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Apr 09, 2024
How should an oncologist investigate a career change? How does one find their second or third job out of training? Here are some strategies to consider.
Apr 04, 2024
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Mar 14, 2024
When everyone is aligned with values and purpose in our societies and workplaces, we create spaces that put the well-being of all humans at the center, according to Prof. Sabe Sabesan, Anoj Sabesan, and Prof. Lynden Roberts.
Feb 27, 2024
Dr. Faye Lim describes her experience as a faculty member on multidisciplinary team management at events in Sarawak, Malaysia.
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Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS

S. Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS, is an Associate Professor and Gastrointestinal Oncologist at the Duke Cancer Institute. He is a health services researcher with interests in the cost and value of cancer care, and how costs impact patients' experiences. Dr. Zafar serves on ASCO's Health Disparities and Quality Symposium Planning Committees, as well as serving as an Editor on the Journal of Oncology Practice's Editorial Board. Follow Dr. Zafar on Twitter @yzafar.

May 29, 2015
“Value” will be front and center at the ASCO Annual Meeting this year, so much so that it has earned its own search category as a cross-cutting theme in the ASCO Meeting iPlanner. While the word itself is now ever-present in our discussions of advancing cancer care, defining value is not so easy. ...
Dec 03, 2013
On the way to work recently, I heard a radio advertisement that sparked my interest. A cancer center (not my own) was advertising 3D mammography to patients as an alternative to standard mammography. As a GI oncologist, I have to admit knowing very little about 3D mammography. But as a health...
Jun 06, 2013
“So what did you learn at the meeting? Is there something new for me?” Sometime during my first clinic session after the ASCO Annual Meeting, I inevitably get asked these questions by patients. It’s gotten so common that I expect the questions and prepare an answer. Usually, I’m asked these...
May 24, 2013
Everyone’s talking about health care costs these days. The presentations usually start with a chart of rising health care expenditures, the tip of the line pointing skywards. Next come exhaustive (and exhausting) tables, more charts, all punctuated with a final shrug of uncertainty from the speaker...