Faculty, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Syed Nabeel Zafar, MD, MPH

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Surgery (General)


Dr. Zafar is an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medical and Public Health, division of surgical oncology. He earned his medical degree from Aga Kahn University and his residency in general surgery followed by fellowships in complex general surgery oncology and minimally invasive surgery.

His clinical focus is in gastrointestinal malignancies especially laparoscopic and robotic approaches 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 surgery and HIPEC procedures.

University affiliation

Practice locations

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Surgery
Medical School
  • Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan

Surgical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Minimally Invasive Surgery, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

  • Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C.


Additional conditions and treatments
  • Benign Problems of the Liver, Pancreas or Bile Duct
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Bile Duct Resection
  • Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal)
  • Cytoreductive Surgery with Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)
  • Gastric Resection
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery for Gallstones
  • Liver Cryoablation
  • Liver Resection
  • Pancreatectomy
  • Pancreatic Resection
  • Peritoneal Malignancies
  • Radiofrequency Ablation of the Liver
  • Sarcoma Resection
  • Research and publications

    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 focusing on improving cancer care delivery and cancer surgery in low-and middle-income countries.