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David Shaffer, MD, FACS

David Shaffer MDChief and Professor of Surgery
Division of Kidney & Pancreas Transplantation, VUMC
Surgical Director, Kidney & Pancreas Transplantation


Dr. Shaffer received his undergraduate degree at Yale University and his medical degree at Columbia P & S. He completed his surgical internship at Yale-New Haven Medical Center and then his Residency in General Surgery followed by a Clinical and Research Fellowship in Transplantation at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Following completion of his transplant fellowship in 1988, Dr. Shaffer remained at the New England Deaconess Hospital (now Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) as Surgical Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School until 2001, when he assumed his current position at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Shaffer is certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His clinical practice encompasses all areas of kidney and pancreas transplantation and dialysis access. His clinical research interests include novel immunosuppression strategies to minimize risk and improve outcomes post-transplant.

Postgraduate Training

  • Fellowship - New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA, 1989
  • Residency - New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA, 1988
  • Research Fellowship (Organ Transplantation) - New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA, 1986
  • Residency - New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA, 1985
  • Internship - Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT, 1983


  • M.D. Degree - Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, 1982


  • Patient Care Emphasis: Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation, Vascular Access
  • Other Clinical Interests: Organ Transplantation, Dialysis

Review some of Dr. Shaffer's abstracts on PubMed.

CV of Dr. Shaffer in PDF format.


For referral to Dr. Shaffer, have your physician contact us:

Tanya Hambrick, Administrative Assistant
Division of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
912 Oxford House
1313 21st Avenue South
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee 37232-4750
Phone: (615) 936-0404
Fax: (615) 936-0409

Appointments with Dr. Shaffer

  • Transplant Referrals: (615) 936-0695
  • Vascular Access Appointments: (615) 322-2063