We are happy to welcome surgeon Timothy Schaffner, MD, FACS, FASMBS, to Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss.
“I have always been fascinated by the challenge of medicine,” Dr. Schaffner shares. “The idea that no matter how much you know, you never can know everything. It is the fostering of a lifelong quest for learning.”
From an early point in his residency, Dr. Schaffner enjoyed the challenge of minimally invasive surgery, spending hours practicing his laparoscopic skills and ultimately winning the “Top Gun” award at the annual Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) meeting.
After graduating from his medical fellowship in 2018, Dr. Schaffner began his career as an active-duty staff surgeon in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Brooke Army Medical Center – the largest Department of Defense hospital in the world.
“I built a busy bariatric and foregut surgery practice and was responsible for teaching residents and medical students daily,” Dr. Schaffner explains.
He was deployed in 2020 as part of a ground surgical team, providing forward resuscitative surgery in remote locations.
“I found providing care to active-duty military members and their families to be incredibly rewarding. So many men and women have made great sacrifices in service to our country, and I was honored to be able to care for many of them, and to give back in my own small way.”
Today, Dr. Schaffner is excited to join our team at Bon Secours to continue to help patients and make an impact in the field of bariatric and general surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive bariatric surgery, paraesophageal hernia repair as well as general surgery.
Most patients who seek out Dr. Schaffner are facing difficulty in controlling their weight or their reflux, which is significantly impacting their quality of life.
“At some point, most every physician will say that they entered into their field of practice because they enjoy helping people in need. That is what I love the most about surgery for obesity and reflux – it is truly life-changing for patients,” Dr. Schaffner explains. “To see the change in their quality of life after surgery is truly humbling and never gets old for me.”
Dr. Schaffner approaches each patient in a unique way, with each treatment plan personalized for the patient.
He shares, “I want my patients to feel as if their treatment plan was made with their own input and at their own direction. I never want a patient to feel as if they came into the office and just
had a procedure done because I told them to. Each patient should have a stake in their
own care, and every opportunity to voice their own concerns, goals and thoughts.”
When he is not helping patients, Dr. Schaffner enjoys golfing, playing the guitar, skiing and spending time with his wife and two daughters.