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Stanley J. Schaffer, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 275-2821

Office: (585) 275-0267

Fax: (585) 461-1231

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Dr. Schaffer is a primary care pediatrician who enjoys following children as they grow from infancy to childhood to adolescence to adulthood. He has been privileged to have interacted with some families for many years, having been a part of their lives over multiple generations. Dr. Schaffer likes forging close relationships with his patients which endure as they grow and develop. Dr. Schaffer is also a nationally-known expert about lead poisoning, and he heads the Rochester office of the Western New York Lead Poisoning Resource Center, which coordinates treatment for children with significant lead poisoning and works closely with county health departments, clinicians, community groups and others in our area to help identify children with lead poisoning, educate the public about this preventable condition, aid clinicians in the medical management of children with elevated blood lead levels and assist families who are forced to deal with the adverse effects of lead poisoning.


Dr. Schaffer's primary areas of research have been related to lead poisoning risk assessment and immunization delivery. He has been involved with several research projects assessing lead screening practices and seeking ways to accurately predict which children may be at risk for lead poisoning. His work includes efforts to improve the effectiveness of the CDC's lead risk assessment questionnaire in predicting which children have elevated lead levels, a nationwide survey of pediatricians to evaluate their lead screening practices and evaluation of parental views of lead screening. He is also a research director for the Greater Rochester Practice-Based Research Network.

In addition, Dr. Schaffer has led or has been involved in several research projects dealing with immunization delivery, including surveys of physician policies and opinions regarding new vaccines, an evaluation of physicians' adolescent immunization practices, studies looking at the use autodialers and text messaging to remind and recall adolescents of the need to see their physician for immunizations and health supervision, studies assessing the ability to provide influenza vaccine to children in school, a study that evaluated the availability of hepatitis and HIV screening and hepatitis vaccination for high-risk adolescents who receive medical care in non-traditional settings outside traditional primary care medical practices a study looking at enhancing the use of features of the New York State Immunization Information System to assist primary care medical practices in improving their immunization rates and studies evaluating the feasibility of centralized reminders from state immunization information systems to improve rates of influenza and HPV vaccine uptake. He also serves as a content expert for a national quality improvement initiative that aims to reduce missed opportunities to provide HPV vaccine to eligible adolescents.



MD | Sackler School of Medicine (Tel Aviv University)

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1986 - 06/30/1989
Residency in Pediatrics at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia

07/01/1985 - 06/30/1986
Internship in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia


Best in Medicine Award
Sponsor: American Health Council

2017 - 2018
Elected by his peers for Inclusion in Best Doctors in America, 2017
Sponsor: America's Best Doctors

2011 - 2014
Elected by his peers annually for Inclusion in Best Doctors in America 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Sponsor: America's Best Doctors

Nomination for the 1st Annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester

2001 - 2008
Elected by his peers annually for inclusion in Best Doctors in America 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Sponsor: America's Best Doctors

Robert Haggerty-Stanford Friedman Faculty Research Scholarship
Sponsor: Department of Pediatrics
Location: University of Rochester

Elected to Membership
Sponsor: Society for Pediatric Research

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Journal Articles

Narang C, Rosen-Carole C, Miller RK, Perez-D'Gregorio R, Shaw MH, Schaffer S, Jee SH. "Who Makes the Choice: Ethical Considerations Regarding Instituting Breastfeeding in a Mother Who Has Compromised Mental Capacity." Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.. 2021 Apr 19; Epub 2021 Apr 19.

Hofstetter AM, Schaffer S. "Childhood and Adolescent Vaccination in Alternative Settings." Academic pediatrics.. 2021 21(4S):S50-S56.

Jee SH, Miller RK, Perez-D'Gregorio R, Becker JD, Schaffer SJ. "The Importance of Supervising Toothbrush Usage for Young Children at Risk of Lead Toxicity." Journal of dentistry for children (Chicago, Ill.). 2020 Sep 15; 87(3):175-178.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Lead Poisoning
Book Title: Mosby's Clinical Pediatric Advisor, 2nd Edition
Author List: Schaffer, SJ, Campbell JR
Published By: Mosby 2007 in Garfunkel KC, Christy C, Kaczorowski J

Chapter Title: Lead poisoning
Book Title: Mosby's Clinical Pediatric Advisor, First Edition
Author List: Schaffer SJ, Campbell JR
Edited By: Garfunkel LC, Christy C, Kaczorowski J
Published By: Mosby 2002 in St. Louis, MO

Chapter Title: Childhood lead exposure
Book Title: Ambulatory Pediatrics
Author List: Schaffer SJ, Campbell JR
Edited By: Green M, Haggerty RJ, Weitzman ML
Published By: Saunders 1999 in Philadelphia, PA