Shazia Zafar, MD, a Hematologist-Oncologist with Southwest Florida Cancer Center

Get to know Hematologist-Oncologist Dr. Shazia Zafar, who serves patients in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Recognized as a fellowship-trained hematologist-oncologist, Dr. Zafar is the owner & operator of Southwest Florida Cancer Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida. She is dedicated to providing superior quality personalized patient care and outstanding services to individuals who are suffering from cancer and blood-related diseases in a professional manner. 

Professionally, she is affiliated with several hospitals in her local area, including Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, Westside Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Regional Hospital South, and Broward Health Medical Center.

Back in 1999, Dr. Zafar obtained her medical degree from Rawalpindi Medical University in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Upon relocating to the United States, she went on to complete her internship within the Department of Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Science Center at Amarillo. She then joined the Department of Internal Medicine at Creighton University Medical Center and completed her residency. Finally, she completed her fellowship in hematology-oncology at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

The doctor holds many affiliations with several professional societies which include, but are not limited to, the following: the Florida Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Hematology, the American Cancer Society, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She also holds a faculty position at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Dedicated to her profession, she is board-certified in hematology and medical oncology by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). The ABIM is a physician-led, non-profit, independent evaluation organization driven by doctors who want to achieve higher standards for better care in a rapidly changing world.

With extensive research experience, Dr. Zafar has performed research at several top-rated cancer centers and universities including the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas; the Cancer Center at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska; and the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. Involved in various clinical trials, she is serving as Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator on various studies.

In addition to having published her research as co-author in top tier journals, Dr. Zafar has presented her research in the form of posters at various international conferences. What’s more, she has delivered lectures pertaining to various types of cancers both nationally and internationally.

Among her numerous accolades, she is the recipient of Compassionate Doctor Award – 5 Year Honoree (2020), Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020), On-Time Doctor Award (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020), Patients’ Choice 5th Anniversary Award (2020), Patients’ Choice Award (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020), and Top 10 Doctor – State (2014).

Hematology is the branch of medicine concerned with the study of the cause, prognosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases related to blood. Oncology is a branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. A hematologist-oncologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of blood diseases and cancers such as iron-deficiency anemia, hemophilia, sickle-cell disease, leukemia, and lymphoma. 

On a more personal note, Dr. Zafar speaks English, Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi fluently. 

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