Dr. Zafar is a gastrointestinal medical oncologist and health services researcher at the Duke Cancer Institute and Duke Clinical Research Institute.
His research explores ways to improve care delivery for patients with cancer. He has advanced training in health services research and has participated in 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 focuses on how the cost of care can drive medical decision making and impact the physician-patient relationship.
Dr. Zafar is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Health Disparities Committee. 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 Institute, the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and the CALGB Foundation.