Zafar Zafari, MSc, PhD


Assistant Professor of Practice, Sciences, and Health Outcomes Research

School Affiliation

School of Pharmacy


  • Mathematical/Statistical Simulation Modeling
  • Cost-Effectiveness Analyses
  • Health Policy


Dr. Zafari is a quantitative outcomes researcher with interests in a wide range of applied and theoretical topics in health economics, outcomes research, and health policy, including developing advanced cohort/micro simulation models for cost-effectiveness or comparative effectiveness of health policies or technologies, Bayesian methods of synthesizing and reconciling evidence, statistical methods of longitudinal analyses, prospective, or retrospective studies including multi-level (hierarchical) modeling, age-period-cohort analysis, non- or semi-parametric modeling to address burning epidemiological and health policy questions. From 2016 to 2018, Dr. Zafari was a postdoctoral research scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. During this time, besides working on a on a variety of projects on cost-effectiveness of social and preventive policies in the US public health system and especially New York City, one main pillar of Dr. Zafari's research activities was to quantify and understand the trends of despair over time and their impact on survival inequalities in the US. From 2012 to 2016, Dr. Zafari was a PhD student at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, where he obtained his PhD in health economics/outcomes research. During his PhD, Dr. Zafari worked as a mathematical modeler and data scientist affiliated with the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation (2014-2016) and as a health economist/epidemiologist for the Center of Collaborations for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Vancouver, Canada (2012-2014). He received a MSc in mathematics from the University of British Columbia in 2012 and a BSc in electrical engineering from Tehran Polytechnic University in 2010.

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This information was last updated May 17, 2023.