Muhammad Zafar

Muhammad Ahsan Zafar

Assistant Professor

Medical Sciences Building


COM IM Pulmonary Division - 0564

Internal Medicine
Medical Sciences Building Room 6065
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267


MBBS, Aga Khan University Pakistan, 2007 (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery)

University of Cincinnat Cincinnati, OH, 2012 (Internal Medicine - Residency)

University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 2015 (Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine - Fellowship)

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Cincinnati, OH, 2017 (Quality Scholars Program in Healthcare Transformation)

Master's, Univeristy of Cincinnat Cincinnat, OH, 2018 (Clinical and Translational Research)

Positions and Work Experience

- Medical Director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation (Hoxworth), University of Cincinnati Medical Center,

2017 -To Present QI Lead for Pulmonary & Critical Care, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati

Clinical Focus

Critical Care Medicine

Pulmonary Disease


Critical Care Medicine

Internal Medicine


American Board of Internal Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)


American Board of Internal Medicine


American Board of Internal Medicine (Pulmonary Disease)



Peer Reviewed Publications

Zafar, Muhammad Ahsan; Waheed, Syeda Sidra; Enam, S Ather (2009. ) Orbital aspergillus infection mimicking a tumour: a case report.Cases journal, , 2 ,7860

Syed, Rashid Zaheer; Zubairi, Ali Bin Sarwar; Zafar, Muhammad Ahsan; Qureshi, Rahat (2008. ) Perinatal outcomes in pregnancy with asthma. JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, , 58 (9 ) ,525-7

Mulhall, Aaron M; Droege, Christopher A; Ernst, Neil E; Panos, Ralph J; Zafar, Muhammad A (2015. ) Phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitors for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a review of current and developing drugs.Expert opinion on investigational drugs, , 24 (12 ) ,1597-611

Gupta, Nishant; Meraj, Riffat; Tanase, Daniel; James, Laura E; Seyama, Kuniaki; Lynch, David A; Akira, Masanori; Meyer, Cristopher A; Ruoss, Stephen J; Burger, Charles D; Young, Lisa R; Almoosa, Khalid F; Veeraraghavan, Srihari; Barker, Alan F; Lee, Augustine S; Dilling, Daniel F; Inoue, Yoshikazu; Cudzilo, Corey J; Zafar, Muhammad A; McCormack, Francis X (2015. ) Accuracy of chest high-resolution computed tomography in diagnosing diffuse cystic lung diseases.The European respiratory journal, , 46 (4 ) ,1196-9

Zafar, Muhammad Ahsan; Droege, Christopher; Foertsch, Madeline; Panos, Ralph J (2014. ) Update on ultra-long-acting ? agonists in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.Expert opinion on investigational drugs, , 23 (12 ) ,1687-701

Zafar, Muhammad A; Diers, Tiffiny; Schauer, Daniel P; Warm, Eric J (2014. ) Connecting resident education to patient outcomes: the evolution of a quality improvement curriculum in an internal medicine residency.Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, , 89 (10 ) ,1341-7

Zafar, Muhammad A; McCormack, Francis X; Rahman, Shahid; Tencza, Christian; Wikenheiser-Brokamp, Kathryn A; Young, Lisa R; Shizukuda, Yukitaka; Elwing, Jean M (2013. ) Pulmonary vascular shunts in exercise-intolerant patients with lymphangioleiomyomatosis.American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine, , 188 (9 ) ,1167-70

Zafar, Muhammad Ahsan; Tsuang, Wayne; Lach, Laura; Eschenbacher, William; Panos, Ralph J (2013. ) Dynamic hyperinflation correlates with exertional oxygen desaturation in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.Lung, , 191 (2 ) ,177-82

Mastrodicasa, Mark A; Droege, Christopher A; Mulhall, Aaron M; Ernst, Neil E; Panos, Ralph J; Zafar, Muhammad A (2017. ) Long acting muscarinic antagonists for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a review of current and developing drugs.Expert opinion on investigational drugs, , 26 (2 ) ,161-174

Mulhall, Aaron M; Zafar, Muhammad A; Record, Samantha; Channell, Herman; Panos, Ralph J (2017. ) A Tablet-Based Multimedia Education Tool Improves Provider and Subject Knowledge of Inhaler Use Techniques.Respiratory care, , 62 (2 ) ,163-171

Zafar, Muhammad Ahsan; Panos, Ralph J; Ko, Jonathan; Otten, Lisa C; Gentene, Anthony; Guido, Maria; Clark, Katherine; Lee, Caroline; Robertson, Jamie; Alessandrini, Evaline A (2017. ) Reliable adherence to a COPD care bundle mitigates system-level failures and reduces COPD readmissions: a system redesign using improvement science.BMJ quality & safety, , 26 (11 ) ,908-918

Zafar, Muhammad A; Mulhall, Aaron M; Eschenbacher, William; Kaul, Ajay; Benzaquen, Sadia; Panos, Ralph J (2017. ) Manometry Optimized Positive Expiratory Pressure (MOPEP) in Excessive Dynamic Airway Collapse (EDAC).Respiratory medicine, , 131 ,179-183

Zafar, Muhammad Ahsan; Nguyen, Brave; Gentene, Anthony; Ko, Jonathan; Otten, Lisa; Panos, Ralph J; Alessandrini, Evaline A (2019. ) Pragmatic Challenge of Sustainability: Long-Term Adherence to COPD Care Bundle Maintains Lower Readmission Rate.Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety, , 45 (9 ) ,639-645

Zafar, Muhammad A; Loftus, Timothy M; Palmer, Jack P; Phillips, Michael; Ko, Jonathan; Ward, Steven R; Foertsch, Madeline; Dalhover, Amber; Doers, Matthew E; Mueller, Eric W; Alessandrini, Evaline A; Panos, Ralph J (2020. ) COPD Care Bundle in Emergency Department Observation Unit Reduces Emergency Department Revisits.Respiratory care, , 65 (1 ) ,1-10

Gentene, Anthony J; Guido, Maria Rose; Woolf, Brittany; Dalhover, Amber; Boesken, Timmi Anne; Mueller, Eric W; Zafar, Muhammad Ahsan (2019. ) Multidisciplinary Team Utilizing Pharmacists in Multimodal, Bundled Care Reduce Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Hospital Readmission Rates.Journal of pharmacy practice, , 897190019889440

Sengupta, Ruchira; Loftus, Timothy M; Doers, Matthew; Jandarov, Roman A; Phillips, Michael; Ko, Jonathan; Panos, Ralph J; Zafar, Muhammad A (2020. ) Resting Borg score as a predictor of safe discharge of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from the emergency department observation unit.Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, ,

Book Chapter

Zafar MA (2015 ) Natural History, Phenotypes and Gender differences in COPD COPD Primer .

Post Graduate Training and Education

2009-2012 Internal Medicine Residency, University of Cincinnati, ,

2012-2015 Pulmonary & Critical care fellowship, University of Cincinnati, ,

2015-2017 Quality Scholars Program, James Anderson Center for Healthcare Excellence, , Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

2015-2018 Master of Science, Clinical & Translational Research, University of Cincinnati, , Cincinnati

Contact Information

Academic - Internal Medicine
Medical Sciences Building Room 6065
CincinnatiĀ  Ohio, 45267
Phone: 513-558-2236