Dr. Mark Zafereo, MD

Head & Neck Surgical Oncology •  Male • Age 42
  
Dr. Zafereo

Md Anderson Cancer Center

1515 Holcombe Blvd Houston, TX 77030

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Dr. Mark Zafereo, MD is a Head & Neck Surgical Oncology Specialist in Houston, TX and has over 15 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Zafereo has more experience with Endocrine Surgery than other specialists in his area. He graduated from U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston medical school in 2005. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as CHI St. Luke's Health–Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Zafereo to book an appointment.


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Dr. Zafereo accepts the following insurance:

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Practice Areas

Endocrine Surgery

Endocrine surgeons treat conditions affecting the adrenal glands, pancreas, parathyroid and thyroid through procedures including tumor removal, organ resection or removal, and the Whipple procedure.Compare with other Endocrine Surgery specialists.

Typically treats 81% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 4 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zafereo performs Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Zafereo performs this procedure more than 98% of their peers

Thyroid Lobectomy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zafereo performs Thyroid Lobectomy more than 97% of their peers

Dr. Zafereo performs this procedure more than 97% of their peers

Parathyroidectomy
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normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zafereo performs Parathyroidectomy more than 81% of their peers

Dr. Zafereo performs this procedure more than 81% of their peers

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Dr. Zafereo's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • All Lymphoma
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal Disorders
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Breast Diseases
  • Burkitt's Lymphoma
  • Cancer
  • Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • Cough
  • Deformities of Auricle or Pinna
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Dizziness
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Earwax Buildup
  • ENT Surgery
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Excision of Facial Bone
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision of Tracheal Tumor or Stenosis
  • Excision or Destruction of Dentoalveolar Lesion or Tumor
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Pharynx Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Fracture
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Geographic Tongue
  • Glossectomy
  • Gum Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Hypercoagulable State
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngectomy and Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Leukocytosis
  • Leukoplakia
  • Lip Cancer
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Lymphoma, Large Cell, Anaplastic
  • Lymphosarcoma
  • Malignant Bone Cancer of the Skull, Face, and Jaw
  • Marginal Zone Lymphoma
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Melanoma
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Mycosis Fungoides
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Myeloma
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral Cancer
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancytopenia
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma
  • Pharyngitis
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Primary Hypercoagulable State (incl. Factor V Leiden Disease)
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Reticulosarcoma
  • Retina Diseases
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Skin Cancer
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma of Head, Face, and Neck
  • Sore Throat
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Throat Cancer (Hypopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
  • Throat Pain
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
  • Vocal Cord Nodule
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Wheezing
  • Wound Repair

Dr. Zafereo's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Zafereo

4.9

Based on 103 ratings

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Dr. Zafereo is kind, thoughtful, extremely knowledgeable, highly skilled and blessed! He put me at ease, and did an incredible job. I feel so much better! Thank God I found him!
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SW Charyl – Mar 28, 2020
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I came to MD Anderson on purpose from SD for a thyroid cancer. Dr. Zafereo describes what would happen before, during and after the surgery. I am feeling much better now and am thankful that there were not any complications during the surgery. Also. Dr Zafereo provides excellent work while performing surgery on me for thyroid cancer.
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Mar 11, 2020
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Amazing physician. He treated me for thyroid cancer. Excellent care, excellent follow up, super thorough, and most of all, incredibly personable.
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Jana – Feb 15, 2020
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I had an extremely good medical, personal, and spiritual experience with Dr. Zafereo; he addressed all aspects of my disease. He and the team at MD Anderson did very thorough testing to confirm my diagnosis of medullary thyroid cancer discovered in Tulsa and the likelihood of it spreading. The treatment options, details of surgery including the inherent risks and expected outcomes, as well as genetic counseling were communicated clearly. My surgery conducted on 11/12/19 was a success. It included a total thyroidectomy as well as central / right neck dissection. Vocal cords and parathyroid glands were preserved and my discrete incision is healing nicely. Dr. Zafereo states in one of his bios that “Thyroid surgery is my calling” and from my first encounter with him to my last visit, he oozes that calling. He is humble, compassionate, patient, kind, and confident. He does not promote faith, he lives it. And he just happens to be one of the top thyroid surgeons in the nation.
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Jay Boykin – Nov 26, 2019
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Dr. Zafereo is amazing! Last year, I was diagnosed with stage 4 thyroid cancer that had spread into my trachea. I was terrified! He reassured me that he would be able to successfully operate. During my week long hospital stay, he visited me once or twice every day and encouraged me as he checked on my daily progress. The surgery was totally successful and he just released me at my 9 month follow up visit. I feel extremely blessed to have had Dr.Zafereo as my surgeon.
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Tina Bobbitt – Sep 04, 2019
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Dr. Zafereo is truly a blessing to our family. Our 11 yr old daughter had to undergo surgery to remove a cancerous tumor and Dr. Zafereo took such great care of her. He was incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and walked us through every step of the way. We were terrified to have our baby undergo surgery, but knew that our daughter was in great hands and felt at ease and comfortable with Dr. Zafereo. We knew that our daughter was not just another patient to Dr. Zafereo and that he really cared about her and her well-being. He even made several follow-up calls after surgery just to see how she was doing and truly cared about us and our daughter. I could not have asked for a better doctor to watch over our baby girl!!! Thank you, Dr. Zafereo for taking such great care of our baby and for being you!!!
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C. Baker – Aug 12, 2019
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Saw Dr. Zafereo for a second opinion regarding cancer. He is so skilled and immediately puts you at ease. Being such a good clinician and surgeon he is able to explain things so easily. He hasn’t a sense of humor and is very caring.
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Mar 19, 2019
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Amazing doctor, He is an excellent surgeon. He kept me and my family well informed throughout the process. I had no pain after the surgery whatsoever. He is very compassionate and caring. I would highly recommend him to my family and friends. Very friendly and a great listener.
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Thyroid patient in Comfort, TX – Jan 24, 2019
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WOW! This guy knows his stuff! A young energetic knowledgeable doctor. He treats his patience like you want to be treated, with direct compassionate communication and honesty that wins your trust immediately. If you have thyroid issues and need help, he's the guy you want. The only thing that surpasses the high marks of Dr. Zafereo is the rating of his staff! The Doctor and his team make an uncomfortable situation palatable.
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Jeff in TX – Jan 03, 2019
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Dr Zafereo and his staff was outstanding. When I was diagnosed with cancer and the extensive surgery that was going to be required, Dr Zafereo was very under standing. He took a lot of time to explain everything in great detail.
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Jon Maze in Bedford , IN – Oct 11, 2018
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I am truly blessed to have Dr. Zafereo as my surgeon when I had thyroid cancer. He is very knowledgable and an expert in his field. You can see and feel his genuine concern and caring for his patients. I have nothing but high regard for Dr. Zafereo, his team, and MD Anderson.
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Oct 10, 2018
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When I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer I found Dr. Mark Zafereo. I was so nervous but he is so knowledgeable, my fears were gone after the first meeting. I 100% knew what to expect: from the tests, to the surgery toe hospital and the aftercare. The fear of the unknown was gone. My surgery was a complete success. Dr Zafereo's saw me in the hospital the next day and has called me twice at home to see how I was doing. This doctor and his ENTIRE team are all so amazing. I would recommend highly.
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Marilyn Moffett in Missouri City, TX – Aug 31, 2018
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He is a very caring and considerate Dr. He called the day after I was discharged from the hospital to personally check on how I was doing.
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John Eyth in Jacksonville, IL – Aug 18, 2018
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We found Dr Zafereo to be an excellent surgeon and a compassionate and caring individual.
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David in Pace, FL – Jul 17, 2018
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There is not a finer surgeon that you are likely to meet. If you are in the unfortunate need for his services, consider yourself lucky. This man exemplifies what it means to care. His attention to detail, his heart and his team will be all at your service. He surrounds himself with the best because they want to work with the best. You can see it in his eyes that he cares so deeply for his patients. It puts you at ease and when you wake you thank God He has angels like him working so hard for you
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Eric Capps in Denver, Colorado – May 01, 2018
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To my experience, Dr. Zafereo is excellent in his field as well as making patients feel comfortable. When i met him, i was so much concerned and afraid of my cancer but the way he spoke to me, guided me through the treatment process, answered my questions/concerns/doubts, i was so relaxed coming out of consultation room. He is a great person with great skills.
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katy, TX – Dec 08, 2017
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Dr. Zafereo is patient to his patient and is confident in his expertise. He visited me and checked my condition after a long surgery on the same day of my surgery. I am grateful to have Dr. Zafereo as my surgeon.
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BURNABY – Dec 06, 2017
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Dr. Zafereo and his staff are so amazing. He saved my brother Devon life. I cannot thank you enough. You guys treated us like family. Dr Zafereo you are gods gift to this world and I pray that he continue to bless you and guide your hands daily to saving more lives. Again thank you ...thank you...thank you.
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Sofia savoy in Tuscaloosa – Nov 09, 2017
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I don't have words to explain how much I thank and respect Dr. Mark Zafereo for saving my life..he makes my 8 hrs surgery feels like I was on a 8 days vacation. He personally called me weeks after leaving the hospital to check on my recovery..I never had a Doctor to personally check on me before.. He is more than a Doctor, he's a true man of God, a family member and a friend. I RECOMMEND DR. ZAFERO FOR YOUR MEDICAL NEEDS. THE BEST DR. ON EARTH. THANK YOU MY DOCTOR AND MY NEE FRIEND..Dr. Mark.
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Devon Brown in Clanton, AL – Nov 09, 2017
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I am so pleased and feel very fortunate that I have Dr.Zafereo as my Dr. at MD Anderson, very professional, understanding and answers your questions . I would highly recommend Dr. Zafereo.
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Gary in Owasso, OK – Oct 06, 2017
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Biography

Dr. Mark Zafereo, MD is a Head & Neck Surgical Oncology Specialist in Houston, TX and has over 15 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Zafereo has more experience with Endocrine Surgery than other specialists in his area. He graduated from...Read more

Specialties

  • Head & Neck Surgical Oncology
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

Board Certifications

Education

2011
MD Anderson Cancer Ctr Houston
Fellowship Hospital
2010
Baylor University
Residency Hospital
2007
University of Texas At Houston / Medical School At Houston
Residency Hospital
2006
University of Texas At Houston / Medical School At Houston
Internship Hospital
2005
U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston
Medical School
2001
University of Texas / Austin Campus
Undergraduate School

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Locations

Md Anderson Cancer Center

Md Anderson Cancer Center1515 Holcombe Blvd Houston, TX 77030
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Affiliated Hospitals

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CHI St. Luke's Health–Sugar Land Hospital

Sugar Land, TX

69% Patient experience rating, Equal to the national average

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

Sugar Land, TX

80% Patient experience rating, 11% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX