Christopher I Shaffrey

Christopher I Shaffrey, MD

General Neurological Surgery Appointment
Neurological Surgery
Call 434.243.7026
Primary Location:

PO Box 800386

Charlottesville, VA 22908-0212

Secondary Locations:
ABMS Certification:
Neurological Surgery, 1997; Orthopaedic Surgery, 1997
Research Interests:

Clinical outcomes of spinal surgery, New treatments for spinal cord injury, New technologies in spinal surgery, Results of treatment for spinal deformity

Clinical Practice:
Vertebral Compression Fracture, Cervical Myelopathy, Chronic Neck Pain, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated Disc, Neck Sprain, Meningioma, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Tumors, Spondylolysis, Esthesioneuroblastoma, Scoliosis-child, Spinal Fusion, Lumbar Stenosis, Idiopathic Scoliosis-adolescent, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Cervical Disc Herniation, Cervical Stenosis, Degenerative Scoliosis, Degenerative Spondyloisthesis, Isthmic Spondylolisthesis, Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease, Balloon Kyphoplasty, Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP), Cervical Artificial Discs, Computer Enhanced Navigation: Image Guided Spine Surgery, ALIF, DLIF, PLIF, TLIF, Spine, Pediatric Neurosurgery

Christopher I Shaffrey, MD, FACS graduated magna cum laude from The Citadel in 1982 with B.S. degree in Biology. He played varsity basketball and was the co-captain his senior year. In 1986, Dr. Shaffrey received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He completed his general surgical internship at Naval Hospital San Diego in 1987 where he was named the surgical intern of the year. He completed both neurosurgical and orthopaedics residencies at the University of Virginia. A spine fellowship in pediatric and adult reconstructive spine surgery was completed in 1995.

Following completion of his surgical training he was appointed to the senior staff in the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital where he was actively involved in treating members of Detroit’s college and professional athletic teams. In 1999, Dr. Shaffrey was appointed Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Adjunct Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 2003, he returned to the University of Virginia as Professor of Neurological Surgery and Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Division. In 2008, he was named Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgery.  In 2013, Dr. Shaffrey was named the John A. Jane Professor of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Shaffrey is board certified in the fields of Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Shaffrey has an active research interest in spinal surgery, particularly in numerous multicenter outcome research studies of pediatric and adult scoliosis, spinal cord injury, spinal trauma and tumors involving the spinal column. He has been a funded principal investigator in numerous grants and clinical trials. He has served on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery and Journal of Spinal Disorders. He is currently a Deputy Editor for both the journal Spine and Spine Deformity. Dr. Shaffrey has greater than 200 publications, greater than 750 national and international presentations and served as editor for several textbooks on spinal surgery.

During his career in medicine, Dr. Shaffrey has won numerous awards for clinical medicine. He as won the Counsel of State Neurosurgical Societies Young Neurosurgeons Award. He has been named to Best Doctors and Top Doctors numerous times. He has an active role in organized neurosurgery and spinal surgery. He has served as the Chair for the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. He is currently the Chair of IMAST meeting. Dr. Shaffrey is a Director for the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He has been named to numerous honorary academic societies including the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and the Society of Neurological Surgeons.

  • 2011-2018 Best Doctors in America® List
University of Virginia, 1986
Neurosurgery, University of Virginia; Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Virginia
Neurosurgery, University of Virginia