SAROSH NAZ ZAFAR, MD
Dr. Zafar Discusses Expertise and Empathy
“Women facing breast cancer encounter more than the medical aspect of it; they must also face the physical, emotional, and psychological demands of the disease. I want to take the time to meet each woman where she is and work with her to get her where she wants to go. I strive to treat each woman as I would want my mother or sister to be treated.”
– Sarosh N. Zafar, MD
Dr. Sarosh Zafar is a double board-certified microsurgeon in plastic and reconstructive surgery and general surgery. She specializes in the most advanced methods of breast reconstruction, complex reconstruction, and microsurgery. Dr. Zafar joined the highly sought after, world-renowned team of pioneering surgeons at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery and the St. Charles Surgical Hospital in 2021.
A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Zafar received her bachelor’s in science degree from Villanova University, where she graduated with summa cum laude honors. She then received her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine, where she also completed a full residency in general surgery. She then completed her residency in plastic surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital in The Texas Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in microsurgery at the University of California, San Francisco.
Recently, Dr. Zafar worked at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, in the department of plastic surgery, where she was the only fellowship-trained microvascular surgeon in the region and quickly developed a reputation for excellence. She also served as the Vice Chief Medical Officer in the surgery department at Virginia Physician Group, a part of the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA.
Dr. Zafar is widely published in the field of post-mastectomy breast reconstruction and has presented at numerous national meetings, including the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons. Dr. Zafar has also served as a surgeon for Operation San Jose, providing humanitarian cleft lip and palate care for patients in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Education and Certifications:
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in Plastic Surgery
University of California- San Francisco San Francisco, CA
Houston Methodist Hospital Houston, TX
Plastic Surgery Residency
Certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery
Drexel University College of Medicine Philadelphia, PA
General Surgery Residency
Drexel University College of Medicine Philadelphia, PA
BS Degree in Biology with Honors (summa cum laude)
7-year combined BS/MD accelerated program
- AMA Member
- ACS Member
- Association for Women Surgeons of ACS Member ASPS Member
- ASAPS Member
- FACS Member
- LSMS Member
- Villanova University graduation with summa cum laude honors
- Dean’s List, Villanova University: Fall/Spring semesters 2000-2003 National Society of Collegiate Scholars: member 2000
- Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society (Arts & Sciences): member 2002
- Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society (Pre-Medical studies): member 2002
- Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (National Honor Society): member 2002
- Margaret C. Bainey Essay Award Winner (Core Humanities Essay): 2001
- 2015 Operation San Jose Team Member- provided charity cleft lip and palate care (Chihuahua, Mexico)
- 2012 Hahnemann University Hospital Ethics Committee Member
- 2012 Drexel University College of Medicine- Department of Surgery Academic Committee
- 2003-2004 Drexel University College of Medicine- President of Dermatology Interest Group
- 2003-2004 Medical Student Volunteer at Eliza Shirley House- Shelter for Women
Publications / Presentations:
Piper, Merisa L; Amara, Dominic; Zafar, Sarosh N; Lee, Charles; Sbitany, Hani; Hansen, Scott L. ‘Free Tissue Transfer Optimizes Stump Length and Functionality Following High-Energy Trauma’ J Reconstructive Microsurgery Open; 2019, 4:e96-e101.
Spiegel, Aldona J; Zafar, Sarosh N. ‘Partial Breast Reconstruction Using Distant Flaps’ Partial Breast Reconstruction: Techniques in Oncoplastic Surgery. Editors Albert Losken MD & Moustapha Hamdi MD, 2nd edition, 2017.
Rose, Jessica F; Zafar, Sarosh N; Ellsworth, Warren A. ‘Does Acellular Dermal Matrix Thickness Affect Complication Rate in Tissue Expander Based Breast Reconstruction?’ Plast Surg Int; Epub 2016.
Spiegel, Aldona J; Zafar, Sarosh N; Menn, Zachary K. ‘Chapter 7: Reconstruction of partial mastectomy defects’ Oncologic Breast Reconstruction. Editors Jiong Wu MD & Peirong Yu MD, 1st edition, 2016.
Spiegel, Aldona J; Zafar, Sarosh N; Menn, Zachary K. ‘Chapter 21: Sensory reinnervation in breast reconstruction’ Oncologic Breast Reconstruction. Editors Jiong Wu MD & Peirong Yu MD, 1st edition, 2016.
Zafar, Sarosh N; Ellsworth, Warren A. ‘Reduction and mastopexy of the reconstructed breast: special considerations in free flap reconstruction’ Semin Plast Surg; 2015, 29: 110-121.
Zafar, Sarosh N; ‘Autologous Free Flap Breast Reconstruction with Simultaneous Implant’ American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons national meeting; Kauai, HI, January 2014.
Levin, Lissa; Doyle, Alden; Zafar, Sarosh N; et al. ‘Delayed graft function in HIV+ kidney transplant recipients predicts worse long-term renal function’ American Journal of Kidney Diseases. Vol 55, April 2010.
Stein, David E; Zafar, Sarosh N; Stein, Elisa. ‘Anusitis and Proctitis’ Emedicine. Sept 2008.
Lin, Julie H; Zafar, Sarosh N; Fakharzadeh, Steven S. ‘Clinical and in vitro resistance to bexarotene in Adult Tcell leukemia: loss of RXR-alpha receptor’ Blood. June 2008.
University of Pennsylvania Dept of Dermatology
Investigated the role of cylindroma retinoic-X-receptor gene expressivity in the management of cylindromas.