Dr. Schaffer was born and raised in the Midwest before moving to New England with his family. He returned to the Midwest to attend college at DePauw University in Indiana. The Midwestern values of honesty, integrity and a strong sense of ethics remain at the core of Dr. Schaffer’s beliefs, and are the underpinnings of his approach to his medical practice.
Upon his return to the area after college, Dr. Schaffer spent two years at Massachusetts General Hospital performing basic science research. There he contributed to the advancement and development of numerous contrast agents to be used in the early detection of tumors and other cancers. He became an expert in the use of MRI technology to test the contrast agents’ ability to detect various disorders. During this time he developed a strong interest in anatomy and a career in surgery. He presented at several national meetings and was included on numerous scientific papers.
He then entered Boston University School of Medicine and upon graduation completed a total of eight years of surgical training at UMASS Medical Center in Worcester, MA. He spent the final year of his training focusing solely on hand, wrist and elbow surgery during a combined Orthopedic and Plastic Surgery Hand Fellowship. He has honed his craft for the past seven years, and his clinical expertise includes sports injuries, arthritis surgery, repetitive stress injuries and nerve compression disorders. He now enters private practice in order to provide a more comfortable, intimate and personalized level of service for his patients.
Dr. Schaffer believes that a successful clinical outcome is dependent both on the surgeon as well as the patient, a true team effort, and he and his staff will strive to provide timely, expert service to meet the common goals of getting rid of pain, restoring function, and excelling in life. He and his office staff look forward to meeting and serving your needs to the very best of our ability.