Todd D. Shaffer, MD, MBA, FAAFP, a family physician in Kansas City, Missouri, is a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 129,600 physicians and medical students nationwide.
As an AAFP board member, Shaffer advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
Shaffer has practiced family medicine for 31 years. He serves the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine as a full professor of family medicine and served as the family medicine resident program director from 2002 to 2017. Shaffer practices the full scope of family medicine through University Physicians Associates at Truman Medical Centers, which is the only safety net hospital system in Missouri and Kansas. He is currently the inpatient section chief and EICU director for Truman Lakewood Medical Center and continues to provide surgical obstetrical care and advanced women’s care procedures. His further mission is to expand the scope of family medicine residents and practicing family physicians for the future ultimate generalist meeting the needs of their communities. Shaffer is also a lifetime member of the American Osteopathic Association.
A member of the AAFP since 1992, Shaffer has served as a member of several commissions including the Commission on Finance and the Commission on Continuing Professional Development. He served seven years on the Association of Family Medicine Residency Board of Directors, serving as its president in 2015. Shaffer also served as the chair of the Council of Academic Medicine in 2016. At the state level, Shaffer has served the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians in various leadership roles including chapter vice president, president and board chair, and chairman of the Commission on Education for many years. He has also served as a Missouri delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates.
Shaffer served as national campaign advisor and speaker for the Health is Primary campaign, part of Family Medicine for America’s Health, and served four years as a member of AAFP’s Working Party.
Shaffer earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Missouri–Kansas City. He earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri–Columbia. He completed his family medicine residency at the University of Missouri–Kansas City Community and Family Medicine Residency Program. In addition, Shaffer earned his Master of Business Administration in physician leadership at Rockhurst University in Kansas City.
He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.