Virginia O. Shaffer, MD


Titles and Roles

Professor, Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery
Emory School of Medicine
Surgical Grand Rounds Co-Director, Department of Surgery
Emory School of Medicine
Colorectal Surgeon
Anal Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Virginia O. Shaffer, MD, is Professor of Surgery in the Division of Colorectal Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Board certified in general surgery and colorectal surgery, Dr. Shaffer treats patients with colon, rectal and anal cancer, and other gastrointestinal malignancies. She has been practicing with Emory Healthcare since 2011.

Dr. Shaffer is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. She is a fellow with American College of Surgeons and holds memberships with Society of University Surgeons, American College of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.


Dr. Shaffer received her MD from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed her postgraduate training in General Surgery Internship and Residency at Emory University School of Medicine, as a Transplant Immunology Fellow at Emory Transplant Center, and as a Colorectal Fellow at Cleveland Clinic Florida.


Dr. Shaffer's research interests include:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease immunology
  • Cancer treatment
  • Outcomes research
  • Transplant immunology
  • Intestinal microbial transplantation/microbiome


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