD, University of Toledo

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 Chief Quality & Innovation Officer at the Duke Cancer Institute. Dr. Zafar also serves as Clinical Associate Director of Duke Forge (Health Data Science Center). He explores ways to improve cancer care delivery with a primary focus on improving quality and 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 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.

Tarnasky AM, Tran GN, Nicolla J, Friedman FAP, Wolf S, Troy JD, et al. Mobile Application to Identify Cancer Treatment-Related Financial Assistance: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial. Jco Oncol Pract. 2021 Oct;17(10):e1440–9.

Slavin SD, Khera R, Zafar SY, Nasir K, Warraich HJ. Financial burden, distress, and toxicity in cardiovascular disease. Am Heart J. 2021 Aug;238:75–84.

Strickler JH, Rushing CN, Uronis HE, Morse MA, Niedzwiecki D, Blobe GC, et al. Cabozantinib and Panitumumab for RAS Wild-Type Metastatic Colorectal Cancer. Oncologist. 2021 Jun;26(6):465-e917.