Don W. Shaffer, MD, FACP

Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. Marietta Cancer Center 340 Kennestone Hospital Blvd.
Suite 100
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 281-5100
Fax: (678) 581-7100

Jasper Cancer Center 1020 J.L. White Drive
Suite 160
Jasper, GA 30143
Phone: (706) 692-0603
Fax: (678) 581-7109

Don W. Shaffer, MD, FACP has provided cancer care in the northwest Georgia mountain communities and Marietta since 1994 after serving the country in the U.S. Army in Berlin, Germany, Georgia and the state of Washington.

At Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. (NGOC), Dr. Shaffer is actively involved in cancer research and clinical trials to find a cancer cure and provide his patients with the most advanced cancer treatment available in Georgia. He has been an active member of Christian Medical Society since 1979 and serves on the board for the Atlanta Area chapter. He enjoys mentoring medical students and traveling on short-term medical mission trips throughout the year.

“One of the awesome privileges of caring for people with cancer is that I’m quickly given permission to get to the core of my patients’ lives because their lives may be at stake. The ability to be a part of people’s lives through this life-altering process is one of the greatest things I do as a cancer doctor.”

Dr. Shaffer delivers patient-centered cancer care to NGOC’s Marietta Cancer Center and Jasper Cancer Center.

Personal DataBirthplace: Fort Meade, MD
Undergraduate EducationBS, Microbiology (summa cum laude), 1978
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL
Medical EducationDoctor of Medicine
University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, FL
1978 – 1982
Internal Medicine
Madigan Army Medical Center
Tacoma, WA
July 1982 – June 1985

Hematology & Medical Oncology
Brooke Army Medical Center
Fort Sam Houston, TX
July 1989 – June 1992
Board CertificationAmerican Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine, 1985
American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, 1991, 2001, 2011
American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology, 1992, 2002, 2012
Medical LicensureState of Georgia, 1992 (Active)
Academic AppointmentsAssociate Clinical Professor,
Division of Hematology Oncology, Medical College of Georgia 1993 – 1994

Commissioned, USAR, May 1978
Promotion to Captain, June 1982
Promotion to Major, June 1988
Promotion to Lt. Colonel, June 1994
ETS, September 1994
Professional SocietiesMember, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), 2010 - Present
Member, American College of Physicians, 1982 – Present
Fellow, American College of Physicians, 1993 - Present
Member, Cobb County Medical Society, 1997 – Present
Member, Medical Association of Georgia, 1995 – Present
Member, American Society of Clinical Oncology, 1993 - Present
Member, Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology, 1999 - Present
Member, American Medical Association, 1995 – Present
Member, Southwest Oncology Group, 1993 - Present
Member, Christian Medical Society, 1979 – Present
Member, Berlin Int’l Medical Society, 1985 – 1989
Instructor, American Heart Association, 1985 – 1997
Affiliate Faculty, American Heart Association, 1989 – 1997
Member, Cancer and Leukemia Group B, 1994 – 1997
PublicationsShaffer DW, Ching DE, Bindra A, Pearson, CE: Establishing a Self Perpetuating American Heart Association/ Advanced Cardiac Life Support Program in West Germany. Milit Med 156:231-232, 1991.

Shaffer DW, Walker K, Weiss G: Malignant Melanoma in a Hispanic Male with Nevus of Ota. Dermatology 185:146-150, 1992.

Joseph RE, Enghardt MH, Doering DL, Brown BF, Shaffer DW, Raval H: Small Cell Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of the Vagina. Cancer 70:784-789, 1992.

Shaffer DW, Burris HA, O’Rourke TJ: Testicular Relapse in Adult Acute Myelogenous Leukemia; Case report and literature review. Cancer 70:1541-1544, 1992.

Wall JG, Burris HA, Von Hoff D, Rodriquez G, Kneuper-Hall R, Shaffer DW, O’Rourke TJ, Brown T, Hausheer F, Weiss G, Clark G, McVea S, Brown J, Johnson R, Friedman C, Smith B, Mann W, Kuhn J: A Phase I Clinical and Pharmacokinetic Study of the Topoisomerase I Inhibitor Topotecan (SK&F 104864) Given as an Intravenous Bolus every Twenty-One Days. Anti-Cancer Drugs 3:337-345, 1992.

Shaffer DW, Smith LS, Burris HA, Clark GM, Eckardt JR, Fields SM, Weiss GR, Rinaldi DA, Bowen KJ, Kuhn JG, Von Hoff DD: A Randomized Phase I Trial of Chronic Oral Etoposide With or Without rGM-CSF in Patients With Advanced Malignancies. Cancer Research 53:5929-5933, 1993.

Cooper G, Shaffer DW, Raval HB: Aspiration Biopsy of Multiple Myeloma In a Patient with Renal Cell Carcinoma. Diag Cytopath 9:551-4, 1993.

Burris H, Irvin R, Kuhn J, Kalter S, Smith L, Shaffer DW, Fields S, Weiss G, Eckardt J, Rodriguez G, Rinaldi D, Wall J, Vreeland F, Bayssas M, LeBail N, VonHoff D: A Phase I Clinical Trial of Taxotere Given as Either a 2-hour or as a 6-hour Intravenous Infusion. J Clin Oncol 11:950-958, 1993.

Fields S, Burris H, Smith L, Ravdin P, Kalter S, Shaffer DW, Bowen K, Rodriguez G, Hardy J, Bigley J, Hohneker J, VonHoff D: A Phase I Trial of Chronic Oral Navelbine. Clinical Cancer Research. Submitted.

Weiss GR, Shaffer DW, DeMoor C, Rianldi DA, Rodriguez GI, Eckardt JR, Stephens C, Von Hoff DD: A randomized phase I study of oral etoposide with or without granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor for the treatment of patients with advanced cancer. Anticancer Drugs 7:402-409, 1996.

Burris HA, Dieras VC, Tunca M, Earhart R, Eckart JR, Rodriguez GI, Shaffer DW, Fields SM, Campbell E, Schaaf L, Kasunic D, VonHoff DD: Phase I Study with the DNA Sequence-Specific Agent Adozelesin. Anticancer Drugs 8:533-596, 1997.

Hainsworth JD, Burris HA, Erland JB, Baker M, Scullin DC Jr, Shaffer DW, Greco FA: A phase II trial of the Minnie Pearl Cancer Research Network. Combination chemotherapy with gemcitabine and vinorelbine in the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory small cell lung cancer. Cancer Invest. 21: 193-9, 2003.

Meluch AA, Greco FA, Gray JR, Thomas M, Sutton VM, Davis JL, Shaffer DW, Yost K, Rinaldi DA, Hainsworth JD. Preoperative therapy with concurrent Paclitaxel/ Carboplatin/ Infusional 5-FU and radiation therapy in Locoregional Esophageal Cancer: Final results of Minnie Pearl Cancer Research Network Phase II Trial. Cancer J 9:251-260, 2003.

Greco FA, Rodriguez GI, Shaffer DW, Hermann R, Litchy S, Yardley DA, Burris HA, Morrissey LH, Erland JB, Hainsworth JD: Carcinoma of Unknown primary site: Sequential treatment with Paclitaxel/ Carboplatin/ Etoposide and Gemcitabine/ Irinotecan: A Minnie Pearl Cancer Research Network Phase II trial. ASCO 2004. Submitted.

Hainsworth JD, Litchy S, Shaffer DW, Lackey VL, Grimaldi M, Greco FA: Maximizing Therapeutic Benefit of Rituximab: Maintenance Therapy Versus Re-Treatment at Progression in Patients with Indolent Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma - A Randomized Phase II Trial of the Minnie Pearl Cancer Research Network. Journal of Clinical Oncology 23:1088-1095, 2005.

Tiede A, Tait RC, Shaffer DW, Baudo F, Boneu B, Dempfle CE, Horellou MH, Klamroth R, Lazarchick J, Mumford AD, Schulman S, Shiach C, Bonfiglio LJ, Frieling JT, Conard J, von Depka M. Antithrombin alfa in hereditary antithrombin deficient patients: A phase 3 study of prophylactic intravenous administration in high risk situations. Thromb Haemost. 99(3); 616-622, 2008.

Hainsworth JD, Gray JR, Litchy S, Bearden JD, Shaffer DW, Houston
GA, Greco FA. A phase II trial of preoperative concurrent radiation therapy and weekly paclitaxel/carboplatin for patients with locally advanced non-small-cell lung cancer. Clinical Lung Cancer 6(1):33-42, 2004

Abstracts: In addition, Dr. Shaffer has (28) twenty-eight abstracts presented at various national meetings; full CV upon request.
Major Research InterestsClinical Trials (Oncology & Hematology)