Andrew I. Schafer received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago, and his fellowship in hematology at the Brigham and Women’s (formerly Peter Bent Brigham) Hospital. He remained at the Brigham and rose to the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School before moving to Houston in 1989 to become Chief of Medicine of the Houston VA Medical Center and the W.A. and Deborah Moncrief, Jr. Chair of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where he was subsequently appointed The Bob and Vivian Smith Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Baylor as well as Chief of Medicine at The Methodist Hospital. In 2002 he returned to his medical school alma mater as the Frank Wister Thomas Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2007-2013 he was the E. Hugh Luckey Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and Physician-in-Chief of the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Schafer was appointed to his current position as Director of the Richard T. Silver Center for Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPNs) at Weill Cornell Medical College in August 2013.
Dr. Schafer is the author of over 220 original articles and the editor of 9 textbooks in the field of myeloproliferative neoplasms, hemostasis, thrombosis, hematology, and internal medicine. He has been Co-Editor (with Lee Goldman) of the Cecil Textbook of Medicine since the 24th edition. His clinical expertise is in the area of hematology, coagulation, thrombosis, and the myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs), and he has been clinically active in both outpatient and inpatient care on a continuous basis since his training. He continues to be an active investigator, currently studying the role of different blood cells and plasma proteins in the cerebral microcirculation of transgenic mice with MPNs, using novel imaging methodologies. He was the principal investigator of NIH grants for 30 consecutive years, and served on the Board of Extramural Advisors of the NHLBI and on the NIH Director’s Physician-Scientist Workforce committee (2013-14). Dr. Schafer is a Master of the American College of Physicians, and he has been elected to membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation (for which he served as Secretary-Treasurer), the Association of American Physicians, Fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM), now the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Schafer was elected the 2007 President of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), he was elected President of the Association of Professors for Medicine, 2010-2011, from which he also received the Robert H. Williams, M.D. Distinguished Leadership Award in 2012, and he was elected President of the American Clinical and Climatological Association for 2016-2017. Dr. Schafer was the founding editor-in-chief The Hematologist, a publication of ASH. In addition to serving as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the MPN Research Foundation, he is currently Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
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