ttcqeayetrwczwezdueawsrsbdyr

The Vitals website is provided for your informational use only. Nothing contained or offered by, on or through Vitals should be construed as medical advice or relied upon for medical diagnosis or treatment. Vitals does not recommend or endorse any particular healthcare provider whose information or ratings appear on this website. We encourage you to read our full Terms of Service.

Dr. Robert A Shaffer Is this you?

About Dr. Robert A Shaffer

Dr. Robert A Shaffer, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Birmingham, AL, with other offices in Gardendale, AL and Pell City, AL (and 1 other location). He has 19 years of experience. His specialties include Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Shaffer is affiliated with St Vincents East. Dr. Shaffer has received 1 award. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

21 Ratings with 6 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Robert A Shaffer is Great. Dr. Robert A Shaffer has been rated by 21 patients. From those 21 patients 6 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Robert A Shaffer is 4.2 of 5.0 stars.

Mapbox Map of Dr. Robert A Shaffer

Primary Address

Gastroenterology Associates

100 Pilot Medical Dr Ste 250
Birmingham, AL 35235
Get Directions

Mapbox Map of Dr. Robert A Shaffer

2217 Decatur Hwy
Gardendale, AL 35071
Get Directions

Mapbox Map of Dr. Robert A Shaffer

74 Plaza Dr Ste 205
Pell City, AL 35125
Get Directions

Mapbox Map of Dr. Robert A Shaffer

Shades Crest Pediatrics

513 Brookwood Blvd Ste 401
Birmingham, AL 35209
Get Directions

Specialties

Dr. Robert A Shaffer has the following 2 specialties

  • Gastroenterology

    A gastroenterologist is a specialist in diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving the digestive/gastrointestinal (GI) tract. These doctors are experts on how food moves through the digestive system and is chemically broken down, with nutrients being absorbed and waste excreted. You might see this kind of doctor if you are experiencing any number of stomach issues, some of which might be severe diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids, ulcers, acid reflux, Crohn's disease and more.

  • Internal Medicine

    An internist is a physician who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the adult population—both acute and chronic.
    These doctors are often who adults see as their primary physicians because they treat a broad range of illnesses that do not require surgical or specialist interventions. They also work to help a patient maintain optimal health in order to prevent the onset of disease.
    In addition to treating the common cold and flu, internists also treat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Robert A Shaffer has the following 10 expertise

  • Hepatitis C
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Acid Reflux Disease (Gastroesophageal Reflux / GERD)
  • Colonoscopy
  • Celiac Disease
  • Acid Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Constipation

Dr. Robert A Shaffer has 0 board certified specialties

See the board certifications this doctor has received. Board certifications provide confidence that this doctor meets the nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge and experience

Reviews

Showing 5 of 21

Four Stars

Dr.shaffer is knowledge of his field. I have had abdominal pain for while now and his test didn't give any answers so he sent me to a surgeon for more answers and I'm pleased with my care received. I would recommend Dr.Shaffer to anyone looking for a GI doc.

Wait time
15 minutes
Easy Appointment
Promptness
Friendly Staff
Accurate Diagnosis
Bedside Manner
Spends Time with Me
Appropriate Follow-up
Full Review Rating Breakdown
Could you get more efficient? No.

This guy is a saint. He saw me pro bono until my insurance kicked in, and spent a lot of time with me when I was in the hospital. I'll never use a different GI doctor. I've seen a ton of doctors over the years for my Crohn's and he's the most efficient doctor I've ever met in my life. He's quick, have your questions ready, he'll as plenty of his own as well. He's great!

Wait time
10 minutes
Easy Appointment
Promptness
Friendly Staff
Accurate Diagnosis
Bedside Manner
Spends Time with Me
Appropriate Follow-up
Full Review Rating Breakdown
Poor follow up

I had a colonoscopy with Dr, Shaffer. I knew the medicine had not completely worked and told the staff, but they encouraged me to go through with it anyway because they could "finish evacuating" during the procedure. It turns out they could not. He attempted the procedure anyway unsuccessfully and I got a call from the nurse the next day saying I needed to reschedule. I asked to talk directly to him to see what percentage of my colon he could see and after talking with 2 different nurses allegedly reading the same chart, I got 2 different answers. I kept asking to talk to Dr. Shaffer before too much time passed and he forgot what he saw during the procedure. It took 2 weeks to get a call back from him and he had done dozens of procedures since then but talked as if he remembered my procedure. I have my doubts because he gave me a different answer than the 2 nurses. He only seemed interested in rescheduling me, not answering me. He did explain that he had a busy schedule, but I have a busy schedule too and chasing him down is something I won't make time for in the future. If a Doctor values his busy schedule to the neglect of mine, he will no longer be my Doctor.

Wait time
30 minutes
Easy Appointment
Promptness
Friendly Staff
Accurate Diagnosis
Bedside Manner
Spends Time with Me
Appropriate Follow-up
Full Review Rating Breakdown
more problems because of him

Went to Shaffer because his father in law is no longer in practice. I was scheduled for a endo-oscopy. The endo has caused TMJ and I have had to have alot of work done on my teeth since the procedure and 6mnths later I am still having a lot of throat pain and having to see an ENT again to try and find it there was damage done during the procedure. He never spoke to me about what was found in the endo only spoke to my family. Do NOT recommend this doctor. He had no follow up with me after the procedure.

Wait time
30 minutes
Easy Appointment
Promptness
Friendly Staff
Accurate Diagnosis
Bedside Manner
Spends Time with Me
Appropriate Follow-up
Full Review Rating Breakdown
One Star

Dr. Shaffer is an intelligent doctor but I feel he is arrogant. He seems distracted everytime I visit him. I feel like he doesn't want to be at work. And I don't feel like he spends enough time talking to you.

Wait time
5 minutes
Easy Appointment
Promptness
Friendly Staff
Accurate Diagnosis
Bedside Manner
Spends Time with Me
Full Review Rating Breakdown
  • Awards

    1 Award

  • Patients' Choice Award

    Patients' Choice Award (2018)

    Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.

  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Shaffer is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • Education

    19 Years Experience

  • University Of Alabama School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1999

  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Robert A Shaffer accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Alabama
    • BCBS AL PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA HMO
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
    • CIGNA PPO
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice POS
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
    • Humana National POS
  • Multiplan
    • Multiplan PPO
    • PHCS PPO
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Navigate HMO
    • UHC Navigate POS
    • UHC Options PPO

Locations & Directions

  • Similiar Doctors

    Dr. Robert A Shaffer is similar to the following 3 Doctors near Birmingham, AL.