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Verified Patient Rating: 4.91 (22 patient reviews and ratings)

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Elbow, Hand & Wrist, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

As the only fellowship-trained and board-certified upper extremity orthopedic surgeon in the area, Dr. Jonathan Shafer is an expert in surgery involving the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. Dr. Shafer specializes in upper extremity trauma, total shoulder and elbow replacement, reconstructive surgery of the hand and elbow, and arthroscopic surgery of the upper extremity.

Dr. Shafer graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. After his undergraduate studies, he decided to further his education at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, where he earned his medical degree. He went on to The University of New Mexico for his orthopedic surgery residency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Shafer was then awarded a surgical fellowship at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, where he focused on specialty training in upper extremity surgery.

When Dr. Shafer isn’t seeing patients, he enjoys photography, CrossFit, and running.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Arts: Rice University, Houston, TX
  • Doctor of Medicine: The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship: Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Professional Associations
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association for Hand Surgery
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons

Hospital Affiliations

  • Skagit Northwest Orthopedic Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Island Hospital
“Dr. Shaffer is an amazing surgeon! I have had three shoulder surgeries with him. When I came into the clinic for the first time he did not make me feel bad at all. He listened to what I had to say and was very sympathetic. I had previously seen a doctor who kept saying it was all in my head and that there was nothing wrong with me (when he passed away I chose to go for a second opinion). Dr. Shaffer was able to diagnose and do the surgery within a matter of a few short weeks. I had been suffering in pain for 5 years prior to the visit with him. He fixed both of my shoulders before I hurt my left one again at work. After hurting my shoulder again he was able to get me in and fix what I had hurt. Words can not express the amount of gratitude I have for this man. Thank you Dr. Shaffer for everything you have done!”
– Courtney B.
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