Dr. Shafer is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and holds an additional Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine.
After receiving an undergraduate degree at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Shafer completed medical school at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. After a surgical residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Shafer completed a prestigious fellowship at the University of Southern California with a particular focus in sports medicine and shoulder and elbow reconstruction. Dr. Shafer is an expert in minimally invasive shoulder, elbow, and knee arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery.
Because of his particular interest in sports medicine, Dr. Shafer has served as the Team Physician for multiple professional and college sports teams including the National Champion USC Football and Women's Volleyball teams, and was on the medical staff of the Summer X Games, Pac 10 Basketball Tournaments, NCAA Volleyball Tournaments, and the Arizona Cardinals. Currently, Dr. Shafer is the Spring Training Team Physician and a Team Orthopedic Surgeon for Major League Baseball's (MLB) Los Angeles Dodgers and Associate Team Orthopedic Surgeon for the National Hockey League's (NHL) Phoenix Coyotes. He is the Chairperson of the Medical Staff for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and Insight Bowl games, and is a member of the Justin Sports Medicine Team, which entails providing medical expertise for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeos in Arizona.
As a native Arizonan, Dr. Shafer is very committed to serving his community. He volunteers his time as the team physician for several local high schools, providing pre-season physicals and covering games on Friday nights.
Dr. Shafer believes in teamwork with patients. Whether you are an athlete at the professional, high school or college level, or just a weekend warrior, he is dedicated to spending the time necessary to ensure patients understand their conditions and treatment options.
Dr. Shafer was honored to be voted one of the Top Doctors in the Valley by North Valley Magazine in 2011. Dr. Shafer has also been a recurrent recipient of the prestigious "Top Doc" title in the Phoenix Magazine publication of the same name.