Dr. Justin Schaffer, Heart Valve Surgeon

Hello! My name is Dr. Justin Schaffer and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2010. To date, I have performed approximately 1,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 500 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. Read more...

5 Patient Reviews for Dr. Schaffer

"Dr. Schaffer is a great Surgeon. He explained every procedure, and the reason they had to be done. He never seemed to worry about the time taken. I felt confident he was the best. Still feel the same after my surgery."

-- james Yarbrough, Pulmonary Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/31/2017

"I am 44 year old male. I had a dilated aortic root, grade 4 aortic insufficiency, and a mildly dilated left ventricle. I was fortunate enough to have found this by chance (before it turned into heart failure). My EF (ejection fraction) was still normal. I traveled to the Heart Hospital Baylor in Plano, TX from Arkansas (8 hours away). I was looking for an experienced surgeon to replace my aortic root and repair my aortic valve. While this was my “plan A”, I also came here to cover my “plan B”. Which was to have an On-X mechanical valve and conduit used, if the valve could not be repaired. So I was looking for a surgeon, who was not only experienced with aortic valve and root repairs, but who also had experience with the On-x mechanical aortic valves. That is just what I found with Dr. Schaffer and Dr. Brinkman. They did a great job. I am recovering well. I am three weeks postop and doing much better than I anticipated. Once they opened me up and got a good look at the valve, they discovered that they would not be able to repair it. The valve contained fenestrations, which were not seen on the TEE. These fenestrations caused the tissue to be too thin to be repaired. Although this complication was an unexpected occurrence, it was important to me to have both options covered just in case. I work in medical field, and I know that unexpected things do happen occasionally during surgery. I had surgery on a Tuesday. I was extubated fairly quickly (I barely remember it). The central lines and chest tubes were removed a few days later. If my INR had cooperated I would have got to leave that Saturday, but instead I was discharged on Monday once my INR was more therapeutic. Still pretty good for such a major surgery. Since I had a mechanical valve placed I will take Coumadin the rest of my life, but with this valve I will have to take much less. The valve was a little louder the first week, but I can barely hear it now. Occasionally, if I am sitting in a quiet room and sitting in the right position I can hear the click. Not bad at all. Dr. Schaffer came by every day and checked on me. I found him to have a great bedside manner and would highly recommend him. I don’t believe I would be doing this well without their exceptional skill and expertise. "

-- Dallas Book, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 03/21/2017

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My Specialities & Interests

Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:

  • Aortic valve disease (TAVR and surgical AVR)
  • Mitral valve repair
  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery

In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:

  • Long-term survival after cardiac surgery
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissections
  • Coronary artery disease

Education, Training & Certificates

Dr. Justin Schaffer, heart surgeon, graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2010.

After medical school, Dr. Schaffer completed a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at Stanford University in 2016.

During his career, Dr. Schaffer has received several awards including:

* Alpha Omega Alpha (medical school honor society)
* President’s Award from Society of Thoracic Surgeons
* Norman E. Shumway Award from Western Thoracic Surgical Association

Dr. Justin Schaffer

The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano
4716 Alliance Blvd.
Plano, TX
(888) 374-1164

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