Atif Zafar, M.D.




East High School





Dr. Atif Zafar is a board certified Internist with expertise in Medical Informatics/Health Care IT and Biomedical Device Technology. He has over 20 years of experience working in medical informatics including voice recognition, mobile computing for healthcare, and the development of electronic medical records.

After graduating from Williamsville East, Dr. Zafar attended the State University of New York at Buffalo where he earned undergraduate degrees, cum laude, in both biological sciences and mathematics. He went on to the University at Buffalo’s School of Medicine, graduating in 1994. His post-doctoral training included internship and residency programs at the University of Cincinnati Hospital in Cincinnati, OH and an Informatics Fellowship at the Regenstrief Institute for Healthcare, a worldwide leader in healthcare IT and medical informatics located on the campus of Indiana University. 

At the Regenstrief Institute, Dr. Zafar was a principal investigator or co-investigator on over $25 million in grant funded healthcare IT projects. As an Associate Professor of Medicine at Indiana University, Dr. Zafar taught medical students about healthcare IT as well as clinical medicine. He has authored or co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed journal papers, a book chapter on healthcare IT, and has delivered numerous national and international presentations.  

Dr. Zafar was a founding member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Health IT Resource Center that was central to President George W. Bush’s initiative to spearhead the adoption of electronic health records nationwide. He served on the Consumer Task Force of the Nationwide Health Information Network initiative (NHIN) that connects Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIO) to a nationwide network and was one of the principal information architects for the National Healthcare IT Resource Center website (