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Yousuf Zafar, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Policy
Duke University School of Medicine

Dr. Yousuf Zafar is a health services researcher with a focus in improving care delivery for patients with advanced cancer. He has obtained advanced training in health services research and has participated in single-institution, multi-institution and national 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 in this arena is focused on patient preferences regarding cost-related communication and decision-making.


Breakout Session I: Lowering Costs for Patients and Improving Quality

Presented by Patti Jewell, Yousuf Zafar, MD at 7:30 AM on Friday, October 11th.

Research shows that, when it comes to serious illness care, out-of-pocket costs are a top concern for consumers. Cost on a national level is a frequent topic of conversation but we rarely discuss reducing cost for the patient without compromising the quality of care that they receive. This session will focus on interventions spanning a…