Syed Nabeel Zafar, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

  • Division of Surgical Oncology

zafars@surgery.wisc.edu
(608) 262-2025

Education

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Aga Khan University Medical College, 2008
  • Master of Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2010
  • General Surgery Residency, Howard University Hospital, 2017
  • Advanced GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, University of Maryland Medical Center, 2018
  • Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2020

Clinical Specialties

Dr Zafar is fellowship trained in both Minimally Invasive Surgery and in Cancer Surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Medical Quality. Dr Zafar is an active member of several professional societies including the Association of Academic Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American College of Surgeons, and the Association of Global Academic Surgeons.

His clinical focus is in gastrointestinal malignancies and especially laparoscopic and Robotic approached to cancer surgery. Dr Zafar specializes in malignant disease of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder, biliary tree, stomach, small intestine, neuroendocrine tumors, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, retroperitoneal sarcoma and in peritoneal surface malignancies including cytoreductive and HIPEC procedures.

Research Interests

Dr. Zafar conducts health services research and research on global oncology/global surgery. He analyzes large datasets to study outcomes after cancer surgery, as well as disparities in outcomes after surgical care. His research also focuses on improving cancer care delivery and cancer surgery in low-and middle-income countries.

Recent Publications

  • ASO Visual Abstract: Rethinking Routine Intensive Care After Cytoreductive Surgery with Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy: The Fiscal Argument.
    Schwartz PB, Stahl CC, Vidri RJ, Leverson GE, Puckett Y, Zafar SN, Varley P, Ronnekleiv-Kelly SM, Al-Niaimi A, Weber SM, Abbott DE
    Ann Surg Oncol 2022 Jun 14;
    [PubMed ID: 35701546]

  • Rethinking Routine Intensive Care After Cytoreductive Surgery With Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy: The Fiscal Argument.
    Schwartz PB, Stahl CC, Vidri RJ, Leverson GE, Puckett Y, Zafar SN, Varley P, Ronnekleiv-Kelly SM, Al-Niaimi A, Weber SM, Abbott DE
    Ann Surg Oncol 2022 Jun 07;
    [PubMed ID: 35672624]

  • How to perform an effective literature review.
    Schwartz PB, Christensen L, Zafar SN
    Am J Surg 2022 May 03;
    [PubMed ID: 35534295]

  • Development stage of novel digital health interventions for postoperative monitoring: protocol of a systematic review.
    McLean KA, Knight SR, Diehl TM, Zafar SN, Bouamrane M, Harrison EM
    BMJ Surg Interv Health Technol 2022; 4(1): e000104
    [PubMed ID: 35321073]

  • Readmissions From Venous Thromboembolism After Complex Cancer Surgery.
    Mallick S, Aiken T, Varley P, Abbott D, Tzeng CW, Weber S, Wasif N, Zafar SN
    JAMA Surg 2022 04 01; 157(4): 312-320
    [PubMed ID: 35080619]

All Publications on PubMed