Fund Purpose: To support an international surgeon scholar to attend the AANS/CNS Spine Section Meeting to present a paper.
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FAANS, graduated magna cum laude from The Citadel in 1982 with a BS 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 orthopaedics residencies at the University of Virginia. A spine fellowship in pediatric and adult reconstructive spine surgery was completed in 1995.
In 2003, he returned to the University of Virginia as professor of neurological surgery and director of the Neurosurgery Spine Division. In 2008, he was named Harrison distinguished teaching professor of neurological and orthopaedic surgery. In 2013, Dr. Shaffrey was named the John A. Jane professor of neurological surgery. In 2018, Dr. Shaffrey was named chief of the Duke Spine Division. In his new role at Duke, he will lead the spine division, which is newly created as a collaboration between the neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery departments. 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 cord injury, 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 the Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery and the Journal of Spinal Disorders. He is currently a deputy editor for both the journals Spine and Spine Deformity. Dr. Shaffrey has greater than 400 peer reviewed publications, greater than 750 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 is a past treasurer of the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS). He has served as chair of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST). Currently, Dr. Shaffrey is the president-elect of the AANS. He has been named to numerous honorary academic societies including the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and the Society of Neurological Surgeons.
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