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Christopher                    Schaeffer

Christopher P. Schaeffer MD

Department of Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Internal Medicine

Professional Summary:

I primarily practice inpatient medicine at Buffalo General Hospital. I also supervise residents in an outpatient practice at Erie County Medical Center two days a week. My philosophy of medical care is to work with patients and come to the best plan of action for the issues facing that patient. I believe in a cooperative model of care that incorporates my experience and judgment along with the patient‘s values and preferences. Education is a significant part of my work and I believe that my role as a physician is not only to diagnose and treat, but to educate patients. Since information and education is often not the only thing patients need, I practice and believe in techniques that can improve motivation for healthy choices. I consider my experience in motivational interviewing to be an important component of my clinical expertise.

Education and Training:
  • MD, Medicine, University at Buffalo (1998)
  • AB, Psychology, Harvard College, Cum Laude (1991)
  • Assistant Professor, Medicine, University at Buffalo (2011-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Medicine, University at Buffalo (2001-present)
  • Medical Director Hertel Elmwood Internal Medicine, Medicine, Kaleida Health (2008–2011)
Awards and Honors:
  • Tow Award (2006)

Professional Memberships:
  • Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (2011–present)
  • ACP (2001–2011)
  • "Fatigue Prevention and Management" (2014)
  • "Preparing Patients for Change - Motivational Interviewing" Ambulatory Conference, UBMD, Internal Medicine (2014)
  • "SAFER - Fatigue Issues for Medical Residents" Morning Report, Training Program, Medicine Residents (2011)
  • "Motivational Interviewing" City-Wide Grand Rounds (2010)
  • "Opiate Use in Patients with Histories of Addiction" Palliative Medicine Fellows (2008)

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Contact Information

Department of Medicine Education
ECMC, 206 DK Miller Building
462 Grider Street
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: (716) 898-3941
Fax: (716) 898-3279

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