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.

Fayanju OM, Oyekunle T, Thomas SM, Ingraham KL, Fish LJ, Greenup RA, et al. Modifiable patient-reported factors associated with cancer-screening knowledge and participation in a community-based health assessment. Am J Surg. 2022 Nov 2;

Merz A, Mohamed A, Corbett C, Herring K, Hildenbrand J, Locke SC, et al. A single-site pilot feasibility randomized trial of a supportive care mobile application intervention for patients with advanced cancer and caregivers. Support Care Cancer. 2022 Oct;30(10):7853–61.

Porter LS, Ramos K, Baucom DH, Steinhauser K, Erkanli A, Strauman TJ, et al. Evaluating a couple communication skills training (CCST) intervention for advanced cancer: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2022 Aug 26;23(1):712.