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Thomas H. Shaffer, PhD

Thomas H. Shaffer, PhD

Title: Medical Professor
Company: Thomas Jefferson Medical College, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Location: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, United States

Thomas H. Shaffer, PhD, Medical President at Thomas Jefferson Medical College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical innovation.

Since 2001, Dr. Shaffer has excelled as associate director of Nemours Biomedical Research and the director of the Nemours Research Lung Center with the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition, he also serves as professor of pediatrics with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Dr. Shaffer’s initial career focus was in mechanical engineering. After initially achieving a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in 1968 he was appointed an instructor of mechanical engineering and enrolled in mathematics at Pennsylvania State University. Subsequently, he went on to earn a Master of Science in Applied Mechanics from Drexel University in 1970 and achieved a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mechanics from Drexel University in 1972. Turning his attention to medicine, Dr. Shaffer completed coursework as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1973.

Dr. Shaffer continued his teaching career as a postdoctoral fellow in physiology at the University of Pennsylvania and remained there as a research associate in physiology, an associate in physiology and medicine, and finally as an assistant professor of physiology until 1977, when he accepted a position as an associate professor of physiology at the Temple University School of Medicine. He was promoted to professor of physiology and pediatrics at the Temple University School of Medicine in 1987 where he is currently an emeritus professor of physiology and pediatrics. In a stellar medical career, he is proudest of leading the first clinical trial using oxygen-rich liquid ventilation to help premature infants breathe. Dr. Shaffer’s occupational expertise has also resulted in numerous grants, awards and patents, and a nomination for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Award in 2010.

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