About Robert A. Shaffer, MD

Dr. Shaffer joined Gastro Health in July 2005 and practices at our St. Vincent’s East, Gardendale and Pell City care centers. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Troy State University and his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His internship and residency were performed at Carolinas Medical Center and his Gastroenterology/Hepatology fellowship was performed at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences where he developed a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease, NASH, Hepatobiliary disorders and Therapeutic ERCP.

He is the recipient of the Medical Student Enrichment Program International Scholar Award, National Humanism in Medicine Award, Sarah B. Davis Humanism in Medicine Award, CMC International European Exchange Scholar, and was honored as Preceptor Of The Year for the Family Practice Residency at St. Vincent’s East.

Dr. Shaffer is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Hepato-Gastroenterology.  His interests and experience includes General GI, Hepatology, Pancreatology, EGD, Colonoscopy, Enteroscopy, Capsule endoscopy, ERCP, Liver Biopsy, PEG, Esophageal/Colonic Stenting, APC, IRC, EMR, Banding of Esophageal Varices, Hemmorhoids, Treatment of Hepatitis B/C, Pre and Post Liver Transplant, GI Bleed, and treatment of Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Esophageal Motility Disorders.

Dr. Shaffer is a current member of the American College of Physicians, American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and is the immediate past President of the Alabama Gastroenterological Society.

Dr. Shaffer is in collaborative practice with:

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Lisa A. Peoples, CRNP

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Conditions & Procedures

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acid Reflux & GERD
  • Anal Fistulas
  • Anemia
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Celiac Disease
  • Colitis
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Colon Diseases & Polyps
  • Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis
  • Dyspepsia
  • Dysphagia
  • Gastritis
  • Hepatitis
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Capsule Endoscopy (Pill Cam)
  • Colonoscopy (Screening & Diagnostic)
  • EGD (Upper Endoscopy)
  • Enteroscopy (Small & Large Bowel)
  • ERCP & Stents
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Liver Biopsies
  • PEG Placement
  • PEG Placement

Office Locations

Primary Location

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St. Vincent's East

100 Pilot Medical Dr.
Suite 250
Birmingham, AL 35235

Phone: 205-838-3034
Fax: 877-776-2535

Additional Locations

Pell City

74 Plaza Dr.
Pell City, AL 35125

Phone: 205-838-3034
Fax: 877-776-2535

Directions

Gardendale

2217 Decatur Hwy.
Gardendale, AL 35071

Phone: 205-838-3034
Fax: 877-776-2535

Directions

Procedure Locations

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Education

Medical

University of Alabama School of Medicine

Residency

Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center

Fellowship

University of Arkansas College of Medicine

Professional Highlights

Certifications

Board Certified in Gastroenterology

Awards & Recognitions

  • Medical Student Enrichment Program International Scholar Award
  • Sarah B. Davis Humanism in Medicine Award
  • CMC International European Exchange Scholar
  • Preceptor Of The Year for the Family Practice Residency at St. Vincent’s East

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Physicians
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • President Emeritus of the Alabama Gastroenterological Society

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