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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.
Dr. Robert A Shaffer has the following 2 specialties
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.
Dr. Robert A Shaffer has the following 10 expertise
- Hepatitis C
- Abdominal Pain
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Acid Reflux Disease (Gastroesophageal Reflux / GERD)
- Celiac Disease
- Acid Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Dr. Robert A Shaffer has 0 board certified specialties
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Shaffer is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
19 Years Experience
University Of Alabama School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1999
Dr. Robert A Shaffer accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
- BCBS AL PPO
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- Humana Choice POS
- Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
- Humana National POS
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
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