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Saima Zafar, MD, MBA

Physician Group: 
UT Health East Texas Physicians
Practices At: 

UT Health East Texas Physicians Athens - Cardiology

115 Medical Circle
Ste. 102
Athens, TX 75751

Monday - Friday 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

UT Health Athens

2000 S. Palestine St.
Athens, TX 75751

Saima Zafar, MD, MBA, is a board-certified cardiologist who sees patients at UT Health East Texas Physicians Athens. “I was always very fascinated with the heart and the many ways it can be impacted with different ailments, whether it is an abnormal heart rhythm, a blocked artery, weak heart muscle or malfunctioning valves. There is so much satisfaction in helping people with heart disease.”

Dr. Zafar’s desire to be a physician stems from her family. “All my family members are physicians. I saw the impact my parents made as physicians on their patients. This inspired me to follow the path of medicine.”

Dr. Zafar has special interest in treating patients with hypertension, coronary artery disease, vascular heart disease and congestive heart failure, as well as treating women who have heart disease. To help prevent cardiovascular issues, Dr. Zafar suggests her patients eat healthy, exercise regularly, take prescribed medicine and to empower themselves by knowing their health stats, such as their blood pressure and controlling their weight.

She earned her bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery from King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. In addition, Dr. Zafar completed her internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as her fellowship in cardiovascular diseases from the Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC. She most recently completed her master of business administration from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

She speaks English, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. Her personal interests include exercise, traveling and gardening.

Board Certifications: 

American Society of Echocardiography, Certification

Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Board Certification

Nuclear Cardiology, Certification


Master of Business Administration: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship: Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC

Internal Medicine Residency and Internship: Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery: King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan

Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America, Former President