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.

Not sure where to go? Click here for a list of conditions appropriate for the emergency department

Philanthropy

Philanthropy gives hope to patients and helps take health care in our community to a whole new level.

Abu-Bakar Zafar, MD

Ophthalmology, Eye

4.6 out of 5 (33 Ratings, 20 Comments)

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Profile

Joined Carle: 2016

Contact

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

Fellowship

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

Residency

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

Internship

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

Qualifications

Education

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

Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional Societies

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

09/25/2018

good

07/19/2018

[Dr.] Zafar is one of the good ones.

06/30/2018

Everyone nice.


The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

09/25/2018

good

07/19/2018

[Dr.] Zafar is one of the good ones.

06/30/2018

Everyone nice.

05/23/2018

My physician is excellent. He listens, provides advice and or tests, x-rays, etc. when needed.

05/18/2018

I am happy to find a doctor who believes what I say and doesn't prescribe meds that are not needed. Thank you. [...]

04/28/2018

Very professional & polite people.

04/20/2018

I really liked this provider.

04/11/2018

great service of staff and all the dr's

03/29/2018

Doctor was behind schedule - but that happens.

03/27/2018

I think everything OK.

03/23/2018

[...] *Dr. Zafar took the time, care & concern to explore possible causes and was very knowledgeable in my eye health. He also took a lot of time to explain the possible solutions & alternatives to myself & my wife. Excellent doctor and healthcare provider... There is a difference.

03/02/2018

Very happy with *Dr. Zafar. This was my first experience with him, but am very happy with him. Would recommend him for friends & family.

02/21/2018

Very busy - seems rushed. On call in ER for 2 appts. had to wait over 1 hr. one time & 1 hr. & 20 min. second time.

02/15/2018

The Dr was a great experience. His bed side manner is superb. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

02/07/2018

I'm not likely to recommend any care taker to anyone, ever.

01/11/2018

My Dr Zafar should get the highest of recommendations. He is truly one of the best doctors I have ever been associated with. He takes the time I need, I never feel rushed and I had a medical issue that needed fast attention. He did everything quickly and in such a manner that I can't thank him enough. [...] His follow up has been outstanding. He is one of the finest doctors I have ever known.

12/29/2017

*Dr. Zafar was great.

12/28/2017

[...] very pleased with the care and information.

12/28/2017

I would recommend him but he does need to use more layman @ terms. [...]

12/06/2017

saved my vision and changed the outcome and outlook of goals