There is nothing more rewarding than to take a patient through critical illness and then to see them live a life without limitation from their heart disease.

EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • Texas Tech University , 2001 , Lubbock , TX

Medical School

  • University of New Mexico , 2006 , Albuquerque , NM

Residency

& Internship, Internal Medicine
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center , 2009 , Boston , MA

Fellowship

Cardiovascular Medicine
  • University of Texas , 2009 , Dallas , TX

Fellowship

Research
  • Institute of Exercise and Environmental Medicine , 2012 , Dallas , TX

Fellowship

Senior Fellow, Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Boston Children's Hospital/Brigham and Women's Hospital , 2014 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

From medical school in home state of New Mexico to finishing my training here at Boston Children’s Hospital, each segment of my training was profoundly useful and important to learning comprehensive, evidence based care. My goal is to provide care to my patients as if they were my family. One of the biggest parts of that is thinking about each patient as a whole person. Each aspect of their care is important, not just congenital heart disease or pulmonary hypertension. I enjoy being a physician the most when I can spend time getting to know my patients and helping to keep their heart disease as only a small part of their life. For that reason, I often focus on the importance of staying active and incorporating exercise into daily life.

Medicine is the perfect combination of meaningful work and science. I love cardiology- the heart is a beautifully designed system that is a source of endless fascination for me. However, I stay in medicine because I love patient care. There is nothing more rewarding than to take a patient through critical illness and then to see them live a life without limitation from their heart disease. I also enjoy teaching my patients about ways to lead healthy lives and how to understand their heart disease.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

My current practice includes inpatient and outpatient care at caring for adults with congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension. In addition, I am part of the echocardiography labs at BCH and Brigham and women’s hospital focusing on adult congenital and stress cardiac imaging. As part of my goal to improve ACHD care locally, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to also collaborate with colleagues at Boston Medical Center in starting an ACHD clinic. My current and past research efforts focus on better understanding the response to exercise in those with congenital heart disease. Additionally I served on the guidelines committee for the ACC/AHA regarding sports participation in those with congenital heart disease.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Wu FM, Opotowsky AR, Denhoff ER, Gongwer R, Gurvitz MZ, Landzberg MJ, Shafer KM, Valente AM, Uluer AZ, Rhodes J. A Pilot Study of Inspiratory Muscle Training to Improve Exercise Capacity in Patients with Fontan Physiology. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Jul 28. View abstract
  2. Rajpal S, Alshawabkeh L, Almaddah N, Joyce CM, Shafer K, Gurvitz M, Waikar SS, Mc Causland FR, Landzberg MJ, Opotowsky AR. Association of Albuminuria With Major Adverse Outcomes in Adults With Congenital Heart Disease: Results From the Boston Adult Congenital Heart Biobank. JAMA Cardiol. 2018 Apr 01; 3(4):308-316. View abstract
  3. Opotowsky AR, Rhodes J, Landzberg MJ, Bhatt AB, Shafer KM, Yeh DD, Crouter SE, Ubeda Tikkanen A. A Randomized Trial Comparing Cardiac Rehabilitation to Standard of Care for Adults With Congenital Heart Disease. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2018 03; 9(2):185-193. View abstract
  4. Cunningham JW, Nathan AS, Rhodes J, Shafer K, Landzberg MJ, Opotowsky AR. Decline in peak oxygen consumption over time predicts death or transplantation in adults with a Fontan circulation. Am Heart J. 2017 Jul; 189:184-192. View abstract
  5. Hasan BS, Lunze FI, Alvi N, Shafer KM, Rhodes J. Feasibility of exercise stress echocardiography and myocardial response in patients with repaired congenital heart disease. Am Heart J. 2017 Jun; 188:1-10. View abstract
  6. Carrick-Ranson G, Fujimoto N, Shafer KM, Hastings JL, Shibata S, Palmer MD, Boyd K, Levine BD. The effect of 1 year of Alagebrium and moderate-intensity exercise training on left ventricular function during exercise in seniors: a randomized controlled trial. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2016 Aug 01; 121(2):528-36. View abstract
  7. Van Hare GF, Ackerman MJ, Evangelista JK, Kovacs RJ, Myerburg RJ, Shafer KM, Warnes CA, Washington RL. Eligibility and Disqualification Recommendations for Competitive Athletes With Cardiovascular Abnormalities: Task Force 4: Congenital Heart Disease: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015 Dec 01; 66(21):2372-2384. View abstract
  8. Van Hare GF, Ackerman MJ, Evangelista JA, Kovacs RJ, Myerburg RJ, Shafer KM, Warnes CA, Washington RL. Eligibility and Disqualification Recommendations for Competitive Athletes With Cardiovascular Abnormalities: Task Force 4: Congenital Heart Disease: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. Circulation. 2015 Dec 01; 132(22):e281-91. View abstract
  9. Shafer K, Gurvitz M. Evaluation of Health Care Quality in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease. Cardiol Clin. 2015 Nov; 33(4):635-41, ix-x. View abstract
  10. Shafer KM, Janssen L, Carrick-Ranson G, Rahmani S, Palmer D, Fujimoto N, Livingston S, Matulevicius SA, Forbess LW, Brickner B, Levine BD. Cardiovascular response to exercise training in the systemic right ventricle of adults with transposition of the great arteries. J Physiol. 2015 Jun 01; 593(11):2447-58. View abstract
  11. Shafer KM, Mann N, Hehn R, Ubeda Tikkanen A, Valente AM, Geva T, Gauthier N, Rhodes J. Relationship between Exercise Parameters and Noninvasive Indices of Right Ventricular Function in Patients with Biventricular Circulation and Systemic Right Ventricle. Congenit Heart Dis. 2015 Sep-Oct; 10(5):457-65. View abstract
  12. Nathan AS, Loukas B, Moko L, Wu F, Rhodes J, Rathod RH, Systrom DM, Ubeda Tikkanen A, Shafer K, Lewis GD, Landzberg MJ, Opotowsky AR. Exercise oscillatory ventilation in patients with Fontan physiology. Circ Heart Fail. 2015 Mar; 8(2):304-11. View abstract
  13. Tachjian A, Shafer KM, Denkinger C, Pinto DS. Purulent pericarditis after transbronchial biopsy. Can J Cardiol. 2014 Oct; 30(10):1250.e19-21. View abstract
  14. Fujimoto N, Hastings JL, Carrick-Ranson G, Shafer KM, Shibata S, Bhella PS, Abdullah SM, Barkley KW, Adams-Huet B, Boyd KN, Livingston SA, Palmer D, Levine BD. Cardiovascular effects of 1 year of alagebrium and endurance exercise training in healthy older individuals. Circ Heart Fail. 2013 Nov; 6(6):1155-64. View abstract
  15. Sarma S, Carrick-Ranson G, Fujimoto N, Adams-Huet B, Bhella PS, Hastings JL, Shafer KM, Shibata S, Boyd K, Palmer D, Szczepaniak EW, Szczepaniak LS, Levine BD. Effects of age and aerobic fitness on myocardial lipid content. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2013 Nov; 6(6):1048-55. View abstract
  16. Shafer KM, Garcia JA, Babb TG, Fixler DE, Ayers CR, Levine BD. Reply: To PMID 23083785. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013 Jun 04; 61(22):2314-5. View abstract
  17. Fujimoto N, Borlaug BA, Lewis GD, Hastings JL, Shafer KM, Bhella PS, Carrick-Ranson G, Levine BD. Hemodynamic responses to rapid saline loading: the impact of age, sex, and heart failure. Circulation. 2013 Jan 01; 127(1):55-62. View abstract
  18. Shafer KM, Garcia JA, Babb TG, Fixler DE, Ayers CR, Levine BD. The importance of the muscle and ventilatory blood pumps during exercise in patients without a subpulmonary ventricle (Fontan operation). J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012 Nov 13; 60(20):2115-21. View abstract