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Zaffer A. Qasim, MBBS, FRCEM, FRCPC(EM), EDIC Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

Dr. Qasim is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Emergency Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Emergency Medicine, 2018

Clinical Expertise:

  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Sepsis (Septicemia)

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Baqai Medical University
Residency: Aga Khan University Hospital
Fellowship: University of Maryland Medical Center
Residency: Christiana Care


American Academy of Emergency Medicine, National American Academy of Emergency Physicians, National American College of Emergency Physician, National British Association for Immediate Care-UK, National Royal College of Emergency Medicine-UK, National Society for Critical Care Medicine, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Qasim is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Qasim Z: First do no Harm: Rethinking Our Approach to Intubation in Trauma REBEL EM blog : 2019.

Qasim Z: If You’re Going to do the Thoracotomy…do a Clamshell RebelEM blog : 2019.

Qasim Z: JC: Time to put the REBOA Balloon Away? Maybe, Maybe Not… RebelEM blog : 2019.

Dumas RP, Holena DN, Smith BP, Jafari D, Seamon MJ, Reilly PM, Qasim Z, Cannon JW: Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta: Assessing Need in an Urban Trauma Center. Journal of Surgical Research 223 : 413-419,2019.

Qasim Z: Everything old is new again – whole blood in the trauma bay – St Emlyn’s StEmlyns blog: : 2018.

Qasim Z, Shinar Z: You Can’t Spell REBOA without the ER – Endovascular Resuscitation of the Trauma Patient – Zaf Qasim ED-ECMO podcast : 2018.

Mell H, Qasim Z, Brohi K: The PAMPer trial So What ACEP podcast: : 2018.

Qasim Z, DuBose J, Rasmussen TE, Teeter WA: Breaking Down Silos: The Joint Statement About the Clinical Use of Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) Warrants Revision Annals of Emergency Medicine 72 (2): 225-226,2018.

Lamhaut L, Qasim Z, Hutin A, Dagron C, Orsini JP, Haegel A, Perkins Z, Pirrachio R, Carli P: First Description of Successful Use of Zone 1 Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta in the Prehospital Setting Resuscitation : 2018.

Zaffer Qasim: EMCrit Guest Post – The good, the bad, and the ugly of the Joint Statement on REBOA : 2018.

Academic Contact Info

Ground Floor Ravdin
Department of Emergency Medicine
3400 Spruce St

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-6698
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)