Andrew W. Shaffer, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery

Andrew W. Shaffer

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-3902

Fax 612-625-1683

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 207
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Tina Russell

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery

Surgical Director, LVAD/Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, University of Minnesota

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

MD, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks

Residency, Beaumont Health Systems, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Royal Oak, Michigan

Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; ECMO Fellowship, Robert Bartlett MD Research Lab University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

MS, North Dakota State University, Department of Polymers and Coatings and Department of Chemistry, Fargo


My goal is to provide world-class cardiac surgical care with a compassionate patient-focused team, excellent operative facilities, and clinically pertinent research efforts.


  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support

Awards & Recognition

  • 2012: First Battalion Army Medal of Recognition Royal Oak, MI
  • 2002: Cum Laude, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
  • 2001: “Most Electrifying Player of the Game” Moorhead Power Bowl, Moorhead, MN
  • 2000-2001: Academic All-MIAC, Football and Track & Field

Professional Associations

  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society of Thoracic Surgery
  • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation 
  • C. Walton and Richard C. Lillehei Surgical Society


Research Summary/Interests

  • Ex-Vivo Organ Perfusion
  • ECMO and Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Cardiothoracic Surgical Outcomes Research


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Clinical Interests

Mechanical Circulatory Support; Heart Failure and Ventricular Assist Devices; Heart and Lung Transplantation; Aortic Root Repair and Aortic Reconstructions; Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery; Transcatheter Endovascular Surgery; Transcatheter aortic valve replacement