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Geriatrician and Palliative Care Physician; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department + Services
Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care, Geriatrics
Clinical Focus Areas
Internal medicine, geriatric medicine, hospice and palliative care
Research Focus Areas
Health disparities and inequities, immigrant health
Seeing Patients In
Tufts Medical Center Primary Care — Boston
Biewend Building, 5th Floor
260 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone #: 617-636-5400
Fax #: 617-636-6403
2021, "Top Doctor", Boston Magazine
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center’s Faculty of the Year in 2011
Z. Alfarah; Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Positions Are Being Eliminated: An Alarming Trend for The Medical Profession Around the World? International Journal of Healthcare Management. Published online June 26, 2020
Z. Alfarah, M. Walker, R. Hynds, D. Bourgoine, P. Eamranond; Skilled Nursing Facility Utilization Management in a Risk-Sharing Environment in the Community; Journal of the American Medical Directors Association; August 2019 Vol 20¬¬¬, issue 8: 1052-1053
D. Le, Z. Alfarah, S. Kunupakaphun, P. Eamranond; Preventing unnecessary interhospital transfers to urban medical centers; International Journal of Healthcare Management, published online January 8, 2019
Z, Alfarah, F. Ramadan, E. Cury, G.H. Brandeis; Muslim nursing homes in the US: Barriers and prospects; JAMDA, 2012, Volume 13, Issue 2, pages 176-179.
Z. Alfarah, H.J. Schünemann, .E.A. Akl, Educational games in geriatric education: a systematic review, BMC Geriatric 2010,10:19.
A. El Solh, M. Peter, M.E. Akinnusi, Z. Alfarah, A. Alabbas, L. Pineda; Antibiotic prescription pattern in hospitalized nursing home acquired pneumonia; Journal of hospital medicine, Volume 5, Issue 3, pages E5-E10
E.A. Akl, R. Pretorius, K. Sackett, S. Erdley, P.S. Bhoopathi, Z. Alfarah, H.J. Schünemann; The effect of educational games on medical students’ learning outcome: a systematic review; Medical Teacher Volume 32, Issue1, pages16-27
A. El-Solh, M.E. Akinnusi, Z. Alfarah, A. Patel; Effect of Antibiotic Guidelines on Outcomes of Hospitalized Patients with Nursing Home–Acquired Pneumonia; Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Volume 57, Issue 6, pages 1030-1035
Dr. Ziad Alfarah is a geriatrician and palliative care physician. He started his career working in Lawrence, Massachusetts, caring for a primarily underserved population. He has served in various physician leadership roles, including Chief Quality Officer and Chief Medical Officer.
Dr. Alfarah is strongly passionate about incorporating improvement science and high reliability principles to transform health care delivery. He has been involved in many initiatives around delivering value-based patient-centered care, most recently, implementing an accountable care organization for the Medicaid population in the Merrimack Valley.
Dr. Alfarah completed his training at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Boston Medical Center. He has been teaching Geriatric Medicine on the inpatient wards for several years. He is currently focused on innovative ways to manage the complex medically-ill population.
In his free time, Dr. Alfarah enjoys playing with his daughter, gardening, doing work around the house, reading, running, biking and outdoors activities.
American Geriatrics Society
American Association for Physician Leadership
American College of Healthcare Executives
Massachusetts Medical Society