Faculty Profiles

Virginia Shaffer, MD

Virginia O. Shaffer, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of General and GI Surgery & Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Emory University School of Medicine

Co-Director, Surgical Grand Rounds, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Telephone: 404.727.1540

Email: virginia.o.shaffer@emory.edu

American Board of Surgery Certification: General Surgery, Colorectal Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2011


Dr. Shaffer earned her MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, did her general surgery internship and residency at the Emory University School of Medicine, and completed her colorectal surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Florida. Her clinical specialties are laparoscopy, colon and rectal cancer, anal cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, pouchitis, anorectal pathology, hereditary polyposis syndromes, rectal prolapse, pelvic floor disorders, and anal fistula. Her primary research focus is to collaborate with gastroenterologists on refining specific treatment for inflammatory bowel disease patients by developing methods to characterize response to medical and surgical therapies and ultimately tailor treatment to the individual patient based on genetic typing or phenotype.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic

  • Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University


  • MD, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2003

  • General Surgery Internship and Residency, Emory University School of Medicine, 2003-2010

  • Transplant Immunology Fellowship, Emory Transplant Center, 2005-2007
  • Colorectal Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Florida, 2010-2011

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • American College of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: Residents Committee, Young Researchers Committee

  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons

  • Association of Academic Surgery

Clinical Interests

  • Laparoscopy

  • Colon and rectal cancer

  • Robotic colorectal surgery

  • Anal cancer

  • Crohn's disease

  • Ulcerative colitis

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Pouchitis

  • Anorectal pathology

  • Hereditary polyposis syndromes

  • Rectal prolapse

  • Pelvic floor disorders

  • Anal fistula

Research Interests

  • Inflammatory bowel disease immunology

  • Cancer treatment

  • Outcomes research

  • Transplant immunology

  • Intestinal microbial transplantation/microbiome