New faculty spotlight: Zafar Sayed, M.D.

Zafar Sayed, M.D.

Zafar Sayed, M.D.

Zafar Sayed, M.D., is a new faculty member at UNMC.

  • Name: Zafar Sayed, M.D.
  • Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Title and department at UNMC: Assistant professor, UNMC Department of Otolaryngology

Research/professional interests:

  • Head and neck surgical oncology
    • Oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer
    • Salivary gland tumors
    • Thyroid cancer
    • Laryngeal cancer

How I fell in love with medicine:
I started volunteering at a local hospital’s emergency department in high school. That eventually led to an opportunity to shadow a neurosurgeon for a day. The experience of being in the operating room for the first time was unforgettable, and I immediately knew I wanted to help people through a career in medicine.


  • Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.
  • Doctor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
  • Head and Neck Surgical Oncology fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City


  • American Head and Neck Society

Three things people may not know about me:

  • I enjoy tennis (both watching and playing, though I am better at the former).
  • I play the guitar and drums.
  • I have visited Antarctica.


  1. AYonkers says:

    Welcome to the ENT Department. you have made a great choice.I am retired after 44 years at UNMC and never regretted being a member of this great department. Tony Yonkers

  2. Maurice Link says:

    Hello and welcome to Omaha from the University of Iowa Dr. Sayed.
    You will enjoy working with my wife Ann Sporkman-Link.
    She is the best but of course I might be slightly biased !!

    Maurice Link

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