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Farhan Zafar, MBBS

  • Research, Cardiac Surgery
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery


MS: Clinical and Translational Research, 2016. 

MD: Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan, 2005.

Residency: Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2010-2012.


Pediatric heart and lung transplant; congenital heart surgery

Research Areas

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart



Pediatric Heart Donor Assessment Tool (PH-DAT): A novel donor risk scoring system to predict 1-year mortality in pediatric heart transplantation. Zafar, F; Jaquiss, RD; Almond, CS; Lorts, A; Chin, C; Rizwan, R; III, BR; Tweddell, JS; Morales, DL S. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2018; 37:332-339.


Implications and outcomes of cardiac grafts refused by pediatric centers but transplanted by adult centers. Zafar, F; Rizwan, R; Lorts, A; Bryant, R; Tweddell, JS; Chin, C; III, MD L. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2017; 154:528-536.e1.


Interaction of older donor age and survival after weight-matched pediatric heart transplantation. Westbrook, TC; Morales, DL S; Khan, MS; Bryant, R; Castleberry, C; Chin, C; Zafar, F. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2017; 36:554-558.


Does Small Size Matter With Continuous Flow Devices? Analysis of the INTERMACS Database of Adults With BSA <= 1.5="">. Zafar, F; Villa, CR; Morales, DL; Blume, ED; Rosenthal, DN; Kirklin, JK; Lorts, A. JACC: Heart Failure. 2017; 5:123-131.


Physiological Growth, Remodeling Potential, and Preserved Function of a Novel Bioprosthetic Tricuspid Valve: Tubular Bioprosthesis Made of Small Intestinal Submucosa-Derived Extracellular Matrix. Zafar, F; Hinton, RB; Moore, RA; Baker, RS; III, BR; Narmoneva, DA; Taylor, MD; Morales, DL. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2015; 66:877-888.


Pediatric heart transplant waiting list mortality in the era of ventricular assist devices. Zafar, F; Castleberry, C; Khan, MS; Mehta, V; III, BR; Lorts, A; Wilmot, I; Jefferies, JL; Chin, C; Morales, DL S. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2015; 34:82-88.


Does donor arterial partial pressure of oxygen affect outcomes after lung transplantation? A review of more than 12,000 lung transplants. Zafar, F; Khan, MS; Heinle, JS; Adachi, I; McKenzie, ED; Schecter, MG; Mallory, GB; Morales, DL S. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2012; 143:919-925.


Use of ventricular assist devices in children across the United States: analysis of 7.5 million pediatric hospitalizations. Morales, DL S; Zafar, F; Rossano, JW; Salazar, JD; Jefferies, JL; Graves, DE; Heinle, JS; Jr, FC D. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2010; 90:1313-1318.

Body mass index percentage and survival in pediatric patients listed for lung transplantation: A modern-era multi-institutional analysis. Heidel, JS; Dani, A; Towe, C; Schecter, M; Zhang, Y; Hossain, MM; Zafar, F; Morales, DL S; Hayes, D. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2023; 42:1242-1250.

Center volume effect on acute cellular rejection and outcomes in pediatric lung transplant recipients. Guzman-Gomez, A; Ahmed, HF; Dani, A; Zafar, F; Lehenbauer, DG; Potter, AS; Morales, DL S; Ziady, AG; Hayes, D. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2023; 42:1030-1039.

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