A photo of Farhan Zafar.

Research, Cardiac Surgery

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery


Biography & Affiliation

Research Interests

Pediatric heart and lung transplant; congenital heart surgery

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery

Research Divisions

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Blog Posts


MS: Clinical and Translational Research, 2016. 

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

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


Selected Publication

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; 90:1313-1319.

ABCs of Stroke Prevention: Improving Stroke Outcomes in Children Supported with a Ventricular Assist Device in a Quality Improvement Network. Villa, CR; Vanderpluym, CJ. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 2020; 13:e006663-1052.

Discharge and Readmissions After Ventricular Assist Device Placement in the US Pediatric Hospitals: A Collaboration in ACTION. Bearl, DW; Feingold, B; Lorts, A; Rosenthal, D; Zafar, F; Conway, J; Elias, B; Tunuguntla, H; Thurm, C; Amdani, S; et al. ASAIO Journal. 2020; Publish Ahead of Print.