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Zeeshan Butt

Zeeshan Ahmad Butt, PhD

Academic Title:
Associate Professor, Medical Social Sciences; Feinberg School of Medicine

Member of:
Cancer Control (CCS)


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Cancer-Focused Research:

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences, Department of Surgery, and the Institute for Healthcare Studies at Northwestern University. Much of my clinical and research work has focused on improving the quality of care and quality of life of adults with chronic illnesses, with specific emphasis on the development and application of patient reported outcomes measures. While I have considerable experience in neurology and oncology populations, my current research focus is in the improvement of quality of life in the postsurgical context, with specific emphasis on organ donation and transplantation (and conditions that may lead to transplantation, such as hepatocellular carcinoma). I lead the Quality of Life Workgroup of the Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC) to foster multidisciplinary research and to provide research mentorship to medical/surgical residents and fellows in this area. Further, I serve as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of journals, conferences, and grant task forces to provide expertise in health psychology and psychometrics. (Additional background information can be found at