Dr. James Shaffer, MD

Critical Care MedicineMaleAge 55

Dr. Shaffer
Accepting new patients

Brevard Health Alliance

2120 Sarno Rd Melbourne, FL 32935

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(321) 241-6800

Dr. James Shaffer, MD is a Critical Care Medicine Specialist in Melbourne, FL and has over 29 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Ohio State U, College of Medicine medical school in 1992. He is affiliated with medical facilities Holmes Regional Medical Center and Viera Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Shaffer to book an appointment.

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Dr. Shaffer's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acidosis
  • Acute Bronchitis
  • Acute Lower Respiratory Infection
  • Acute Pharyngitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Adrenal Gland Cancer
  • Alkalosis
  • Arterial Blood Gas Test (ABG)
  • Asthma
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Bird Flu
  • Bone Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Bronchospasm
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Chickenpox
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Cough
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Emphysema
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Gallstones
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatopulmonary Syndrome
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Ileus
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Ischemic Colitis
  • Liver Cancer
  • Low Blood Oxygen Level
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Lung Nodule
  • Metastatic Respiratory System Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pelvic Abscess
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pneumonia
  • Pneumonitis (Due to Solids or Liquids)
  • Primary Biliary Cholangitis
  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Insufficiency
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Respiratory Management
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus
  • Rheumatoid Lung Disease
  • Rib Fracture
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Septic Embolism
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Study
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Swine Flu
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracentesis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tuberculosis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Viral Infection
  • Wheezing

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Dr. Shaffer accepts the following insurance:

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Superior Health Plan
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National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
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Cigna PPO
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MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO

Dr. Shaffer's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Shaffer

3.8

Based on 19 ratings

5 Stars
63.1578947368421%
(12)
4 Stars
5.2631578947368425%
(1)
3 Stars
5.2631578947368425%
(1)
2 Stars
5.2631578947368425%
(1)
1 Star
21.05263157894737%
(4)
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Fantastic! He was phenomenal with my son. His bedside manner was excellent, always kind and caring and extremely knowledgeable. He explained things to us in a way that we were able to understand. I would recommend him to my family and friends.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Sep 16, 2019
Dr. Shaffer is one of the best Dr.s I know! He helped my son when he had a pneumonia. He is very kind, caring, thorough and extremely intelligent. I would recommend him to all my family and friends.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Sep 16, 2019
I've been a patient of Dr. Shaffer for about 7 years. Over the last 2 years, this office had scheduled me for an appointment which takes at least 3 months to get. Then they've cancelled the appointment the same day saying he has an emergency and they reschedule. This has gone on for 2 years. Now they've discharged me for missing appointments. I've tried to speak with the manager but no one will return my call. They've also been totally inaccurate with records. I highly recommend going elsewhere!
What went well
  • Office environment
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
7 people found this helpful
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Thomas S. in Melbourne, FL – Sep 24, 2018
Fantastic doctor. I left the previous one star review. Stating about his lack of communication however after meeting him finally I see that he's just not a people person but is actually a great caring compassionate doctor. Thankful he's my mother's.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Amy in Melbourne – Feb 25, 2018
Horrible bedside manners. Mother is very ill the nurses have stated over and over the doctor needs to call me (her healthcare surrogate) to explain what's going on and give me test results. However he's had my mom for 6 days now and has not called ONCE no matter how many times I've called and begged for them to have him call me. I would never recommend him. Yes he's an amazing doctor (in theory) however not being able to communicate or be compassionate eliminates any awards any education
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
4 people found this helpful
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Amy in Melbourne – Feb 24, 2018
I met Dr. Shaffer under somewhat urgent conditions. I have recently moved to Florida from Minnesota and found myself in need of rotator cuff surgery. Before I could have the surgery I had to find a pulmonologist very quickly to ok me having surgery as I have COPD. He accommodated me very quickly. He went out of his way to make me feel very comfortable. I hate going to see lung Drs but this man changed all that in our first visit. He is a great Dr and I would recommend him highly to everyone.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Marlys Woelfel in Melbourne, FL – Apr 07, 2017
I have had sleep apnea almost 20 years that has been diagnosed. I also have been a pulmonary patient for that same amount of time and have seen a few of the pulmonary specialists. It is with a great deal of respect that I highly recommend Dr. James Shaffer. Not only is he extremely thorough but a caring and knowledgeable physician who takes his time with each and every patient. Finally I get the care I need. Thank you Dr. Shaffer!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Barbara in Melbourne, FL – Apr 07, 2017
Dr. Shaffer was a godsend to me. I had been looking for someone to recommend a GI doctor to me and no one could. I was admitted to the hospital and could not have found a better doctor and I am recommending him to everyone I know.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Melbourne, Florida – Oct 12, 2016

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About Me

Biography

Dr. James Shaffer, MD is a Critical Care Medicine Specialist in Melbourne, FL and has over 29 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from...Read more

Specialties

  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Sleep Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease

Education

Ohio State U MC
Fellowship Hospital
2005
University Of Florida, Master Of Health Administration
1996
Columbus Chldns Hosp
Residency Hospital
1996
Ohio State U MC
Residency Hospital
1996
Ohio State U/Columbus Chldns Hosp
Internship Hospital
1992
Ohio State U, College of Medicine
Medical School
,

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Outstanding Student Award, University of Florida, 2005
  • Resident Teaching Award, The Ohio State University, College of Medicine Class of 1997, 1997
  • Outstanding Physician Volunteer, H.O.P.E. Clinic, 2004
  • Healthcare Industry Specialty Award, SCCM, 2006
  • Ironman New Zealand Finisher, 2011
  • Golden Eagle Humanitarian Award, Health First Inc., 2009
  • Outstanding Senior Resident Award, The Ohio State University, Dept. of Internal Medicine, 1996
  • Ironman Florida 70.3 Finisher, 2012, 2010
  • Outstanding Teaching Resident Award, The Ohio State University, Dept. of Internal Medicine, 1995
  • Outstanding Teaching Resident Award, The Ohio State University, Dept. of Pediatrics, 1996

Media & Publications

  • The Use of Expandable Metal Stents to Facilitate Extubation in Patients with Large Airway Obstruction, 1998
  • Massive Hemoptysis as the Presenting Manifestation in a Child with Histoplasmosis, 1997

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Dr. Shaffer frequently treats Sleep Apnea, Respiratory Management, and Pneumonia. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Shaffer treats.

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Dr. Shaffer's office is located at 2120 Sarno Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Practice

Brevard Health Alliance2120 Sarno Rd Melbourne, FL 32935
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Viera Medical Plaza8725 N Wickham Rd Ste 302 Melbourne, FL 32940
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Sat: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Sun: 8:00am - 4:30pm
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Shaffer is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Holmes Regional Medical Center

Melbourne, FL

67% Patient Experience Rating, 2% lower than the national average

1 Award Received

Viera Hospital

Melbourne, FL

87% Patient Experience Rating, 18% higher than the national average

5 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)