Steven J. Schafer, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine Specialist
Sports Medicine Specialist
Coastal Center (SR 64)
Dr. Steven Schafer is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in knee and shoulder surgery as well as sports injuries. He completed his fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine and arthroscopy at the world-renowned American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Schafer treats patients of all ages with special interest in athletic injuries in both the young and aging athlete. Dr. Schafer serves as the sports medicine physician to the Pittsburgh Pirates, U.S. Soccer Team, IMG Academies and State College of Florida.
Dr. Schafer enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan and a die hard wolverines fan.
Doctor of Medicine:
University of Michigan
University of Missouri
Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Fellowship at American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor in Orthopedic Surgery – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 for Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine Physician to the:
Clinical Teaching Physician for residency training program – Blake Medical center and Manatee Memorial Hospital
Research Scholar – National Institutes of Health researching cartilage repair
Dr. Schafer has taken great care of me for many years. I greatly respect his approach in that he is not quick to recommend surgery as a first solution. No, he suggested PT, medication and injections before we talked about surgery on my right shoulder, I have since gone back to Dr. Schafer to help with my left shoulder as well. Thank you, Dr. Shafer. I am as good as new!
Dr. Schafer and his entire staff are wonderful! Dr. Schafer is very thorough, genuinely concerned about you as a patient, takes a lot of time to answer y our questions and concerns, and is a wonderful surgeon. He is very caring and has passed this level of professionalism along to all of his staff. Phone calls are answered promptly, the waiting time is minimal. I cannot say enough good things about this doctor and his practice. Therapy staff is A++ also. All of my experiences have been A++.
He is great…I had a very interesting and difficult case of a badly messed up knee due to a fall, he was very thorough in making a decision on treatment, you can tell he really cares and wants what is best for you. The last thing he wanted to do was make my life harder by putting me through surgery and having a longer recovery times and I am grateful he found a better way to deal with it.
Jordan Reed, Bradenton, FL
Dr. Schaffer and his staff did an excellent job in repairing my torn rotator cuff on August 29, 2018. In fact, within 1 day I was completely pain-free and remained pain-free ever since even throughout physical therapy. In fact, I did so well in therapy that I was released to full duty on my job that requires me to lift heavy objects. I most definitely would recommend Dr. Schaffer to anyone that requires this type of surgery.
Willie A., Yelp.com
Great doc and Tresta, his assistant is amazing! They went out of their way to help me. Even the staff at the hospital where I had my surgery said that Dr. Schafer is one of their favorites. He may not have a comedic banter with patients, but he is kind and knowledgeable which is what I look for in a physician.
Windy M., Google.com
My experience with Dr. Schafer has been excellent. From diagnosis, through surgery, and into post-op, Dr.Schafer has clearly communicated the details and next steps to complete the journey. I would highly recommend his expertise to anyone.
Very caring and through. He spent a lot of time with me going over all my options. Did not try to push me into surgery until all my other options had been explored and exhausted.
Rotator cuff repair, excellent results. The team PA Holly and DA Tresta are courteous and follow up on requests for service providing excellent care.
Dr. Schafer is an excellent surgeon. He repaired my rotator cuff; left shoulder. He takes pride in his work and always does his absolute best. He has vast knowledge and recall of that is excellent.
Excellent. I just had a second surgery for a torn rotator cuff (2nd shoulder) and the experience was excellent. I have little to no pain and based on the first surgery I expect a rapid recovery.