Shaffer Designated Fellow in Nuclear Cardiology
July 9, 2007
Simon-Peter Shaffer RPA-C FASNC
Franklin Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that physician assistant, Simon-Peter Shaffer, has become the first mid-level provider in the country to receive the Fellow credential by the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. The credential recognizes that Shaffer has fulfilled the rigorous training and performance standards necessary for certification.
Nuclear cardiology studies are noninvasive techniques to assess blood flow through the coronary arteries, which supply the heart muscle with blood. They also evaluate pumping function, as well as visualize damage from previous heart attacks and areas that are at risk for future heart attacks. Nuclear stress tests, exercise stress tests, echocardiograms, and electrocardiograms are among the techniques that Shaffer widely uses for his patients.
Shaffer is a hospitalist who specializes in internal and intensive care medicine and cardiology at Franklin Memorial Hospital. He is one of six hospitalists at Franklin Memorial who provide hospital care for patients when their physician has an office-based practice only, or when patients do not have a physician in the area.
Shaffer graduated form Touro College and completed his Physician Assistant Program at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, North Central Bronx Hospital, and Morrisania Hospital, all in New York. Shaffer has been a member of the Franklin Memorial Hospital staff since 1991.
"During the past two decades, major strides have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease," said Shaffer. "Nuclear cardiology has played a pivotal role in establishing the diagnosis of heart disease and in the assessment and the prediction of outcomes of coronary artery disease."
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