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Michelle Zafron

Coordinator, Reference and Education Services

Pronouns: she/her/hers

126A Abbott Hall, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

  • Ph: 716-829-5746

Office Hours

Contact for an appointment

Department Liaison

Biostatistics, Community Health and Health Behavior, Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Rehabilitation Science


  • Provide reference service at the Health Sciences Library
  • Serve as liaison to the School of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Conduct library and information-related sessions for courses in Biostatistics, Community Health and Health Behavior, Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences,  Rehabilitation Science
  • Teach introductory and advanced workshops on EndNote and database searching
  • Give individual assistance with literature searches

Education and Training

  • MLS, University at Buffalo, 2003
  • BA, English and Political Science University at Buffalo, 1992

Awards and Honors

  • Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), Distinguished Member, 2019
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship, State University of New York, 2015


Contributions to books

  • Zafron, M. L. (2014). Medical terminology. In J. T. Huber & S. Swogger (Eds.), Introduction to reference sources in the health sciences (6th ed., pp. 185-198). New York: Neal Schuman Publishers.
  • Zafron, M. L. (2008). Medical terminology. In J. Boorkman & J. T. Huber (Eds.), Introduction to reference sources in the health sciences (5th ed., pp. 141-154). New York: Neal Schuman Publishers.

Journal articles (Refereed)

  • Kruger, J.S., Doloresco, F., Maerten-Rivera, J., Zafron, M.L., Borden, H., Fusco, N.M. (2022). An Innovation sprint to promote problem-solving and interprofessional skills among pharmacy and public health students. American Journal of Pharmacy Education. Advance online publication.
  • Pu, C. Y., Batarseh, H., Zafron, M. L., Jeffery Mador, M., Yendamuri, S., & Ray, A. D. (2021). Effects of preoperative breathing exercise on postoperative outcomes for lung cancer patients undergoing curative intent lung resection: A meta-analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, S0003-9993(21)00319-1. Advance online publication.
  • Marinangeli, C.P.F., Harding, S.V., Zafron, M., Rideout, T.C. (2020). A systematic review of the effect of dietary pulses on microbial populations inhabiting the human gut. Beneficial Microbes: 0 (0):1-12.
  • Hollis-Hansen, K., Vermont, L., Zafron, M.L., Seidman, J., Leone, L. (2019). The Introduction of new food retail opportunities in lower-income communities and the impact on fruit and vegetable intake: A systematic review. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 9(5):837-846.
  • Harding, S.V., Erickson, N., Zafron, M., Marinageli, C.P.F., & Rideout, T.C. (2019) Evaluating the Lipid-Lowering Effects of a-lipoic Acid Supplementation: A Systematic Review. Journal of Dietary Supplements.
  • Ohtake, P. J., Lyons, A., Glogowski, M., Stellrecht, E., Aronoff, N., Grabowski, J., & Zafron, M. L. (2018). Using an interprofessional flipped classroom educational strategy for developing evidence-based practice knowledge and skills. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 11, 7-11.
  • Aronoff, N., Stellrecht, E., Lyons, A., Zafron, M., Glogowski, M., Grabowski, J., & Ohtake, P. (2017). Teaching evidence-based practice principles to prepare health professions students for an interprofessional learning experience. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 105(4), 376-384.
  • Zafron, M. L. (2012). Good intentions: Providing students with skills to avoid accidental plagiarism. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 31(2), 225-229.
  • Hasman, L., & Zafron, M. L. (2010). An analysis of online resources for parents, siblings, and other caregivers of adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, 14(1),
  • Hendrix, D., Chiarella, D., Hasman, L., Murphy, S., & Zafron, M. L. (2009). Use of Facebook in academic health sciences libraries. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 97(1), 43. 10.3163/1536-5050.97.1.008
  • Ohtake, P. J., Zafron, M. L., Poranki, L. G., & Fish, D. R. (2006). Does electrical stimulation improve motor recovery in patients with idiopathic facial (bell) palsy? Physical Therapy, 86(11), 1558-1564. doi:10.2522/ptj.20060005
  • Hendrix, D.D., Zafron, M.L.  (2005) Assessing mobile computing in healthcare at the University at Buffalo. Journal of the Library Administration and Management Section 1, (2), 46 – 68.

Journal articles (Non-refereed) 

DeNysschen, C., Platek, M. E., Hemler, D., Aronoff, N., & Zafron, M. L. (2017). Optimal nutrition and hydration through the surgical treatment trajectory. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 33(1), 61-73. doi:10.1016/j.soncn.2016.11.006


Michelle has research interests in the use of social networking in the library setting, avoiding plagiarism, and the correlation between information literacy and evidence-based research skills.

Professional Memberships

  • Medical Library Association - 2003 to present
  • American Public Health Association - 2019 to present