Meet Our Providers

With providers practicing in 50 specialties at 13 convenient locations, it’s easy to find the right healthcare team at Carle.

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Medical Services

Carle Foundation Hospital

Based in Urbana, Ill., the Carle Foundation Hospital is a 413-bed regional care hospital that has achieved Magnet® designation. It is the area's only Level 1 Trauma Center.

611 W. Park Street, Urbana, IL 61802   |   (217) 383-3311

Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center

Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center is comprised of a 24-bed critical access hospital and medical clinic based in Hoopeston, Illinois.

701 E. Orange Street, Hoopeston, IL 60942   |   (217) 283-5531

Carle Richland Memorial Hospital

Located in Olney, Ill., Carle Richland Memorial Hospital is a 134-bed hospital with nearly 600 employees serving portions of eight counties in southeastern Illinois.

800 East Locust St, Olney, IL 62459   |   (618) 395-2131

Convenient Care vs. ED

Carle Convenient Care offers same-day treatment for minor illnesses and injuries through walk-in appointments.

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Abu-Bakar Zafar, MD

Ophthalmology, Eye


Joined Carle: 2016


Urbana (Main Campus) (primary)

611 W. Park Street
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 383-3150

Medical Interests

  • Cataract surgery
  • Comprehensive eye care
  • Corneal medical and surgical management
  • Pterygium surgery
  • Corneal transplant surgery
  • Fuch’s Dystrophy
  • Keratoconus
  • Dry eyes

Medical Training


  • Cornea and Refractive Surgery, Pepose Vision Institute & Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 2015-2016


  • Ophthalmology, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA, 2012-2015


  • Internal Medicine, University of Alabama-Birmingham Health System, Birmingham, AL, 2011-2012



  • MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL, 2011
  • BS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2007


  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society for Cataract & Refractive Surgery