The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Dr. Christopher I. Shaffrey

dr._chris_shaffreyChristopher Ignatius Shaffrey was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin. He graduated magna cum laude from The Citadel in 1982 with B.S. degree in Biology. He played varsity basketball and was the co-captain his senior year. In 1986, Dr. Shaffrey received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He completed his general surgical internship at Naval Hospital San Diego in 1987 where he was named the surgical intern of the year. He completed both neurosurgical and orthopaedic residencies at the University of Virginia. A spine fellowship in pediatric and adult reconstructive spine surgery was completed in 1995.

Following his postgraduate training, Dr. Shaffrey completed a scholarship obligation to the United States Navy at Portsmouth Navy Medical Center. In 1997, he was appointed to the senior staff in the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital where he was actively involved in treating members of Detroit’s college and professional athletic teams. In 1999, Dr. Shaffrey was appointed Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Adjunct Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 2003, he returned to the University of Virginia as Professor of Neurological Surgery and Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Division. From 2008 to 2013 he was named the Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of Neurological Surgery. Currently his is the John A. Jane Distinguished Professor of Neurological Surgery and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia. Dr. Shaffrey is board certified in the fields of Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Shaffrey has an active research interest in spinal surgery, particularly in numerous multicenter outcome research studies of pediatric and adult scoliosis, spinal trauma and tumors involving the spinal column. He has been a funded principal investigator in numerous grants and clinical trials. He has served on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, Spine, The European Spine Journal and Journal of Spinal Disorders. He is an active reviewer for 12 other academic publications. He has served as the chair of the editorial board for Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine and the Deputy Editor of Spine. Dr. Shaffrey has greater than 250 publications, greater than 600 national and international presentations and served as editor for several textbooks on spinal surgery.

During his career in medicine, Dr. Shaffrey has won numerous awards for clinical medicine. He has won the Counsel of State Neurosurgical Societies Young Neurosurgeons Award. He has been named to Best Doctors and Top Doctors numerous times. He has an active role in organized neurosurgery and spinal surgery. He has been the Chair for the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, and previously both the Scientific Program Chair and Annual Meeting Chair for the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. He is on the Scientific Program Committee for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting. He serves as the IMAST Chair for the Scoliosis Research Society. He is a board member for the SRS, AANS and the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. He has been named to numerous honorary academic societies including the American Orthopaedic Association and the American Academy of Neurological Surgery.

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